We’re proud to announce that The Moth is now mobile.
The Moth app for iOS and Android, developed by PRX, is the latest product of our ongoing effort to bring audio stories to the places — and devices — where people listen.
The app is also more evidence that great things happen when PRX and The Moth get together. Acclaimed public radio show The Moth Radio Hour, presented and distributed by PRX, is now on 260+ stations. (And yes, those episodes are on the app, too!)
The official press release is below.
THE MOTH APP BRINGS POWERFUL PERSONAL STORIES TO IPHONE AND ANDROID
Renowned storytelling organization partners with Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
for effortless, elegant mobile listening experience
New York, NY (October 18, 2013) – Renowned storytelling organization The Moth has partnered with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) to release a mobile app that gives listeners access to audio stories from The Moth’s live events, its top-rated podcast, and its award-winning public radio show, “The Moth Radio Hour,” distributed by PRX and produced by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.
Moth stories span the great range of human experience. Storytellers come from all walks of life to stand in front of a live audience and tell their funny, sad, and moving stories without notes. The app features hundreds of the Moth’s stories, including rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ confession of his love for Sarah McLachlan, writer Malcolm Gladwell’s wedding toast gone horribly awry, and A. E. Hotchner’s death-defying stint in a bullring with his friend Ernest Hemingway.
The app’s minimalist design keeps the stories front and center:
• Favorite stories you want to remember
• Share stories you want others to hear
• Download any story for offline listening
“We are thrilled about the possibilities the Moth app brings to our listeners,” said Sarah Haberman, the Moth’s Executive Director. “It is the perfect storytelling hub where Moth fans can find and share their favorite stories, whether they appeared on our Radio Hour, our podcast or at a live event. The Moth could not have achieved this milestone without PRX, and we are confident the app will serve to strengthen and broaden an appreciation for the power of storytelling among current and future listeners.”
“The Moth apps marry PRX’s love of stories with our insights into how listeners access content on mobile devices,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “As public radio expands to serve audiences on emerging platforms, PRX and The Moth are pioneering new paths.”
The app was developed by Public Radio Exchange, which distributes The Moth Radio Hour, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public Radio Exchange (PRX) has developed acclaimed apps for This American Life, PRX Remix, and Radiolab, PRX also just announced the second class for Matter, its media-tech accelerator that fuses the values of public media with Silicon Alley entrepreneurship (See coverage in NY Times, AllThingsD).
ABOUT THE MOTH
Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.
Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth’s StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth’s community outreach program, MothShop, which brings workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.
ABOUT PUBLIC RADIO EXCHANGE (PRX)
Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, and WTF with Marc Maron. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps including Public Radio Player, Radiolab, This American Life, WBUR, KCRW Music Mine, and more.
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We awoke this morning to a nice high-five from the iTunes App Store:
PRX is brimming with audio stories. A few years ago, we launched an XM satellite radio channel (XM 123) to showcase the best short pieces from PRX.org plus select podcasts. The channel quickly went from satellite to internet to broadcast. It’s listed in our Public Radio Player app, too.
But we feel this amazing channel deserves its own app.
It’s simply the beloved PRX Remix stream, the title and producer of each piece, and a couple of buttons for basic audio player things. It’s an app for people who don’t want too much choice, just great stuff. For people who don’t download podcasts because it’s too much work. For people who love stories.
Mostly, you put it in your pocket, or in the console between the front seats of your car (unless you have a really old car), and let curator-in-chief Roman Mars take care of that ‘What should I listen to?’ problem. Roman, by the way, is host of 99% Invisible among many other things, so he knows what he’s doing.
Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for funding this app – it’s one of their early forays into mobile.
KCRW Music Mine is a gorgeous way to enjoy and discover the best music, if you trust KCRW’s DJs. Which we recommend you do!
Now, we’ve brought it to the iPhone, liberating you from your desk, couch, and bedside so you can float through the world immersed in a beautifully curated music experience. Learn more.
PRX has been proud to partner with KCRW on Music Mine in all its manifestations. We hope you enjoy using the app at least as much as we’ve enjoyed developing it.
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We worked closely with the Radiolab team and design gurus One Trick Pony to build a beautiful app that also does things. Listen to the entire archive, read the blog (yick alert: latest post is about eating cicadas), and even submit audio, text, or images in response to various assignments.
