I really love this app. I really like the longer pieces, and the people who do the audio are top notch. The writing featured on Audm does contain some current events and news, but I prefer the typically longer profile pieces, in depth reporting, narrative nonfiction, etc. I find myself most often selecting articles by the Atavist, Outdoor Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Sunday articles, just to name a few. The overall design and UI is great. I really wouldn’t change a thing, except that I find myself running short on articles some weeks. Don’t get me wrong, there’s tons of content on Audm, but I use this app constantly.
I love this subscription so much — the ability to listen to long-form news and magazine articles while working or traveling is such a great thing to have. The individuals who do the readings are engaging and soothing to listen to, and the breadth of article availability is awesome. The app, however, is so very frustrating. I’ve frequently had articles stop playing as soon as I minimize the article or when my phone locks, which obviously isn’t sustainable for a listening app. I have also had articles stop playing every time they reached the end of a paragraph. CarPlay integration is similarly dysfunctional. Each article takes up too much space on the main screen, it takes an inordinate amount of scrolling. The author filter is nice I guess, but you have to scroll through an endless list of authors to select one. I think a voice actor filter with the ability to type to complete would be more handy for an app such as this. Genre/topic filters also seem like a no-brained to add. And I pray for the day when the desktop player is finally implemented. I still recommend the service, but it has a ways to go.
I do NOT recommend AUDM. You might be able to listen to articles, sometimes. If not, there is no same day Service available. For example, my password is no longer accepted as valid; there is no visible way for me to change it. My password app can no longer access AUDM. I’m boarding a 12 hour flight and do not have access to Audm.
As much as I love long-from journalism, it can be hard to find the time or the brain power to settle in for a monster read. This takes care of that. I’m quickly coming to love it more than NPR.
Audm has seven listening speeds, three of which are virtually identical (0.9, 1.0 and 1.1 - does anyone use these?) and 5 of which (above three, and 0.75 & 1.25) I have no use for. On the higher side, only two speeds - 1.5 and 2.0 (by contrast, in my audiobook app (Libby) I can choose any playback speed I like in 0.05 increments). Libby is free and gives me total control, Audm I pay for and have no meaningful speed control.
I love the idea but the app is so buggy. Crashes all the time, I often need to restart phone to get it to work properly, and after every other update I need to delete it and redownload the app for it to work at all. - Also. It would be nice to be able to listen at a rate of 2.5 or 3x the original speed since some of the narrators read the articles quite slowly.
Great selection, updated often enough that theres’s always something good. But recently the authors of pieces have been narrating them more and more — and they’re usually awful. Stick with the professional narrators, please!
I’m a breastfeeding new mom and I vowed not to just scroll social media and online shop while feeding my baby. Reading books/mags in print and online was good but physically tricky. With Audm, I just hit play, sit back and listen to high-quality stories that teach me about the world and give me something other than baby poop to talk about with my friends.
I love listening to podcasts when I walk, when at home, and when going to sleep. But to have discovered Audm, I am thrilled! To listen, in an uninterrupted way, to thoroughly engaging stories is a joy I have not experienced since childhood!I look forward to listening to many more stories!
My retirement life seems to have far more “listening time” then “quiet time” where I sit in a quiet place with a cup of tea and a long article. For example, mowing the lawn, doing errands for the grandkids, daily exercise including walking. Although I love quiet time and reading, I love even more accessing and consuming long article format in the magazines covered by Audm. An additional benefit is that I get a good selection of articles for magazines that I would subscribe to if the household treasurer would let me subscribe to everything I wanted. However, her eagle eye skips over the modest monthly fee for Audm and I get access to some great long article and Public Intellectual magazines.