Amazing content - terrible app 5/5
Update: Since I wrote this review two things have changed - the app has become much better and stable. All the things I criticized have been resolved - downloading articles, seamless playing, etc now just works - the app is still not perfect, but now the problems are minuscule. At the same time the content has further improved - now the app also carries articles by the New Yorker, the last significant holdout. Al this makes this offering now almost perfect and I’m super happy having returned as a subscriber!
Old review: Just to be clear: The content offered is first class. A great selection of some of the finest journalism the US/UK has to offer (only the New Yorker is missing). Unfortunately the app is frustratingly buggy that I gave up: Frequent crashes, articles stop playing right in the middle, downloads not working, button in-active (e.g. the "+" button to start a download works approx. every 10th time for me...), downloads suddenly vanishing (especially frustrating when you boarded a 12 hour flight and were looking forward to listening to some articles) etc.
Unfortunately the app also did not improve at all over the last few weeks - which is annoying as the problems are so glaring that also the developers have to be aware of them.
Great Content, unreliable 5/5
The content provided by this app is super. However, it’s always been slow to load, etc. But now with the latest update it just doesn’t work at all.
I worked with tech support and most of the problems are now resolved. Very responsive.
Improving so fast 5/5
The app has come a long way, and the partners they are adding are amazing.
Great idea, horrible team, horrible execution 1/5
By Audm come on
Cool idea but wow is this company incompetent. I've never used an app that is so non functional. I honestly can't suggest this to friends and family because the app is so bad. It takes 10 minutes of clicking an article to get it to play. The app freezes 2 out of 3 times you open it. The audio player just randomly stops and won't load. I emailed the founders and they say they are aware of the hugs. That was 3 months ago. No update! Get your **** together
At times troublesome 2/5
A great idea... and wonderful when it works. The app tends to be very slow, and it frequently crashes on my phone.
Perfect for commutes 5/5
This is the service I've been waiting for. The readers are the best I've heard anywhere and the partnership roster is fantastic. All of my favorite publishers in one place. As a lover of longform journalism, this app made me dislike my commute exponentially less.
Come on folks! 1/5
I so want this app and service to work! Most of the time I can’t even get past the splash screen, it just freezes. When it works it’s great, but so far totally unreliable.
Content is good. App is junk. 1/5
It crashes *all* the time without any discernable pattern. I have to say, I've never seen a less stable app. With an app that buggy one would expect frequent updates and fixes. Nope, not in this case. I am almost at a point of cancelling subscription and getting rid of the app.😡
After updating to the latest version per developer's suggestion app crashed every time I swipe down to refresh.
Great app and idea! 5/5
Updated Review: I've been using Audm for over a year now I think, and love it. Not only have I continued to find access to great long form journalism in audio form super convenient, but the expansion of the offerings (wired, new yorker, outdoor) has been stupendous.
My only reservation is that the apps seems to have huge performance issues. Admittedly I'm on an iPhone 5s, but it has 64 gb ram, and from comments seems like others have similar issues. I hope the team is working as hard on rebuilding the app architecture as they are working on content expansion -- I'm willing to put up with the app, but I live in dread others won't and that that will limit the company's success, putting the future of one of my favorite apps in jeopardy!
Love listening to The Atlantic to work! 5/5
This is a great way to listen to your favorite magazines and I love it. They just launched New Yorker!
Great content, player VERY frustrating 4/5
Great articles and narration. It is frustrating that player does not respond to headphone remote. App crashes often when using player. Takes a long time to load app and player. Once those problems are addressed, this would be 5 stars! Also, it would be great to have an option to “favorite” particular magazines, and be alerted when new articles are added to your favorites
So much potential 3/5
By satans weed cave
Audm is such a great app so poorly executed. Please fix your bugs.
Great content and concept 3/5
The application apart from the quality content is okay. Unfortunately, the playlist functionality isn’t fully functional after recent updates. When I close the app, upon return my playlist no longer remains. Fix would be greatly appreciated.
Slow and frustrating 3/5
The content is great as long as you have the patience waiting for it to open. Search and store capabilities very lacking.
