Navy adds audio to Lifelines intranet

The Navy is hoping to appeal to generation Y by adding an audio capability to some news stories that appear on its quality-of-life Web site.

Since March, two former Navy officers with backgrounds in broadcast journalism who now work on the Lifelines Services Network site at http://www.lifelines.navy.mil have lent their voices to narrate articles that can be downloaded to MP3 players and iPods.

'We started noticing at the Washington Navy Yard and other bases all of the young sailors going around with iPods and MP3 players, and we said why don't we start recording these things,' said retired Navy Capt. William Hendrix, director of the Lifelines portal.

To accomplish the podcast-like feature, the site uses digital audio software designed by GoldWave Inc. of Canada.

The Navy established the LifeLines portal in January 1999 as an intranet to improve the quality of life for sailors. Among its offerings, the portal provides self-help information, education services and crisis assistance.

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