Want a podcast but don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to make one? Well, thanks to the magic of Feed2Podcast, all you need is your existing RSS feed. It is a free service that takes your feed and translates it into audio using a text-to-speech (TTS) synthesizer.
The greatest part about Feed2Podcast is its ease of use. All you do is paste the URL for your feed into the form on their website, and it does the rest for you. The tool does not require any configuration and provides several different methods for publishing your podcast on your blog, including XML links, popup players, and customizable widgets.
There are a few minor problems with the output. For example, the TTS synthesizer gags on contractions, spelling them out rather than pronouncing them. It also gets word inflections wrong some of the time, so your users may find it difficult to understand. You can see an example of the DBT podcast here.
Given that it’s free and easy to use, though, it’s definitely better than nothing, especially if you have a savvy audience that prefers alternatives to reading. And besides, effectively doubling the content available on your website is never a bad idea!