Sunday, April 26, 2015

AudioDrop iOS App Review

I'd like to quickly mention this new app for iOS which has become my #1 app for recording practice sessions.

What makes AudioDrop stand apart from the competition is its simplicity of use and automatic Dropbox uploading feature. The UI is also gorgeous and minimalist because who needs a million features found in sub-menus and a ton of clutter?

When you open the app, you're greeted with a simple screen and central "record" button.

Just tap on the button and recording begins.

The beauty of how the app works reveals itself when you're done recording. Without any input from the user (apart from setting it up after installing the app for the first time), recordings are automatically uploaded to a Dropbox account of your choice. This means that if you have Dropbox installed on your PC or Mac, you'll be able to retrieve them almost instantly on these platforms without the hassle of manually transferring them. I record a lot of my practice sessions and backing the recordings was kind of a pain before using this app. Now all it takes is to copy and paste from Dropbox to my backup folder once in a while to free up some storage space. Beautiful!

On top of this, the recordings are automatically named with a great file naming convention. They also are encoded as m4a files which save on storage space while still remaining of satisfactory quality.

Once you're done recording, the AudioDrop screens transition to green which means you can play and listen to the file.

You can also access a list of all your recordings by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. There you can also rename and delete recordings by swiping on the files left or right.


Also worth mentioning is that AudioDrop is a universal app, meaning once you bought it, you will be able to use it both on your iPhone and iPad.

And that's about it for this app review. I really like the fact that AudioDrop does only a few things but do them perfectly, with a simple, intuitive UI. This an app you can forget about that will quickly integrate into your work flow without you having to think about it.

You can also check out the developer, Monkeys Writing Shakespeare's website HERE.



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