Evoca is podcasting made simple. So simple, even my parents could do it!
What is Evoca? Evoca is a site which allows you to record and upload audio to the Internet. Think Flickr for sound.
How do you record and upload the audio? Well, there are several options. You can:
- Record the audio yourself and have Evoca simply upload your audio file or
- You can use Evoca’s built-in recorder to record (using your computer’s microphone)
- With a Pro account you can record from Skype, or even easier still
- You can ring Evoca’s server “Emily” from your phone and it (she?) will record and upload the phone call for you
This is fantastic – you are out in the car, perhaps listening to a podcast. Something in the show makes you want to respond – you grab your phone, dial the Evoca number and hey presto! your response is out there.
Or you are a journalist and a story/interview opportunity comes up suddenly – no prob, whip out your mobile, dial Evoca and you are away.
And if you want to save your phoned-in recordings as private (think company exec/journalist/legal or medical professional)? That’s as easy as toggling a switch in your account’s settings.
How much does it cost? Well, like Flickr, a basic account is free and a Pro account costs ($4.99 per month in this case). A basic account entitles you to upload 60 minutes audio while a Pro account entitles you to 200 minutes and Evoca are open to negotiate if you need more than that.
What else can it do?
- Do you want to apply a Creative Commons to your recordings? Bing! No problem, you can chose from a range of CC licensing options (including none)
- Do you want your recordings transcribed or translated? Bing! Evoca have that covered too.
- Do you want to make money from your recordings? Ka ching! Evoca have an option to allow you charge for your recordings!
- Do you want to blog/podcast your recordings? Bing! Evoca gives you the html with which to do that (see below).
Evoca is only out of beta a couple of weeks but already has loads of functionality covered. There’s a lot more I’d love to see it do – a blog sidebar plugin with the most recent 5 recordings, for example but for such a new application, I’m well impressed with what they have covered so far and am looking forward to see how Evoca develops.