Fantastic program, but the app is awful 1/5
The concept is brilliant and the articles well-narrated, but the app continually crashes and is not easily navigated. It has crashed six times in the last ten minutes alone. Please remedy this issue — otherwise, it’s a full five stars!
Loving Literary “bedtime” Narrations 5/5
I loved being read to sleep as a child and didn’t realize how entrenched that patten was until I started sifting through Audm’s options. The real fun has been the discovery of articles and essays from publications I’d never heard of — Guernica, Atavist — in addition to pre-existing favorite subscriptions.
I’m almost certain the order final idea wasn’t to have narrators lull listeners to sleep, and the app has got to been a boon to the visually impaired. Who’s to say they don’t enjoy being read to sleep too?
App still needs work 3/5
Things have improved somewhat with this app but it still has some serious issues. I loads a bit faster but hard to tell if that is the app or iOS 12.
1. You listen to an article in your queue and it automatically deletes. You start the next article. It abruptly stops and the previous article is downloading itself. I delete it. It starts downloading again. This happened 6 times with one article yesterday, the last about 10 minutes into the second article. Infuriating!
2. Pause doesn’t mean “pause until I hit play again”. Pause sometimes only lasts a few seconds, sometimes longer before it automatically starts playing again. You have to close the app to ensure it won’t randomly start playing again. Incredibly annoying!
3. Once you put an article in your Queue, you no longer have access to the article summary or the date it was published. You should be able to see that same summary info from the Discover tab. Very annoying!
4. When editing you Queue, the same issue with redownloads of deleted content mentioned in item 1 occurs. Sometimes it reverts to the old list after you haves moved pieces up in the queue. Infuriating!
5. On the Discover tab, you find an article (or 10) that you save to your queue. Then you see another article you want to listen to right away. The downloading articles in the queue get priority over the one you are trying to play. You have to wait for everything else to download before you can listen to the article you want to hear. The article that you click Play on should have priority downloading over ones you save for later.
6. Need more playback options in the queue such as “Play from bottom” where it plays articles in reverse order from when you added them to the queue. Handy if several shorter articles of timely content get published that you want to listen to together and don’t want to hassle with reorganizing the queue. Also an option that if I listen to the 6th story in my queue to have it then go to the 7th story, not the 1st one. It would also be nice to be able to filter by publication to listen to articles from a certain source no matter where they are in the queue. Feature enhancement request!
Great idea. Pricey. 3/5
By J. M g
Had this for a month, loved it for what it had, but needs more to be $7 a month. May come back when more content is added (Foreign Affairs would be awesome, Pulitzer winners, etc.) or if price drops. Simply not enough to justify $6.99 a month.
Unhappy with the inability to search through through articles 3/5
Fantastic, quality content, but I’m a little surprised there’s no search function to find articles you might want to read. This is the only reason I cancelled my subscription, because I didn’t want to keep endlessly scrolling back on article streams to find something I wanted to listen to. If I could search, I would re-subscribe.
My new best app 5/5
For many years I have subscribed to the audio version of The New Yorker. This is all that and much more. The capacity to see and search simultaneous text is a fantastic improvement over audio alone, and I now have a wide variety of long form of articles to choose from. Audm has substantially exceeded my expectations when I signed up.
Audm readers are careful to pronounce every word correctly!
It’s a pleasure to listen. Plus the variety of articles gets better!
5 stars! (It actually works now)!!! 5/5
Fantastically wonderful now, after a revision fixed the random stops and crashes and slooooooowness of the past. Great content and narration for the ages, delivered while the news cycle is hot. Thanks, Audm, for all the fixes.
Love the audio access idea but app needs work 3/5
Main challenges is that it’s very hard to resort my playlist of articles, the app frequently stops playing my current article and begins playing a previous one (even though it’s no longer in my list). And at least my 6S it drains the battery quickly.
Trying to cancel 1/5
Slow, fails to load, can’t easily search. Some content is good and nicely curated but too difficult to use. I can google faster and get better content free.
It’s so buggy it basically doesn’t work. Great idea, nonfunctional
App crashes 2/5
My app crashes often when I try to open an article
Best content x Worst App Ever = Frustrated Users 1/5
Audm will give you some of the best selection that American journalism has to offer: in-depth investigative reports, fascinating profiles, adventure and science writing. BUT this must be the worst app that I use on daily basis. Here is a short list of issues I encounter EVERY time I use the app:
- beautifully narrated articles pause for 5 to 30 seconds after EVERY paragraph.
