Please fix customisation of audio playlist 1/5
By Ken Waters
I used to love listening to The Economist audio edition until a particular feature was removed. I used to be able to organise my audio playlist in a specific order; the world this week, then the business section, then finance, and afterwards a few select articles chosen among the remaining sections. I was able to go through the edition and organise everything once, then start and stop listening with the confidence that the playlist remained in the order I prioritised.
Now whenever I add to the audio playlist it's always ordered in the way The Economist is (The World This Week, Leaders, Letters, etc) and I can arrange the playlist to my priority, which I used to do for the past few years....now I don't even want to bother with The Economist at all since I now have to either keep track of what I listened to manually and/or keep adding/removing to the playlist in order to listen while I'm doing other tasks. Very unfortunate. It would be VERY much appreciated if the feature to customise the order of the audio playlist is made available once again. Thank you.
What a ripoff. Shameful. 1/5
I’ve been a subscriber of The Economist for more than a decade. I recently renewed my subscription in the new iPad app, and discovered that I can no longer access The Economist content on the Web or on Android devices. This has always been possible: I subscribe to “The Economist”, not “The Economist on iOS devices only”. When I renewed, there was no disclaimer, no warning, not indication whatsoever that I will only be able to access my subscription on iOS devices.
Is this a ploy to double-charge your subscribers, trying to get readers to pay for the same content separately on iOS and Android? Or just incompetence? Either way, this brings shame to the legacy of The Economist.
Audio feature needs help 3/5
I use this app primarily for the audio feature. I listen on my commute to/from work. When the audio works, it’s great, but this feature is pretty buggy, and now, it seems to have completely stopped. Please fix ASAP! I crave my daily Economist fix!
Please fix the audio X button 1/5
By Az khan
Audio is my most used feature on the iphone app. When you want to go out of the audio menu while playing audio, the X at the left top corner does not respond in iphone xs max all the time. I have to keep tapping at it. I have the latest iOS.
Terrible application 2/5
Amazing content but horrible app. It doesn’t let me pause or fast forward and sometimes prevents me from accessing its audio files.
awkward giant fonts can’t be shrunk 2/5
The smallest font setting is way too large. Unreadable on the iPad Pro, and awkward on the iPhone XS. These giant fonts have been an issue since the 2017 update. When will it be fixed? Just allow the fonts to be adjusted to a size that is standard on all other apps, eg Kindle, NY times.
Great content but terrible app 2/5
By Marcela Grld
The Economist audio app should be much better. If anything, it seems to have worsened over time. It used to allow to play just a selected playlist. Now that option is no longer available. Second, if I stopped listening to a story mid-way, next time I opened the app, it would pick it up where I left. That’s no longer possible so I have to start from the beginning. This is very unpractical if you are using the app while driving during your commute.
One feedback 3/5
Marking one the texts!!! Really
When i read this magazine on my iphone i often get lost!!
Audio is buggy as hell 3/5
I love the Economist and have been reading it, whether with my eyes or ears, for years. I’ve gravitated toward the audio version recently but have had consistent issues with it actually playing the audio.
Today, 16 Feb 2019, I’m trying to play the completely downloaded (as opposed to streamed) audio for the most recent issue. While some sections play, others, including The Workd This Week and Leaders refuse to play.
If I can’t access the content, I can’t be happy with the app.
In addition, the developers need a more informative (e.g. indicate which sections have been read) and intuitive interface. I just don’t get the flow.
The audio does not work anymore 1/5
By Brad Mild
I tap on the audio playback and nothing happens. I even tried downloading the entire audio and it still does not work. Please fix.
Lost x1.25 audio speed 4/5
Great app but please bring back the x1.25 audio speed, lost in the last update. Thanks
More Granular Audio Speed Control 4/5
By Señor Rios
The writing and UI remains outstanding. I agree with reviewers who ask for more granular control over the audio player’s speed. Increments of .25 would be a huge improvement.
Does not work with Economist.com 2/5
I signed up for the introductory subscription. Unfortunately, the subscription does not carry over to their website, which means I cannot read articles on anything but my I-phone...
good content, bad UI design 2/5
The lastest version is not compatible with iPhone XR - the name of every section (Leaders, Letters, ...) is only half visible. Please fix it as soon as possible.
Terrible Account Management 1/5
What a frustrating experience. I bought on my phone using iTunes. I can’t get access on my tablet no matter what I do. Apple doesn’t provide support. I asked for help from the economist and they sent me an email describing a multi-step process that is different from the choices that are even available. I asked them to refund my money, but that got no response. I’d love to read the magazine, but it’s not worth this hassle.
