[Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller, Smarter and Wireless!

Carrie Francis carrieefrancis at sympatico.ca
Tue Feb 19 08:15:20 EST 2013


Stephen, I am confused. I talked to Sylvie Thibault from Humanware   about this matter, and I was told that Audible books would not be supported on the new Stream, because Audible was no longer providing Audible Device Ready support for MP3 players like the Stream. Can you clarify what is going on? Thank you very much.
 From: stephen at independentliving.com
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:59:53 -0600
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller,	Smarter and Wireless!

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www.soundbytes.com13581ff6-edb8-4fe2-9d8d-9677a6e429d3Y2:13581ff6-edb8-4fe2-9d8d-9677a6e429d3 From: Mm-friends [mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Carrie Francis
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:52 AM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller, Smarter and Wireless! I know that I will not be purchasing the new Stream in the near future. The reason: Audible books will not be accessible using this device. For me, that is a big miss on Audible's part, and so I will be sticking to my current version of the Stream.
 From: dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:05:30 -0500
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller, Smarter and Wireless!David and all, While I would personally choose the iTouch 5 over even the new Stream because of what the iTouch is able to access, I do agree with you that the quality of the voice is an important factor in choosing a device for book reading and our other listening needs. VoiceOver on iOS  has a good enough voice, but I wouldn’t use it to listen to a novel or even a textbook at a high speed. Even when I read emails or similar things on my iPhone, which I have set to a 90 percent speaking rate, I sometimes miss information because of the clarity of VoiceOver at those high speeds. Now, some of my thoughts here could be somewhat biased because of my preference of human narrators or Braille over synthesized speech when reading books. However, if I had to use speech synthesizers frequently to read books and long documents and I was making my choice based solely on the quality of the speech, I would choose the new Stream. But, to me, features are more important in choosing which technology to buy than the voice. So, if we’re talking about features, I would choose the iTouch (or better yet, the iPhone) with no question. Also, please excuse my signature below. As the co-chair of the Public Relations Committee for the Maryland Association of Blind Students (MDABS,) I am writing a lot of emails to people which are related to the division, especially lately as we are planning for a seminar which we are trying to hold in April. Therefore, I need to have that signature there so people can connect me to what I’m writing about. Thanks, Chris Chris Nusbaum, Co-ChairPublic Relations CommitteeMaryland Association of Blind StudentsPhone: (443) 547-2409 From: Mm-friends [mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of David Tanner
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:38 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller, Smarter and Wireless! I think we just have to wait and see what they come up with speed wise and the quality of the speech when it is sped up.  The Read To Go app does a pretty good job when you use their speech, but it doesn’t seem that the Learning Ally app is all that great at that.  But, I don’t think we should just assume that the speed on the NLS app will not be good.  And, at this point we either spend a little extra for a player that we know will do what we want or we wait till the NLS app comes out later this summer and see how well it fills our needs and if it don’t we purchase something else then.   From: Mm-friends [mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Rich Cavallaro
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 5:48 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] Fwd: The New Victor Reader Stream?Smaller, Smarter and Wireless! One thing that the stream does have going for it I will say, is its ability to speed up books and sound good at high speeds. The audible app on iOs  for example, when you speed up books, in my opinion, it sounds horrible. That is one of my concerns as it relates to an NLS app for iOS devices.

Rich Cavallaro Sent from my iPhone
On Feb 18, 2013, at 2:55 PM, cullen gallagher <cullen.gallagher at gmail.com> wrote:I still would get the streamOn Feb 18, 2013 2:50 PM, "Rich Cavallaro" <richcav1014 at gmail.com> wrote:Good afternoon everyone, I have to say, I too am looking forward to
the NLS app on the iOS devices. It will be awesome to be able to use
either my iPod touch, or iPhone to play NLS books.

Rich Cavallaro
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 18, 2013, at 9:19 AM, Laz Mesa <lazaro6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Those two devices being the only choices, I would have to go with the
> iPod Touch hands down. My reasons would be better sound quality, the
> iPod Touch is like a computer in your pocket, and the fact that you
> can do so much more with the iPod Touch than you can with the new
> Victor Stream. You just get more for your money with the Ipod Touch
> over the Victor Stream.
>
>   On Jan 29, 2013, at 9:24 PM, "David Tanner" <david.tanner100 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>     Ok folks,
>
>     Here is a question for everyone on this list.
>
>     If you had your choice and could afford to buy either the new
> Victor Stream or an iTouch 5 that will access virtually everything
> that the new Stream does and a lot more, but you will not be able to
> access BARD until sometime later this year.  If you only have enough
> money to buy one or the other; which one would you buy and why (iTouch
> 5 or the new Victor Stream?
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