Google Cloud Text-to-Speech vs Read Aloud

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Education, Energy Production

Pricing

Free/month

Standard (non-WaveNet, non-Neural2) voices - 0 to 4 million characters

WaveNet voices - 0 to 1 million characters

Neural2 voices (Preview) - 0 to 1 million characters

Price after free usage limit is reached

Standard (non-WaveNet, non-Neural2) voices - $4.00 USD per 1 million characters

WaveNet voices - $16.00 USD per 1 million characters

Neural2 voices (Preview) - $16.00 USD per 1 million characters

Read Aloud

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Education, Medical

Pricing

Free

20M+ Downloads
5/5

#1 in Magazines & Newspapers

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world. Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything

you read – faster.

Sir Richard Branson

Speechify is absolutely brilliant. Growing up with dyslexia this would have made a big difference. I’m so glad to have it today.

Sir Richard Branson

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech reviews

"Cloud Text to Speech API has a really pleasant working experience on a software I've had a user in terms of its features and capabilities. It includes multiples types, and formats of voices and supports SSML which is a must on complex voice projects. The API integrates with the customer service bot on the phone, to the read-aloud option for stories/books on our website."

- CEO - Education Industry

"I used this with a service provider as a trial - surprisingly natural experience with unique tone to help personalise the interaction. It certainly felt somewhat real and lifelike and was consequently much more engaging, comfortable and seamless."

- Engineer - Energy Production

"Google text to speech is best tool which you use at minimal cost and code effort. It helps a lot in creating different voices. It has wide collection of voices."

- Project Manager - Education Industry

Read Aloud reviews

This software is so well designed, and it works all the time. I highly recommend this software for people looking for text to speech software. Just hit control C and then click read and it reads whatever you copied. Thanks for such a stable software.

- Donald

A great tool to use when you have attention deficit disorder, limited range of motion/physical disability, making things easier to be at your fingertips. ReadAlound needs a icon or share icon to connect to the different websites quicker.

- Ms. Courtney

This app is just what I was hoping for. I can copy and paste text from documents I'm writing into this app and listen to the flow. I don't use it for anything else, but it would be extremely easy to read web text or PDF text as well using this program. After using it for a few weeks, I bought the paid version, which gets rid of the ads. What I like: the different voices (I like the female, UK English one), fast and easy to put text into the reading pane, ability to pause and start. Really accurate pronunciations. What I'd change: I'd make it so I can have this reading in the background while I have a different window maximized (i.e., while I'm in my word processing program). It would be great if we could also customize pronunciations. The engine incorrectly pronounces certain words (surprisingly few, though), and it would be great to be able to edit that as is possible on other programs.

- Jessica

Pros & cons

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Pros
Deploy Google’s groundbreaking technologies to generate speech with humanlike intonation
Built based on DeepMind’s speech synthesis expertise, the API delivers voices that are near human quality
Choose from a set of 220+ voices across 40+ languages and variants, including Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and more
Pick the voice that works best for your user and application
Create a unique voice to represent your brand across all your customer touchpoints, instead of using a common voice shared with other organizations.

Cons
Requires a huge database and hard coding
Does not have an option to download converted voice as a file
Limited voices are available for regional languages
Accent is not good in cases of certain voices available in a specific configuration.

Read Aloud

Pros
Simple, clean and intuitive interface
Control rate, pitch and volume of the speech
Pronunciation editor for correcting the pronunciation of certain words.

Cons
Its function is limited to reading whatever text is selected or readable in your web browser
Commands dont work and trouble reading text this makes it very hard to operate
The default voice is not that impressive

What is Speechify?

Speechify is one of the most popular audio tools in the world. Our Google Chrome extension, web app, iOS app, and Android app help anyone listen to content at any speed they want. You can also listen to content in over 30 different voices or languages.

How can Speechify turn anything into an audiobook?

Speechify provides anyone with an audio play button that they can add on top of their content to turn it into an audiobook. With the Speechify app on iOS and Android, anyone can take this information on the go.

Learn more about text to speech online, for iOS, Mac, Android, and Chrome Extension.

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world

Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything you read – faster.

4.6/5

20M+ downloads

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