No audio since update 4/5
Since I recently updated the App for iPhone, the audio does no work. Help! Otherwise, I love the App.
Add Siri Support 5/5
Great content, fantastic app. Please add support for Siri so that I can ask Siri to read me the latest issue.
Please return the features 2/5
Audio would not play unless i download it to my limited-storage phone. In the previous version i could stream the tracks online and resume where i left off. Since the new upgrade i can’t do those things anymore. This version is more like a downgrade, not upgrade.
Please return the features.
Feature request 4/5
By joe brooklyn.
The old audio player allowed a speed of 1.25x which was the perfect speed. Now there is only 1x or 1.5x
I would like to ask for more granular control on audio speed. Other then that it’s great to be able to listen to the economist on the go.
FONT IS -ENORMOUS- 1/5
Surely, the Economists much figure we’re all in our 90’s, it’s about 16pt on my iPad.
They’re clearly using the dread html5 boilerplate and setting the viewport size to take up space.
It’s enough to make you want to cry. This is after setting the font size to its smallest.
The audio option is amazing 5/5
I love this app, I had an outdated version that allowed me to read the stories and download entire issues but this audio option will be great for my morning commute. I cannot recommend this app highly enough.
Good but can get better 4/5
I am an avid reader of The Economist newspaper. Love the app too.
Few suggestions IMO would be helpful
1) Track whats been read in the weekly edition
2) Option to highlight text
3) Search across editions
4) Include dictionary for quick lookup
Best objective and factual reporting 5/5
One of the best magazines to fit this category.
Too biased on Trump 1/5
Don’t be a hearder like a cow and follow the pack! Sure Trumps an idiot at times but he’s also brilliant! The Economist should dare to point out some of the amazing accomplishments and achievements he’s attained in less than 2 years!?
Great content but the app needs fixing 3/5
I’ve been using the app and love the content and the audio is amazing. However, I have some complaints:
- I absolutely despise the lag time to start app due to the upfront advertising. This is absurd! With a high subscription price, I really don’t want to see these ads. Please, stop it!
- The áudio doesn’t restart from where you left off if you take a call or get off the app. This should be easily fixed!
- Sometimes the audio will stop running in the background when the phone times out. This doesn’t happen all the time but frequently enough to annoy me.
Please update the up to make these improvements. Thank you!
New Design 2/5
By music calms me
Is awfully weird and hard to read. Too much black around the content. I hope the next design updates the size of the pages.
The portable Economist 5/5
By Steve in the Northwest US
Having the Economist on my phone is really great. Now I can read the articles anywhere.
The app works fairly well. You can have several issues loaded at once, which really helps me as I always seem to be behind in reading all the interesting material.
Aid, and a bet: 5/5
Is there is a more bracing- humbler and humbling - current affairs authority? I call.
Howard Roark 4/5
I enjoy this app most of the time because its content but not because its bugs. I use it to listen the audio edition but most of the time when a new issue is on I have to quit the app and go to the one I was listening. Then when I start to listen and lock the iPhone the app go silent and when unlock play the content again. Some times I have to re-start the phone. This has happened in all version of iPhone I have used.
Miserable Interface 1/5
By John Stokes
An add appears before you can read content. The add contains sophisticated features to defeat you from getting rid of it. After 15 minutes attempting to banish the add at the airport, it took me only 30 seconds to delete the app.
Improving sound quality 3/5
The sound quality of the audio version needs to be improved.
And there is a reader who’ s sound diminishes while reading. Can you ask to avoid doing this, because it demands more concentration from the listener to follow through.
Bugs in Ad Presentation are Highly Irritating 2/5
By Hi Folks. You are getting ripped off.
If you had an article in between two ads, for example on the July 5 issue the second article in the science section, you won’t be able to read it. At least, I’ve seen this behavior on my instance of the application for the last few issues.
Make it easier to get out of the ads 3/5
Today i got stuck in the initial advertisment when downloading the issue and there was no way to exit than to delete the app and redownload everything. plz make it easier to skip/ swap the advertisment.
Great content, app has issues 3/5
By Chess Dad
I love The Economist. The app that brings it to me, not so much.
The audio content playback is glitchy. It won’t connect with my GM car stereo at all, leaving me with the phone playing out its built in speaker in the cup holder. Occasionally it will decide its bored with audio playback and just stop. This is a problem while driving. The app also hangs when opened, presumably phoning home to make sure I’m current on my subscription. All in all, I use this feature the most and it’s extraordinary frustrating, to the point I’m considering dropping the subscription.