- after an article ends, the next one on your playlist starts to play, but after about 10 seconds, the previously played article restarts from the beginning.
- the playlist frequently does not load correctly, a list where I had a dozen articles sometime turns into one randomly selected one. Articles that have been played return to the playlist even after I listened to and delited it.
- the app crashes frequently: adding an article to your list will crash the app in 50% of cases.
- don't even try using Audm with your CarPlay: the app will stop after the first direction prompt from your maps app.
- in addition e the money I pay every month as a subscriber, I pay in hours of frustration .
AUDM , please, please, fix the many issues you have.
Not Trustworthy 3/5
My biggest complaint is that the trial period is not discovered until AFTER you agree to purchase the app. Then you're presented with a 3-day trial (actually, only two days).
Nowhere is it mentioned what the length of the trial is. If you attempt to unsubscribe on the third day... Too late, your subscription will already be deducted from your account.
Given this initial sleight, I don't trust the company. Also, the narrators are not mentioned audibly... You can read their names only if you notice them on the summary.
Little content and buggy playback 2/5
The content is great but not much selection in the US version. The app also has some bugs that make playback frustrating. Loading and buffering times are long and will often cut out throughout playing. Not quite convinced it’s worth the monthly fee.
Simply the best app out there !!! 5/5
Adum is the best companion ever on long car rides or when doing the dishes , lying in a hammock or at the gym. It is also the perfect gift !
Perfect app to wind down in the evening 5/5
Been using Audm now for a couple of months and it’s one of my favorite subscriptions. I used to use the Headspace app for winding down in the evening, but this is so much better. I have to admit, I never read the Atavist magazine before, but every single story is amazing and seeing a new one popping up always makes my day. Please consider adding older issues. I wish there was more content from the New York review of books. I have occasionally problems loading a story, it keeps telling me it’s buffering but then nothing happens, but a restart usually fixes it. Totally worth it.
Slow and shifty 2/5
By Spiked jones
Slow to load
I thought I was housing the software and articles downloaded to my device so why slow?
Shifty! Why does it jump from article to article with no prompting or simply stop?
Mostly great, but ... 4/5
I’ve recommended Audm to a bunch of my friends but ... 1) on my iPhone it takes much longer to go from pushing the app till hearing the story you were last listening to. Audible does this MUCH better. 2) We should be able to set a filter of keywords for the topics you care about: books/writers, spies, US politics, etc. If it uses a Netflix-type algorithm to figure me out based on prior choices & my selected keywords, it could pre-select the stories I will most likely want. Duh. 3) As an added feature, interviews of the writers & editors of the month’s most selected stories. — Keep up the good work!!
Great idea. Content needs more diversity 4/5
I like this app a lot. It’s a great alternative to the radio at times, but I wish they would include some articles from right-leaning publications such as New Criterion which would actually make a nice addition to the content which as it stands leans to the left politically.
I need help again to hook up my phone as well. Thanks. Gino Mori,M.D.
I love Audm! 5/5
Audm is a brilliant idea, and is executed with talented readers and good audio quality. The curators of the content truly have exquisite taste: from LRB to the New Yorker to Wired, I am nearly always thrilled with the articles. There are a couple of bugs with the app that I wish they’d address, from long app start up times to awkwardly long paragraph breaks in some content, but overall an excellent product.
Best way to keep up. Especially while at gym.
This is a great app. Would be great to have better search features and also a way to move content I’m interested in listening to into a separate folder so I can easily get to it later
This app is worth every penny. I love the articles, the choice, and the readers. I just wish there were more articles coming at a faster pace.
Best content, buggiest App 3/5
I’m a devout Audm subscriber. I’ve even gifted subscriptions, albeit with a slew of caveats. Namely, I can’t believe just how lame the Audm app is, or fathom how it has has barely improved over the last year. Performance is barely to at least the level of functional. It takes over a minute to open, and then freezes, crashes, or acts just plain lethargic and wonky ever time I use it. However, until this content exists elsewhere in audio format, I’m going to suffer through these silly paroxysms. I really don’t know enough about app development to know why running smoothly is such a big ask for an app that delivers audio content, but whatever. Please don’t fail Audm, I love you despite yourself!
