Awesome podcast, less than awesome app I love TAL - their programming is excellent. However, I have a Galaxy Note 3, and the app has never worked on it. I can't play podcasts in my car because they stop whenever the phone screen turns off. It also doesn't update to the latest episode - I'm still stuck with episodes that aired in April. I've tried updating my phone, removing and reinstalling the app, standing on one foot while meditating, and nothing seems to fix the app. I'll be happy to update my rating when the app improves!
Great on long drives! I have a 2 hour commute every day, and I don't know what I'm going to do once I listen to every show in the archive. But that'll be a while from now since I'm still listening to shows from 1996. As soon as I get in the car I grab my phone and turn on TAL (I have a Bluetooth enabled car radio) and off I ride. It feels like I have good old Ira Glass with me as I drive and that's helpful because he keeps my mind engaged with great stories interesting facts and fascinating people. Love the show.
Great App for Car Trips I love these stories. Nothing beats TAL for entertainment value and human interest stories. The app has some bugs. The pause/play feature skips forward sometimes but you can move the play head so it's not that much of an issue. I love that you xan download five at a time for offline use and that is automatically updates every week with new content. This is the best $2.99 I've spend in a long time!
It's a Wonderful Life! TAM is not only fantastic entertainment, but a true cultural touchstone. So glad the app is on Android. It's an easy app to interface with, and the shows are well organized, so it is not hard to find what you are looking for. More than 500 hours of Ira Glass and his merry gang of journalists, comedians, and writers are right here at your fingertips. AND it's all free! What else could anyone ask for?
Better than the broadcast I listen to TAL exclusively with this app. The sound quality is excellent. I download an episode I want to hear when I want to hear it (usually via WiFi), and it plays flawlessly on my LG3G. Previous android versions were frustratingly buggy, crashing constantly. Not sure if the improvement is due to the improved TAL app or android upgrade, or both, but this iteration is the best so far. That said, I haven't tried searching for past episodes so can't comment on that.
After years still lacks basic features. I purchased this app hoping to be able to play episodes like any normal podcast app. But it doesn't even get the basics right. I can't control playback with my Bluetooth headphones. When I pause and play it restarts the episode from 0. Also it limits downloads to 5 episodes at a time. The content itself is good but you might as well download the episodes in mp3 format and play them with some other player
* Much smaller application package
* Fix display of reruns in "This Week" position.
* Faster startup time, and much faster scrolling on the big list.
* Favorites and Unheard episodes get their own filterable sections in the menu.
* Download 5 episodes for offline listening
* Notification can be dismissed by pausing within the app or pressing the X in the notification.
* Stability improvements. Please keep submitting error reports, it helps us find issues.