Audio playback changes 1/5
1 star until playback speed options return - this app has turned into a mess - the old one worked so much better!
Horrible audio 1/5
I used to listen at 2x. Now that feature is gone. I'm no longer listening and will likely unsubscribe if this feature is not fixed.
What have you done?? 1/5
By attn please!
Why did you take away the ability to listen to audio at faster speeds? I have been listening for years at 1.5. I can't concentrate on the articles at 1x. Please fix asap!!!
Great app and content 5/5
Great content and the app is pretty good too. I miss being able to navigate to specific sections, but it’s not a deal breaker.
App stopped working 1/5
By Honest Jack
I was not a huge fan of the new layout but now I can’t even download the new issue after the most recent update. You had a good product, stop ruining it.
Love the idea, hate the execution 1/5
I love the Economist. And with its ability to listen to the audio version of articles the app is the best! That's just the idea though. In reality it took Economist years to get application to a stable state where everything worked, but somehow they weren't content with it so they released a completely rebuilt app which makes me want to cry every time I use it. Here is just a few issues with the new version:
1. They removed ability to control the speed of audio, so I am now forced to listen to it at excruciatingly slow pace. I am also now not able to finish an issue in a week because it takes 1.5 times longer to listen to
2. Every other time I open the app it forgets the place where I was last time and I have to search through the issue to find an article and the place where I left things off
3. It also doesn't have a visual indicator in the article list of which article I am listening to
4. I listen to Economist while driving in my car. After the latest release I intermittently lose sound at the end of each article and need to re-dock my iPhone to continue listening. This was never an issue with the old version
Please fix this or just admit the fiasco and revert to the old version. I am desperate to love you again!
Good Stuff 5/5
By Yeah mybe I'm drunkkk
I get a lot of my in depth news from this newspaper. Even though they may have some liberal views, they explain their viewpoints clearly and thoughtfully.
Faithful audio user = highly disappointed 1/5
By YoYo Blah
This latest update is horrible. How can you remove 1.5x and 2x speed on the audio. At 1x speed, the reader is seemingly reading backwards! Moreover, the app is kludgy and suffers from chronic bugs. Your developers should be embarrassed by their work. Have your designers and developers use the Audible app for one day and then rework the audio portion of the app. Or better yet, hire the person from audible to make your app.
Terrible new app 1/5
I've been reading (and listening) The Economist for more than 10 Years and subscribe to several years at a time. I seldom write reviews but this App merits negative feedback (one star is generous). The Economist built the current App from scratch. They advertised it was because it was going to be better than the old App. It ended up in being an App that damages The Economist image and reputation. Simply, pathetic. The current App has way too many bugs to list. Nonetheless, here are some of them: cannot consistently play continously spanning multiple articles (playback sometimes stops and won't play next article unless you press Play), if you exit a weekly issue browse another issue and then return, the audio part of the App will not "remember" where you left off and hence will start playing from the start, the download all button disappeared with latest update, so did the playback speed button / option, headphone audio controls don't work as expected (as they worked with the old App), my car's steering wheel control don't work anymore either (they did work with old App)...should I go on? The bottom line is the The Economist managed to mess up the App big time, all the while telling customers that the new Apps platform would allow them to create a better App with more features... Blah blah blah. Put the old App back, update it to work with the latest iOS version, fire your developers (or, most likely, the mediocre company that developed the App) and those who hired them (not necessarily in that order).
This App really gets on my nerves. I'll download the weekly issues in a Podcast App.
What happened to X1.5 and x2 speed 1/5
Audio option WAS great
Bad app design, great articles 3/5
I love the content but the app does not work very well and jumps around rather awkwardly
Please bring back ability to speed up audio 2/5
By Barrett Baffert
I disagree with the decision to roll back ability to speed up audio. Please reintroduce, even broken it's an improvement on the 1x speed.
More bad than good in the new app 2/5
Love the The Economist. I use the app mainly to listen to the audio, the quality of which seems to have suffered in the recent update. Also the button that controls audio speed is now invisible for some reason. I do LOVE that they removed the incredibly annoying collapsing audio control menu (please NEVER bring that back). But the old version had the ability to order your playlist somewhat, so PLEASE bring that back. Otherwise, the design is kinda simple and sorta meh. I don't understand why the quality of the app seems to be deteriorating over time rather than improving. Quite frustrating.
Great content, awful app 1/5
-does not preload editions like it used to in the background
-takes forever to download new editions
-buggy audio edition
-they keep removing or tweaking audio edition speed adjustments because it never works right
-just recently deleted on its own the current edition and downloaded audio and forgot where I was
-need I go on?
What Happened? 1/5
Hideous new design and UI
Thoughtful analysis, not sound bites. 4/5
By Generic Funny Nickname
You've fixed the glitch where I get signed out of issues when I stop using the app, thank you!
