Can’t download all of the articles like before. I had the old app which I really enjoyed and it updated to this awful “legacy app”. All the problems: 1. Can’t DL all articles of an issue and listen sequentially. 2. Must hit “play” button for EVERY article to start (not friendly to people who listen while driving) 3. The playback speed button is missing or impossible to find. When I click on the headsets logo I should see the play/pause, playback speed, skip, and download articles button. That would make sense. Now all I can do is queue articles or play from beginning. 4. The pause an article I need to lock my screen and pause play from the Apple lock screen. Can’t do it in app. 5 impossible to navigate articles or click to go to next article. 6. The option to play an entire section at once is useless and an antiquated notion of how people listen to audio news and podcasts. 7. The queue articles feature might be good in theory, but redundant if I was just able to download all the articles in the first place (like I could before). And when I go to queue it is clunky and recommends articles I’ve already listened to?!?! Why would I want to listen again? 8.This app will be the reason I cancel my subscription if not fixed. It is completely unusable.
I mainly use The Economist app for the audio, so having a significantly improved audio player makes this app perfect for me. Very happy about it. Thanks!
Great job in the audio player. It is best in class.
I want to listen to the magazine cover-to-cover without navigation hassles. That’s very hard to do on the new app, and now you’ve made it almost impossible on the new legacy app. Or maybe it’s possible but just so unintuitive that I can’t figure it out.
I’ve listened for the Economist cover to cover for 10+ years. It’s clear the designers of the app (old or new) are not listeners of the mag. Agree with others your apps are poor. If you want me to help you design it DM at @ajk1y on Twitter
I see that the latest update changes the App icon to include the word ‘Legacy’. Does this mean we are going to have to use the horrid new app? I tried it and came back to this.
The most recent update makes the app almost unusable. The new way to queue and play audio is much more difficult than in the past. Keep it for 1843 and The World In, but use The Economist’s other app for weekly listening and reading.
So the GUI issues seem to have been resolved but now the navigations are much much worse and infuriating: -If you listen to an article and go past it, but then want to back you have to go completely out of the audio, back to article and hit play now -there’s no way to know if things are done downloading or not (that I can see) -the audio and text are no longer synch’ed so it doesn’t progress nicely -there is a nice fix where it doesn’t kick you out of the audio when you navigate between editions! -better integration with native iPhone locked screen controls! -better controls on the audio screen with skip forward and backward finally together along with both progress forward and backward (except the backward does not work...wait! Just figured out if you hit back repeatedly and quickly multiple times, there does t appear to be rhyme or reason to the number, it will go back...)
I came back to the classic version because the new one was garbage. Now, I can’t even read a magazine. Do they deliberately design these apps to be awful?
The Economist has great content but their apps and websites are poor. Subscription renewals fail on both mobile app and website, articles don’t display in app, delays in getting access after payment. Their technology does not live up to their reputation or quality of content. Do better.