No audio unless the app is open!!! 1/5
Seriously? If this doesn't get fixed soon, I'm canceling my subscription.
I'm a big fan of you guys and everything you do. Been using the app for years. But come on...
Also, can you PLEASE add a sleep timer to the audio. Every other audio app I use has that function.
Words matter 5/5
By joejoe the dog faced boy
These words matter. Concise and clear.
Very astute insight into world affairs
Great content. Place retention is much better. Remaining problems: can’t expand graphs that are too small to read and font reverts to small frequently.
By Mike dematties
Enjoy the Audi part of the app. Kind of a pain because I have to re-download the issue after the app has been closed for any significant time.
Very poor app experience 2/5
Would you please do something to improve this app? First the audio cannot be controlled at will. I wish I can pause the audio at will but the control bar is normally hidden. I have to call out the buttons first. I don’t like this design. Secondly, the audio always stops when this app is running background. Why not giving me an option to play the audio background?
OK but Audio Experience Continues to Slide 3/5
I used to like the mixed media in the app but with the classic edition the audio quality went down, many more glitches in audio downloading, and the audio speed adjustment have have disappeared, been hidden, or stopped working at various points and speed controls are essential for me (iPhone 7, iOS 11.4).
I have switched to the podcast version for consistent audio and speed adjustment functions. To set that up log in to theeconomist.com then use google to search for economist audio. Annoyingly on iPhone you must use the Apple podcast app to get the URL but you can then paste the url into any app.
On the podcast I can’t:
-Choose my play list on a weekly basis depending on time and interest. Technically possible but I would need to fetch a new URL from the sit every week.
-Easily see the article title so if I have to flip to print versions, I can do so quickly.
-I can’t see KALs cartoon.
Night Mode doesn’t work 1/5
Love the Economist. However this version of the app has a faulty night mode. Everytime you change articles I need to reset night mode.
This is incredibly frustrating.
Also when moving from article to article why can’t the app remember my previous location in an article. The old app could.
New version app is not as good as the older one 2/5
By app enduser123
Following the app update recommendation, the new version of the Economists app stop playing unpredictably: when you pause and replay, the app sometimes does not respond, needs to reboot the tablet or cell-phone in order to solve this issue. Not as good as the older version!
Fantastic content, bad app 1/5
New version could use some ui/ux improvements 2/5
UPDATE 6/8/2018 audio edition is blank in this weeks download
List of articles in audio side has poor formatting due to text wrapping; go back to keeping each article slot the same height, and bar where Playlist icon goes to tiny number of pixels so not visible and barely selectable to get back to tracklist view
From prior review...I'm a heavy audio listener and new version of app STILL lacks prior versions features...
...build playlist to listen in a different order
...1.5 and 2x speeds are dif...2x used to be audible now it's BARELY (FYI, you need to adjust “pitch” if you adjust speed...that will make it more audible)
Great publication, terrible app 1/5
Have been an avid user of the app for the past two years. Everytime you open it something goes wrong. This week the audio doesn't load. Last week it crashed, the week before that it stalled requiring to wait during scrawling. Every update makes it worse than previous. I grin and bear the terrible UI because I love the content.
Great magazine, terrible app 1/5
Audio version has so many bugs, it is barely usable
Extremely glitch app 1/5
This app is a constant source of headaches for me, especially the audio edition.
Frequently and for no apparent reason, issues I had downloaded and were listening to uninstall themselves.
Often, the next story will not load successfully, leaving me with dead air. I have found no clear way to troubleshoot when this happens, I just have to wait until it starts playing again. This is a huge problem when I go off wifi and onto cellular networks. There is apparently no failover. This can be so severe that the, the audio edition out and out does not load sometimes. No amount of restating the app will resolve the problem either. This coupled with a lack of user facing notifications makes for an incredibly frustrating user experience. This is too bad, because the content is easily the best available. If the audio edition would at least fail gracefully, I would probably not be as frustrated as I am with the app.
