Apple launches Spoken Editions section of iTunes, provides narrated content from dozens of publishers
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:45
Category: iTunes, News, Software
If you love audiobooks, this could be nifty.
On Monday, Apple announced its new “Spoken Editions” section of iTunes, which will feature narrated content from a number of online publishers in the form of audio-only podcasts. These Spoken Editions are available both in the iTunes storefront, as well as in Apple’s Podcasts app, for easy access.
With the launch, more then 40 publishers will be distributing content, including the Huffington Post, Reuters, Slate. .Mic, Wired, IGN, Bustle, Fusion, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, TIME, Skift, TechCrunch and Playboy.
The podcasts are powered by SpokenLayer, a company that has developed a service that quickly turns a publishers’ RSS feed of articles into audio recordings that can be distributed anywhere – in iTunes, on SoundCloud, on the web, or any other audio platform. The idea is not only to allow consumers to “hear” from their favorite websites instead of reading them, but also to give each publisher’s brand its own distinctive voice.
SpokenLayer also includes an ad model for publishers thanks to included audio ads with the company commenting that there will be hundreds of new episodes per week of additional content.
As always, check out the new section and let us know what you think in the comments.