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Why Computer Voices Are Mostly Female

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the because-females-are-smarter dept.

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PolygamousRanchKid writes with an article exploring the question posed in the headline, which says that "One answer may lie in biology. Scientific studies have shown that people generally find women's voices more pleasing than men's. 'It's much easier to find a female voice that everyone likes than a male voice that everyone likes,' said Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass, author of 'The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships. 'It's a well-established phenomenon that the human brain is developed to like female voices.' One notable exception has been Germany, where BMW was forced to recall a female-voiced navigation system on its 5 Series cars in the late 1990s after being flooded with calls from German men saying they refused to take directions from a woman. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on why the company gave Siri a female voice in the U.S. Nor would she say why Siri speaks like a man in the UK, where iPhone 4S owners have swarmed online forums to request a female voice instead."

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Hmmm, nope. (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37810970)

The library around here had an autodialer that would remind folks about late materials and when books were available, they used a pleasant voice from a black gentleman. It had a James Earl Jones quality to it and was quite pleasant despite being relatively unsophistication in use. Meaning that the words were taken from samples so they wouldn't quite match up even if the grammar was correct.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (4, Informative)

nathan s (719490) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811216)

From TFA:

'"It's much easier to find a female voice that everyone likes than a male voice that everyone likes..."'

It's not that there are no people who find male voices pleasant or prefer them in some circumstances. Just that _generally_ people prefer female voices. I certainly do.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811506)

Because it's not that hard to find somebody with a voice that most folks would like to hear. Which is a pretty serious problem with the hypothesis that it's hard to find male voices that everybody likes.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (5, Funny)

Just Brew It! (636086) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811318)

How about we just use James Earl Jones for everything? I think I'd be fine with that...

Re:Hmmm, nope. (1)

X3J11 (791922) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811462)

How about we just use James Earl Jones for everything? I think I'd be fine with that...

Only if he does it as Darth Vader. That'd be sweet.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811464)

Or Morgan Freeman.

Though the other day, I realized that I want John Noble to do more voice work, especially documentary narration. He has such a wonderful timber to his voice.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811514)

Because Geoge Takei also has a really wonderful voice, not to mention that Leonard Nimoy isn't too bad either.

Re:Hmmm, nope. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811536)

Following directions of the Sith may not be acceptable to those of the religious Jedi order.

Opposite Sex (1, Flamebait)

Grindalf (1089511) | more than 2 years ago | (#37810980)

Surely most people prefer to listen to the opposite sex, provided they do not suffer from sexual identity disorder or a similar crippling condition ...

Re:Opposite Sex (3, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811010)

Surely most people prefer to listen to the opposite sex, provided they do not suffer from sexual identity disorder or a similar crippling condition ...

I assume then that being British counts as a similar crippling condition?

Re:Opposite Sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811232)

I assume then that being British counts as a similar crippling condition?

With the opposite sex, yes.

Re:Opposite Sex (0, Flamebait)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811320)

Unless they're from Scotland, then it's with the sheep as well...

Re:Opposite Sex (4, Informative)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811054)

Surely most people prefer to listen to the opposite sex,

Actually, no. Research has shown better response to female voices by both men and women.

Re:Opposite Sex (3, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811274)

That's because men are horny and women are gossipy.

Re:Opposite Sex (4, Interesting)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811136)

Surely most people prefer to listen to the opposite sex, provided they do not suffer from sexual identity disorder or a similar crippling condition ...

I'm guessing it's the same phenomenon as with magazines. The manly magazines are full of highly attractive women. The womanly magazines are also full of highly attractive women. Men like talking to a woman. Women like talking to another woman. It probably goes all the way back to our cavemen days where women were chatting at camp or out gathering, while the men were more rivals and out hunting pray, which obviously leads to less talking. So most everyone feels better talking to a woman, except when taking directions on where to drive. Which some say can also be traced back to our cavemen days...

Re:Opposite Sex (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811524)

Surely? Is it possible that you don't understand that women experience a lot of ups and downs, due to hormonal changes? While women MIGHT prefer a male voice SOMETIMES, there are other times that she might prefer that men don't exist. And, no, pregnancy and menstrual cycles are NOT considered to be crippling conditions. Menopause might be considered as such, but don't let my wife know that I said that!

