Facebook Introduces Live Audio Feature to Facilitate Interactive Audio Podcasts

December 22, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Over the recent times, Facebook has kept itself busy in enhancing services related to video, which included live video stream and 360-degree videos. But that hasn’t kept them away from improving other segments of the social media, and as a result, we are now having live audio stream feature getting introduced in the media-savvy platform.

Called Live Audio, Facebook’s new audio stream service will be podcasting live audio to user feeds on all platforms, with an aim of catering to professional organizations and amateur users equally. The audio stream feature is available currently to a select group of publishers, namely BBC World Service, talk radio broadcaster Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC), book publisher Harper Collins and authors Adam Grant and Britt Bennett.

Facebook will introduce more to the batch by next year, eventually opening up the Live Audio feature for all its users.

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So what key role does the new audio stream feature play in the emerging age of video broadcast? Facebook says that the Live Audio can be used as semi-professional stage for podcasting various events like book readings, interviews etc. that could grip more users by offering live user interaction.

Besides, it can also be the alternate to video stream from areas with low-network connectivity. Data-efficient media streams can be switched to Live Audio for offering seamless streams when the network connectivity drops to low levels.

Live Audio feature can also be enjoyed thought the smartphone apps. Android users will be able to enjoy the podcast even if they exit the Facebook app. The feature is not available for iOS users however.

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