This American Life App Reviews

By This American Life

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This American Life app review

This American Life App Info

  • 3377 Ratings
  • Price: $2.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Feb 16 2020
  • Version: 4.3.5
  • Size: 26.63 MB
  • Seller: This American Life
  • © This American Life

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Customer Reviews of the This American Life App

A beautiful app

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ReadingDecibels's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 9/9/18 3:34 PM

Once again, TAL has gone above and beyond. An app which unfolds almost gracefully in its effortlessness.

Great app, would love a way to cast to smart speakers

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rctycoon's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 9/27/18 7:08 PM

Listening to all the old episodes on my google home, Apple home pod, or Alexa enabled devices would be swell!

Play next option?

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nmurski's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 9/18/18 4:54 AM

Unless I cannot find it, there seems to be no way to build a queue of episodes to play. This is how I use my other podcast app to not mess with my phone while driving/ cleaning/ working out etc. I’ve had to actually pull off and park somewhere, get my phone out and put another podcast on. I know, first world problems but still. It’s an option that exists on plenty of free podcast apps! Other than that, the app works good for me

Constantly shuts off the broadcast

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please make this change's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 9/12/18 11:37 AM

The app could be so much better if it allowed for listening when the screen is not activated. When the screen goes to sleep mode, the broadcast stops. Keeping the screen engaged during an entire broadcast just kills the battery of my phone.

Why Data When Already Downloaded?

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yougottalovem's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 9/11/18 3:24 AM

I download an episode, get on an airplane, airline mode, and I cannot play the episode. Data needed to play a downloaded episode. What’s the point of a podcast then???

Great when it’s working. Frustrating when it’s not

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Mimi-on-the-Hoops's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 8/30/18 7:57 PM

Currently the app is very very wonky. It’s not playing anything other than the current episode. Other than that there is either no response at all when I hit play or it seems to start to load and then a pop-up saying “The server cannot be reached please try again later.” For context this happens whether I use my WiFi or data. Also, the streaming/live has never worked. Today’s rating would be zero stars but I have enjoyed using the app in the past so I’m giving it a 3. PS: have tried uninstalling/reinstalling and result is the same.

Terrible please stop

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N/A 1234's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 8/28/19 1:56 PM

Please just post ALL episodes Apple Podcasts like every other podcast. I would love share my favorite podcasts with people that have never heard of TAL. Unfortunately I can’t do this with the TAL app because it sends them to the website which doesn’t work well with CarPlay, doesn’t save my place, doesn’t do well with restarting where I left off, doesn’t allow me to download, doesn’t synchronize across devices or the hundreds of other features that are built into the Apple Podcasts App.

I bought this app for one episode...

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whoslaughlinnow's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 8/28/19 1:56 PM

#641 “The Walls”. It appears to only episode that won’t play. This is so incredibly frustrating. If I can play any episode, I’d really like to play this episode.

Stick with the iPhone podcast app (for now)

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Benjamin7887's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 8/28/19 1:56 PM

So of course I love TAL. I look forward to it all week and it makes my commute very enjoyable. The thing is, of course I almost never listen to a single episode all at once, I listen while I’m driving so I stop it when I get out of the car and resume where I left off when I get back. The iPhone podcast app has never had a problem saving my place and immediately picking up where I left off once I start my car again. This app though? It happens only about half the time, sometimes the episode will resume as normal, and sometimes it resets to the beginning. It’s of course really frustrating when that happens, because then I have to scroll around and listen for the point where I left off. It’s a hassle. It’s the only problem I have with this app and if they fix it I will update my review to five stars. Until then, I’m going back to listening to TAL on the podcast app.

Updates Made a Huge Difference

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Infinityfinder's Review of This American Life

Reviewed on 8/28/19 1:56 PM

Yet another update, 05/19: As you might be able to tell, I have used this app for a while. For months now, it has been the best experience so far. The only trouble I run in to now is occasionally losing my place on a given episode. Infrequent enough I barely notice. Thank you for getting back on top of stability! Update: I was stoked when I saw the redesign, and it is definitely better, but it is still a very buggy experience. Downloading apps don’t stay downloaded and it has difficulty handling which ones are already listened to. It also loses my place in the episode. Usable but frustrating. The only hope I have is that they keep updating. Update: THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE! Original review: 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 two years, 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. Please fix! Brand New Issue: 01/17 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. Another update: 08/17 I can't even keep up with the issues I have anymore. Updates are few and far between and the app is more unstable than anything. Somebody needs to do a radio show about this app.