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Amazon acquires Ivona TTS company


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Initial post: Jan 24, 2013 8:31:39 AM PST
Paxton says:
http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/24/3911056/amazon-acquires-kindle-fire-text-to-speech-provider-but-this-isnt

The Text-to-speech software on the Kindle Fire is made by a company called Ivona which Amazon just bought. That may mean that they can add this software to all their devices and apps? Maybe add new voices as well, beyond the one female voice currently in use.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 8:35:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2013 10:25:33 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
I thought there was a man's voice as well?

I don't think owning the company has anything to do with the software not being available on all devices. Some devices, like the Baby K and the PW, aren't equipped for audio, so the current versions of those devices will never get TTS.

It's not on apps because of something to do with software licensing and apple or some such nonsense (I don't remember particulars, just that it was rather ridiculous).

And it's not on the 1st Generation Kindle Fire because rather than being a "true Kindle", the Fire is an Android tablet running the Kindle for Android App.

Edited to fix the Fire generation misstep.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 9:59:20 AM PST
Actually TTS is on all models of the Fire except the 1st generation.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 10:16:16 AM PST
Paxton says:
Yes, but by owning the company, they don't have to worry about licensing anymore. They can do what they want with the software.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 10:24:33 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
Poop, I meant to put that in there . . . I'll go back and edit. Thanks for pointing it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 10:25:01 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
But that doesn't make a difference in any of the reasons I listed for various devices/apps not having TTS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 10:41:11 AM PST
It could if leaving out audio capabilities, and hence licensed TTS capabilities, was part of the motivation for Amazon to keep certain device prices to a bare minimum.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 10:47:50 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
Only if the cost of the licensing was the issue. If it was the cost of the actual audio hardware, the speakers and the headphone jack, then owning the TTS software won't matter.

The devices are also much lighter without the audio hardware.

And I think some of the free apps don't have TTS as an incentive to buy a kindle device . . .

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 10:55:29 AM PST
And don't forget battery life. Even turned off audio hardware draws some power, and when turned on it draws a lot.
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