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Convert Web articles to MP3 and sync with Drive, Dropbox

SoundGecko offers a transcription service to bring you articles from your favorite Web sites in MP3 format.

SoundGecko on iPhone.

Sitting in front of a computer all day for work makes your leisure reading time seem like more of a chore. Or even worse, you may not have time for reading about your interests because you need to keep your eyes on the road to make your way home or to another appointment. For times like these, wouldn't it be useful to be able to listen to the articles instead?

SoundGecko offers a transcription service that converts articles you find online to MP3 format. It's definitely not going to sound smooth like a podcast or newscast, but you will get the original content of the article. This means you won't have to listen to extra pieces of news or opinion that may not interest you.

First you'll want to find some articles that you want to convert. Once you've done that, you have three options to get the process going:

Option 1: Head to and paste the URL of each article, along with your e-mail address to receive the MP3.

A link to the MP3 is e-mailed to you by Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Option 2: E-mail the URL of an article to and you'll receive a link to an MP3 version of it in return.Apple iPhone 4S - 64GB - white (Verizon Wireless)

Option 3: Grab a copy of the Chrome extension and use it to send articles in to SoundGecko.

The resulting article MP3 is a bit robotic, but you can learn to love a robot, right?

An added bonus of SoundGecko is that it can place a copy of the MP3 in your Google Drive or Dropbox account when you submit an article URL. This option is only available if you register for an account (it's free) and then link the cloud service you want to use to your account. There's also an iPhone app -- but no Android version yet -- that can grab the MP3s, if that's easier for you.

(Via Lifehacker)