Between school and a full time job, I can barely make a dent in my long form reading list. This app is awesome and I’m gifting subscriptions to my brother and sister in law (who are constantly travelling for work) for whichever holiday comes next. You can tell a lot of work went into creating it and I think if you like podcasts, then this app is for you.
Wow. So many great stories out there and now I can actually get to them! 5/5
By Ugh 2
Wow. So many great stories out there and now I can actually get to them! I hardly ever have time to just sit and read these days. There's always something that needs to be done, or I'm in a crowded subway... That's why this is so great - I can listen to it while going on with my life. I don't have to choose either/or - I can have both! I can be productive, while getting in some awesome content. And it definitely helps with boring house chores like dishes, vacuuming, and laundry.
The app does not function well! 1/5
For the expense, this app should stop closing itself every ten minutes!
Great idea. Miserable execution. 2/5
I love this concept. In fact, I talk about this app to everyone, despite its miserably unstable nature and poor search functions. It will constantly crash mid article, causing me to reboot the whole thing. It’d be one thing if it were free, but paying a premium should mean getting premium content and delivery. We only get the former here. Fix the bugs before I jump ship Audm.
Oh, and arranging articles by topic or length would be nice.
Free trial? 3/5
So the free trial is one day???
Great content, app could use some work 3/5
Absolutely love the content and want to love the app itself, but I keep running into issues like:
- downloads disappearing
- audio cutting out every 10 seconds or so
- articles not downloading in the first place
I’m in the middle of an article right now and have force closed and reopened the app at least 10 times in about 30 minutes because audio kept cutting out. I restarted my phone and disconnected from my Bluetooth speaker and stopped experiencing issues, but still.. if this could work as well as any of the basic podcast apps out there, it would be killer.
It’s Far From “Free” 1/5
Seven bucks a month subscription? Free trial is only 3 days? And, instructions on how to cancel are outdated. Cannot cancel from an iPhone that doesn’t have iTunes.
Not very transparent with the pricing.
Great Idea! Rocky Implementation. 2/5
I really want to love this app! The readers are excellent, and there are more than enough high-quality selections to listen to. But ... Lordy! the app is practically user-hostile. It's missing a number of features that a good audio app should have, such as bookmarking, a sleep timer, a way to download articles for off-line listening, smart playlists, etc. Worse, it crashes constantly and requires me to sign in with my Apple ID every time I open it — and worse still, keeps insisting that I sign in even when I close the app. Although it's allegedly set up for family sharing, my husband and I can't set up separate queues or even listen to the same article at the same time using our own devices. A great idea, poorly executed. I've cancelled our subscirption.
Great content, terrible software 3/5
I'm going to keep my subscription and my fingers crossed but I hope a competitor comes along.
Great Reading, Great Articles, App Needs Work 3/5
The story selection, the readers and the overall style of combining podcast addiction with current events is great!
The app itself is a little finicky, and sometimes doesn’t like to DL stories for later, which is one of the main points of having this app and service because I fly so much.
Crashed on signup, no search function 1/5
I was listening to a story on my laptop and decided to switch to my phone so I can move around. Saw that I need to get this app to start where I left off while listening. DL the app, crashed maybe 5 times while signing up. Then made me subscribe just to see content. Subscribed figuring the free trial will work fine. But, no, there is no search button that I can find. I’m unsubscribing and deleting as soon as I tap “send” here. No search button is a deal breaker.
Bad Application 1/5
You should tell me before downloading that it is not free, not to give me 24 hours free and 10$/month later.
Web Apps are acting like robbers or gangsters nowadays!!!!
Stealing money with fake trial 1/5
I signed up for a the free trial. Canceled within 24 hours and yet I was charged and the full subscription was started. This is not an accident.
Same issue as many- great content, poor app 2/5
(iOS 11, iPhone 6)
Love the content.
Boourns to the app.
A) takes 45 to 90 seconds to get past the splash screen
B) bizarrely long pauses between “chapters” - like 6 or 7 seconds of dead air
C) if I have “downloaded a story to listen later” why do I run into issues where it won’t play the story because it’s “buffering”?
