NewsAloud Review

21st century radio

Submitted by criticalgreg on Tue, 2008-06-24 02:00.
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The lowest price: 17.95$
You can buy it at RegNow for that price.
Cheap, easy way to listen to the news
speech is rendered poorly

When writing this review, I went back and read the description of the program. I nearly choked on my sandwich when I read that NewsAloud spoke in a "natural, human sounding voice."

The unfortunate fact is that NewsAloud is neither natural nor human sounding. The voice uses Microsofts normal text-to-speech engine which is definitely understandable but not fluent.

That being said, I really enjoyed testing this little piece of software. While not decorated with beautiful graphics, this program is extremely easy to set up and use and it does exactly what it says it does.

It compiled a multitude of news stories from several different sources (Reuters, NY times etc) and quickly rendered them into (albeit poor) speech.


If you need a good way to listen to the news (besides the radio) then this is it. I liked this program alot.