Amazing content, dysfunctional app 2/5
I love Audm. I really want to use it. The content is what I’m here for. But for the last few weeks, it crashes almost immediately upon booting up, or, if I’m lucky enough to load the list of available articles, crashes when I try to play anything. Please fix this. This has been going on for too long that I am having a hard time justifying my subscription and will cancel it if it remains unusable.
By Chet Masterson
Great concept for an app. I downloaded it because I don’t have much time to read longform articles, but I love the content in The New Yorker. I thought this app was just what I was looking for, unfortunately I was dead wrong. The app is unusable, it constantly crashes and freezes, when playing audio it often pauses for no reason. The content is great. But I had to uninstall and cancel subscription because the app was so slow and buggy. Great concept terrible execution.
Fantastic content but the app still needs work 3/5
This app has an incredible selection of articles, well read, and it’s nice that one can read along in sync with the audio.
But the app itself needs work. A couple of important issues: 1) If I am listening to an article, press pause, and then go to another app, the app often seems to just die in the background, so that if I press pause on my headphones again, music starts playing instead. This happens far less frequently in the audible app or in any of the podcast apps I’ve tried, but it happens constantly in Audm, and really degrades the experience of using the app. 2) I wish the app would give me more information about the content I’m listening to. For example, it includes some articles from old issues of the New Yorker (which is wonderful), but I can see no way of finding out when each article was written. 3) When I start up the app after not using it for a while, I have to navigate to the queue and find the thing I was listening to most recently. I would strongly prefer to go straight to it.
I want so badly for these things to be fixed, because I love the content, but I find myself not using the app much, particularly because of my first issue.
From 4 stars to 5 (10, if they had them) 5/5
I have always loved the amazing content this app offers, so smartly curated from a wide range of periodicals. I’ve also enjoyed my interactions with the guys, who seem on-call to help users 24/7 (take a day off, guys!). Now that it’s loading with lightening speed, Audm is simply perfection.
Five stars because... 5/5
It’s a great idea that as far as i know nobody has duplicated. However the load times are often painfully slow
Needs work 2/5
Maybe it just happens to me and I really like the idea of articles being read by a person with a great voice. But, without fail, the article continues to scroll and the reader is absent. I am trying AUDM again, but it still stops and I’ll probably cancel.
Great content but app still takes years to open 1/5
By Mark Jimmy
Had to cancel my subscription because the app takes forever to open. Latest updates didn’t seem to make much difference. I even deleted and reinstalled.
Opaque charges 1/5
I downloaded this app. Then I learned that there was a free trial period. Then it told me my free trial period would last until 2 days from now.
Nowhere was there a clue how much I would be charged, nor how I would, should I choose to, discontinue my subscription before the point in time two days from now (not stated) when the charging would commence.
Updated! App is much better! 5/5
I wrote a one-star review praising the app’s concept and content but expressing huge frustration with the platform itself. It constantly crashed, the queue would vacate, etc. The latest versions have corrected all of these issues and added several features I hadn’t even considered, such as a sleep timer function. Very well done and highly recommended!
All my favorite content but in the worst package 2/5
I echo many comments on here. The content is incredible, and by subscribing you really get some unique content. I don’t have a lot of time these days to read the New Yorker, Atlantic, etc., but I commute often, so it’s great to be able to listen to stories. However, the app is terrible. I’m happy to see a slate of recent bug fixes, but it’s not enough. Something is fundamentally wrong with this app.
Great idea....when it works. 2/5
I live the idea of this app, the content is terrific, the readers are great, the fact that I can control playback speed is fabulous.
However, it crashes constantly. Often takes me 5 or 6 tries to load and then crashes almost every time I select an article to download. I’ve gotten about half the use I want.
Seriously considering cancelling my subscription; I’m paying for frustration.
Great Idea! 5/5
Lots of interesting audio articles. Professional narrators.
