Enabling Spoken Menus on iPod nano

Learn how to enable Spoken Menus on your iPod nano.

iPod nano (5th generation) and iPod nano (4th generation) include the ability to speak the name of selected menus in iPod software using the text-to-speech capability built into or installed into Mac OS X or Windows. Voices should be SAPI-compliant for Windows or Speech Manager-compliant for Mac OS X (see note below). For more information about accessibility for Apple products, visit www.apple.com/accessibility.

To enable Spoken Menus, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, open iTunes, and connect your iPod nano (4th generation) or iPod nano (5th generation).
  2. Select iPod nano under Devices on the left side of the iTunes window. 
  3. Click the Summary tab and then select the checkbox to Enable spoken menus for accessibility.
    [Enable Spoken Menus screenshot]
  4. Click Apply in the lower right corner of iTunes.

iTunes will sync audio clips of the iPod nano menus as well as song information (see note below).

If you need to change the speech settings of your Mac or PC, follow the steps below:

Mac OS X

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Choose View > Speech.
  3. Select the Text to Speech tab. You can change the System Voice of the spoken menus synced to iPod nano. The Speaking Rate can also be adjusted in the Speech pane.
  4. After selecting a voice or adjusting the speaking rate of a voice, iPod nano will need to be re-synced with iTunes.

Windows Vista

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel.
  2. Select Classic View from the left hand sidebar.
  3. Open the Text to Speech panel.
  4. If additional voices are installed, you can change the voice used for spoken menus on iPod nano from the Voice selection menu. Voice speed can also be adjusted in the Text to Speech panel.
  5. After selecting a voice or adjusting the speaking rate of a voice, iPod nano will need to be re-synced with iTunes.

 Windows XP

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open the Speech panel.
  3. If additional voices are installed, you can change the voice used for spoken menus on iPod nano from the Voice selection menu. Voice speed can also be adjusted in the Speech panel.
  4. After selecting a voice or adjusting the speaking rate of a voice, iPod nano will need to be re-synced with iTunes.

Note: Spoken menus may not be available for all menu items or synced content. Spoken menus will be generated in the language of the system voice that users have installed and configured on their computer. Some voices may not support this feature. Overall sync times will increase when spoken menus are enabled in iTunes. Audio clips for spoken menus will reduce the available capacity for audio and video content on iPod nano.

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