Review: Speakapedia for Mac converts Wikipedia articles into audio files

Listen to Wikipedia articles on your mobile device after converting them to podcasts using Speakapedia for Mac.

Speakapedia for Mac enables you to convert Wikipedia pages into podcasts with no hassle so that you can listen to them on your smartphone, tablet, or eBook reader. While the voice playback is robotic, the speed of the app and its ability to import files directly into iTunes make it worthwhile. This app is great for students.

Speakapedia for Mac greets you with an accessible interface that loads the Wikipedia homepage. You can use basic navigation buttons to find a specific page, or press the "Random" button to load a random page. Once you find a page you like, a "Speak It" button initiates the conversion process. This brings up a smaller window where you can check and uncheck boxes for the different parts of the article, which is helpful for broader topics where you want less information. Once selected, the app automatically converts the text to a speech file and places it in iTunes for listening. The app is speedy, requiring less than ten seconds to convert an average article. The playback is accurate, but the robotic voice may slightly annoy you.

A small and fast app, Speakapedia for Mac lives up to its promises. If it had a more natural, less robotic voice, it would have been a better app; but it's still worth trying. Overall, this application does its job well and can enhance your learning process, helping you to learn more on the go.

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