Great content, bad design! 1/5
I enjoy listening to the articles published on this app, but unfortunately, the experience is horrible. The app is so buggy that I have to open and close it several times just to listen to one article! I really hope the people behind this app hire talented developers and designers to fix these issues.
Fantastic concept and app 5/5
Love this app - I love all of these magazines and news sources, but don’t have enough time to read them all. Now I listen on my commute and the time flies by!
Was grateful, till it broke 1/5
I’ve been listening to, and enjoying, Audm for a while. Biggest problem was that it kept trying to make me listen again to something I’d already listened to, or stopped listening to on purpose. Finally figured out to delete the stories-that-would-not-die. Now, when I try to delete such a story, the app quits. If I come back and try to listen to another story . . . The app quits. Tried deleting the app, restarting the device (iPhone or iPad) and downloading the app again. No luck. Tried going to support web page to submit a bug report, not an option. Hoping a lousy rating score will get someone’s attention. Very quick bug fix, please!
Keep crashing 2/5
What happened to the app? It keep crashing which make me impossible to play the article.
The contents are excellent but the team really needs to keep up the work on this app.
It took forever to load the program. When it works, it played a short time then stopped. Sometimes it’s just disappeared from my screen all in sudden.
Love the content, but keeps crashing 3/5
The app keeps crashing!
Great content, very bad app 1/5
While this app has incredible content, it has one of the most frustrating UXs ever. It frequently takes the discover pane multiple seconds to load, if it ever does. Good luck if you filter by magazine and try and scroll down to past issues - those load about 10% of the time. This is extremely basic search functionality and the app fails at this. I’m very unimpressed.
Update: lowering my review to one star because it won’t even play downloaded content at 1.25x speed on Bluetooth - it mutes the audio when it ends a paragraph on the scrolling text playing at anything about 1x speed playback. It plays content at 1x, but there are weird little blips in the audio when it ends a paragraph too. Honestly, it’s embarrassing how much content this app has but how horrible it is at delivering it. The minimum viable product here is so simple (discovery + playback), and it is just deeply broken.
Very buggy 3/5
Great content but app crashes frequently. Current update is hard to use, internally buggy
Great idea 2/5
Very slow, Doesn’t work offline 3/5
I would love this app if the following weren’t true:
1. It’s agonizingly slow to start up.
2. Despite the option to download stories for later, it still requires a network connection to play them. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, don’t even think of using it on cellular data—the stories consume huge amounts of data.
3. The actual content offered draws primarily from about 3 sources, though they list 10 times that number.
Great content and app, fantastic support 5/5
I absolutely love it. Of course app could be more functional, but it will evolve.
With time constraints we all have, I would like ratings, so I don’t miss something really important, which might be out of my routine sphere of interest.
Weak content, slowest app ever 1/5
The content consists of complete issues of The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and bits and pieces of other magazines. I don’t like Atlantic, and the other magazines are occasionally good but usually not. The New Yorker is my favorite magazine. Audible also has an audio edition of The New Yorker. Audm usually has one or two more articles than the Audible version. However, the Audible app is so much better than the Audm app. The Audible app opens in seconds, you download the file in maybe ten or twenty seconds, and you can listen whenever you want. The Audm app takes five to ten minutes to open on my iPhone 6s, if it opens. Downloading an article takes ten to twenty minutes. Then there are long pauses in the article. The articles are available for a week, then they vanish. The Audm app appears to be streaming files rather than downloading files, and their servers appear to be overloaded, causing long waits and pauses in the streaming. I gave up on Audm and I’m going back to Audible. Audible is also half the price of Audm.
Good content, buggy app 2/5
By A bored listener
I wish I could write a better review for this app, but really I just wish this app worked better. The content is great -- exactly the kind of long-form journalism I like to read, but generally don't have time to get to. It's more substantive and less gimmicky than most podcasts, which is refreshing.
