Record, Annotate and be More Productive with Audiolio – iPad App Review

As a journalist, I record a lot of interviews. A lot. And while audio recordings are an inarguably handy tool when it comes to capturing an interview on record, dealing with the file, post-interview can be a really pain–especially if it’s a long one.

Enter Audiolio. Audiolio is an iPad app that makes your everyday recording process a whole lot easier. Whether you’re a journalist recording interviews for accuracy, a student trying to capture yet another endless chemistry lecture in its entirety, or someone who needs to record business meetings for reference and inspiration, this dynamic app offers lots of possibilities. It also works with audiobooks and podcasts and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I imagine this app would even be useful for musicians who want to add reference points to songs they’re working on. Simply put, there’s something for everyone, really.

Using Audiolido, you can access any audio files in your iTunes library or from your Dropbox account (registration is separate) and “bookmark” various spots with just the touch of a button. You can also caption the bookmark for easy reference, add one image or sketch to each bookmark and as many notes as you see fit. Each audio file can be bookmarked as much as you want–you can even bookmark the same spot more than once–handy if you’re creating various categories or need multiple references. Once you’re done with a file, it’s saved in a “set” containing all bookmarks for the recording. You can then share that file via PDF, text, or Audiolio’s own file format  by emailing it, sending it to iTunes or using Dropbox. Want a crisper recording? Audiolio also supports use of an external mic.

I tried out this app during a meeting and found that not only was it good for capturing some key moments for future reference, the ability to take notes made it look like I was being super-serious and productive–I could have been typing out a shopping list and no one would have been the wiser. Kidding, boss! But seriously,  this function is useful because I often can’t read my chicken-scratch notes, nor do I want to slog through a tedious two-hour recording searching for that one critical nugget of information.

What I liked: This app is easy to use and fairly intuitive–it even comes with a handy, step-by-step tutorial that lets you try out the functions as an audio recording guides you through the process. Recording is also a snap, as is adding those pics and notes and sharing. And, if you add on TextExpander (downloaded separately), then you can speed up the process even more with quick-touch expansion.

What I didn’t like: It would be helpful if you could further categorize your bookmark sets into separate folders (school, work, inspiration, et al). It would also be helpful to have other in-app sharing options besides e-mail and Dropbox.

To buy or not to buy: At just $1.99, this is definitely worth the price. Most ad-free recording apps cost at least that much–and without all the extra features.

  • App Name: Audiolio
  • Version Reviewed: 1.9
  • Category: Productivity
  • Developer: Escape Velocity Apps LLC
  • Price: $1.99
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About Rachel: Rachel is a writer living in Northern California. She spends way too much time online; follow her at @writegrrrl