Sites & Services: Odiogo Text To Speech Service

I was browsing one of my favourite blogs a while back and noticed a button on each post, allowing one to download and listen to an audio version of the text content of the article in question, provided by a service called Odiogo.  I was reasonably skeptical because I had listened to the quality of other TTS (Text to Speech) convertors before and they seemed a bit awkward to listen to with all the fluctuation in tempo and pitch (or emphasis on words)..

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I decided to follow the service’s link to their homepage, provided by the ‘Listen Now’ button.  After reading about some of the features and benefits on their homepage, I followed the link to sign up with the service free of charge which merely involved providing my blog URL and email address.  By signing up with the Odiogo service, your blog articles are immediately converted into mp3 audio by the services’ server and placed on another storage server, ready to be downloaded or podcast via a couple of specially formatted RSS links that you are emailed by Odogio to make available on your site.  From that point on, your blog’s RSS feed is monitored by the service several times per day for new content.

The first link you are given is one to an ‘audio-enriched’ version of your RSS page that includes an audio download link below each article.  The second link is what Odiogo refer to as a ‘control page’ allowing RSS readers the option to perform 1-click subscriptions to podcasts of your feed content via iTunes, Juice etc.  Also, you can select a service to share the link through (ie. Facebook, Technorati, Delicious and Digg), and there is the ability to listen to streaming media versions of each article – not to mention downloading the tracks.   Each podcast can be used by your iPod (or other player) to view the article text whilst listening to the track by viewing under its’ lyrics. 

The service also allows you to download a plug-in for your respective blog service so that you get the ‘Listen Now’ buttons for each article on your blog – for an example of a blog that uses this handy feature see http://the-one-about.blogspot.com/

Quality & Convenience

The quality of the audio is pretty good and quite easy to listen to.  There is still a little bit of tempo/pitch fluctuation occasionally, but it is the best quality TTS I have come across and the service is free!  I think that it is a very handy thing to be have for some of those more technical/informative articles that you would want to listen to more than once.  Also, it may be more convenient for you to obtain the feed content you want in audio format to listen to at a later point in time eg. not at work, where a lot of people actually do peruse blogs online! 

Once you reach a large enough audience, you gain the ability to also earn money from ads embedded in the audio content of your feeds.. 

For examples of what your RSS feeds would look like and sound like; check out mine:

RSS Feed – Audio Enriched

RSS Feed – Podcast Subscription

Here is the URL to the Odiogo service homepage:
Odiogo

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2 Responses to “Sites & Services: Odiogo Text To Speech Service”

  1. […] Sites & Services: Odiogo Text To Speech Service 14.04.2009 | Posted in Computer World I was browsing one of my favourite blogs a while back and noticed a button on each post, allowing one to download and listen to an audio version of the text content of the article in question, provided by a service called Odiogo.  I was reasonably skeptical because I had listened to the quality of other TTS (Text to Speech) convertors before and they seemed a bit awkward to listen to with all the fluctuation in tempo and pitch (or emphasis on words).. I decided to follow the service Excerpt from: Sites & Services: Odiogo Text To Speech Service […]

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