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Podcasting without really trying

A website is offering to automatically create podcasts from text-only blogs for free. Talkr has long been offering this service but previously limited it to well-known bloggers.

While many companies have been releasing podcasting tools in the past months, Talkr is different, says its chief executive officer Chris Brooks in a press statement.

“Those other tools are great if you have the time and patience to install a new application and then record, host and distribute a podcast. However, many people don’t have the time. If you already write a blog, Talkr will give you a podcast with little effort and zero cost.”

Talkr says setting up a service takes less than 10 minutes.

I tried it several minutes ago and found that signing up did take less than 10 minutes. In a short while, my site’s posts were already converted to MP3 files – with the words read by a female voice that sounded robotic. Some of words – like Cybercafe – were mispronounced.

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu City, Philippines. He is co-founder of the journalism start-up InnoPub Media.