Evoca has expanded its voice recording services with automatic conversion of AAC, M4A, and AIFF files to MP3 files. This increase in services directly benefits users of Apple™ products and services.
For example, Evoca Express subscribers with an iPhone 3G can create a voice recording, known as a Voice Memo, let it auto-synch to iTunes, and then upload the Voice Memo from iTunes to their Evoca Express account. Evoca already supports MP3 file upload and WAV upload conversion to MP3 files.
Apple suggests ”Capture a thought, a memo, a meeting, or any audio recording with Voice Memos”. The Evoca team adds: “Then share your Voice Memo online with your customers, audiences, or supporters using Evoca’s Flash player widgets, email, or bookmarking.”
Users of Apple products and services who also subscribe to Evoca Express have many choices for posting and sharing recordings from their Evoca Express account: post online in an audio player widget provided by Evoca; share the widget with their website visitors to post in their own social profiles, blogs, or websites; email recordings to colleagues, followers, students, and friends; download recordings to their computer, burn a CD, or archive it online. Recordings stored on an iPod can also be auto-synched to iTunes and instantly converted by Evoca to MP3 recordings upon upload to their Evoca account. In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), protected WMA files in iTunes cannot be converted.
To experience the benefits first-hand, iPhone, iPod, and iTunes users can sign up for a Free 30-day trial or an Evoca Express Pro, Local, or Toll-free subscription starting at $4.95 per month. As a web service, no software downloads are required. Subscribers can also create voice recordings using any phone, Skype, and browser mic. Current Evoca Express subscribers get this service expansion at no additional cost.
An audio file format is a file format for storing audio data on a computer system or other digital devices such as smart phones, iPods, and MP3 players. The file formats mentioned above are summarized as follows:
• MP3: The file format extension is .mp3. Evoca converts WAV files and Apple-supported formats AAC, M4A, and AIFF to MP3 format and then stores and streams these MP3 files per the subscriber’s decision to share a recording or keep it for private use. It is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players. A 32 bit 44,100 Hz MP3 recording is stored at 32 bit 44,100 Hz. When Evoca detects a new file’s existing sample rate, the audio gets up-sampled to the next 11,025 Hz if it is not already an interval of 11,025 Hz.
• WAV: Windows Audio Format. File format extension is .wav. Short for Waveform, it is a format used on Windows systems for raw and typically uncompressed audio. Since uncompressed WAV files are quite large in size, as file sharing over the Internet has become popular, the WAV format has declined in popularity. It was developed jointly by Microsoft™ and IBM™. Evoca converts WAV to MP3 files upon upload and also in its Phone-to-Web recording process.
• AAC: Advanced Audio Coding. File format extension is .aac. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC is best known for being the default audio format for Apple's iPhone, iPod and iTunes, and is also the standard iTunes Store audio format.
• M4A: File format extension is .m4a. M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio. An M4A file always contains only MPEG 4 Audio. Apple Computer started using and popularizing the M4A file extension to denote the file was an unprotected (non digital rights management) MPEG 4 Audio file.
• AIFF: Audio Interchange File Format. File format extension is .aiff or .aif. Created by Apple, it is used for audio and video applications. Like any non-compressed format, it uses much more disk space than MP3.
Evoca (evoca.com) is a leading global Voice-to-Web services provider, enabling businesses, organizations and individuals to easily create, post, and share fresh, engaging voice recordings using any phone, Skype™, and its browser microphone. Evoca Express is available as a Free 30-day trial, Pro, Local, and Toll-free subscription. It provides voice recording and online digital content distribution services through its highly scalable “Software-as-a-Service” media platform, providing worldwide public phone numbers, as well as dedicated telephone numbers available in over 45 countries and more than 5,000 cities around the globe.
Organizations of any size can easily integrate and customize Evoca features into their online properties, marketing programs, education and language training courses, and customer-facing operations. Evoca launched its Twitter audio update application, TweeVoca to enable posting of audio recordings to this popular micro-blogging site. Evoca subscribers can also “share” recordings on Facebook, MySpace, websites, and blogs by posting digital media players streamed by Evoca. Large organizations and partners can also benefit from Evoca Enterprise, its multi-media platform delivered through a flexible interface (RESTful HTTP API – applications programming interface).