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Heard-App-iOS-iTunes-1For all those who have ever wished that you could record something that already happened, like the words someone has already said, or you cant remember what your boss requested you do three minutes back, there is a solution in a new iOS app.

That’s the idea behind Heard, a new app for iOS. Heard constantly records the audio around you into an ephemeral, self-destructing buffer, saving only those fleeting moments that you deem worthy.

When you launch the app, it immediately begins recording everything within earshot of the iPhone’s microphone. Rather than dumping all of that audio into one incredibly boring and incredibly long file, though, Heard records into a constantly rotating buffer. If something happens that you just have to save, you pop into the app and tap a single button and boom, it’s recorded. Do nothing, and the buffer is erased, that audio instantly disappearing into the digital ether.

The app continues to record audio even when running in the background, albeit with a big ol’ red “RECORDING” banner placed up at the top of your screen. Recorded clips can be named, tagged, emailed, or shared on Facebook.

Heard just launched late last week, and they’re testing a freemium model to begin with. Out of the box, the free app records up to 12 seconds of the past — not a whole lot, but enough to help you wrap your head around the concept. Pay $1.99 for the “Bigger Audio Buffer” in-app purchase, and you can bump the recording buffer up to 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes.

You can find Heard in the app store, for free, here.

Source: Tech Crunch