This American Life
By Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
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Official app for the public radio program This American Life. Includes on-demand access to the show's entire archive of more than 500 episodes. Users can download five shows at a time for offline listening. Plus a 24 hour live stream of episodes, exclusive audio, video and text extras, staff picks, searching by contributor, and more. Show produced by Chicago Public Media. App developed by PRX.
What's New in Version 3.0.8
Bug fixes and stability improvements.
Wish I could downgrade!
Like everyone else here, I love the show, but I really hate this app. The old version certainly wasn't perfect, but at least it worked! This app used to be the only thing that made my commute bearable...and now it's ruined! It takes forever to respond to commands, like play or pause, forward or rewind. Sometimes it just doesn't respond at all. All the episodes I marked as heard are now no longer marked as such. It's no longer possible to pause your listening, quit the app, and pick up where you left off. I really hope the devs are seeing these reviews! What could have possessed them to release this shoddy upgrade??!!
Apparently TAL can't seem to find someone who knows how to write an app that works. The same head-bangingly frustrating problems exist after purported "bug fixes" in the latest update. But now there's an added bonus! Now some of the episodes won't play at all! You tap "Play," and nothing happens! Same thing when you tap "Download"—nothing, nada, zip! It's just so AWESOME!
I would love to hear Ira address this problem on the show. He owes an apology to his listeners. Except, of course, we'd never be able to hear it unless we caught it on the radio.
Best show ever!!
I've been reviewing some of the app reviews, & I am baffled on how many people are complaining that the app has 'bugs'.
I haven't noticed any glitches, bugs, or anything of that sort. So, I am not sure if it depends upon the type of phone or devise you're using, but I listen to this app on both; iPhone7+ & my iPad. Both devices play my app w/out any issues, (used on both; WiFi &Data Plan).
So., in short the App is Wonderful, I personally haven't noticed any of the negative things that have been reported
on the app Review.
If you're new to 'THIS AMERICAN LIFE' - & contemplating on whether-or-not you want to spend the $1.99 or $2.99... well don't contemplate ... because I can promise you, you won't regret it!!! This app has been the only reason I have been able to make the loooong drives back & forth to Oregon (from CA). On a monthly basis. I LoVe LoVe LoVe this ApP!! I ❤️ Ira Glass!!!
Content vs. Experience
TAL is one of my favorite podcasts, and so I jumped at the chance to get a $3 app to hear them all. I was disappointed to find that after owning it for over a year, and several updates, it's still full of bugs.
1. New episodes are missing the thumbnail. It sounds small, but it affects the experience more than I would have thought. [This seems to have been fixed]
2. You can only do the "10-second rewind" inside the app, not on the lock screen or from the control center.
3. There is no "10-second fast-forward". I find it needful from time to time. It's hard to scrub 60 minutes of content on a phone.
4. Some episodes won't play at all after downloaded.
I have found some issues can get resolved by deleting and redownloading, but, of course, all of the "heard it" progress is lost. I am reticent to do that.
I feel like I have encountered more issues than this, but these are the main ones.
Brand New Issue:
After backing up and restoring my iPhone from a 6 to a 7, the downloaded episodes I had previously would not play at all, and when attempting to delete, would strangely remind me that I could only download 5 episodes and needed to delete before downloading more. I eventually decided to delete and redownload, but upon opening, found that no episodes would display newer than May 2014, and the "Recently Aired" seems to also date from this time. It does seem that the newer episodes can be searched, though.
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- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Aug 10, 2015
- Version: 3.0.8
- Size: 13.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: PRX Inc
- © 2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.