4 Steps to Turn RSS Feeds Into Audio Files

By Dan Hinckley

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Over the past few years RSS feeds have been transforming the web. Automater on OSX 10.5 allows you to transform RSS feeds from text to your own audio files or podcasts that you can take with you on your iPod.

RSS FEEDS TO AUDIO FILES

To transform your favorite RSS feeds into audio files open Automator in OS X 10.5 and add the following steps:

  1. Get Specified URLS (Add the URL of the RSS Feed you want to convert to an audio File)
  2. Get Feeds from URLS (This extracts the actual feed from the URL)
  3. Get Text from Articles (This step pulls out the text from your RSS feeds and saves it to a text file)
  4. Text to Audio File (Have OSX read your new text file and save it to an audio file. Be sure to select the voice of the file, I suggest Alex, and where you want to save it)

If you’d like to import the new audio file into iTunes you can add the step: Import Files into iTunes.

From here you can take your favorite RSS feeds on the go with you. Listen to the articles at your convenience.

Try it out with the maciverse.com RSS Feed.

For those of you that like things the easy way, you can download the Automator workflow here.

About Dan Hinckley
Dan Hinckley is an experienced Mac user who converted to Apple products when they introduced them on Intel Processors. He loves helping others get more out of their devices! Subscribe to Maciverse.com to get the latest from Dan and the Maciverse Team!! Find out more about Dan:

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