Great content, terrible app performance 3/5
By Miguel Azo
The article curation is great, and there are lots of excellent sources. Most of the voices are wonderful. That being said, the app is too buggy for prime time. It takes at least three times longer to load than any other app I have used, but that’s not the main problem. It constantly pauses articles for no apparent reason and sometimes loses its place. The interface is fine conceptually, but the actual programming needs to be completely reworked.
Great find 5/5
By Popcorn fan
Great range of content, great voice overs and pleasant layout. A world removed from robotic voicing. And a nice option vs. more time intensive audio books. Support is top notch too.
Commute companion 5/5
This and the economist app are my go to apps for the daily commute. High quality content and they seem to add more publications every month.
Excellent app for listening to articles 5/5
I have an iPhone 7 running the latest software, it runs smoothly and I have had no issues. I can put my phone on standby and the audio still runs. The text automatically scrolls as you listen which is wonderful for reading it as you listen. I’m Very happy with this app!!
Slow buggy app but good concept 2/5
By Cesar GC
Gave up, Tried it for few months. The content is great but the app is literally unusable. User interface is slow buggy unresponsive. Downloads simply won't work.
Great service with a poor app 2/5
I love the Audm service. The articles and sources are top notch, and the readers are clear and expressive at various speeds.
The app, however, is slow, often unresponsive, and sometimes crashes. It doesn't make use of standard iOS gestures or UI elements, and it doesn't provide enough visual feedback to indicate a user's interaction has been noticed by the app. (For example, selecting download for later doesn't give any feedback that it was tapped. The share button doesn't seem to work at all while listening to a story.)
I'd love to see the app use native UI and implement better feedback. I'll likely allow my one month subscription to lapse, and may check the app out again after some updates.
Bad update 2/5
I quite like this program but the latest update is a mess. I'm using an iPhone SE with latest version，and I seriously can't get any thing to play. Hate to have to end my subscription . Can you fix it?
Update, September 15: I appreciate the response, but since it was made, 15 days have passed and all I received was a bill for $7.37. I've tried to be patient but it hasn't been a useful program for almost a month. I'd appreciate at least one free month to try to keep up my interest.
Forced Subscription and Limited Content 2/5
Interesting idea but the forced subscription and limited content inhibit a positive user experience. To try out the app, you have to subscribe. Sure you can cancel the 3 day trial but good luck with that. You can't even cancel within the app. There should be free preview content. Even an excerpt of a story would be better than a forced subscription. Normally, I would delete an app with this gym membership style of subscription. Instead, I signed up and set a reminder to cancel my subscription. Now, to the content. I came here because of an Atlantic article. The article was fine. The readers voice took a little getting use to. It was a little to monotone and was hard to focus on at first. During the article I was annoyed how frequently the current US president's name and actions were mentioned, especially when it wasn't necessary. I don't like him nor this constant obsession with him. You might think this has nothing to do with the app. When I took a look at the other news sources, I realized that they are mostly unabashedly left wing sources. Even the technology magazine Wired has drifted from its roots in order to find a new audience. I'm looking for both sides to the story. A little left and a little right. Most of us are not extreme right or left. I want compelling stories without the petty drama. In an app like this, there needs to be more moderate content. I understand that this could change in the future. More international sources would be great too. I know you've got to start somewhere and this is a good start. I might give this app another chance. I'm just not sure I will want to pay in the future to find out if the app has improved.
Concept and Content Great. App - Not So Great 3/5
As other review mention, the selection quality, long-form journalism made available for walks, car rides, etc. has been very enjoyable, although expensive. But the app itself has been very disappointing and frustrating. Running on iPhone 7 128GB version with latest iOS. It is slow to load and very unreliable while playing. If I begin play and have my screen shut off, it stops playing. In a 50 min audio article, I have had to open my phone (and the app, since control through Control Center doesn't seem to work) about 10 times to restart the audio. I went to the Audm website for troubleshooting or support, but found nothing.
Just the service I was looking for 5/5
But I suggest you reconsider of the app's name and the icon....
