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 5/5
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.
It stops/freezes too often 4/5
This is kind the APP that I would like to be a long term subscriber. However after six weeks of use, it becomes too painful to continue using. It stop playing midway, repeatedly. So, I cancelled my subscription.
The APP works smoothly ever since reinstalled by the helpful support staff. I have continued to subscribe and enjoy the AUDM.
Getting better 4/5
By Steven N
The content is the star here. The app is still lacking some basic podcasting app features like a sleep timer and add later. A recent update has helped greatly.
The app will no accept my sign up info.
Great service, no complaints on the app either 5/5
One of the few services I didn’t cancel after the trial. Also it’s a total bargain since you’re reading/listening to articles from MANY publications for a very generous monthly price. This service has become my little secret that I tell can’t help but tell everyone about. The audio brings articles to life, it’s like audible except you are always listening to more current content, and you are always getting new articles daily. I just wish there was fiction.
Great content, and narration— upgrade your commute! 5/5
By Miguel Azo
The article curation is great, and there are lots of excellent sources. The narrators’ voices are wonderful.
Most of the performance issues in the earlier versions have been resolved. There are still some minor quirks, like most apps, but they don’t really get in the way of enjoying some of the best journalism available today.
What a fantastic app! 5/5
By Silent skulls
The variety of the content and the high quality of readers really makes this one of my favorite apps.
Love this Ap 5/5
I love the variety of articles it draws from. Culture, food, history-a constant delightful distraction to my fraught world.
Would be great to share article and advertise for your amazing content 3/5
Amazing content. Great professional readers. App stability gradually improving. Still a bit quirky but tolerable. Would be great to be able to share the content with others (limit ? two articles a month). Would be great advertising and get lots of people to purchase this wonderful service.
Turn Your Commute Into Your Favorite Part of Your Day. 5/5
I love this App. It turns that New Yorker article you wanted to read but didn’t have time to read into a podcast you can listen to in the shower, or in your car, or on the subway, or walking to work, or while doing the dishes, or whatever. Amazing content, great interface. Makes life better.
Extraordinary content, great interface 5/5
I'm blown away by all aspects of this app. First off, the content is no less than premium. The New Yorker addition has been phenomenal. Enthralling articles that are so well written that you can't help but to lose track of time while listening. This is a big difference from many podcasts out there. The narration adds a level of quality that most rough podcasts miss. Second, the user experience is flawless. Easy to keep track of your articles and with the new update the app has been stable with no issues. Can't wait to see what else comes out. Listening during my commute has been a godsend. I love that there is a variety of short and long articles. Keep up the great work!
5 star content, 2.5 star app. Still worth it. 5/5
By G Mon
Amazing concept and content. If you love long form journalism, but are too busy to read the latest articles, this app is great. The content readers are excellent as well as is the selection.
That all being said, the app is a bit frustrating. The developer needs to add controls to sort, filter, and search. I’m sure that’s on their roadmap.
I gave the app 5 stars because since signing up, I’ve listened to at least an article a day and think this is a great concept. If you love audiobooks, this will be right up your alley. So, in this instance, I don’t mind it being a work in progress. I recommend checking it out!
Login on 1/5
I don’t have a Facebook acct - can’t get an account
Nice app. Needs update for iPhone X 3/5
Lots of good material.
Needs update for iPhone X
Initial problems with app resolved 5/5
Initially, I had problems signing in and it was frustrating. I was able to get this problem resolved and now the app works fine. Terrific customer support. Looking forward to all AUDM has to offer
Productive commutes 5/5
I live in L.A. so I spend quite a bit of time in the car. Not sure what I would do without Audm. The team is super responsive to user feedback and questions. A+ overall!
Great content, great developer support on a less than stable platform 4/5
Update: within hours of leaving the review, the company had reached out to me and resolved the issue. Great customer support: I can see that this app is a labor of love for the Audm crew. Again, if you are a reader of the Atlantic, London Review of Books, and similar literary magazines, the content will absolutely speak to you (I couldn't resist the pun). Ive updated the review to four stars and am hoping that the app will now prove stable. If so, it is bargain at the subscription rates.
Old Review: I wasn't sure how many stars to award. I've subscribed for quite a few months and what seems like poorly executed updates. On one hand, I love the content and the readers are first rate: they read with assurance and emotion. On the other hand, there have been so many updates, so many bugs. For the longest time, the app would keep asking me to verify my account--invariably after I had just begun a long drive and couldn't safely enter my password. The developers fixed that one, then the ones that followed. Another long running bug was getting a different selection than I loaded. They seem to have fixed that one now. Another update today and I can't even get to the content stream. I just keep looking at the black screen with the logo. I've restarted my phone without any consequence. By rights, I should give one star since I'm currently getting no use out of an app for whichI am paying. I should cancel my subscription. I know I should. And, yet, I think to all the long Southern California commutes that this app has enlivened and enlightened. I want to love this app. I really do.
How have I not reviewed this already? 5/5
Update: great customer service, they are really trying 4/5
The app has growing pains but the staff, including the cofounder, work around the clock to make it right.
Never seen customer service so responsive 5/5
By Booth H
Like most of its subscribers, I love the content of this app. Audm utilizes riveting articles from some of the most erudite English-language magazines in the world—the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books—and had them narrated by speakers who uniformly have superb diction, inflection and pitch. Like many subscribers, I was annoyed when the app crashed, but also struck by the company’s urgency to correct the issue. When I couldn’t get it up and functioning again, even with the repair, I sent an email to Co-founder Christian Brink, who immediately responded, told me how to correct the problem and then followed up to make sure all was well. Audm is a great app, but most of all this is a tech company that takes customer service seriously. I’m a fan of the product, but most of all of the people behind it.
