How to learn more by converting content into audio using SoundGecko

POSTED BY Daniel Doherty
ON Jul 3, 2014

UPDATED: This article serves as gentle reminder that all good things might come to an attend. Sadly, Sound Gecko has closed down. You guys were awesome. Our websites, email newsletters and my content consuming power-up were taken to another level. You guys were incredible. Thank you!

All the best with the new product.


Pocket now plays your articles!

We frequently come across very interesting blog posts, web pages and articles that look really interesting but we may not have the time to read such content. On the other hand, you may find it quite difficult to concentrate on reading the content you just found because of the distractions on the web page such as ads or simply because you are deeply engrossed in other activities. SoundGecko is an automated text to audio transcribing service that makes the entire process super simple by simply converting articles into MP3 files using the text-to-speech technology. Therefore, if you don’t have the time to read, you can listen to the content you want in the form of podcasts on your mobile devices, computers or MP3 player.

If you can consume content quicker or more easily, you are more likely to be able to create or locate more content more easily. It's like joining the dots with a magic secret.

Features of SoundGecko

Remote access

The audio file is sent to the corresponding email address provided during registration and the service can be synchronized with Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and other cloud-based storage platforms to access the audio content from anywhere. This is quite useful especially if you are researching a subject and want to keep the relevant content in one place.

RSS feeds

Users can subscribe to RSS feeds and listen to the latest news from their favorite blogs by having the new audio files generated whenever the blogs are updated.

Eyes free and hands free for easy multitasking

You can enjoy listening to content from the web on the go. Therefore, SoundGecko ensures that users are always up to date even while driving to work, having coffee, exercising, riding public transport, waiting in the queue or enjoying the sunset.

Easy to use

Find articles on the web and upload them onto SoundGecko using the one click browser extension. This is available from the site or send the URLs via email. You can use add-in for Google Chrome and a bookmarklet for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

After registration you can download MP3s of the articles or WebPages which you can listen to at any convenient time. This has been made even easier with apps that are available for android devices, windows phones and iOS; the audio files are sent to such apps in order to ensure that they are readily available on your tablet or phone. Try to consume content quicker or more easily. Then you are more likely to be able to create or locate more content more easily. It's like joining the dots.

You can also upgrade to a pro SoundGecko account at a cost of $2.95 per month. Consequently, you boost your RSS feeds from just 1 feed in the free account to 100 RSS feeds in the pro account. On the other hand, you can send PDF files for conversion to audio files and increase the word limit from just 4000 words to 30000 words. You can also boost the limit for converted articles per day from 30 articles to unlimited.

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Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is a web developer and content marketer since 2001. Specifically working with WordPress he loves to help others understand the magic of using tools to automate their learning, creating content and marketing their business - preferably on autopilot. That said, he's an avid reader and geeks out on the technology, thinking outside of the box. He's a bit of a foodie too and can cook when he manages to disconnect from the Matrix. Loves cupcakes. You can follow Daniel's content related posts on Twitter @ThriveContent, website related content @MerlinFX and cafe/restaurant content @BlendAll.

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