Why Wait to Hear Siri on Your Mac

When hearing Siri's voice for the first time on the iPhone 4S I was impressed with how natural the voice sounded, but there was something else that took me by surprise, I had never heard a computer generated voice speak with an Australian accent before.

If I ever use text to speech on the Mac now, 2 things come to mind:

  1. I want to listen to Radiohead's OK Computer (so great).
  2. Why does this voice I'm hearing sound so crappy?

Well for all you Australian Mac users out there, there is a solution.

Go to the speech preference pane in system preferences, click the 'text to speech' button at the top. From the 'system voice' drop down menu, select customise, and then check the box next to 'Karen' and click OK. (By the way, if you are not Australian but you have Siri available in your country, I'm sure that voice is listed here too.)

Your Mac will now download Siri's voice, this isn't a small download, but internet connection permitting, you should be done before the end of 'Paranoid Android'.