The worst 1/5
I have never reviewed an app before, but I go out of my way to review this in the hope that the developers will be shamed into making it usable. The audio portion is comically buggy, and the downloaded tracks display in a jumbled mess. Can you please push an update that supports bare minimum functionality.
Audio Version is terrible 2/5
By Eli Ham
LOVE this newspaper and the audio version is such a unique aspect of The Economist. Audio has been terrible!
Fix Audio Levels 3/5
A longstanding problem is the inability of The Economist's audio engineers to maintain a continuous input level. The volume needs to be adjusted every time a new speaker takes the mic--especially when a male-sounding speaker shifts to a female. At the same time, the music between stories is set at such a high level that the listener is repeatedly jolted.
There also seems to be a new glitch which freezes the app if one switches to a different audio without pressing pause. The result of all this is that once again we are falling into a situation in which the audio is undermining what is otherwise an excellent product.
Missing table of contents!! 3/5
Hi you took away the table of contents so I am forced to excessively scroll to go to a given section. Please fix
Blank screen and poor audio 1/5
I could not read the recent article on Phillip Roth on my iPhone 8. After swiping to the article I could see the page but as soon as I touched the screen to scroll... poof - blank screen. As for the audio, you do your excellent narrators a disservice with the audio player. The volume between passages is all over place. I am constantly adjusting the volume in my car because the introductions are deafeningly loud and the articles are often barely audible. The playback has become more glitchy in recent months with skips and odd repeats of 5-10 second spans of audio. Finally, if we are going to be forced to swipe through ads, at least make it less painful. I have to swipe two or three times to get past the opening ad which does not follow the speed of my swipe. I’m surprised at how irritating this is, but it drives me crazy. In 2016 the app was in much better shape. The quality has been steadily going downhill since then.
Night mode is broken 3/5
Please fix it. It saves battery and eyesight.
Audio addition crashes 1/5
Audio edition will rarely save my place in an article if I stop listening, and crashes frequently. I have to force restart the app to make it work. If not resolved soon I will have to cancel my subscription.
Audio useless 1/5
I also use this for the audio and it has become beyond glitchy. Starting and stopping the playback rarely works. Amazing you cannot get an intern who can code.
Audio edition STILL broken 1/5
By The cool Isaac
Updated 5/15/18: audio edition still awful. 1) The 1.5 speed plays echoed audio—like the stereo audio isn’t synced. Also why isn’t there a 1.25 speed? 2) there’s a 10 second gap between sections. 3) Generally laggy and slow still.
It takes using the app for 2 minutes to see these problems, do the economist app devs test their product?
Used this app years ago and it worked perfectly. Just resubscribed and it’s pretty much garbage. Not sure why they decided to make it unusable.
Please fix your app. I love The Economist audio edition, but this app makes it easier to pirate the audio and play through another media player.
Last update introduced bugs 1/5
Since the last update about a week ago, the app has become very slow, the touchsreen response is delayed and inaccurate (swiping up or down sometimes interpreted as a side swipe), and audio playlist GUI has a bug that doesn’t allow me to switch from the playlist option and tracks’ text is displayed over each other.
“Download failed” 1/5
when I tried to get the latest issue.
Needs to be properly formatted for large screen iPad Pro.
I just cancelled my subscription 1/5
Since this app works SO poorly w AirPods and audible only (I listen while walking to/fro work). App won’t play, freezes up, requires too many clicks, won’t download, and won’t keep your place/page, etc. I would have to reboot my phone just to get it to play. So I’m quitting until later date and doing podcasts until this app cleans up.
Too bad Economist, you were my favorite!
Poor app experience 2/5
By Jason Reiss
Unable to search for text on the page.
Bugs galore 1/5
Text size is always reverting to the smallest size, audio playlists have strange display bugs where articles overlap with each other
Audio BUGS 1/5
The app is now complete rubbish, audio does not play in the background, the app must be open and even a screen saver on my iPhone kills the feed. Your programming staff needs to update this or I shall have to cancel my subscription.