D) not 100% on this but I suspect that if the music was set to shuffle then it shuffles random chapters
E) the scrolling text is nifty but pointless
Not stable 1/5
App keeps crashing. Tried to log in via Facebook twice. Crashed twice. Too bad... sounded like a promising app.
May end up my favorite app 3/5
I’m visually impaired but really want to stay up with The New Yorker and other publications. Can have my iPad read me articles using text to speech, but, as good as that is, lots of words are mispronounced and inflection can be off. I also get newspapers read in Audible, but selection is limited, readers are not always that good and the app can be flaky. AUDM is great: huge selection, so far the readers are excellent and the interface is great. Easy to pause, go back or forward, I can lave a story and pick it up again hours later. Even the controls are larger, making it easier for someone with low vision. The only problem? If I listen to everything that interests me, I’ll never do anything else.
Excellent app, content is getting there 4/5
By VV T
If you are an auditory learner, this app is for you. I’ve been able to finish my weekly NYer articles (some are really long and take longer to get through) more consistently since subscribing to this app, and also listened to articles from other outlets I might not have clicked on. The narration is spot on, I’ve grown so used to Julia Whelan’s voice!
Suggestions: Adding a sleep timer would greatly increase this app’s usability. I occasionally download episodes for long plane rides without WiFi, and if I fall asleep, I find that the played episodes disappear from my download list. Perhaps a sleep timer would help and I’d still be able to pick up where I left off. I also can’t wait for more outlets (maybe magazines like n+1, Baffler, Foreign Affairs etc) to share their content with Audm for more variety! Otherwise, wonderful app.
Keep up the good work ! 4/5
I’ve never written a review before, but I felt like I had to for this app. I was intrigued with the concept when it first launched and I was willing to pay, what I thought at the time was, a fairly hefty price for the subscription. The content was great but the app was so bad that it could hardly open half the time.
But much has changed since then, and I even had the opportunity to chat with one of the developers and describe one of the bugs that had been plaguing the app in order to help it improve. Now I gladly pay what I consider a nominal fee for such great content. This is the first app I open in the mornings to listen to while I get ready and my go-to app for when I’m commuting. I can’t imagine how my life would be without it.
I hope the devs keep on improving and innovating. It would be great to be able to preferentially choose which publications make it to my home screen . It would also be nice to have the ability to favorite some stories in order to find them easier. Personally, I have stumbled upon some amazing long form reporting that I would not have ever found had it not been for your app, but I don’t ever want to forget about them. Your app makes it so easy for these invaluable stories get lost after they have been played. Lastly, please consider integration with pocket so that users can save the stories or their web links for easier sharing. I know not everyone has this app or is willing to pay but if I could easily charge the link where the story is online, it would make it easier for discussion .
Overall, amazing growth and improvement in the stability of the app and I hope to see continued support in the future !
Sleep timer requested 3/5
Would you please add a sleep timer?
Needs a slide and more frequent content updates 3/5
Read-along text is a great innovation, but the app has no way to slide to navigate content; +/- 15 or scrolling thru text don't cut it.
Also, seems slow to add new content.
Fix that download bug!! 2/5
This app and its features are awesome, BUT every time I open the app it wipes my downloads. Ill cancel my subscription shortly but sad to do so.
Error after error 1/5
Continuous error when trying to signup using facebook application.
Needs more content 3/5
This app is fantastic. Great journalism is out there but it’s hard to find the time to sit down and read the stuff, so Audm provides audio recordings, read by some of the best professional narrators, of recent high quality content from the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other publications. The only problem is that not nearly enough content makes it onto the app. I pay $7 per month and will gladly continue to do so if only there was more content appearing every day that I can listen to. Instead I find myself using it only once in a while since I quickly exhaust all the articles that come up. Great articles appear every day all over the internet. I wish they could work out a deal with more publishers to produce more recordings even if it incorporates shorter articles as well.
Not There Yet 3/5
Content-wise this app is amazing. Great selection of articles and top notch audio and performance quality.
But..It’s frustrating to try and find where you left off. Or to navigate around in a story. I have no idea what that floating arrow/compass thing does, other than get me more lost.
Also missing: the feature in the Apple podcast app I use the most - the timer that stops playing audio after a set amount of time.