Just #reclaimed all my AudioBoo(m) posts to my blog ExBoos.
AudioBoom is closing its free tier:
If you take no action, then after 2nd October 2017, you will no longer be able to upload new content and your account will become private. We will continue to enable distribution of your existing content for a period of a month so all your RSS feeds and web embeds will continue to work for that period. If you choose to move to another podcast provider, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will redirect your RSS feeds for you. We’ll need at least 5 working days to comply with your request. After 36 months from 30th August 2017, your account will be deleted (including your old podcasts and your RSS feeds, so we recommend that you arrange for redirection of your RSS feeds, download your old podcasts and back them up elsewhere, before that period expires.
from: Subscription Changes
Which is depressing news for me and for Edutalk. I have 50 odd boos which range over field recording, audio recorded for Edutalk and some microcast type posts. Edutalk has had several hundred contributions from many different people over the years.
The situation at Edutalk is more worrying. I could pay $9.99 a month to keep my own account alive. But Edutalk has had contributions from many different people, we could not expect them to pay up for the privilege of having their content syndicated onto Edutalk.
AudioBoom did not provide any export that would help with importing into WordPress (or anything else). This differs from the posterous closedown which did give a WordPress export option.
We do have a while to sort this out. There is a month until the accounts become private.
AudioBoom does have an API, and we used it before.
I am not intending to rush, so this is the plan.
- Download the information about the posts using the API
- Download all the mp3s by parsing the JSON the api provides.
- Delete all the posts on edutalk that have been syndicated from AudioBoom.
- Upload all the mp3s
- Create posts that embed all these mp3s with the matching titles and descriptions etc.
Today I managed to download the json files and the mp3 I used AppleScript as I find it easier to get stuff done with that than pure shell scripting.
Thank goodness for the JSON helper for AppleScript which worked a treat.
I’ve put the script here:
in case anyone is interested.
I had to run it 10 times, I guess I could have just made a loop but as I ended up downloading 890 mp3 for a total of 2.6 GB batches of 100 files at a time seemed like a good idea.
I am a wee bit worried that there are 2186 posts syndicated from audioboo on the Edutalk site, but there does seem to be a lot of duplication presumably caused by FeedWordPress.
I’ve now got all of the data and the mp3 files I can get.
I know how to post to WordPress from AppleScript, but I’ve discovered a couple of hurdles. I don’t seem to be able to add an enclosure with AppleScript and I can’t see how to ad multiple tags to a post.
The first is probably not a problem. These posts are all so old that they will not feature in our RSS feed. I would like to include all of the tags. I may end up creating a WordPress export file or try one of the csv import plugins. There is now not such a rush. I can test these approaches on this blog with my own boos.
I guess the main lesson to be learnt here is about the temporary nature of the free layer of the web. The AudioBoo app and service were wonderful in their day but reliance on free services costs.
The featured images is a gif captured with Licecap, of a mp3 download.
Audioboom, formally audioboo has changed its terms and is now a paid service with no free tier.
I backed this when it launched, two days in and it seems to have got almost double its target!
Interestingly I found this via a microcast which I found via a comment here by Henrik Carlsson who collected some other microcast links. I guess this is a microblog post.
A classroom, like any other social group will have popular pupils, the ones who get heard most by other pupils. I guess a teachers job is to encourage participation for all learners.
We have to think if software companies are the best people to curate our information.
A While back I turned off the setting in twitter to show me the ‘best tweets’ first. I noted that I hadn’t noticed this being turned on.
Yesterday I found a new setting, not sure when it happened, and tweeted turning it off with a gif:
This got a couple of interesting replies and I put in a few more pence worth:
— Jennifer Jones (@jennifermjones) August 20, 2016
— john johnston (@johnjohnston) August 20, 2016
— RobertMacmillan (@robfmac) August 20, 2016
— john johnston (@johnjohnston) August 20, 2016
I don’t really do Facebook 1 but it is even further done the algorithmic path.
I presume the algorithms will be designed with the end goal of getting more ad views, not for what is ‘best’ for the user or community. They may also have negative effects on a learning community see: Participant association and emergent curriculum in a MOOC: can the community be the curriculum? | Bell | Research in Learning Technology, which I’ve read too quickly a couple of times now.
I don’t suppose there is much to do about this in the short term other than turning off settings when we can. Longer term it might be wise to think about the IndieWeb.
Featured Image: A screenshot…
PS. This post is mostly a few tweets, I’ve been thinking that interesting things often get lost in the stream, and pulling out a bunch might be useful.
So microcast 2 comes hot on the heels of number one. A few interesting things came out of the first one. Most excitingly I got a webmention from Henrik Carlsson’s Blog. He had produced a microcast in response to mine.
This is the indieweb equivalent of a reply on Anchor held together by webmentions. My microcast sent a webmention to Henrik’s post, his ‘reply’ sends a webmention to my post and this post will send one back. This is really sweet. It parallels the anchor experience, be we own our own spaces and data.
I wonder if webmentions could be extended to include links to enclosures, that could gather the audio players together on all the sites involved in the one place.
The next nice thing was that Henrik mentioned he has an opml file of microcasts. I had a look at my RSS reader, Inoreader, and saw it suports OPML subscriptions. That means I subscribe to the OPML feed which subscribes me to the different RSS feeds that make up the file. When Henrik adds a feed to his OPML feed, that feed gets added to my feeds in inoreader. This now becomes the equivalent of a mini Anchor.
All this cheers me up considerably especially as I’ve read a few posts recently about the move to podcasting getting more locked down and controlled.