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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Turn any web article into a mp3 audio file for download & listening

A free web service that turns any online article into a downloadable audio file.

Listen to this audio file.

  • It was originally a conventional post made on the Nuclear Secrecy blog. Used SoundGecko & turned it into a mp3 audio file, which can also be downloaded and saved.
  • It seems to reproduce the punctuations and inflections quite nicely, in most cases. Though not perfectly human-sounding, a bit more apparent in some places, it still did quite a good job, for most parts, IMHO.


  • All you have to do is enter the URL of the webpage that contains the article & provide a valid e-mail id, where your audio-fied article will be sent. You can also e-mail the URL to them [] for conversion.
  • These converted files can be synced with your Dropbox or Google Drive account, if you authorise the access [not tried it yet].
  • The few times I tried it out, the conversion happened near instantly, though with its increasing popularity of the service & longer article lengths, it may not remain so.
  • Would be nice if they provide a bookmarklet, that automatically grabs the URL of the page when the bookmarklet is clicked on, leaving only the e-mail id for you to enter. A button embedded into any page, like a 'Tweet This' button, for SoundGecko, would be a useful feature.
  • Option to choose between male & female voice would be another plus [only male voices available so far].
  • Integrating it with a bookmarking tool, like Pocket, too, would be a winner.

Pretty useful service this SoundGecko thing is. As its developers put it,

"Our vision is to reinvent the radio with personalized information and entertainment."

Perhaps, I could use the software to turn a few articles into audio files to listen to during my evening run - multi-tasking Zindabad!


Related: Google-powered Educational Courseware [Google University]


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