The mission of BlogAudio.org is to give you the resources you need to put audio files into your weblog and other web pages. It grew out of efforts to help Christopher Lydon put audio interviews into his blog and to build his BlogRadio.org website.
Our ideal is to capture, edit (at least mark start and end points), and deploy audio through a browser interface, but you may need cooperating server middleware (implementing SoX and transcode, for example). We will also survey desktop tools and the hardware you need to capture the media.
Phone to Blog tools like Audblog, PhoneBlogger, and Voice Monkey are hosted services that provide bloggers with the ability to post audio to their blogs from any phone. All you have to do is call their numbers and speak. They record an audio file and provide you with a link to it.
How to link to an audio clip in your blog. The media may be on your server or somewhere else on the web. You may also pull a quote (a brief excerpt) from a file that is being streamed from another site.
Download or Streaming? These two web audio techniques have unique advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing a Media Player. Browser playback is compromised by the browser opening a new window with advertising, and spawning a popup on window close with still more ads. We need a little utility that lets the user select a Media Player, then opens an audio file cleanly with no ad popup window.
We are now working on a Universal Media Controller. that can detect the media players(s) installed in a browser. This makes it possible to open a window that looks the same for all media players, is free of any commercial messages, and can play any media file. It will be superior to the additional step required to Choose Media Player.
RSS Enclosures allow you to have audio links appear automatically in your Aggregator/News Reader.
Voice over IP (VoIP) or Internet telephony will be a critical element of future BlogAudio efforts. In principle, we need only record the VoIP streams, edit them a little, then post audio files. VoIP should also bring the realization of "talk radio," with live listener call-ins, to the web.
Harold Gilchrist pioneered the concept of an Audioblogging Gateway on his Audioblogging/Mobileblogging News site. He presented demonstrations of his work at BloggerCon 2003 . He used the Freedom applet in a browser to capture audio from his laptop, upload it to his server, and post it there in three different audio formats (OggVorbis, MP3, and WAV).
Jon Udell has been quoting audio/video snippets (from Real Media files) for some months. It is a very awkward process at this time, but Jon's approach does not need a server to capture or edit any media. He just hyperlinks to a streaming media file and gives it start and end points.
Christopher Lydon started adding audio to his Interviews Blog in July 2003. He launched BlogRadio.org in October 2003 and BOPnews.com in November 2003 to cover the Blogging of the President 2004.
Bob Doyle has led a BlogRadio Studio research program to identify the best audio recording tools for Chris - microphones, headphones, MiniDisc and MP3 recorders, telephone interfaces, computer audio interfaces (mostly USB), editing programs, MP3 compressors, etc. He described BlogRadio.org at BloggerCon 2003
Kevin Marks and Adam Curry are working on a way to collect RSS Enclosures into a folder, automagically download them into a connected Apple iPod, and make them available for listening during a commute. Kevin described his concept of Just-In-Time audio and video recording at BloggerCon 2003 . Apple has added this auto-sync capability to their iTunes application.
Audio blogs are some interesting sites using audioblogging.
BlogVideo.org is a companion site addressing the problems of much larger video files.
Bob Doyle is Editor In Chief of CMS Review and CEO of skyBuilders.com.