NYC Subway (5, Interesting)

sharph (171971) | more than 2 years ago | (#37810990)

One day I had the interesting observation on the New York Subway that the recorded voices with informational statements were female, and the statements asking the passenger to do something ("Please stand clear of the door") were all male.

Re:NYC Subway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811128)

"Stand clear of the closing doors, please!" The guy's voice seems unnecessarily enthusiastic about the whole thing.

Re:NYC Subway (1)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811490)

My experience in NYC was that the "stand clear of the doors" message was live audio, getting progressively angrier as people failed to get out of the doors? That may have been a Metro North train though; I took a lot of trains that trip.

Re:NYC Subway (5, Interesting)

RCL (891376) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811180)

In Moscow subway [ruslanguage.ru] , if your train is getting closer to city center, you hear male voice ("boss hurries you to work"), and if you are travelling in opposite direction, there's a female announcer ("wife calls you home") - they switch half-way for most trains. Male-oriented hint, but still.

Re:NYC Subway (3, Interesting)

Tapewolf (1639955) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811246)

In Wales, the English rail announcements are female and the Welsh versions are male.

Re:NYC Subway (4, Funny)

digitig (1056110) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811292)

He was probably the only person they could find who spoke Welsh.

Re:NYC Subway (2)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811268)

In Boston, they just use one male voice for everything. Although I guess it makes sense, due to things like the following being common:

(leaving Porter Square): Next stop, Harvard Square.
(arriving at Harvard Square): Now arriving at Harvard Square.
(leaving Harvard Square): Next stop, Harvard Square.
(arriving at Central Square): Now arriving at Harvard Square.
(leaving Central Square): Next stop, Harvard Square.
(And so on)

I've also heard it do the stations backwards, giving the next stop as the stop in the other direction.

I guess if the system is going to constantly be broken, using a male voice makes sense. I guess people expect female voices to know what they're talking about, but are used to running into men that continue to give bad information even after it's clear that what they're saying can't possibly be correct. :)

Re:NYC Subway (2)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811306)

Must be hard to know when to get off when they announce all stops as Harvard Square.

Or maybe that's why Charlie never returned [mit.edu] .

Re:NYC Subway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811270)

The scent of urine is unisex.

It's the Majel Barrett effect (5, Insightful)

multisync (218450) | more than 2 years ago | (#37810996)

Female computer voice: Star Trek
Male computer voice = HAL 9000

Nothing good ever came from a male computer.

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811028)

A computer with a female voice did also order death by snoo snoo. I can't think of a more pleasant way to die.

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811152)

That was a fembot, not a femputer!

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811064)

On the one hand, the female computer voice could at any moment turn into Lwaxana Troi.

On the other hand, it turns out Babylon 5's computer [youtube.com] seems to have the same problem.

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811098)

On the one hand, the female computer voice could at any moment turn into Lwaxana Troi.

But you could always think about Nurse Chapel if you prefere more pleasant thoughts...

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (2)

wootest (694923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811138)

GLaDOS.

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811178)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTg00wIijNY

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

cyber-vandal (148830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811170)

Red Dwarf had both male and female computers and both were just as hilarious

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

ameline (771895) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811176)

GLaDOS begs to differ. And if you argue, perhaps a little neurotoxin and a few sentry-bots will persuade you. :-)

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811244)

Female computer voices also include SHODAN, GladOS, and basically all vocalized self-destruct countdowns... Can't trust 'em.

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811356)

Andromeda TV series? Why can't Siri look like that?

Re:It's the Majel Barrett effect (1)

moniker127 (1290002) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811382)

You can't understand how hard it is, growing up as a manbot pretending to be a manputer in a fembot's femputer's world!

Re: Female computer voices (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811024)

So this is why Holly got replaced by Hilly?

Siri (4, Interesting)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811030)

So US Siri is a secretary and UK Siri is a gentleman's gentleman ?

Re:Siri (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811558)

UK Siri, like many men there, prefers to be called a confirmed bachelor.

Clearly! (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811068)

Clearly they have never heard Morgan Freeman.

German men (0)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811070)

"German men saying they refused to take directions from a woman."

Don't forget the Austrian accent!

Re:German men (1)

g4b (956118) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811406)

which one?

Solution to BMW and Apple's issues: (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811072)

A toggle switch.

