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 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!
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.
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.
This American Life There is no radio program, or non-fiction show on tv that is as good asThis American Life. If you're not much of a a radio fan, then the only thing you do turn on the radio for, should be this show... or leave the radio off all together and listen to any episode, free online. I know i sound like i work for them... but sadly i don't. I also never review anything. Ever. This show is beyond worthy of my making an excption.
Poor app, great show to listen to I love listening to all of the shows but if you want to pause an episode and come back to it later, don't expect it to actually start at the same spot you stopped, nor is it easy to use the small time bar to get to the place you left off at. It takes several seconds to process what you pressed then the app crashes 75% of the time. If you're able to listen to an episode straight through, this is perfect.
* 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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