Helps me get to a lot more articles that I'm interested in, but just don't have time to sit down and read. This app would be absolutely perfect if it had the visuals from the article attached to the piece. Still an incredible app though.
I am a long-time lover of audio books and podcasts and I have long thought it would be wonderful if there were an app that would do for magazine articles what Audible does for books. And now I have it!
I want this app because I am losing my vision and ability to read, but the interface is not friendly enough to vision impaired!! I greatly appreciate the app however because it expands my range of material that I have access to so greatly. I look forward to seeing some improvements to this app. I have found their support to be very helpful and responsive, so I feel sure that there will be continuing improvements made to the app. Updating my comments in 11/19, I have to say I am disappointed to see no improvement in features for visually impaired seniors, who can really benefit from this app! As my sight continues to fail, I have more and more need for contrast in the presentation! Why is this so hard to change?
The service itself is great. I really enjoy listening to articles that I would otherwise only have access to in front of a screen. This is a great way to reduce overall time glued to a device. That said, the app really needs work. I find the design uninspiring, unintuitive, and underwhelming relative to the benefits of the Audm service. In particular, article discover ability is woefully inadequate. Most egregious, though, are the technical issues. Most glaring are continual crashes, and the inability for the app to consistently resume playing after being paused. Not sure how much iOS 13 contributes to this, but my podcast app does not have anywhere close to the same issues. Audm: please Invest in the requisite technical and design work needed to make the app align with the quality of content! Without this, all the content in the world won’t keep me as a subscriber.
The concept to put featured articles on our devices audibly is brilliant. I listen to podcasts and fiction and nonfiction constantly on audible.com. Brilliant that you recognized that I like so many others don’t want to read the whole magazine or get a lot of magazines, if any at all, anymore. I will definitely get and listen to this app!
Just downloaded, and immediately the ux is annoying. Why is the description less than one line? Having to expand EVERY description gets old fast. Why can't I minimize the banner image in favor of more detail? And there are no descriptions of your sources in the app? I have to just add them to my list and deduce from the content what they're about? Why would I know what kind of content is in something called, "the atavist"? Lastly: your lack of sorting or grouping options is the real bummer.
As the title of this review indicates, I think the developers of Audm had a great idea. Sadly, it has not been implemented very effectively. From a purely technical point of view the user interface is a bit clumsy. The way in which articles are selected, queued, and played could be a lot cleaner. More annoying is the app’s propensity to crash. For example, as I am writing this (the last day of October 2019), the app nearly always crashes when scrolling through the list of available periodicals. I could perhaps live with these technical shortcomings, but far more troublesome are the content issues, viz., the lack of good articles from which to select. Given the lengthy list of periodicals the app touts, the developer would have prospective users think that there is a vast, vast number of quality articles from which to chose. But that’s not really the case. To cite just one example, the last article available from “The New York Review of Books”, a semi-monthly publication, was two and a half months prior to the writing of this app review.
The developers of this app seem completely helpless in fixing some of its major issues which have been going on for years (think about that! years! with regular updates happening!). They tried to get me to delete my previous bad review with a slate of personalized emails supposedly attending to my error, but there seems to be literally no future for this app. Like a sucker, I've been paying these guys $7 a month for an app that — literally — cannot stay open in the background. Every time I put my phone to sleep or switch to another app while the playback is on pause, the app reboots. It's truly the worst service I have ever, ever had to pay for. PLEASE DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS.
If you crave the time to read long articles from the most interesting magazines, then this app is for you!!
Brilliant idea, well executed. Intriguing selection of articles that I would read anyway, plus stories far afield. More nutritional than most podcasts.