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SpokenLayer iPhone app adds AOL Tech titles for your listening pleasure


For the last ten months, TUAW has been providing readers with an audio version of selected stories through the Daily Update. Today, we're happy to announce that you can listen to all TUAW posts as well as those from Engadget, TechCrunch, and Joystiq, through a new app called SpokenLayer (free). The app is perfect for listening to your favorite AOL Tech sites (and other content) while walking, riding a bike, or driving a car.

To quote the blurb on the SpokenLayer website, "SpokenLayer transforms the best of the web into narrated audio, making written content available anytime, anywhere." At this time, SpokenLayer also provides content from the Associated Press, The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, and National Journal. The company is adding new content providers quickly, with the posts read by a mix of live narrators and text-to-speech voices.

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The iPhone app became available yesterday and lists the individual content providers as well as a curated mix of featured stories and recently added posts. Each content provider has a button to tap; that takes you to a list of posts that are available for listening. With another tap you're listening to the narrated recording, or you can listen to all posts as a playlist. You can give a thumbs-up or -down to each recording as feedback, or even take a look at the original post to see associated images or video. While stories are playing, you can jump to other apps and still listen to the narrated posts.

SpokenLayer is ramping up narration of posts quickly -- however, some of the existing content is a few days behind our current posts. During the interim, TUAW will continue to produce and publish the Daily Update podcast.

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