since writing the review below the developer has been working to correct the problems that i and other reviewers have noted. this concept is really solid so it's gratifying that the developers seem committed to doing the work to make sure it works. "the app is glitchy af. the content is good but it hiccups so bad in the playback it is impossible to listen to a story."
I bought a new phone so I could use this app but so far it’s full of glitches. They’re very nice and respond to my complaints but so far all the updates and patches have failed me. Maybe save your money for now. It might get better.
Gave up after multiple conversations with support team. Every time I open it the app hangs. Needs to be reset, re-installed...and then it forgets where I was. So every use involves me being my own support person. Would’ve worth it if it worked predictably. But it is predictable that it won’t work.
But since I can’t seem to revise that review, I decided to write this new one. After an update, the app became very glitchy, with a lot of pauses between paragraphs and crashes. When I got in touch with support (mainly to tell them I’d never recommend their app to anyone), one of the developers, Ryan, responded almost instantly. Over the course of a day, he helped to resolve the problem (and acknowledged that they knew of this and had been working to fix it) and another update was also released. The app now works beautifully and delivers exactly what I’d hoped it would: an audio selection of terrific long-form articles from a variety of publications. I have discovered new magazines through this service (who knew The Bitter Southerner even existed?) as well. If you enjoy good journalism but don’t want to spring for multiple subscriptions, this is a very nice compromise.
I love using Audm’s service, but the app is rather buggy. It keeps wanting to re-download already downloaded and queued articles. It also hangs or crashes more than it should. Time for a code review and cleanup?
There were some bugs but I reported them, was responded to promptly, and they fixed it really quickly with a new upgrade! Excellent content, readers, variety and selection. I’m recommending it to everyone I know.
The current iteration buffers every paragraph with long pauses in the playback and often requiring repeated presses of the play button to keep it going.
I’ve used Audm for years. The download for laser function has never worked. Confusingly long pauses between paragraphs. App will stop playing multiple time mid-article, and getting it to play again is frankly a hazard when driving, which when I most like to listen. The scroll feature will freeze randomly. It’s such a simple concept — basically podcasts that you can read along with — and it is beyond me how it continues to be so buggy.
The “Download for later” function doesn’t really work; I have to re-download everything whenever I navigate away from the app or pause playback. That said, the quality of the content more than makes up for the frustration. Just make sure you’re on WiFi.
This is a great idea, but this app turned out to be a total frustration. I signed up for the three day free trial intending to pay for at least a month to try it. Unfortunately, I was able to listen to only one article. I tried several others, but each time the application froze up while “searching “ for the piece. The only way I could get out of it after several minutes of waiting for the piece to come on was to shut down my IPad completely. So, this app wa s just a waste of time. If I could, I would give this zero stars. What a shame! Need need serious work on your iPad app.