In the BMW it could be a real physical toggle somewhere, but an OS setting would work as well. In Apple's case they need to relax a little, pull the stick out, and let the people toggle which voice they want, even MS allows that on their voice related functions.

Garmin already does this (2)

Scareduck (177470) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811140)

Garmin allows you to pick from a number of different voices, with different regional accents and languages as well.

Re:Garmin already does this (1)

Skreems (598317) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811156)

Weren't they the ones who released a Snoop Dogg branded voice navigation system?

Re:Garmin already does this (2)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811168)

You forgot about Tom-Tom fool! [navtones.com]

Re:Garmin already does this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811572)

TomTom were going to release a Jeremy Clarkson voice option. Sadly, due to contractural reasons, it got cancelled.

Re:Garmin already does this (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811312)

Out of the box my satnav (not Garmin) offers a choice of male voice or female voice (extra voices available for a cost). I use the female voice because it's clearer against low-frequency background noise.

Re:Garmin already does this (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811426)

I want a female voice with a french accent. Like the french chick on the highlander series who was McCloud's friend. Damn that's a sexy voice.

Re:Garmin already does this (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811554)

That's an EXCELLENT reference, and I agree!

Re:Solution to BMW and Apple's issues: (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811262)

Nah.

When they really want to pretend some actual intelligence/personality, they should make the voice (and perhaps avatar) randomized, seeded with the phones serial number.

(remember where you read that first!)

Re:Solution to BMW and Apple's issues: (1)

justin12345 (846440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811328)

Wow, you mean you can't change the voice? You've been able to switch it on Apple Talk since almost its inception. Siri seems to use the "Viki" Apple Talk voice. I assumed that it was just a default setting. "Viki" is a logical default as it's a more advanced version of the old "Victoria", and arguably the most natural sounding Apple Talk voice. It's ridiculous if they don't let you change it, even if it's a memory issue you could still switch the voice when you sync the phone.

But then, it is Apple "Selling You What You Could Buy Yesterday, Tomorrow!": 'Customizable' voices will probably be an iPhone 5 selling point.

Re:Solution to BMW and Apple's issues: (0)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811418)

The article was written as though it were carved in stone. As for me I haven't used an iPhone since the 3G, after that better phones existed.

Why no choice? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811078)

My question is, why aren't users simply given a choice? If they've put the effort into making both voice sets, let the user choose which one they prefer. Then again, this is Apple we're talking about.

Re:Why no choice? (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811260)

Giving the user a choice would imply that they know better than Apple does about what is best.

Apple's entire business model is founded on the operational assumption that they know better than the customer. Their present success is founded on the fact that they are quite often correct about this....

Female voices are easier to understand (?) (3, Interesting)

sigxcpu (456479) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811100)

In the army there is a known fact/myth that female voices are easier to understand on noisy radio links.
Something to do white the a different/better frequency spread than a male voice.
In my not very scientific experience, it seems to be true.

Re:Female voices are easier to understand (?) (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811230)

That is my thought as well, male voices are usually deeper and lower frequencies do not carry as well or as clearly as higher ones. For example my wife has some trouble hearing me in the car as it drones down the freeway.

Not a myth (4, Informative)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811330)

In WW2 ground controllers for the British Air Force were almost all women. I was told (by someone who had good reason to know) that there was a debate about whether to have women radio operators in the aircraft. There were two reasons: One was more reliable communication, the other was to prevent the Germans spoofing aircraft radio operators. A number of women operators were asked for their views and immediately volunteered to fly (a very dangerous occupation). Despite this, the proposal was turned down. The attitudes at the time were truly backward; there were women pilots who were allowed to deliver aircraft to their bases, but they were not allowed to fly with guns loaded - a quite incomprehensible decision since some of them were shot down by enemy action without a chance of fighting back.

Urban myth (1)

bazmail (764941) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811112)

"where BMW was forced to recall a female-voiced navigation system on its 5 Series cars in the late 1990s after being flooded with calls from German men saying they refused to take directions from a woman"

Urban myth that dovetails nocely with american stereotypical views of foreigners, Germans in particular.

Re:Urban myth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811192)

Thank you for clarifying... that was actually my first thought when I read about this.

While the typical German BMW driver may be more macho and asshole than the rest of us, they all the same like to have the illusion of female company.

Re:Urban myth (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811258)

The self-check machines at the Kroger near me use a male voice if you choose Spanish, female if you choose English.

