App of the Week: Opinion

Name:  Opinion
Platform:  iOS
Cost:  Free

ICON_OpinionWith shows like Serial and Welcome to Night Vale, podcasts continue to gain popularity with teens and those of us who work with them, but the options for creating our own podcasts require more time and technical wizardry than some of us possess. Opinion is the app that will eliminate any remaining excuses to jump into the fray.

Two screens and three buttons are just about all it takes to record your podcast.  Hit the red button at the top of the home screen to record audio, which shows up as a vertical sound wave that stops when you hit the button a second time.  Tap on the sound chunk you just created and you’re taken to the second screen where you can check the flow of your sound bites, edit out the dead air and exorbitant “um”s with the touch of the scissors icon, or get rid of an unsuccessful segment by selecting the trash bin.

Opinion Screens

A trip back to the home page allows you to add music and sound effects from your device’s library, rearrange any of your sound wave segments, and export your finished product to SoundCloud, email, or text message.

While Opinion may not be a professional-grade recording platform — there are no options to layer audio or work on more than one project at a time, and you’re stuck with a 10-minute recording limit until you pay $3.99 for an upgrade — it is fast, free, and so easy to use it’s sure to inspire the podcast fans in your midst to become podcast producers.

Have a suggestion for App of the Week? Let us know. And find more great Apps in the YALSA Blog’s App of the Week Archive.

About Jen Scott Wills

Jen is the Teen Services Librarian for Boise Public Library's Main Library. Follow her on Twitter @jen1n to read more of her musings on libraries, YA lit, and all things geeky and glorious.
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