Easily the best source of news and commentary on the planet right now. Which is both a compliment to the economist, and an insult to what passes for journalism at places like CNN and Fox.
Super slow audio 1/5
Why take away the higher speed? Literally the only reason I have this app.
A Sad State of Affairs 1/5
By Nathanfrom Akron
First they remove the 0.25 audio increments, now they remove speed listening options altogether? Thanks Economist, this app is basically useless to me now.
Can no longer adjust speed... 1/5
Need the audio speed adjustment back ASAP. 1.5x speed was never an issue. Might take a break from subscription, as current app just doesn't fit my use case.
No playback speed controls 1/5
What happened to the playback speed controls? It is unbearable to listen at 1x. These controls need to be restored; otherwise, my subscription is worthless because I can't sit down to read it and can't listen at normal
speed. Please fix before I cancel.
DO NOT UPGRADE! THIS IS A BAD JOKE 1/5
By Daniel A. Mikhailov
The 5 stars are fake. Read the reviews.
What are you trying to do? Audio is way worse. It's like going from the quality of a landline phone to Skype. Now no 1.5x, 2.0x?? How did you decide to make a great app worse and then to make it even more unbearable? The look and feel is just cheap. There is also no table of contents now. What the hell Economist?
Just go back 2/5
Would be five star quality for the writing. But the app would get a zero. It is getting worse. All the other reviews recently are giving you the details. Why don't you just go back to an earlier version and call it an update? Doesn't your magazine argue that the British government do the same thing with the Brexit decision?
Mandatory subscription 5/5
If you so not to read enough, do yourself a favor and read the Economist every week; you will increase your global knowledge and increase your standing among your peers
Audio Edition is essential 2/5
By Scott KFL
App can be buggy. But the audio edition is an essential part of my subscription now. Don't commute without it!
Have revised to 3 stars. This update is a actually a downgrade for now.
Revised to 2 stars. Latest update has inexplicably removed essential functionality of audio playback. Worked fine for me and now removed.
FIX THE AUDIO PLAYBACK SPEED PROBLEM NOW 1/5
The new update is a COMPLETE DISASTER. Makes Dunkirk look like a rousing military victory. Please do your jobs and fix the playback speed problem (i.e. go back to what you had before) as soon as you can get the app in the AppStore!
Joining the chorus for the better, older version 1/5
The new version frequently loses my spot in the audio addition if I start and stop it, and begins again at the beginning of the section. It forgets that I was listening at 2x speed and reverts to 1x, something that never happened in the old version. Also, the audio at 2x degrades significantly in quality. BUT that's way better than not having 2x at all! It's excruciatingly slow! Bring it back immediately!
I look forward to every Ftiday 5/5
The Economist brings me the very best analysis of critical events worldwide. Balanced, well written and timely reporting on a variety of issues from economics and business to science, education and history, the Economist sets the standard for news in digestible format.
Great magazine with a sober view 5/5
By Monterey Dude
It's so wonderful to get a weekly magazine with a sober, moderate view. And how often do we Americans get to read views from outside the US. I think that if we read newspapers and magazines from Britain,Canada, France Germany and others, we would lose our Americano-centric, often parochial view of the world.
I love the Economist, I read it from cover to cover, and learn more than economics- science and the arts.
Want your money back? Read this 1/5
update: for EU customers a full or pro-rated refund on your online subscription can be made given the app no longer facilitates user-friendly access to the product. Call 0844 209 0611 and discuss w iTunes rep. It was a quick process, they approved a pro-rated refund based on fact that new app is so dysfunctional that it no longer constitutes the product I originally purchased. I will renew my subscription if and when the economist fixes this mess. Encourage others to pursue same course of action, perhaps it will get noticed by HQ.
Quick update, this app is still garbage. Audio resets settings every time and restarts each edition. Can't remotely go back to last audio article, only move forward. Your IT is asleep at the wheel. Sad.
Sound quality seriously downgraded in new version. How can this sort of thing be allowed to happen?! You have a subscriber base paying good money for your product, it is surreal that these versions make the product worse and not better.
Speed up audio 1/5
The removal of the ability to speed up audio removes one of the reasons why I subscribe to the economist. Why not reinstate the option and work on improving it at the same time. People are not forced to increase the rate of speech so who does it hurt to keep the option.
1. When I open the app again after a few hours it should save my place instead of going back to the home screen. It should also save my audio playback speed.
2. I use the app only for audio playback. Please enable automatic audio downloads.
Terrible app 1/5
Content good as in the past but the new version of the app has many bugs and they aren't being addressed: the app doesn't track accurately where you are in the issue and pretty much everything around the audio edition is broken.
Work around for audio speed 1/5
By B Wim
Log in to the website through your browser and on the audio edition tab, separately download the audio edition either on MP3 or on iTunes podcasts. On iTunes each article is its own chapter. Then you can use your phone to speed up the audio. Works well.
