Email on your iPod

We're still not sure whether to file this in our Useful or Utterly Pointless box but here we go anyhow. MagneticTime lets you listen to your emails on

We're still not sure whether to file this in our Useful or Utterly Pointless box but here we go anyhow. MagneticTime lets you listen to your emails on your phone, iPod or PDA - or indeed anything that's capable of playing MP3s.

Why would you want a personal podcast of your entire inbox? Well, if you're one of those time-is-money types, the makers suggest you can save precious minutes by listening to messages on your way to work, while waiting for a client or even when 'golfing' - which we consider as work anyway.

It does its stuff by storing a copy of all your Outlook emails in a separate folder before using text-to-speech conversion to save them as MP3s. The next time you sync your appropriate player, new emails are transferred to the device.

In use, it's like having the automated announcer  from your local train station reading out the contents of your inbox: a guaranteed way to add hilarity to the most mundane of emails. Even so-called comedy forwards become funny. Still, it works, and at £23 it's not too pricey.

If you're looking for an alternative, it's worth trying your mobile network's email service. Orange has one on its standard voicemail number and reads emails direct from the server.