On Thursday night, Ross Campbell and I recorded 178 minutes of podcast. That’s right, we recorded almost three fucking hours of incoherent babble just for you. In fact, we logged so much talk time that we decided to spin off our conversation into its own recurring podcast feature.
Delighted with our insane rant, we hit “4” on the keypad and heard the “call recording off” voice I’ve come to love over the years. But then something horrible happened – THE RECORDING NEVER DELIVERED TO MY GOOGLE VOICE INBOX.
I’ve lost three hours of podcast talk time intended to fill the upcoming AudioShocker Podcast #82 as well as the first three episodes of A Podcast with Ross and Nick. What the hell, Google Voice?
This never would have happened with GrandCentral. For those of you unfamiliar with Google Voice, it used to be a service called GrandCentral, which assigned you a dummy phone number and allowed you to record incoming calls. It was an amazing service. I never had a single technical problem with it.
But Google Voice has not been so smooth. First off, they changed the user interface to something far less friendly. Then they complicated the back end settings. Then they made call recording unreliable. I’ve had issues getting my recorded calls to deliver to my inbox in Google Voice before, but that was just when I was testing it out.
Everything went fine when I interviewed Paul Tobin a couple months ago. But this is only the second time I’ve tried to use Google Voice to record a podcast interview for the AudioShocker and the damn service dumped my entire recorded call. WTF!?!?!?!?!
I should have known there was going to be a problem recording that night. Ross and I had technical issues from the start – I tried calling in my usual fashion and the service kept sending me to the voicemail checker instead of to Ross (even though I clearly unchecked my phone number from the list in the settings tab).
So users beware – Google Voice is not the same as GrandCentral. It’s got a lot of problems and it’s pissing me off right now. I know it’s a free service and I shouldn’t be this mad, but I could always depend on GrandCentral. Obviously I can’t do the same when it comes to Google Voice.