First there were books on tape. Now visitors to the Government Computer News Web site have the opportunity to listen to the full version of the site’s stories on the site itself or in an mp3 format, the company recently announced. Government Computer News and Newsworthy Inc. are working together to launch Tech Media Cast;audio versions of GCN news stories. Tech Media Cast uses Newsworthy’s Click-2-Listen service to automatically convert Web news stories to audio.
The Government Computer News’ Web site will be the first site to offer all of its content in standard mp3 format, letting users listen to complete news stories or download them to their iPod or computer for listening at a later time."We are the only Government IT publication to offer our content to iPod and other mp3 users, allowing our readers to make better use of their time," Alec Dann, senior vice president of PostNewsweek Tech Media, which publishes GCN, said in a statement.
Users click on the new "Listen to this story" icon to immediately hear the article or download it. Newsworthy’s Click-2-Listen service automatically converts the entire story to audio, giving Tech Media Cast users the same content they read on the Web site, unlike other audio services which only provide headlines or brief summaries. Tech Media Cast will debut in July. Tech Media also plans to roll out the service across all of its other major sites, including WashingtonTechnology.com, GovernmentLeader.com and DefenseSystems.com.