I have no interest in showing you yet another RSS feed app, but SoundGecko has an element for those of you that just don’t have enough time to read your feeds. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to listen to the stories that interest you while you are working in your garage or driving in your car? Well SoundGecko, created by 121cast Pty Ltd, does just that.
SoundGecko will take your favorite news stories and read them to you. Now you might be like me and not be into RSS feeds all that much. No problem because you can send any webpage from your browser (mobile or desktop) to SoundGecko. So if you don’t have time to read some articles that you just found, you can send them to your playlist and listen to them in your car on the way to work. It’s kind of like making your own podcast. If you do find that you frequent sites regularly, you can certainly add any RSS feeds to your playlist and those articles will automatically appear.
I’m sure you’re wondering how well SoundGecko does at interpreting the written word to audio. It actually does a really good job. It’s nearly impossible to be perfect, but it’s pretty close. Surprisingly it was able to get my name right and most humans can’t even do that. It also knows to say “gigabytes” for GB.
The app works in conjunction with the desktop site. Upon installing the app, you will create an account with a username and password. The desktop site is where you will choose what RSS feeds you want to automatically show up in your mobile inbox or playlist. You will find other settings as well like the ability to change the voice of the reader. There’s even a Chrome plugin that lets you send any web page from your desktop right to your playlist. As I mentioned, if you’re using your phone or tablet, you can easily share any webpage from your mobile browser as well.
SoundGecko is completely free, but if you want to get into more than one RSS feed, it will run $2.95 per month. This will not only give you 100 RSS feeds (30,000 words per day), but it will also read PDFs. The free version will let you share up to 30 web articles (4,000 words) of your choice per day, and will let you subscribe to one RSS feed. In addition, you will get free RSS feeds from Engadget, BBC, The NY Times, and Lifehacker. The free version gives you the opportunity to see how you like it before you buy it. If you’re a casual news junky, it will work very well as you can simply browse stories and send the ones you want to your playlist. Ultimately, if you’re a RSS maniac, you will want to jump in and grab a subscription. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.
- RSS feeds – Listen to the latest news from your favorite news and blog, automatically updated.
- Hands free, eyes free – SoundGecko is a text-to-audio transcribing service that lets you enjoy written content from around the web on the go.
- Easy to use – Send article URLs by email or use the one-click browser extension, available from the website.
- Multi-task like a boss – Stay up to date while you drive to work, ride public transport, have a coffee, take a run, excerise at the gym, wait in queue, enjoying the sunset.