Audm presents the world's best long-form journalism, read aloud word-for-word by celebrated audiobook narrators.
Listen to hours' worth of new stories every week, from publications including:
* The New Yorker
* The Atlantic
* New York Magazine
* BuzzFeed News
* Vanity Fair
* POLITICO Magazine
* The Daily Beast
* The New York Review of Books
* Outside Magazine
* London Review of Books
* The Atavist
* Texas Monthly
* Epic Magazine
* Foreign Policy
* The Texas Observer
* The Times Literary Supplement
* Harper's Bazaar
* Marie Claire
* Road & Track
* Popular Mechanics
* First Things
* Tablet Magazine
* Pacific Standard
* World Policy Journal
* The Bitter Southerner
* The Marshall Project
* The American Scholar
* Places Journal
* Coda Story
* The Morning News
Add stories to your playlist to download them, then listen on the go -- even with no Internet connection. Within a story, jump to any paragraph by tapping on it. Choose the narration speed you like best.
After your free trial, you will be charged $6.99/month for access to the entire Audm catalogue. Payment will be handled through your iTunes account. The first charge will occur when your trial ends. Your subscription will automatically renew 24 hours before the end of each subscription period. You may cancel your subscription by going to iOS Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Apple ID > View Apple ID > Subscriptions > Manage. If you cancel in the middle of a subscription period, your cancelation will become effective at the end of that period.
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing content - terrible app
Update: Since I wrote this review two things have changed - the app has become much better and stable. All the things I criticized have been resolved - downloading articles, seamless playing, etc now just works - the app is still not perfect, but now the problems are minuscule. At the same time the content has further improved - now the app also carries articles by the New Yorker, the last significant holdout. Al this makes this offering now almost perfect and I’m super happy having returned as a subscriber!
Old review: Just to be clear: The content offered is first class. A great selection of some of the finest journalism the US/UK has to offer (only the New Yorker is missing). Unfortunately the app is frustratingly buggy that I gave up: Frequent crashes, articles stop playing right in the middle, downloads not working, button in-active (e.g. the "+" button to start a download works approx. every 10th time for me...), downloads suddenly vanishing (especially frustrating when you boarded a 12 hour flight and were looking forward to listening to some articles) etc.
Unfortunately the app also did not improve at all over the last few weeks - which is annoying as the problems are so glaring that also the developers have to be aware of them.
Developer Response ,
😻 Turning a customer's experience around is what makes it all worth it! Thanks for updating this review and don't ever hesitate to tell us if you have more trouble in the future.
A novel way to support great journalism
The quality of the narration is very good, and Audm does a nice job curating the articles that show up in the feed. If a piece of long form journalism is making the rounds, I can count on it showing up in the app. I mostly use it when I’m driving or tidying up, so it’s great for when I otherwise wouldn’t have an hour (or more) to sit down and read that one story I’ve been meaning to get to.
But there’s another advantage that I haven’t seen the developer mention: Audm partners with the outlets that provide their content, so it lets you support high quality journalism without it feeling like a sacrifice (e.g., turning off Adblock) or charity (e.g., paying for stuff you can already read for free). You pay for it, *and* you get more out of it.
The app is attractive, stable, and user friendly, but there’s still room for improvement. I’d like to see it integrate with read-it-later services like Pocket, so that articles I’ve saved for later are automatically added to my Audm queue as they become available, and automatically archived in the read-it-later app after I’ve listened to them on Audm. An ability to search the text of articles would also be nice. But even without these bells and whistles, it’s worth the price.
Good content, buggy app
I wish I could write a better review for this app, but really I just wish this app worked better. The content is great -- exactly the kind of long-form journalism I like to read, but generally don't have time to get to. It's more substantive and less gimmicky than most podcasts, which is refreshing.
The app, though, is exasperating. Articles often pause for 10-20 seconds at paragraph breaks. Occasionally they just stop, and you have to start them again. A few times articles have stopped in the middle and then completely disappeared from my phone. I reported this to the developers months ago, and they initially responded, but lately I've sent a couple follow-ups and gotten no response. I've installed all of the updates, but the problems are the same. It also takes forever to load, and sometimes crashes when I'm trying to edit the cue.
Personally I wish they'd make the content available in the iTunes store as a regular podcast that I can play in the iOS podcast app. Maybe some people like the option of reading the text as well as listening, but I've got plenty of apps like Pocket for reading. What I want from this app is a reliable, non-buggy way to listen to good journalism. Unfortunately at this point it has the good journalism, but the non-buggy part is still in development.
- Listen In Audio Inc.
- 47.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- © 2018 Listen In Audio, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Full Catalogue $6.99
- Auto-Renewing All-Access Subscription $6.99
- Full Catalogue $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.