It’s been a busy summer here at PRX. True, that statement applies to every summer since our founding, but this one was SO busy that we left an incredible announcement off of this blog.
Radiolab, the beloved show about “science, philosophy, and human experience,” now has an app truly worthy of its unique style and spirit. If you have an iOS or Android device, you can experience it for yourself.
Of course, it’s highly likely this is old news and you’ve been enjoying the app since June. Just thought we’d mention anyway.
April 20th, 2011 → 9:22 am @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
Thanks to backgrounding, you can listen to the Public Radio Player *and* do other things on your iPhone. Lots of other things… but how to sift through the 350,000 apps now in the App Store? You need picks from the experts – us!
Check out what we like on the iPhone and Android and tell us your own faves in the comments. (I couldn’t resist making an obvious plug for the Player; in truth, all of us PRXers with iOS devices use it regularly. For real.)
We like to keep you up to date on the growing world of public radio mobile tools. WBUR , in Boston, has a great new iPhone app and it has a Public Radio Player connection. The PRX development team, the folks behind the Player and This American Life’s iPhone app, partnered with WBUR and led development of the app.
WBUR gathered the input of its audience when planning features for the app and, with the PRX team, sought to create an app that harnessed the power of the iPhone. More than just a tool for streaming audio, the WBUR app is meant to facilitate a new level of engagement between the station and its audience.
Here are some highlights of the new WBUR app:
Like with the Public Radio Player, PRX plans to release the code for the WBUR app under an open source license to assist other stations in the development of their own apps. The WBUR app is available for free in the iTunes App Store. You can see more screenshots of the app and watch a brief video tour.
April 27th, 2010 → 10:56 am @ Josh Andrews // Comments Off
With great content from hundreds of live and on-demand streams, the Public Radio Player app quickly transforms you into a public radio power user. But what if you want to break down the proverbial fourth wall and make some radio of your own? Good news — it’s getting easier and easier to record and edit audio directly on your phone. A number of new apps are taking mobile audio production to the next level.
First off, remember that every iPhone comes with the Voice Memos app. And sure – it’s useful tool for reminding yourself to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home. But it can also be used to record a street musician you encounter or interview a friend or relative. Your recordings can then be emailed to your computer where you can edit and mix together tracks with a free digital audio editor like Audacity.
Want something a little more powerful? Try Monle, a new app that turns your iPhone into a 4 Track audio studio. Monle was built by a public radio producer who was frustrated with hauling so much equipment around. This app allows you to record, edit and mix audio directly on your phone. You are then able to export the individual tracks or the finished product via email, or straight to your computer via WiFi. There is also an option to submit your story to American Public Media.
4 tracks of audio editing not enough? The more ambitious audio enthusiast can purchase MultiTrack – a 16 track editing app. MultiTrack has many of the same recording, editing, and exporting features as Monle. With so many tracks, you’ll be able to create lush sonic landscapes or record a demo of that local garage band down the street.
The marketplace for audio recording and editing apps is growing fast. For more choices, you can view the full listings available in the iTunes App Store. Prices tend to range from $4 to $19, depending on the features.
One concern with creating radio on your iPhone is sound quality, and you may find you want to invest in an external microphone to improve your recordings. There are numerous mics designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch in a wide range of sizes and prices. A quick Google search led me to these two examples – the Vericorder and the Mikey.
When you’re done creating your masterpiece, consider joining PRX for free and posting your work online. Public radio stations are always looking for fresh new voices. Now get out there and make some radio!
Big news for public radio fans and gadget geeks alike: This American Life has just launched a new iPhone app, and it’s available right now in the iTunes Store! While we’re not usually the type to blow our own horn (yeah, right), we can’t help this one because the new TAL app was built by the same development team that brought you the Public Radio Player: Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
The folks at This American Life partnered with PRX to bring streaming audio of the show’s full archives (dating way back to 1995) to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Each week, the app will automatically update to bring you the latest episode of the radio show. Add to that a number of great features — search the full archives by episode or favorite contributor, listen to TAL staff picks or set up your own list of favorites, view video from the This American Life television show, and get notifications of new episodes as soon as they become available.
More information about the app is on the PRX blog, and you can download the new This American Life app in the iTunes Store. This is sure to become an essential download for the TAL fanboys and fangirls everywhere.