Here’s the dilemma – I’m not diligent enough about creating audio files to get into podcasting. Podcasting really requires consistency, focus, and dedication in order to keep your audience engaged. However, I do have the occasional audio file that I’d like to share. I would rather not clutter up my limited web space on RandomConnections with audio files, so I was searching for a free host for the occasional clip. Enter Houndbite. Houndbite does for audio what YouTube does for video – allow users to upload audio clips in a social sharing environment.
As with YouTube the service is free. You can upload MP3 files, as long as these are no larger than 8 MB and no longer than 15 minutes. The clips can include tags and descriptions, and you can place them into categories such as music, news, interviews, jokes, etc. You can browse other users’ Houndbites and leave comments.
As with any site built on user contributions, there is a fair amount of junk and inappropriate material. So far it doesn’t look like they have allowed any blatant copyright violations – folks uploading MP3’s ripped from CD’s, etc. There does seem to be a good bit of original music uploaded.
In addition to to trying to find a place to hold my audio files, I was looking for a place that would provide embeddable HTML code for the files. Houndbite does provide this. More importantly for me, the embed code works with Google Earth, so I can add the code to placemarks. Unfortunately, the service does not offer and RSS feed for the clips.
To test out Houndbite I uploaded two audio files. The first was a recording I made of our family singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus a capella one Christmas…
The next was my leading a singing of The Morning Trumpet at the Southern Harmony singing at Furman a couple of weeks ago…
I don’t understand why there isn’t more buzz about this service. Apparently it’s been around since 2006, but I just haven’t heard about it. I guess it’s because audio just doesn’t have the pizazz that video does, or perhaps it’s because podcasting has become so commonplace. Or, it could be that the top audio clips on Houndbite are prank phone calls.
Whatever the reason, Houndbite seems to fill an important social sharing niche’ that has been lacking. While a prank phone calling crowd may not provide the same stimulating feedback as one might get on Flickr, just the ability to store and embed audio clips while ignoring the social aspects makes this an application worth checking out.
[tags]Houndbite, audio, audio sharing, podcast, MP3[/tags]