Ever wonder how to turn rss xml into a podcast mp3? Me neither, but it struck me as a really cool idea when I ran across Talkr.com, a online services which does this. I then found Audiolicious and found you can do it in 7 easy steps.
Audiolicious allows you to point it at any valid RSS feed and create MP3 Podcast. It converts the text to speech using Windows and Ruby technology.
- Unzip the Audiolicious zipfile to a directory on your computer.
- Install Ruby.
- Install the Microsoft Speech API.
- Install the Microsoft Mary voice.
- Test Audiolicious by running audiolicious.bat. The MP3′s will appear in the output directory.
- Configure Audiolicious by opening audiolicious.rb in your favourite text editor and changing the rss_feed and output_dir.
- Setup up audiolicious.bat to run daily using Windows Scheduler.