For an Audible and Podcast fan, the name and the image are not sticky enough. I think the app can grow much faster with rebranding.
Off the amateur podcast 2/5
By Bay area runner
Great app. Now I don't need to fully depend amateur podcasts. The selection can be improved but great start and love the long form on long runs. Pricing is an issue. Audible, Spotify etc has exponentially more stuff. I would say sure winner at 2.99 price point.
Additional inputs after extensive use -
Taking 2 stars off the review.
1. App is slow, especially navigation and performance in 4G areas. Used the app extensively at our Aspen retreat and Rocky Mountains roadtrip. Audible and Apple podcast and Spotify worked just fine. Not Audm. Simple caching is itself missing.
2. Content is great. Much better than anything out there.
3. Pricing is off at 6.99. This is more like a 1.99 to 2.99 app. Will be discontinuing.
//my bad, I didn't see the update, looking forward to trying out the app!
Give your users other auth options - i.e. don't force them to authenticate using FB only.
Wonderful app 5/5
By Iced Teaparty
The Audm app is edited by excellent editors who scour the literature news world for fascinating and valuable articles on a wide rand of topics. Articles are presented by skilled readers. A great experience for commuters, for those who'd like to be read to, and anyone who can't read but needs their information fix.
By Elle 1957
Audm is a fantastic way to be informed and entertained!!
I'm enjoying the wide variety of articles from many different publications!
Learn Something New Every Day 5/5
Great curation of articles - I always find something interesting to listen to and most times it's a piece I wouldn't have picked up and read. I am constantly introduced to new subjects and I feel like I learn something every day. The readers are great, too, which is an issue I have with similar apps/programs. I am always recommending it to others - whether it's my 70 year old mother in law who likes to listen to books on tape or my 24 year old cousin who commutes an hour to work each way...love this app.
Totally worth it 5/5
Great to listen to while I exercise, drive, and get ready for work. Really high quality articles that are well chosen and well read. I use this everyday! Really worthwhile.
Happy subscriber 5/5
I subscribed basically when Audm launched. No other service on the market works with better publishers or curates better content. I've discovered new publishers through Audm and gotten through articles I'd be scrambling to find the time to read anyway. The app is easy to use and intuitive. Now I can't live without Audm!
Quality audio articles for my commute 5/5
I love longform articles but it's difficult to find the time to read. You've solved that problem and I now have a great alternative to podcasts on my commute. Keep adding publishers, keep updating the app!
This app gets me through my commutes everyday. Before I know it, my 30 minutes are up, and I'm left wanting to drive more to hear the end of these perfectly narrated stories!
Huge fan 5/5
I've been waiting for an app like this. I'm a devoted audiobook listener and lover of longform journalism so this is a perfect fit for me. The app interface is sleek and intuitive. I just want them to produce more content. Can't get enough!
I absolutely love Audm! I appreciate the wide range of articles, and in particular, the ones that focus on social and educational issues. The narrators are spectacular. I recommend this app wholeheartedly.
Great find 5/5
I stumbled across this app after seeing their audio on The Atlantic's page. I've never really had the patience for longer articles. Audm delivers this great journalism in wonderful audio form, which I listen to on my long commute. I don't particularly like podcasts. To me, this is way better. I've been recommending Audm to colleagues who also have longer commutes to work.
This is a gem of an app! The stories are just terrific, nicely narrated and selected for a wide variety of interests. The political pieces are particularly compelling and now more than at any other time in US history has there been a need for in-depth articles that are articulate, concise, and deeply relevant. Bravo!
I'm impressed 5/5
I'm totally a fan. I've been looking for something like this for awhile and am surprised at how first- rate the narrators and articles are. It feels like a curated news source for the best long-form articles I don't have time to read. Excellent publications and super well done!!!
Content, app, and customer service are all excellent!! 5/5
This is the app I've been waiting for. Three cheers for Audm. I hope that they continue to expand the list of publications.
* can't queue an article for download later with the + button while cellular data is disabled
* audio skips and cuts while backgrounded
* long delay when pausing and unpacking audio from lock screen
* cannot always resume play back from lock screen or control center even if app is still open and was recently playing
Please add player controls to main window outside the article view.
