How to make iTunes announce the name of the song before it plays?

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    When I went to BestBuy, the Apple section of the store had an iMac, that would announce the name of the song before it played. I asked the Apple rep there and he didn't know how it did that, he told me it came with the computer.

    How would I make iTunes do that?

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    Darn. Yano, for only $8-per-hour, I'd gladly announce the name of the song and artist for you. I'd even share bio's and speak the lyrics amelodically. Shatner at home!
     
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    Hmm, I don't think that was it; the one at Best Buy said it clearly, it didn't sound like a computer generated voice.

    Regardless, none of them seem to have the feature I am looking for. Besides, I'm looking for more of a script type thing, not a widget.
     
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    It has to have been a computer generated voice, as it was generated by a computer. ;) Do you think they had someone record each song title and artist name?

    Have you actually tried the Mac's different voices? Alex is actually quite a bit less "computer generated" than some of the other voices.

    http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/text_speech.html

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  8. fineaddme macrumors regular

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    go back to bestbuy an see if the mac u were using had any scripts
     
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    Alex does not sound like Stephen Hawking. It's very pleasant. In fact, I use Alex' voice to speak bed time stories to me each night.

    Try this and if you can choose which voice to use, try Alex.
     
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    Ehh, it's one of the better voices, but I still don't completely like it. Also, is it possible to make it so the AppleScript icon isn't on my dock every time I use this? And is it also possible to make it so I don't have to go to scripts and select this from the menu every time?
     
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    I use TuNe. It doesn't announce the name but instead displays the song name, artist, and any associated artwork on top of any window for a specified amount of time (I have mine set to 4 seconds). It is definitely a must-have for any Mac user.
     

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    ...unless your music is significant and easy to differentiate.

    I can only imagine techno/industrial/indie listeners would ever need this.
     
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    Can you post or PM me the link to that? I searched Google and I got all of this crap on how to tune a guitar, etc.
     
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    It's weird that Google didn't turn up any results. Anyways, I uploaded my app. Hope it works for you.
     
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    It works, but it's still not exactly what I was looking for. I'm going to call Best Buy and see if they can tell me how it did that.
     
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    Ah yes, meant to post this sooner:

    It's likely an actual person's voice that is tacked to each song-file. After all, the songs are pre-loaded so they have a limited number of songs playing and they would know what they are.

    Kind of "movie magic", and it's not right to fool the customers like that.
     
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    How disappointing.
     
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    ...like when parents wanted Mattel hoverboards from Back to The Future II...
     

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