Audioboom is no longer supporting free accounts, they will not delete your content for three years though so don’t panic (yet). However at the end of October 2017 they’ll make all free accounts private, so if you have your sound-posts embedded in other places then they’ll no longer work. They will help you migrate your RSS feeds (more info here) though.
This embedded post of mine will presumably stop working properly in a month or so…
Of course Audioboom are entitled to start charging and restrict services from non-payers, it’s just a bit frustrating for individuals (who own the content) and the wider internet which suffers when embedded audio files disappear on websites along with comments. Basically this ‘breaks the internet’ a bit.
Here’s one way of downloading any Audioboom sound file, as an mp3. I’m investigating better solutions for people with lots of files. Below that are suggestions on how to capture and share them online again.
Table of Contents
- 1a. How to download any individual Audioboom file as an mp3
- 1b. Bulk downloading
- 1c. Additional information on downloading (accompanying images)
- 2. Where to put your files now you’ve downloaded them
- 3. Background to this story
1a. How to download any individual Audioboom file as an mp3
- Visit the page of the sound file, eg here’s one of mine
- Add .mp3 to the end of the URL in the address bar, press enter – this automatically changes the page to an mp3 player page. (Commenter Leyton, 3rd comment below, found that for Chrome this stage downloaded the mp3 automatically).
- Hover over the play icon (it goes blue) and right-click Save Audio As…
- Repeat for other files
- If you have a lot of files (I have 85 clips to download) there’s probably a more efficient way (I don’t know it yet but will gladly link if I hear of it). I have emailed Audioboom support to ask them firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some techy suggestions on Twitter which include uncovering them from iTunes by subscribing to the podcast RSS. To be honest I’m looking for a ‘Download archive’ button as on Twitter 🙂
1b. Bulk downloading
Phil Cooper has kindly commented (at the end of this post) but I’m putting his text here for extra usefulness.
“For bulk downloading of Audioboom MP3 files, if you have a list of all of the URLs, you can use a free command-line utility called wget. It was originally written for GNU Linux, but a Windows version also exists. Using a text editor such as Geany for Linux or Notepad++ for WIndows, write a BASH script or a Windows batch file using the list of URLs, create a directory (folder) where you want to save the files, open a command window in that directory and run the script.”
1c. Additional information on downloading
- You can also download the image that accompanied your ‘boom’ (or ‘boo’ as they used to be called when the service was Audioboo) with right-click Save as too OR hover over the pic and take a screenshot, that way you’ll get an image of the little soundwave, that also gives information.
- For completists you might want to number your sound files and have an accompanying readme.txt type of file that includes info about the date originally published and the hashtags.
2. Where to put your files now you’ve downloaded them
You can upload sound files as a video (static image) to YouTube. WordPress also lets you pay £80 a year for the ability to upload more files than the basic ones (without it you can’t upload sound files, only embed them from somewhere else) – that way you can have an on-page audio player and people can listen directly. Or you could put them in Dropbox and share a public link to them for people to download.
3. Background to this story
I discovered this via Paul Bradshaw and Documentally.