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AudioMicro Acquires Audioo, Launches Outrageous New
Voicemail Sharing Service
New Service Provides Hilarious Way to Hear and See What People Are Saying in
NEW YORK, TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT, May 24, 2010 - AudioMicro, which offers
the world’s largest collection of user-generated royalty free music and sound effects,
announced today it has acquired Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Audioo (pronounced
AWW-DEE-YOU) and has relaunched the site as an outrageous new voicemail sharing
service that enables people to search, browse, and listen-in on other people’s voicemails.
The service—now live—publishes users’ voicemails with transcriptions to the Audioo
website and to users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. The new Audioo was selected to
participate in the “Startup Battlefield” at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, being held
May 24-26 in New York. To register for a free Audioo account, visit
Audioo is hosting a contest, “Jerkin’ with The Jerky Boys.” All voicemails submitted to
Audioo through June 30 will be judged by Johnny Brennan, creator of The Jerky Boys
duo and best known for his prank phone calls and other comedic skits. The winner of the
funniest voicemail submitted during the contest period will win an Apple iPad. More
information about the contest is available at
“Audioo users are already sharing every conceivable type of voicemail, including drunkdial calls, the ramblings of crazy ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, and much more,” said
Ryan Born, chief executive officer, AudioMicro and Audioo. “The service has only been
up a short while, but some of the voicemails already posted are just insane.”
The Audioo site enables visitors to browse and listen to voicemails by area code, sort
voicemails by category, including “Drunk,” “Funny,” and “Sexy,” and share voicemails
with others via Twitter and Facebook. Users who submit a voicemail to Audioo receive
text transcriptions of uploaded messages. Audioo is ad-supported, free, and open to all
major wireless carriers. Users can submit messages through a variety of methods:
Google Voice subscribers can upload directly through a Mozilla Firefox add-on, or users
can upload voicemails to the Audioo site, email an audio file to Audioo, forward
messages from a handset, record a voicemail through a computer’s microphone, or leave
a message at 1-405-4-AUDIOO.
AudioMicro will operate Audioo as a separate division, and the entire development team
will remain with the company. Audioo President Yuri Baranov will assume the role of
chief operating officer for both Audioo and AudioMicro. Audioo founder Ben Padnos
will remain a company advisor.
About Audioo
Audioo is “Blippy for Voicemail.” The company is building the largest searchable
archive of transcribed voice recordings, including localized real-time streams and
trending topics. The Audioo platform allows users to auto-stream, publicly share, and
store voicemails from handsets and services, including Google Voice. Audioo has
teamed with The Jerky Boys on an iPad giveaway contest dubbed “Jerkin’ with The Jerky
Boys” - submit your voicemails, win a freakin’ iPad! To submit, call 1-405-4-AUDIOO
(1-405-428-3466) or visit
About AudioMicro
An industry pioneer in licensing music and sound effects through credit-based and
subscription packages, AudioMicro offers a discovery and distribution platform for stock
audio content. Its collection of stock music, sound effects, free sound effects, and
ringtones includes over 300,000 tracks of both crowd-sourced and premium, recordlabel-owned content. AudioMicro also operates the Audioo voicemail sharing service.
The company is venture-backed by DFJ Frontier. For more information,
About TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt (, May 24-26 2010, at 570
Washington Street, is TechCrunch’s inaugural conference in New York attracting over
1,500 leading technology innovators and investors and over 150 new startups. The
format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company
launches. Morning executive discussions debate the most timely disruptions in media,
advertising and technology. Afternoons host the Startup Battlefield where 25 new
companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 500
applications received from around the world. Another 100 early-stage startups will
exhibit in Startup Alley. TechCrunch will award a $50,000 grand prize along with other
award recognitions at the conclusion of the conference.
About TechCrunch
TechCrunch ( is a leading technology media network, dedicated to
obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. Founded in
2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites reach over 8 million unique visitors and
more than 25 million page views per month. TechCrunch operates a global network of
websites including dedicated properties in Europe and Japan as well as specialized
industry websites including MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, and TechCrunchIT.
TechCrunch’s CrunchBase, is the leading, open database about start-up companies,
people and investors. In addition to Disrupt, TechCrunch hosts other conferences and
events, including The Crunchies Awards and various meet-ups worldwide serving as
community platforms for industry conversation and collaboration.
Media Contact:
Paige Schoknecht
Prequent, Inc. (for Audioo)
+1 (408) 275-1419 office
+1 (650) 223-4085 mobile
[email protected]
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