What's the best tool for listening to articles?
Medium just launched audio stories, which seems like a cool feature! But it's a members-only feature. There are alternatives out there... what's your favorite?
- 50Play for Web
Listen to articles from around the webThis seems like a very popular Chrome extension for listening to articles. Did well in the Product Hunt launch 😊Kunal Bhatiadesign @mercury · WrittenI use Play.ht for providing audio for my Medium readers. They are robotic voices, but it gets the job done and it's very easy to get started. You can even embed the player inside your own articles.
Everyone's stories, now w/ an inline editor, tags & streamThe product looks super well done, and seems like the first real value feature in the Medium Members upgrade. Wondering what @rrhoover things as he is a member :-)
- 23Pocket 7.0
Save and read news, articles, & videos that fuel your mindBen TossellNo-coder 👉 Makerpad.co · WrittenI use Pocket A LOT so I tend to get a lot of backed up content to get through. Sometimes its easier to use Pocket listen. Although the voice is fairly robot-y
Daily news and top stories, turned into podcastsMaria NicolaeCo-founder at Listle, CSM at Storylane · WrittenMaria Nicolae made this productListle is an app that allows people to listen to an increasing library of interesting audio articles - read by people. 15 new audio articles are added every day. You can find articles on current events, top HN stories or your favourite PG essays, in audio. Link to mobile app: https://listle.app.link/m2DbuzvEDZThe best there is! Super interesting and eclectic listens!Great app
Listen to your news stories, narrated by humans
The world's best longform journalism, read aloud.ryan made this productAudm is an iOS app that lets you listen to audio versions of longform feature articles from publishers like The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, ProPublica, Outside Magazine, Foreign Policy, and London Review of Books. The stories are read by audiobook narrators.Nathan BaschezWorking for progress. · WrittenI love Audm! It's the only way I can get through long David Frum pieces in The Atlantic :)
Listen to startup and tech focused Medium storiesThese are just tech articles sourced from Medium and run through IBM's Watson text to speech generator. Not as natural as a normal audiobook/podcast, but they do the trick.
Never lose a link again.Ambrose LeungSolving 1st world problems · EditedAmbrose Leung made this productMy service works on all platforms - you just email the article URL to an email address (or use the Chrome Extension) and it will be added to your list your personal podcast feed is automatically updated as well. the unique feature that my service has is that you can tag articles and have them played by tag on the Amazon Echo. Obviously the parser may not work on all websites, so if it is doing TTS on text that is not relevant, just email me and I'll get that fixed.
Switch between reading and listening to the same storyDuoBook works wonderfully - you can switch back and forth between reading & listening, which makes it perfect for someone who has a hard time dedicating time to just listening to a book 😅
- 3AudiofyAyush MittalHead Of Digital Communications · WrittenBeen using Play for Medium and sometimes Audiofy while driving. Ability to connect with Pocket/Instapaper, save from Safari/Chrome or Discover the latest feed. Voice is not as great as Play.
Listen to audiobooks at ridiculously fast speedsJake CrumpSoftware Engineer at Product Hunt · WrittenThis is super helpful for anyone who doesn't have a ton of time, but still wants to enjoy audiobooks.
- 2Voice Dream
Best Text to Speech App
- 2@Voice Aloud ReaderVoice Aloud Reader is still the only app I've ever paid for, just because I received so much value from the free, ad supported version. It plays almost any file type, syncs with Pocket, Dropbox, Google Drive and it's really easy to skip or go back a sentence or paragraph.
Writing worth listening to from top publicationsRobert SampsonDesigner, for lack of a better word · WrittenArticles read professionally by flesh and blood humans from publications like the Guardian, AEON, Idler, Nautilus, etc...
Save articles to Read LaterHoward HuangHead of Growth · WrittenThis is what I gravitate towards. Just save an article, click the share button --> speak and it reads the article to you.
Top HackerNews articles in human-read podcast formatRaman KsaitorFounder, CryptoJobsList.com · WrittenRaman Ksaitor made this productReal people narrate your content. REAL. PEOPLE. Synthesized voice is nowhere near. We are starting out with top HN articles and cryptocurrency whitepapers, but will soon start narrating any article or document on demand. Subscribe to keep tabs on our progress!
- 2Realiti NewsSpencer CampFounder and CEO at Future · WrittenSpencer Camp made this productRealiti News is a newer simple and beautiful audio news app that lets you listen to Wired, Time, Huffington Post, Mashable, TechCrunch, Reuters, Slate, and Gizmodo read to you by professional human narrators, each morning, when the daily feed is refreshed with the latest articles. :)
Turn your reading list into a podcastDuncan McClean made this productIt's great for listening to articles and turning them into a private podcast.
- 1Speechify Gen 0.1
Read faster, stay focused & absorb more - Create AudiobooksNikos MelachrinosCo-Founder / CEO @ Quirk · WrittenGreat text to speech app. Has brilliant keyboard shortcuts :)