There are some good things. The audio edition can be downloaded to the phone. The app as a whole is good at managing data stored on the phone. And I get the latest edition on Thursday instead of Saturday.
There is no way to read any article. 1/5
It launches showing a Samsung as. There is no way to dismiss the ad and read any article. It is just a Samsung ad app.
Unable to buy single issue 1/5
When I try to buy a single issue through iTunes I get the same answer(unable to verify your purchase. Please try again later. This item is not yet available for purchase). Thanks.
Audios don’t play 4/5
My system is 12.1.1. Audios can not play.
Phone is a great way to read the Economist 5/5
Time is never wasted waiting when I can read the economist on my Apple 5s phone. It’s easy to read on a small screen and always close at hand.
If you listen to audio, it is frustrating app. 1/5
By troy s in Ga
The app for reading is fine. We listen to the audio on our daily walks with the dog, (rather we try to listen), and it is utterly maddening.
On iPhone 8plus and X, if we get a call, the audio pauses but when call ends, you cannot continue (the pause button still shows like it is still playing), we have to select another article or close the app and lose your place.
On the old old app version, the current playing article stayed at the top and the section AND article being listened to would show at the bottom. Loved it. Now this version you cannot see where you are in the sections (ie US, Asia, Leaders) or what article is playing for the section , only at the top. I liked the old one because I could see how many articles were left.
I’m seriously about to cancel my subscription because we only listen and this app is crap for that.
Please fix it, it was so much better before!
App won’t play audio files 1/5
Audio files will not play. The audio files are a major reason I have this subscription. Fix asap please. Digital audio content is so much easier to consume for people with busy schedules.
Fantastic, but 2 annoying bugs... 4/5
It really bugs me that when swiping back to an article you have been reading it always scrolls to the top of the article.
It’s annoying that it’s too easy to accidentally swipe away from an article and then lose your place when you swipe back.
The other annoyance is when it sometimes doesn’t remember the font size I like, and you need to re-choose the desired size. (Maybe that has been fixed as I can’t reproduce it right now.)
Content is fantastic - which is the primary reason for 4 stars.
I also like the ability to listen to the articles when travelling.
No need to read anything else 5/5
By oms nabs
Liberally opinionated , highly informative in business and politics, from now on The world is in your hand
Not great 2/5
By A bad application
Probably the least reliable app on my phone and also your phone.
World in 2019 audio 4/5
A few issue deletions, forced app restarts, and days later; all is well for now.
Original Review 1-star
iPhone X iOS 12.1 audio for the World in 2019 edition will only play if the phone ringer is on (not vibrate) and the app is open with the screen on.
Great but for one annoying UX issue 4/5
I love the Economist, and this app is well-designed. The fact that there is an audio version of each article is great.
However, the “swipe to next article” feature is way way too sensitive!! It’s very frustrating when I am scrolling vertically and accidentally move my finger a millimeter to the left, and the app moves to the next article. Compounding my frustration is the fact that when you go back to the article, it starts at the top so that you have to find your place again.
Continuous problems using in the subway 1/5
What should be the perfect subway read is a constant frustration of being declined because not able to verify identity to waiting for a advert to not load. Get out of your ivory tower economist
Good Content, Glitchy App 2/5
Love the content. The app is glitchy. I cannot get audio to play often.
Great audio experience 3/5
I love The Economist. Great news source with great audio versions of articles.
The audio playback is buggy and frustrating. Currently playback stops when I click off the iPhone screen. Also audio playlist is extremely slow to load, freezing for about 20 seconds.
These problems have happened before, were apparently fixed, and have now returned. This is an experience not worthy of The Economist’s high standards.
I will give a five star rating when fixed.
Reporting vs Editorializing 3/5
By Tex Ed
I’ve been a subscriber of The Economist for many years. In the last five years the reporting has become skewed further and further to the left. Instead of reporting the facts your readers are being subjected to editorializing by your writers.
No one ever calls the queen of England Liz.
She is always referred to as Queen Elizabeth. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was addressed as Madam Secretary not Clinton.
The current leader of the United States should always be addressed as President Trump not just Trump.
Furthermore when your writers do attempt to report, their obvious bias and animus towards President Trump is bordering on juvenile.
Your editors should temper the slanted adjectives and outright insults used in your articles toward President Trump.
I don’t expect anyone to support any particular politician but I do expect respectful reporting without the progressive screed of late.
From a disappointed subscriber.