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Friday, June 15, 2007

Odiogo: Transform your Blog into a Podcast

Odiogo converts your blog posts into podcasts, automatically.

It takes your RSS feed and runs it through text-to-speech software to transform your blog into a podcast. After you sign up, it may take a day or two for them to process your content into MP3 audio files.

Naturally, the first thing I was afraid of was an awkward and artificial-sounding mechanical voice reading out my blog posts. Odiogo isn't too bad in that respect, but you can clearly tell that they've used text-to-speech software to create the podcast. It doesn't sound like a real person speaking.

Still, it can open up your blog to a whole new demographic: "readers" who prefer to listen to your blog and the visually-impaired.

You can check out the quality of the podcasts by hearing how Digital Alchemy sounds as a podcast here.
However, there's one more concern. Audio ad spots are inserted into your podcast by Odiogo which may be a concern for some of you. This is the path to monetizing free content and services that We7 also follows to provide free music downloads.


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