Nice app 5/5
Not intuitive interface. Too many persistent adds to click through. Also will not let me use my subscription on ipad
Audio broken yet again, CRASHES 1/5
By Jonathan M.C.
After updates, bugs get added. Does anyone test before posting updates? The audio keeps failing with latest update, including not handling output change (speaker to headphones to bluetooth) especially when in background. Open Google Maps; audio pauses; open The Economist; can’t get it to continue play. Also, random crashes when playing in background
Audio page display issues 1/5
Audio page doesn’t display properly on an iPhone 7 Plus. Titles get displayed on top of each other. Didn’t used to be this way, but got messed up with an update 2 months ago and was never fixed.
The audio is messed up once again 1/5
Again, the audio ends when exiting the app. Makes listening to it impossible. Please fix it.
Audio edition is terrible 1/5
By Adam Smith 7777
Randomly deletes audio files I have downloaded.
Getting worse with every update 1/5
I use this app mainly to listen to the audio version. The user experience is getting worse and worse. My main problems are the following:
- no ability to chose the playback speed (why do you remove a good feature?)
- have to swipe every time I open the app in order to close the add (this is a paid subscription, I don’t want to be annoyed with such things, even if it was a free service it would be bad way of showing an add)
- the app doesn’t remember anymore where I stopped listening (again something what worked flawlessly before and now I need to remember where I stopped)
In summary as much as I like the content, I hate this app with all my heart.
Audio Unusable in Latest Update 1/5
Have to have the app open to use the audio now - makes it useless for me. Please fix.
Please fix the audio portion of the app. 1/5
It's been weeks that the playlist formatting hasn't looked right, audio drops on exit from app or locking the phone fairly frequently and I need to close it out a while to get that sorted.
Why does it need internet to get going after adding to the playlist? I've downloaded the audio so connectivity shouldn't be a prerequisite to listening to it each time I open the app.
I'm dealing with lots of MTA delays it would be great if this free market service I pay for didn't function just as badly.
Please fix the app! Audio fades when phone is locked... 1/5
Once again the economist has let down all of its costumers who use the audio feature in the app. The audio stops playing whenever you lock or change apps.
Audio stops if phone is locked! 1/5
I wonder why you need to break a functioning app!
Version 4.2.3 1/5
This latest update is horrible. After the update, the Economist icon somehow is located on the upper left corner of my screen partially behind another icon.
Please, beta test your updates in the future. This kind of mistakes is just awful.
Problems with playlist and starting points 2/5
I’ve used the app for over a year now. I listen to it in the car through the Bluetooth radio every day. I have an iPhone 6 with 64 gb. I consistently have issues with the app not starting where I left off. Also, once in the audio playlist I can’t back out to the whole listening magazine. Every time there’s an update I think these will be fixed. I’m close to being frustrated enough to stop my subscription. It shouldn’t take this long to get something I’m paying for to work correctly. Maybe I need a new phone?
Still buggy 3/5
New version still has bugs. Night mode does not work consistently. Aside from the high quality content, this is the best feature of the app.
Getting better 4/5
Audio stops when app is minimized 2/5
Periodically, the audio stops playing when the app is minimized. I’ve to shutdown the app a few times before the app starts working normally
App problem 1/5
The new version does not run in background and stops audio! Yesterday’s update!
Why won't background color stay black 3/5
Looking to keep app in the inverted color scheme... Permanently in black background mode. The app don't do it. It defaults to white in every new article I pull up. Very annoying, and has been this way for nearly 6 months. GET IT FIXED!
Still completely buggy after so much time 1/5
This new version breaks the audio playlist. It is simply inexcusable that after years and years of this app, The Economist still can’t get the very basics to work. This app has been a source of frustration for so long it has changed my view of what once was a great magazine with great content. It is no longer a joy to read but a pain to get through.
Deletes new issues on closing 1/5
The app deletes the lost recent issue upon closing.
It's good 5/5
Best part is easily the narrated articles. I switch between them and music everywhere I go.