Note: I called customer service and they said to make sure I'm not getting double charged by subscribing through iTunes but I see no evidence that I have been.
Got rid of 1.5 and 2x 1/5
Audio version won't let me select different speed. I cannot listen at the regular speed. Bad update.
Please add back playback speed adjustment 2/5
Could you add back playback speed adjustment for IPhone Economist app? The default audio speed is just too slow for me, I usually turn it to 1.5X.
What did you do? 1/5
Why is it so hard for me to open the app and get back to where I was in the audio playlist?
Why do I always have to tell the app to play at 1.5 speed? Used to know that that's how I listen, now I have to change it every single time I open the app.
If my audio articles are in a "playlist", then why doesn't the app remember where I stop listening in the playlist? I'm constantly guessing which articles I finished and where to begin again.
Please fix the audio speed options 1/5
I listen to the Economist every week, and forcing me to listen on 1.0x (feels like 0.5x) is soul crushing.
Thank you for the great journalism -- I love your magazine. But please fix this app.
No playback speed options 1/5
Update: I just realized that you can subscribe to the economist in audio using your podcast reader. Just go to the economist website and click on multimedia. After you log on, there's a link you can use for your podcast app.
People were complaining earlier that the faster playback speeds sounded distorted. The economist responded by taking it away altogether. Was that a punishment or something? I'd much rather have the slightly distorted faster playback over nothing. Personally it's unusable to me without this feature.
Excellent publication, horrible app direction 1/5
The audio quality is still terrible and much worse than it was before the big update recently. Very disappointing. You should not subscribe right now if you care about the audio app experience. Also, they seem to have removed the audio speed control and now you are forced to listen to the plodding, basic speed. What the hell, Economist - the old speed control wasn't perfect but it was better than nothing!
You are in a hole, E, stop digging deeper.
Please, Economist, communicate with your users! Your actions indicate a disregard for your audience and inept technical management.
Please bring back previous app version 2/5
I have been a loyal customer for 15 years and still love The Economist. In the past few years, I've come to rely on the audio edition, but the latest app's audio features are a serious downgrade from previous versions. Terrible audio quality, no ability to customize playlist order, and worst of all, no ability to adjust playback speed. Please bring those features back.
new version 1/5
way too many kinks that need ironing out in the new platform. this isn't ready, please fix and release later, and for now downgrade us back to the older version! in particular audio playback has many issues.
sigh, and now you've even removed the 2x audio option. did you ask any customers before deciding that it's better to remove it _before_ you improve it?? the app is useless for me till you add it back.
Love the one your with..? 2/5
I complained several years ago about the iPhone app and now they have made it worse. Should have been happy with what I had. Not sure about reading it on the phone but the audio functionality is ruining it for me. Read all the negative comments below. I won't reiterate them but they are true. Seems like a simple concept but they keep getting it wrong in a world of developers. Instead of advertising for reporter interns they should have a contest for developing the best app. Could upgrade this for free. In addition, now they have removed the faster playback speeds. If I have to listen this podcast at regular speed it is useless to me. Its at the pace that my drunk southern grandfather speaks.
By Bugcatcher in ny subway
Where did the speed control go? Default speed in audiobook is for 90 year olds
Very very FRUSTRATING! 1/5
Why do the Economist app updates continue to make the app worse rather than better? It is no longer humanly possible to listen to the app in any meaningful way. I'm just about to delete the app, and if that goes, so does my subscription.
The Economist 5/5
By Almost Somebody
Best newspaper (or periodical) I've come across. The journalists are some of the finest in the world, and write in a punchy, efficient style. It seems the best way to have a well-rounded concept of what is going on in a complex world.
Need for speed! 4/5
By jcc az
Great magazine; bring back the faster playback option. Listening at 1x (slow) speed takes forever!
Playback Rate Control Goes Missing 3/5
Great App... except the latest update removed one of the best features: playback rate control. Please bring it back. The base narrative rate is painfully slow.
Worst Update! 1/5
Update: now the audio speed can't be change to 1.5x. Worst app!!!
I've worked with tech support for weeks trying to solve upgrade issues. No continuous streaming, bad audio, gaps in digital files, serious issues.
UPDATE -Appreciate new features, annoying flaws 1/5
By Gizmo Xavier
Update 2: 9/10/17 still no improvement.Guessing they are trying to force us to partake in viewing their ads everytime we have to reselect the issue. It appears there has been a flood of 5 star reviews lately, but most comments are critical. Seems sketchy.
Update: having to reselect my issue and go back into audio each time I leave the app is annoying and cumbersome.
I like the updated look, audio downloads in order of magazine, and the landscape mode. However, I do not like having to reselect my issue and tap through menus to resume where I left off if I ever leave the app for an extended period of time. Please allow me to return directly to your wonderful content.
Why did you remove playback speed? 1/5
Update took out the playback speed adjustment option. Now the speaker sounds like she has suffered a stroke. Unbearable and unusable.