February 19, 2012
Given the surplus of RSS reader apps available in the App Store, and especially with the gorgeous and efficient Reeder currently leading the pack, is there any more space left for yet another one? Perhaps in the case of RSS Talk, you can be persuaded to make room for it in your already crowded home screen, once you find out what makes it a cut above the rest. Simply put, it talks. At first glance, RSS Talk functions like a usual RSS reader app optimized for the iPhone. It comes preloaded with some of the most popular feeds on the Web, and it supports adding custom feeds manually, although it has no Google Reader integration. But it isn't called RSS Talk for nothing. Its major feature is its ability to read out the individual articles in your feed subscriptions. Using the free text-to-speech software of iSpeech, the app lets you listen to the news stories, essays, and blog posts that you care about. Now you can have a pleasant female voice to keep you company with the latest Web content while you’re driving your car, commuting by train or simply relaxing on a chair, without having to activate your iPhone’s systemwide VoiceOver accessibility. RSS Talk launched as a free app, but it's now available for $1.99. If you’d rather listen to your favorite feeds than read them, download RSS Talk now in the App Store.