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Friday, April 13, 2007
  Evoca: "audio blog" not merely podcast
I mentioned a few days ago that I was trying out Evoca, a new tool for audio blogging. I have called it "audio blogging" rather than "podcasting" for two reasons, which I think between them (but especially the second) make an audio blog very different from a podcast:
  • Podcasts tend to be more like radio broadcasts with often interviews, intro music etc. while Evoca is brilliant in allowing the sort of comment on something I have seen or read rather like a blog post but audio not mere text.
  • Evoca allows audio comments, most existing podcasts do not.
The browser based microphone in Evoca is a brilliant idea, make it a Firefox plugin like Performancing (sorry, now called ScribeFire but still a great aid to bloggers), and I'd be hooked. I am really keen to get more audio comments - see sidebar for the tool. I'd love to hear what some of you I have not met face to face sound like!

Playing with Evoca has convinced me of the utility and fun of such "audio blogging".

But, the cost of getting enough storage to host an audio blog at Evoca is too high for me (US$5/month = 60 per year, for which I'd expect far more hosting features). So, if I do start a parallel SansAudioBlog ;-) or whatever better name I actually think up, I'll need to host the comments only on Evoca, or find another tool to record visitors remarks, and host the posts as "normal" podcasts, probably using Podifier to make and upload them. Actually, since Evoca seems to have no way for me to attach comments to posts (except using their full price service) I need means for that too...

Hey someone Blogger or Wordpress or some new one-person-band how about it? A blog engine that produces RSS for Podcasts with audio comments and a cool browser mic like Evoca's... now that could fly!

(I thought for a minute that the PodPress addin for Wordpress might be it, but as far as I can see it does not permit audio comments. MyChingo does but with a clumsy Java applet and then with similar cost problems to Evoca.)
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