Fixed! I love this app, now that it’s stable 5/5
I’ve used Audm since the beginning. The app has had technical problems, but now they seem to be solved. It used to pretty often “stall” if I was using it with the screen closed, or if I had another app running. I think I had more trouble with this than most, because I usually listen at 2X.
Now it works great! I can listen to these great articles, without the frustration of long pauses, stalls and the occasional crash.
I love Audm but I gave a previous version a poor review because the app crashed non-stop. They reached out to me and got it fixed and I couldn’t be happier. I have a couple features I hope they add but overall, it’s excellent.
Audm is a civic duty! 5/5
I have never written a review of an app before. However, Audm is so great it deserves my commendation. The content is wonderful. All the best long-form journalism from venerable journalistic outfits read by great narrators. What more could you ask for? How many apps make you a better citizen? Not only that, the responses from the Audm team are immediate and very helpful. The app is somewhat spartan, but it is stable and improving with each update. I’m proud to support such a worthy endeavor.
For the first time an app won’t download. What a piece of garbage!!!
Great content, great app 5/5
Great stuff from the New Yorker, various book reviews, Atlantic, wired...
we’re all rooting for you 4/5
this app is pure class. content is second to none, well curated and narrated. like everyone else though, i’m having major issues with loading and sudden pauses during play. the newest update didn’t help. it worked fine on day one, but then i filled the playlist with 30 essays and perhaps this is the issue. i really do love this service and hope you figure it out, would hate to see this project fail. i spent all day yesterday loving it and now it’s bricked on me. no sense paying for something that doesn’t work. i would consider alternative platforms like rss or web based on addition to the app. anyhow, cheers.
Great product 5/5
This app/service has had the biggest impact on my day-to-day life since Spotify. I can never carve out enough time to sit and read articles in my favorite magazines and journals. Now I listen while I drive, do chores, etc.
Sign up failed 1/5
Could not get past entering my email address and a password...
Surprised but much room to improve 3/5
Wow the audio content in this app is fantastic! I love the concept of the app I just wish you could filter the articles by category/content rather than simply by publication. Additionally there are some bugs like the inability to pause playback from my airpods (but you can resume no problem) and the fact that the status bar creature like crawls along behind the notch on the iPhone X.
Best app in long time 5/5
By Azer I.
We may be in this golden age of podcasts, and as much as I love them, they’re no substitute for high quality long form journalism. This app is fantastic for those of us who love journals and magazines, and rely on audio. Great selection, terrific narration, intuitive UI. Best app of 2018, now just needs Apple Watch app!
Can we just fix this thing already? 3/5
Very perplexed about how frequently the stories stop after just 30 seconds, maybe a minute or two, and then continue to stop repeatedly until you give up on the possibility of listening to a full article. It seems to be an issue with autolock, but not exclusively. It even occurs when song is fully downloaded. This hasn’t changed since the last update. Three weeks seems like a long time in between updates for an app with this many issues. I’m pretty sure I began using audm almost as soon as it launched, and I love the concept. I use it all the time, despite how painful it can be. It’s gotten much better, but the problems that still exist are astounding. Yes, the last few months there have been huge strides, but how is it that I still can’t listen to an article all the way through without it stopping, freezing or crashing? It’s been out for more than a year right? I sometimes wonder what boardroom of geniuses decided this app was “ready for the public”. I also find it curious that often when someone comments about the horrible app functionality and experience issues, the developer comments “sorry you’re one of the small number of people who have issues” — I respect how responsive your team is, but it is clearly not just a small number, can we just be open about this? Or at least not lie? I think we all want to support this app, don’t make it even harder. I’ve tried to think of my monthly subscription as a “donation” to hopefully keep the developers in business long enough to get this app up to par, but honestly I have to avoid calculating how much I’ve spent over the last year because it’d probably bum me out. As a journalist, I always think about recommending it to my reporter friends as a great way to get more “reading” in... it’s getting close to being “recommendable” but at the moment I think I’d still be too embarrassed.
Yes, I've had it crash a few times, but those have been few and far between. The content is amazing and the readers are phenomenal. What a difference it is to have actual human instead of robotic text-to-speech voices! My new favorite app.
By Bob Jones VI
Now you can get your liberal propaganda read to you! An amazing app for lazy liberals to learn about the world while you sit at home collecting welfare benefits that working Americans pay for! Truly groundbreaking!
Not a good app 1/5
Very difficult to set up with painful subscription set up
Good idea, not ready 1/5
By Dave Estlund
The app shuts down when your phone cycles to autolock. Fine if you only want to listen for a few minutes at a time!
Love the concept but the App needs some work 3/5
I really love the concept of Audm and I think it was a service I was hoping someone would come up with. The content is diverse with articles from several news outlets. Also the readers are proficient and I have enjoyed listening to all the articles so far. It really makes driving a lot more entertaining.
the app is not very user friendly and probably the most frustrating app I have ever used. Sometimes, not always, the app takes a really long time to start, I mean 5-10 minutes of waiting for it to load. Again this does not happen all the time but it does happen once every 4-5 times of use. I hope the developers can fix this problem as I really do think this is a great concept.
Pretty good but... 3/5
... for some reason, the transcript often spontaneously goes back to the middle of the article.