I loved audm at first but cancelled after a few months: not enough articles from different sources (I would have liked more science/entertainment, less politics). Very difficult to search for articles by subject matter. When I close and re-open the app, i have to go back and find whatever I was in the middle of listening to. I might resubscribe in a few months when they have more content and fix some bugs but at the moment the yearly membership doesn’t feel like a good value.
Found this in my New Yorker app and tested it out. I’m finally catching up on my reading. One thing that would be nice to have is the ability to make note of something to research later. A note section where you can clip things too?
Excellent selection of great magazine articles with first-rate narrators. Lots to choose from. Ver responsive to suggestions. App was glitchy at first but they have upgraded it tremendously to where it’s top notch now.
This is a great idea and truly unique and game-changing. I kind of can’t believe it’s allowed to work so well by all of these publications. Narration is excellent. I can finally catch up on those relentlessly good New Yorker articles. And somehow the narrations are out the very same day the articles appear online. Amazing. That said. the app itself goes wanting in almost every way. First, for some very odd reason, they have chosen to give the articles in-app different titles than the ones that the publications give them. For example, today’s TNY “Can We Have Prosperity Without Economic Growth” (publication title) appears titled in Audm as “Steady State”. This makes finding an article you may have seen in print very difficult. I’m really not sure why they do this. Also, the search engine itself is poor. I often may type an author’s exact full name, and their articles will (maybe) show up buried in the search results below non sequiturs. Not sure what is going on there, either. The article text scrolls on-screen, but does not support text-selection. Articles do not offer links to their primary homes at the publishers’. The seek forward and back controls offer only 15-second increments, and the progress bar is much too thin to successfully scrub. Articles can be downloaded, but the downloads “queue” also acts as a play queue, and so finishing one article automatically leads into the next downloaded article, with no way to disable this or to save articles anywhere outside of the play queue. The “ask us a question” interface has some severe bug where the keyboard dissapears after typing just a few characters, so can’t even submit feedback there. Five stars for a unique value-add and hope for fixes. Two stars for the current app itself as-is.
I listen to a lot of podcasts so a break from the ads is nice. Cost is reasonable and there is a good variety of publications to choose from.
Not enough content. Only 3 New York Review of Books articles for several months.
The app is buggy; quits frequently and for no apparent reason. Selection of articles is limited. There is no way to bookmark old articles. This means that if you want to recall or refer a friend to an article you listened to a few month earlier you need to go through tens or hundreds of old irrelevant ones. No responsive despite repeated requests.
I sign up for subscription apps rarely and cancel most. Not this one. Excellent selection and narration... I’m taking in more articles , that I enjoy and would’ve missed.
Please read all the way to the end. Long story but good read. Just as I was ready to write a glowing review, the app started to fail — or so I thought. I complained about the app skipping words, or duplicating lines. I’ve been recommending it to my low-vision friends and everybody else. Today I found something else, I couldn’t download the photos that present the articles; and when my phone screen went dark, so did the sound. So I had to be making sure not to loose the screen so I could listen to the article. [I solved this problem by restarting my iphone] Now that I am getting better informed and becoming a better critical thinker thanks to the variety of readings, I hope you will fix the bugs. Please do not take this tool away from us low-vision people. Thanks for developing this app. A wish: As another low-vision user commented to me, it would be great to adjust some settings like contrast and font size. PS: the readers are fantastic! UPDATE Jan/26/2020 After I sent an in-app message, Christian replied and we sorted things out. We solved some problems by doing a systematic testing of my blue tooth devices and we figured things out. THE APP IS FINE!!! He even offered some credit. In sum, now I give 5 (FIVE) stars to the app AND for their excellent customer service. Thanks Audm team for developing such a great tool for us, low-vision people. Keep up the good work!
The production quality is superb, and the breadth and variety of the content is wonderful. The narrators have been uniformly excellent as well. The controls are intuitive and easy to use, and unlike being able to create a queue for the articles I want to hear while also choosing to download or stream them. Another useful feature is organizing or filtering articles by author or publication. Audm is worth the subscription rate for the large number of impressive articles, authors, and publications. Minor hiccups: the app some times is a bit quirky in CarPlay mode — not playing the specific item I choose in a queue or rewinding when I get a call or message.