I added a new feature to OpTempo today, an audio feed courtesy of Odiogo. This service takes your blog RSS feed and converts it to an audio stream that you can listen to online or store to an iPod or other MP3 player. Being able to take blogcasts on the road with you is a nice feature to have.
A Computer Generated Voice?
Yes, but it doesn’t sound like you’re having Stephen Hawking read your blog. The voice is actually quite good although there are points where you can tell that it is generated. Another point it stumbles on are certain links, odd words and names, software code and a few miscellaneous WordPress-isms. If you have mostly plain text though it should work OK.
It’s Free to Blogs
One nice feature is that it’s free to blogs. You don’t have to pay anything while the mainstream media does. They have an advertising sharing program they offer should your blog listeners get high enough.
There’s a Widget Available
There’s a widget available that will integrate with most widget ready themes. I tried it on my test setup of OpTempo but I didn’t like how it interacted with the rest of my configuration. So, I just opted to put an audio link at the top of my pages that goes to my blogs specific page on their site.
While the service is nice there are a few things lacking.
First, there is no catalog of sites that are using Odiogo. It would be nice to have a catalog of possible blogs and mainstream sources to pick and choose from.
Second, it seems that the RSS feed update is a bit slow. This might be a factor if you’re adding new posts often. They have added a ping service within the past few days so that may improve things.
Lastly, it seems to be lacking in end user friendly department. Maybe this will be made a little more seamless in the future.
Do you think Odiogo is something you would use on your blog? Do you think it’s worthwhile? Leave me a comment and let me know.