The app, though, is exasperating. Articles often pause for 10-20 seconds at paragraph breaks. Occasionally they just stop, and you have to start them again. A few times articles have stopped in the middle and then completely disappeared from my phone. I reported this to the developers months ago, and they initially responded, but lately I've sent a couple follow-ups and gotten no response. I've installed all of the updates, but the problems are the same. It also takes forever to load, and sometimes crashes when I'm trying to edit the cue.
Personally I wish they'd make the content available in the iTunes store as a regular podcast that I can play in the iOS podcast app. Maybe some people like the option of reading the text as well as listening, but I've got plenty of apps like Pocket for reading. What I want from this app is a reliable, non-buggy way to listen to good journalism. Unfortunately at this point it has the good journalism, but the non-buggy part is still in development.
Idea is fantastic. Execution could be better. 4/5
Huge fan of the long content the app provides. Such a great idea and looking forward to making my way through the catalogue.
Some problems: The app is slow to load older stories as you scroll through, and it would be great to filter by topic (Crime, Tech, Politics, History, Literature) and length instead of just by provider. There are hundreds of pieces but it’s difficult to find the older ones.
Control needed! 3/5
I want this app because I am losing my vision and ability to read, but the interface is not friendly to vision impaired!!
Does not work well with Bluetooth 1/5
Content is great. But when I play articles in my car the Audm app will suddenly trigger the playing of music from my library.
None of my other audio apps have this problem.
Until Audm fixes this, the app and the service are useless. I can’t read these articles whilst I’m driving. If the app doesn’t work with Bluetooth, you might as well ditch the app and read the articles.
Get more out of your downtime 5/5
If like me, you wish podcasts were as interesting as magazines like the New Yorker, your prayers are answered. I love listening to the world’s best longform journalism articles read by real humans, while driving or doing the dishes. Thank you Audm!!
Great content, Terrible performance 2/5
The app has such terrible startup time that the device goes to sleep a couple of times before you start seeing any content. The app also has some bad Bluetooth sync problems. Pausing thru a Bluetooth device doesn’t really pause the stream, it just keeps going nonetheless. Otherwise, great content!
What Happened to my Stories? 1/5
Opened Audm as usual. Nothing is there! Ive paid automatically for months and never cancelled. Now I see zero stories and it’s asking me to subscribe. Very unhappy.
Fix this app!! 2/5
By Robert Teter
Yo Audm - Great idea. Use it all the time.
But it crashes pretty much every time I open it at least once. Usually 2 or 3. And never loads the article the first time I click it. Just holds at “buffering” until I close out the app and try again. And then usually again. It’s a wreck. Do I pay a monthly fee for that bull-isht? I think I do. Plz fix.
Good content, terrible app 1/5
I really wish I could give this app five stars. It has content that no one else can touch. However, Audm is SO BUGGY that it is almost unusable. It quits in the middle of articles. It buffers and buffers and buffers, locking you out of articles that you’ve already downloaded. It is slow, even when connected to high speed wifi. Any time you pause it, it crashes in the background, so you end up reopening it over and over.
Others here have posted in support of the developer’s customer support, but what good is that if they don’t fix the underlying errors in their programming. This kind of behavior might be tolerable in an free app, but I am sadly beginning to conclude that nothing is likely to change. I don’t plan to pay for this kind of non-performance much longer. Audm, please let me love you.
Great App 5/5
I just wish I could share articles that I’ve found so accessibly enjoyable with others I’d like to likewise enlighten. Administrator Ryan assures me this feature is in the works.
Unhappy with the inability to search through through articles 5/5
Update: a search function has been added and I am very happy! Great app.
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.
So slow 2/5
Literally takes a minute to open app on my IPhone 8 Plus. Great concept. Needs technical improvement.
An essential app. It’s Audible for the best stories in journalism. 5/5
This app is slowly replacing the time I spend searching around for quality podcasts while simultaneously helping me both discover and access some of the finest journalism available. The readers are phenomenal. If you’re someone who spends a lot of their time listening to podcasts or books off your phone during the day, and want to up the quality of the content you ingest, this app is for you.
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.
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.