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January 03, 2006

Transcribing podcasts/audio files

jkOnTheRun:

I think it would be really cool if someone could come up with a way to automatically derive written transcriptions from podcasts. This would work similar to speech recognition programs but it needs to be speaker independent to be effective, kind of like closed-captioning used by TV stations.

I agree! I generally dislike listening to vs. reading information, but sometimes the audio is all that's available. I recently setup my Dad with an account Odeo, a free service that lets you call a phone # and record audio (in MP3 format) which you can then send via email or put into a podcast. The idea is, since he isn't that accustomed to typing, he can use Odeo to record his memoirs. I hope to transcribe these memoirs once good technology is available. In this case, there's sentimental value in having his actual voice, but it would be great to have both text and voice!

Thanks, Odeo Team!

I want to thank the Odeo team for providing the service, making it so easy to start podcasing, and especially for making it possible to record audio via the telephone! This is a great idea; everyone has access to a telephone, you don't have to be tied to a computer, and it makes using the service very easy and natural. Although I don't anticipate creating many podcasts per se, I like the idea of using Odeo for voice memos.