Flipboard, the flagship news / magazine app for the iPad, has been updated today – to Version 1.9. This is another major update for Flipboard for iPad (and iPhone) – and the big headline new feature is audio feeds and the ability to connect Flipboard to SoundCloud.
Here’s the full change list for Version 1.9:
★ Connect Flipboard to SoundCloud and enjoy amazing sounds created and shared by your friends and people you follow.
★ Explore dozens of recommended audio feeds in new Audio category in the Content Guide.
★ Accessibility for visually impaired people. Apple’s VoiceOver helps users navigate Flipboard and listen to articles.
★ Fully localized Japanese edition of Flipboard.
★ Use Readability to save articles to read later.
★ View related sections for social networks (new on iPhone). For example, tap on the “Twitter” section title to view sections like “Your Tweets,” “Your Favorites” and “Tweets Mentioning You.”
I’ve been playing with the updated app for a good while this morning and enjoying the new audio feeds quite a lot.
The list of recommended audio feeds offers some great choices and covers a broad range – it includes indie and mainstream record labels, TWIT, Science Friday,Baratunde Thurston, The Economist, GameSpot, The New Yorker’s Political Podcasts, PBS NewsHour,NPR Fresh Air, Lifehacker
One of the most impressive of the new audio feeds is NPR Fresh Air – which has text articles accompanying all of its audio clips.
You can sign in to SoundCloud (and use a Facebook account for this if you like) – which gives you a number of SoundCloud features – Your Stream, Your Likes, Your Sounds, Your Sets, Your Groups, People you Follow etc. I’ve never created a SoundCloud account – so I’ll have to see how some of these features work with it.
The app has AirPlay support and support for audio continuing in the background – so you can browse your favorite news in Flipboard or even switch away to another app on the iPad while your audio feed continues to play. There’s a nice controls popup within Flipboard – that gives you buttons to move to the next or previous audio entry, a slider to fast forward and rewind current audio, and the AirPlay and Share buttons.
When you choose to add an audio feed it’s added to your Flipboard page just like any other content sections you’ve chosen to add.
I think the addition of audio feeds is quite a nice move by Flipboard. I’m not sure how often I’ll use them, but I like the idea of having the content there.
I know we have lots of readers here who use Flipboard – what do you all think of this latest update and the new audio feeds?
Here’s an App Store link for Flipboard; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.