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SoundGecko converts online articles into audible MP3s, aims to ‘reinvent the radio’

SoundGecko, the product of an Australian startup, is launching this week to bring news articles to life in a new way. Designed as a text-to-audio transcribing service, SoundGecko generates an MP3 from a URL, allowing you to listen to an article from virtually anywhere. “I listen to podcasts and radio, but they aren’t always exactly what I want,” explains Long Zheng, part of the 121cast Melbourne-based startup behind SoundGecko. After spending hours commuting back and forth to work, Zheng says he wanted to find “a way to listen to exactly what I wanted and when I wanted.”