In this tip, we are going to look at yet another service that you might find helpful: the Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track. What this does, is takes any text that you have selected – whether it be from a web page, an e-mail message, or a text file – and saves it to iTunes as an audio file, which can then be read by your favorite Mac voice (Alex, Agnes, Fiona, etc.). This can come in handy if you have a long commute to work and wish to listen to articles that you have saved or prefer to listen to a lengthy article rather than read it.
Quick Guide: Use the “Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track service”
- Select the text you want to save.
- Right-click on the selected text.
- Point to Services on the contextual menu.
- Click Add to iTunes as a Spoke Track from the contextual menu to display the Text to Audio File dialog box.
- Click the System Voice drop-down list and choose which voice you want to use.
- Type the name for the audio file in the Save As list.
- Click the Where box and choose which playlist you want to store the audio file. By default, it is stored in Music.
- Click Continue.
- Enjoy your audio!