This once good app is now great. UPDATED REVIEW: Loving the latest version of this app! The audio stopping and remembered episode issues were fixed making a far more enjoyable listening experience. I highly recommend this app. Thanks so much for the improvements. PREVIOUS REVIEW: If these issues were fixed, this app would be awesome. Cons: Screen off = audio stops and you have to restart episode from the beginning. Weekly episode doesn't download or won't play when it does. App doesn't remember which episodes you've already heard.
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.
Great show, buggy app As others here have mentioned, this is a wonderful show that deserves your support. However, the app is very buggy. It crashes too frequently, and it frequently loses your place in an episode between listens. Even during listens it sometimes stops allowing you to properly skip around the episode. But it's nice that it lets you store up to five episodes offline. I'd prefer if that number were much higher, though...it should depend on your device's storage capacity IMO.
Buggy App Great radio show however app is very buggy. Often you cannot close it. Often when you pause or take a call it starts show over again losing your place. Sometimes will not start and circle just spins. Occasionally it works well. Nice to be able to store 5 shows in memory for use with no coverage. Galaxy Note 4 now but same w Note 2.
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?
Interesting show, great app Absolutely love it, but every time I listen to a show, my phone's lock screen is replaced with the "This American Life" background instead of my normal one. Even if I don't listen to a show, the display doesn't return to default until I restart the phone. This has been an issue since I downloaded it. Also, the playback does not cooperate with Bluetooth devices. Aside from a few technical flaws, it's a wonderful app, definitely worth it.
* 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.
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