San Francisco Chronicle Introduces Customized Subscription Audio Edition: In keeping with a growing trend, San Francisco Chronicle will launch an audio edition of the newspaper in November, though with an interesting twist. The edition has been developed using technology by MobileSoft that allows subscribers to listen to Chronicle content on custom-burned CDs. Pricing has yet to be determined, but the company said in a statement that it will cost “pennies per week.”
The service allows users to enter select newspaper’s sections of interest on its website, and specify the time of their typical commute. The MobileSoft server-client software will then automatically write an audio CD before the subscriber wakes up. The personalized CD will contain an audio version of the news topics they want to hear about, lasting the commute time specified. The system also supports MP3 players and PDAs.