Apple quietly launches a selection of audiobooks read by an AI robot trends now

Apple quietly launches a selection of audiobooks read by an AI robot trends now
Apple quietly launches a selection of audiobooks read by an AI robot trends now

Apple quietly launches a selection of audiobooks read by an AI robot trends now

Narr-AI-tor! Apple quietly launches a selection of audiobooks read by an AI ROBOT Apple has launched catalogue of books that are narrated by artificial intelligence It is the tech giant's way of making waves in a rapidly-growing audiobook market Industry experts think the market could be worth more than $35 billion by 2030 If it proves popular it could spell the end of human narrators on audio book titles 

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You can't beat settling in for a gripping audiobook narrated by the likes of Stephen Fry, George Guidall or Juliet Stevenson.

But in the future, will humans still be the most popular storytellers or will robots end up dominating the booming industry?

Well Apple clearly thinks there's a market for the latter as it has quietly launched a catalogue of books that are narrated by artificial intelligence. 

This new feature is just the start of what will be a fierce battle with the likes of Amazon and Spotify for an industry that insiders think could be worth more than $35 billion (£29 billion) by 2030.

Robot readers: Apple has launched a catalogue of books that are narrated by artificial intelligence

Robot readers: Apple has launched a catalogue of books that are narrated by artificial intelligence

WHAT ARE THE TWO AI VOICES AVAILABLE?

You can find the robot-voiced audiobooks, which use text-to-speech translation, by searching for 'AI narration' on Apple's Books app. 

There are two types of AI voice available to choose from, both of which have an American accent and speak only in English.

The first is a soprano called Madison and the second a baritone voice called Jackson.

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What's clear from the robotic, artificial quality of Apple's AI voices is that they won't be replacing the warm, dulcet tones of Fry any time soon, but as the technology develops they could become more human-like in the future.

You can find the robot-voiced audiobooks, which use text-to-speech translation, by searching for 'AI narration' on Apple's Books app.

This brings up a list of romance or fiction books (both free and paid for) that are described as being 'narrated by digital voice based on a human narrator'.

There are two types of AI voice available to choose from, both of which have an American accent and speak only in English.

The first is a soprano called Madison and the second a baritone voice called Jackson, although two more voices, Helena and Mitchell, are

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