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10.6: Easily create spoken iTunes tracks from any text
Authored by: torch_55 on Feb 22, '10 06:42:15PM

How do you find the recorded track in iTunes?



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Track name?
Authored by: Jacques on Feb 22, '10 09:37:31PM

You'll find it's called "Text to Speech", to be found within the Music section of iTunes.

The original text to speech file is created as an AIFF file, apparently. Once it's placed in iTunes, you'll find it's been converted there into the AAC VBR 128kbps format.

This script throws out the AIFF version of the track once the iTunes track has converted. If you need to convert it to MP3 instead or any other format, just retrieve the file from the Finder's trash.



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Track name?
Authored by: torch_55 on Feb 23, '10 06:27:41AM

Jacques, thanks so much for the help.



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AAC encoding
Authored by: TheFLP on Feb 23, '10 10:19:38PM

I'm finding that if you've changed the default AAC encoder settings in iTunes (Preferences > General > Import Settings), the final import step will fail with an error. I had to select the "iTunes Plus" preset to make it work.

(If you don't normally encode to AAC, you can change the above setting and then go back to your preferred format. The service will use AAC regardless.)

Even after a failed import, you'll still find the original AIFF file in the Trash.



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Edit voice used, filename, encoding method, etc.
Authored by: Jacques on Feb 24, '10 08:03:09PM

Edit voice used, filename, encoding method, etc.

You can edit the AppleScript .workflow file easily!

If you double click the .workflow file, it'll open up in Automator - where you can then edit and change attributes. When you save your results, use Save As so you can keep the original script intact - as a back up. You'll probably have to activate your new script by using this original hint, once you're done.

You'll find the file on your System hard drive, under System > Library > Services > Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track.workflow.

It's a VERY simple script actually!



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