Re:Urban myth (2)

tibman (623933) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811298)

um, i just googled "bmw recall female voice" and got this: http://www.pbs.org/speak/ahead/technology/voiceinterface/ [pbs.org]

It doesn't appear to be mythical.

Re:Urban myth (2)

bhaak1 (219906) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811480)

You just linked to an article that cites the same guy that is also cited by TFA.

Mr T. Voice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811116)

Car navigation systems should all have Mr. T voice. I mean, who wouldn't listen to directions from him?

"Turn a right fool!"
"I pity the fool who doesn't do a u-turn here"

On a serious note, pleasing != listening. Like many background music are soothing yet the more jarred/harsh sounds are much more attention seeking.

German men saying they refused to take directions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811122)

German men refused to take directions from a woman UNLESS they were getting spanked at the time.

BMW simply found it more cost effective to change to a male voice, rather than go with the seat spanking technology the engineers had already developed for another application.

This is just because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811158)

This is just because people are used to hearing woman's voices... all the time... non-stop... babbling on incessantly.

Most of the men I know can't get a word in edgewise, at least when their wives/girlfriends are within earshot.

Re:This is just because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811322)

Women also equate the word listen with obey. "I told you..blah blah blah...don't you listen!?" "Yes, I fucking heard you, I understood what you said, and I don't give a shit--I'm not doing it. Who are you; my mother? (don't answer that)" They wonder why we stop listening. If you live at the edge of an air port you eventually tune out the drone of the air planes.

Norio Wakamoto (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811162)

Everyone can appreciate that, even if they don't understand what's being said.

I always thought the reasons were technical (5, Interesting)

Solandri (704621) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811166)

  • Female voices span a greater range of the audio frequency spectrum than male voices. So a loud, narrowband background noise (e.g. engine/road/wind noise when driving on the freeway) has a greater chance of making it difficult to hear a male voice, while a female voice cuts right through.
  • Higher frequency sounds carry more energy for the same amplitude (volume) than low frequency sounds, and drop off more quickly with distance (gets absorbed more readily by the air - why foghorns are low-pitched). So the environment normally has less high frequency background noise.
  • Lower frequencies require bigger speakers, so it's easier to crank up the volume of a female voice using a smaller speaker.

Re:I always thought the reasons were technical (3, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811364)

Your nerd "technical reasons" leave us no room for endless inflammatory arguments and trite gender sterotyping! How will we fill the empty silence now?

Re:I always thought the reasons were technical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811376)

I sooo need to make a misogynist, sexist, totally male answer to this but I'm resisting... Not saying anything about piercing tones... No, not suffered permanent psychological damage as a result of female bosses.... Does not compute....

Re:I always thought the reasons were technical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811408)

My wife finds many (most?) female voices annoying and ugly. She makes fun of female TV reporters, and changes the radio station away from a lot of popular female singers. I don't get it, but that's one anecdote.

Re:I always thought the reasons were technical (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811438)

Bull. I can't stand hearing some dude's voice on my devices. It pisses me off and I wouldn't even buy it. I think on this I'm not alone by any means.

citation needed (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811182)

Even assuming the 1990s were the middle ages, this is hard to believe. Firstly, nearly all navigational systems I've encountered here in Germany in the past ten years have female voices (if they have any), and the public transport system's automated announcements have been made by a female voice since forever.

Re:citation needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811400)

Also, Australia/Sydney has had male voices on trains for as long as I can recall. On my navigation device, I prefer the Australian male voice, as it is relaxing and assuring. I found the female voice would increase my frustration. Note: am happily married with kids. I had a similar conversation about male/female voices with friends. We all supposedly went against the grain and prefer male voices (if you believe the article).

Concur with another poster - CITATION NEEDED.

On purely technical aspect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811184)

The frequency spectrum of a female voice just fits better the badwidth of typical audio devices so the recorded message is less distorted.

Definitive solution to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811218)

Ru Paul for everyone.

Higher pitch? (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811220)

I've read (though I can't quote sources, sorry) that the main reason computerised voices on navigation aids is female is the higher pitch. In jets where that sort of thing was pioneered it made the voice easier to distinguish clearly from the "background" noise of the engines without having to raise the volume, and presumably the difference is similar in cars.

There may be cultural reasons too, of course, but this theory of a physical reason makes sense to me.

