By StoryCorps, Inc.
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Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps, based in Brooklyn, New York has given 100,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of these stories with the world through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful conversations illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.
StoryCorps interviews have traditionally been recorded in StoryCorps booths in the United States with the assistance of StoryCorps facilitators. With the introduction of this app, StoryCorps interviews can now be recorded anywhere, anytime and shared to our companion website at StoryCorps.me. For at least one year after launch, interviews shared to StoryCorps.me through the app will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the United States Library of Congress.
To learn more, visit StoryCorps.org and StoryCorps.me.
What's New in Version 2.1.1
Minor updates and bug fixes.
Needs way to pull interview as a sound file!
I love storycorps, and the app is great for those of us who don't have access to the recording booths, but there isn't anyway for me to pull the sound file for my own use. :( For me this is an essential, otherwise I should just write out my own questions and use my phone's voice note abilities. That way I would have a sound file to work with, save for my family's use, and distribute to extended family or friends.
Also, I would like the option to publish for the purposes of the library of congress record & I suppose radio if they listen to these, but not post it to some weird jumbly Facebook/Instagram-like feed. I think it is neat to be part of a record for historians or others with purpose to search; but don't like the idea of random strangers "browsing" my memories. To me they are special & personal, and shouldn't be posted in a way that invites judgement or misuse.
Also it glitches on startup quite a bit.
Few suggestions from an user friendly point of view to make it even better:
When the recording is played on the respective user's page and then back button is hit, it goes back to the initial feed which is annoying because of which I would need to scroll all the way to the bottom
Secondly, try and include categories which users can tag their interview to so that users can filter
It's in Beta, right?
It's a great idea and I'm sure it will get better over time.
The app needs to check for duplicate uploads. Just check the label, length, etc. and let them know they already uploaded successfully.
When the device goes into power save, the sound shuts off. This is not true for other apps that are primarily sound-delivery apps. Pandora and TuneIn don't turn off the display or sound, but you can manually turn off the display and the sound continues. That's the ideal.
Seemed like it automatically plays the next interview- shouldn't do that. Just stop at the end of the one being played.
When setting up an account initially, you get a screen to input info that immediately scrolls to the bottom, you have to scroll back up to fill in. (Iphone 5)
Allow sort and filter by Most Likes, Date, and user name. Add time stamp to upload.
But it's a good start.