Practical application: listen to long-form news and magazine articles
Nothing like a pandemic to make you think about how you spend your time. With families locked in for weeks, activities and projects are a welcome and downright necessary distraction.
But as the weeks go by, it becomes more and more clear that there are only a limited number of 5,000 piece Monopoly puzzles or games that we can solve. You’re probably already taking on more productive projects like these 10 Spring Cleaning Tech Tasks.
Why not spend some time learning too? Magazine articles and long articles from your favorite publications are a great place to start. We’ll show you how to listen to them with Audm, effectively turning those stories into podcasts.
Wait, is that like Audible?
You’ve probably heard of Audible. The Amazon-owned platform is synonymous with the audiobook market. It sells and produces audiobooks and even shows that you can listen to with you on just about any device.
Audm is doing something similar but with a whole new form of media. With Audm, owned by The New York Times, you can listen to a narrated version of an article or story, without a physical or web version of the publication.
Both Audible and Audmn are subscription-based and allow you to download content to listen to later on the go.
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So how does Audmn work?
The Audm app, available for Android and Apple smartphones, gives you access to thousands of stories from dozens of publishers, read by top audiobook narrators. The publications include:
- The New York Times
- The New Yorker
- Rolling stone
- The New Republic
- New York magazine
- BuzzFeed News
- Vanity Fair
Here’s the catch: it’s a paid subscription. Audm costs $ 8.99 per month for iOS or $ 7.99 per month for Android. You can save money with an annual plan of $ 59.99 ($ 5 per month) for either operating system.
Keep in mind, however, that the monthly fee is much lower than what you would pay to subscribe to all of those magazines or media separately. If you’re a news junkie, it might actually save you money.
You can try it out for free for three days, but be sure to cancel if it’s not worth the monthly payment for you. Once your trial period ends, you will be automatically billed for the subscription you have chosen.
How to set up and use Audm with iOS
Whether you’re listening at home or on the go, the app is easy to use. First, use this link to download the app.
Click on Get started, create an account and click on Register. Choose a plan, tap Continue, and follow the steps for iTunes subscription.
Scroll through the articles and tap the play button to immediately start listening to any song, or tap the share icon to share the story on social media or via messages or emails. Select the plus icon to download the article for later listening or play alongside to put it in the queue.
The options at the top of the home screen allow you to filter posts by post or author. Tap Refine to sort the stories by original post date, date added to Audm, narrator, or length, which ranges from 10 minutes to three hours.
To find the articles you’ve saved for later, click Queue at the bottom of the screen and select the story you want to listen to. At any time while listening, you can adjust the narrator’s playback speed, pause the story, rewind or reverse the article in 15 second increments, and set the duration to play all the stories in your queue. waiting, until the end of the current article, or total playing time.
Tap Account to turn on Use cellular data if you’re on a Wi-Fi network, Always use dark mode, or manage your subscription.
How to set up and use Audm with Android
After installation, launch the app, click Get Started, and follow the steps to subscribe. The Android version is not as robust as the iPhone app. Android users can sort the stories by publisher, narrator, or author.
Other features, including queue, are the same as Apple, except for the account. Here you can enable Use cellular data when Wi-Fi is off and set notifications when disk space is low.
One thing you can’t do is manage your account in the app itself.
To undo or make changes, you need to access your Google Play Store account. Just click on manage.
There you have it, a simple way to listen to all those articles you were intending to read.
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