Google Voice transcribes your voicemails to text. That means a free voice memo transcription for your best ideas.
For years I’ve been looking for a free way to transcribe my voice memos to text. I don’t get my best ideas in the shower–rather I get them while listening to audiobooks while mowing the lawn or driving in the car.
There are a number of programs, services and apps that offer voice to text transcriptions, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for.
Leaving messages for my future self on my company voicemail works, but I have to wait for the outbound message to play and there’s no transcription service. QuickVoice for the iPhone has transcription service, but only on messages less than :30.
Then I found out that Google Voice offers free transcription service (among many other features.) I visited http://www.google.com/voice and got my free phone number. (Sadly, nothing was available in the 207 area code.) The whole process took about 2 minutes.
I then added my new number to my speed dial and called myself, leaving a message. Thirty seconds later I had a full transcript of my email. It’s certainly not error-free, but as a way of leaving detailed messages and having them transcribed, this free service from Google is hard to beat.
In the video How to Use Google Voice to Never Forget Anything Ever Again. Ever. you can see just how it’s done.
What’s great is that the transcripts are automatically forwarded to your email. My current voicemail does email me a copy of all my voicemails, but just as a .wav attachment, which still means I have to transcribe last night’s brilliant idea to today’s to-do list or blog post.