At work, we’ve started using iDictate for transcribing audio. After sending them an MP3, they send back a written transcription within an hour or two for about $.01/word. (They split the audio into manageable chunks, distribute it to typists around the world, reassemble the text, and send it back.)
Phil noticed that they offered a 100-word free trial by phone, so decided to have a little fun. He called their toll-free number, started his favorite MP3, and held the phone up to the speakers. They e-mailed him the transcript below. (They couldn’t figure out the words “find emotion” and left it blank.)
Try it out! Call 1-877-DICTATE (1-877-342-8283), press “1” to dictate, then “1” to do the free trial, and start recording. If you have any good results, post them in the comments.
Update: Ryan sent them They Might Be Giants’ “Exquisite Dead Guy.” They mangled the lyrics.
She’s just a small town girl living in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anywhere.
Just a city boy born and raised in South Detroit. He took the midnight train going anywhere.
A singer in a smoky room, smell of wine and cheap perfume, for a smile they could share the night, it goes on and on and on, come on.
Strangers dancing, walking down the boulevard as shadows dancing in the night. Streetlights, people, living just to ****, just hiding somewhere in the night.