I had a great idea that was terrible
I had a great idea a couple of months back. Really great. So good and easy to execute in fact, that I immediatly put it on top of my “side-projects”-list. So let me pitch you the idea: A podcast for people who like to get a quick daily update on what’s happening, fully automated. The idea was simple:
- Get the three most popular news articles of the day/evening via some API that’s surely out there
- Isolate the actual text from the HTML.
- Let a text-to-speech engine read the texts and safe the result as a file.
- Maybe enrich the file with a jingle or whatever.
- Upload the file to a podcast hosting service.
- I skipped this part at first since I thought it would be one of the easier parts. I just grabbed a url of a random news article and went with that.
- I used txtify to get that done, piece of cake.
- There is actually a python package, that uses Google’s text-to-speech engine and offers all the functionality you would want.