Concealed Apple commercial? (2)

g00ey (1494205) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811226)

From my experience the gender of the synthetic voices has been male by default so I don't recognize this. The default voice on the old Amiga narrator.device was male. The default voice on loud-reading software used to be NeoSpeech Paul which has been one of the best English spoken computer narrator compilations out there.
The GPS software I have used have both male and female voices in different languages to choose from, I have primarily used TomTom and Navigon. I cannot recall that I preferred one gender over the other.
Telephone voices on the other hand have from my experience been dominated by females, and we're talking about automated phone services and phone queue notifications. But seriously, I wouldn't care whether the voice is male or female.

There may or may not be some bearing in the statements regarding the gender of the computer voice although I seriously doubt it. But when I read the following:

"What's interesting to me is how they seem to intentionally make her speech sound artificial -- they could choose to make her speech more seamless and human-like, but they choose instead to highlight the technology,"

I seriously started to believe that this article is paid for by Apple. Making a really good and natural voice is a very difficult undertaking and I have not yet heard a perfect and seamless computer voice that sounds as natural as a real human.

Let me choose (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811234)

I'd prefer Woodie Allen's voice.

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Listen to the republican debate (2, Interesting)

7-Vodka (195504) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811284)

Whoever wrote this story hasn't been listening to the republican debate. I want to poke out my eardrums whenever michelle bachman speaks, sorry, screams.

Re:Listen to the republican debate (2)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811470)

I'd rather listen to her than Romney, or Perry.

Narrators? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811340)

This doesn't seem to be the case for narrators.

Pretty sure that neither Oprah nor Sigourney Weaver were considered more pleasing than David Attenborough.

James Earl Jones voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811342)

I would listen to James Earl Jones giving me driving directions any day. My current GPS female voice is annoying -- I mute it.

For IVRs it's usually for Intimidation (2)

kervin (64171) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811360)

Least for IVRs, on average people find male voices more intimidating than female voices. We also find female voices more nurturing than male voices on average.

Other posters have already point this out. Suggestions ( facilitated by nurturing speaker ) then women are used. Commands ( facilitated by intimidation, i.e. subtle threat of punishment ) then males are more often used.

Systems where you may need to intimidate the listener a bit will tend to use male voices. I kid you not, but in the future pay attention to how many collections operators or conflict desks sound 'black'. Also think of how often you spoke to a collections/conflict department and got a deep voiced male. Now compare that to how often you called the general operator and got a deep voiced male.

Similar function (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811378)

Because computers, like women, are there to serve.

Re:Similar function (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811482)

I'd Mod you +5 Sexist.

Voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811380)

Everyone likes Morgan Freeman's voice. Fact.

Re:Voice (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811496)

I like his voice okay. I'd rather listen to a woman talk to me though. I'm just wired that way.

Ha Ha Ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811386)

Seriously? An Apple spokeswoman!!!!!!!!!!! There's no such word! Spokesperson, maybe...

Re:Ha Ha Ha! (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811492)

Ah but there is. It means a Woman that speaks. Spokeswoman. It's like a spokesperson but more specific.

What about audiobooks? (1)

brillow (917507) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811394)

It seems to me though that most audiobooks are read by men, and of the ones I have read by women, I find the voice irritating. These are real people though, maybe its more to do with how male and female voices are synthed.

That can't be right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811410)

Male rock stars make more money than female ones. The proof is in the pudding.

frequency (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811422)

I like female voices on GPS in particular because the frequency spread of a typical female voice is easier to hear (over engine drone, wind noise, etc) regardless of the vehicle I'm driving, and whether I have the targa roof off my car, or driving a truck, I can still hear it but sometimes the male voices are diminished - plus the voices are sometimes more pleasant.

As they say on Reddit... (1)

Vandil X (636030) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811472)

"Forvever Alone"

There is only one (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811500)

Sir David Frederick Attenborough.

Proof that BMW owners are jerks (1)

MadMartigan2001 (766552) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811528)

Discussion is over. The primary demographic for BMW's is insecure middle aged men who can't even listen to a computer for fear of degrading their "Macho"! Soooo pathetic.

Simple: (0)

TheABomb (180342) | more than 2 years ago | (#37811576)

Because the men programming the systems never have another opportunity to hear a woman's voice telling them what to touch.

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