Great App 5/5
The Audm app is great for commuters on the train, I love the variety of content.
OMG Thank You - Great app, great content, great and diverse narration, just great 5/5
I have long been a fan of long form journalism and for that reason will sometimes hoard magazines like Esquire or The Atlantic (and many others) because of that one piece I haven't yet read that without fail proves so informative and fulfilling to read. And now - to see this App that curates those articles and has them read by a VARIETY of PROFESSIONAL readers (if you subscribe to the New Yorker on Audible you’ll know why I’m emphasizing this) is INCREDIBLE. And hey folks - for quality you can't have free - the monthly cost is oh so worth the experience provided. I often find myself showing up to meet friends or loved ones after being immersed in a story and just having to gush about the experience I just had and then try to relay the things I learned that day.... so worth it!!! Please stay Audm, we need you, especially now - the diverse coverage on politics has been a refreshing change from the echo chamber I'm immersed in. Great app, great content, great and diverse narration, just great.
Beautiful App 3/5
But $6.99 per month .....
Half done APP 1/5
By Bill diggs
I sign in via FB ACCOHNT then stuck on the last button, seeing the clock rolling then anything happen. Can not access in at all. I can't believe launch a new app with the bug like this.
Love It but... 4/5
...the price? That's the deal breaker for me, sadly.
As a subscriber to prob 20+ print magazines, satellite radio, digital magazines and other monthly subscription items (monthly crates/blocks), I have to cutdown somewhere and the $6.99/month is the deal breaker for me. I don't want it to be but it is.
I don't drink coffee or smoke or...you get the idea...finding another $7+ (taxes, can't forget those) per month isn't in my budget.
$2.99/month and I'm in, so in! Even a flat $40-50/year I could prob do.
Any codes/discounts for teachers? 😬
Wonderful app that will only get better but I need a lower price.
Big win 5/5
By Stick shaker
A win if there ever was one. Lovers of podcasts will enjoy this new way to indulge In high quality media
Great articles, a number of app problems 4/5
Enjoying the trial. Issues include:
* Bluetooth controller buttons (eg on bluetooth headset or my Pebble watch) don't activate rewind/fast forward :( → I probably won't subscribe until this is fixed!
* Share function doesn't work → Audm is really missing out, because they could have a plug for Audm at the bottom of the shared email, message, etc!
Looking forward to improvements...
Great app, provides a unique service 5/5
The concept behind this app is great. As a frequent podcast listener, this app allows me to consume news content in the same manner as a podcast -- in such a way that allows me to multitask.
The app is well organized, elegant, and has high quality audio. But it could be even better if there was a way to filter the audio articles so that they can be ranked in terms of length or popularity. Hopefully, The New Yorker will be added to this app one day.
The support staff is very helpful and friendly. The app is sometimes slow when loading the settings or main menu pages, but otherwise works fine.
Good Content, but Slow 3/5
By Kenya Hudson
I want to like this app because I like the content. However, it is a slow and quirky app. It takes several seconds to load the main screen and several more for buffering the article. There are oddly long pauses within narrations. Between the title and author and beginning of the text there is a long pause and similarly so between paragraphs. The pauses are long enough that I check my iphone to see if something is wrong. Sometimes the audio has simply stopped playing. I'm hoping that these problems are fixed in future updates.
High quality audio for high quality articles 5/5
This app allows those without the ability or time to read hard copy to listen to high quality audio versions of long form articles. The selection of content and narrators is interesting and, importantly, diverse. Now I feel I am able to actually 'read' the things I want to whenever I happen to find a few moments, which is usually crushed between hundreds of other New Yorkers, to and from work!
Great idea! 5/5
Awesome articles, great audio narration. Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
I have been dreaming of this app 5/5
Excellent content, pleasant playback and easy to use. This is how I like to consume media. Saves your eyes and is less frenetic than other audiovisual sources of news. Hopefully more content coming soon to match the price. All in all, I'm hooked!