Turn Your Feed into a Podcast

By Gregory Ciotti

Want a podcast but don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to make one? Well, thanks to the magic of Feed2Podcast, all you need is your existing RSS feed. It is a free service that takes your feed and translates it into audio using a text-to-speech (TTS) synthesizer.

The greatest part about Feed2Podcast is its ease of use. All you do is paste the URL for your feed into the form on their website, and it does the rest for you. The tool does not require any configuration and provides several different methods for publishing your podcast on your blog, including XML links, popup players, and customizable widgets.

There are a few minor problems with the output. For example, the TTS synthesizer gags on contractions, spelling them out rather than pronouncing them. It also gets word inflections wrong some of the time, so your users may find it difficult to understand. You can see an example of the DBT podcast here.

Given that it’s free and easy to use, though, it’s definitely better than nothing, especially if you have a savvy audience that prefers alternatives to reading. And besides, effectively doubling the content available on your website is never a bad idea!



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7 Responses to “Turn Your Feed into a Podcast”

  • Bang Kritikus

    Thanks

  • Joe

    This doesn’t seem to be working anymore. Thought I would share alternatives in case anyone was looking.

    http://www.odiogo.com/
    http://www.talkr.com/

  • Aimee

    Great find, I’ve been looking for something like this!

  • Ashish Mohta

    Haha it was really funny to hear my own blog. I was like crap lol. Good find Daniel

  • Brian Aldrich

    Wow great find, i’m using it already! Finally my site represented by a robot.

  • Daniel

    If nothing else, it is really funny to be able to listen to your own posts :).

    The only thing I find they need to improve is the download. Apparently I would not be able to download the podcast of my Rss feed as an MP3 file. I guess the text-to-speech is done on the fly.

    If they update with this feature it will be cool.

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