Content feed company Inoreader announced that it is integrating Audioburst’s API. This brings Audioburst’s curated “bursts” of audio programming into six of Inoreader’s RSS feeds: tech, entertainment, sports, U.S. news, world news, and business. The integration offers an audio counterpart to the company’s text news items.
We first took a test drive with Audioburst back in 2015 when the service was in beta. Since then the platform has added more features such as support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. I took another listen to some of the feeds to get a sense of how the continual programming sounds.
I tuned into the health feed and received three clips in a row from a radio program, the quality of which seemed sub-par. There didn’t appear to be a way to remove sound sources or even to favor content providers that I do like. It’s essentially speed-listening to an unfiltered stream of information from within a very broad subject. So while the audio dimension is a welcome addition to Inoreader, more control would be a welcome refinement of the feature. Audioburst members can create their own playlists, but it’s unclear how that will interact with Inoreader.