The New York Times Is Building a New Audio Product
“New York Times Audio” is a new listening product designed to help you understand the most important stories of the day. It includes news, opinion, narrative storytelling and more.
Audio has become central to how New York Times journalists help people understand the world. Since “The Daily” launched in 2017, millions of listeners have turned to it every weekday to make sense of the most important issues of the moment.
Since then, The Times has developed robust and wide-ranging audio programming — cultural criticism, newsmaker interviews, provocative debate — that reaches 20MM listeners each month. In 2020, The Times acquired Serial Productions and Audm , and formed a creative and strategic alliance with “This American Life.”
Now, The Times is working to incorporate that audio journalism into its digital experiences. Today we are beginning recruitment for testers to participate in a new experience called “New York Times Audio.” Curated by Times journalists and editors, “New York Times Audio” is an app that will help listeners engage with the latest news, ideas, criticism and stories that matter to them.
“New York Times Audio” will provide an accessible and authoritative way to understand the world, pulling from Times podcasts, Times articles, premier magazine publishers like New York magazine and Rolling Stone, new audio formats from The Times newsroom and more. The product will also feature the archive of “This American Life,” encompassing 25 years worth of episodes from the iconic show that pioneered a new form of audio narrative journalism.
At the same time, The Times has begun experimenting with programming more signature audio stories into the core news app, adding a new dimension to the Times news experience. Last month, The Times began experimenting with “Listen,” a tab in its news app that features a selection of signature Times stories read aloud by the reporters who wrote them.
“New York Times Audio” will be available as an iPhone app in a private beta. Starting today, The Times is inviting a select number of users to sign up for a chance to participate in the private beta and help make the experience even better. Those who are interested in testing the beta may request an invitation here , though space is limited.
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Really well done
I’m impressed with the polish that went into this app. It’s a very good podcast app with most of the features you’d expect or want. The exclusive content is nice as well. I see a lot of reviews claiming no ads, or some complaining about there being ads, and as far as I can tell NYT has made no official claim about there being no ads in this app. I hear less ads on The Daily than when I listen with a third party podcast player, often none, but not always. It’s enough that I prefer to use this app when I can. My least favorite thing about this app is that I now find myself bouncing between it and my normal podcast player. I can’t seamlessly queue up a non-NYT podcast between two NYT episodes unless I go back to my other podcast app.
Audm was better
The NY Times recently folded Audm (which it owns) into its own audio app. That was unfortunate because Audm offered far more content and was easier to use. The number of publications dropped from 27 at Audm (of which 6 were NYT content) to 12 at NYT Audio (where 3 are NYT content). Publications that were dropped include The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New Republic, NY Review of Books, New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among many others. That serious erodes the value of what had been the internet’s best audio magazine app. Presumably those publications would not agree to provide their content under the NY Times banner. Specific gripes: The list of publications does not indicate which ones are already being followed, without clicking on each. The database of articles appears on two tabs (Today and Discover), whereas they could be combined into one simplified tab. The queue of articles cannot be sorted (e.g., oldest date first). Articles in the queue can be deleted with a simple swipe, except for the one you are listening to. Most maddeningly, it will not stop at the end of an article, but continues onto the next one. The app developers might rethink what was lost in the transition. The idea of listening to magazine articles is terrific, and I will use the NYT’s audio app, but now need to search elsewhere to find the publications that no longer participate—which defeats the concept of a single audio magazine app.
Disappointing replacement for Audm
I am a regular NYT subscriber, but Audm was my favorite app for listening to articles. It had a diversity of content paired with an easy to use, attractive, clean interface. I agree with the other reviewers who find the NYT Audio app cluttered, difficult to navigate, and pushing stories in which I’m not interested. My pet peeve is how unintuitive it is to build your queue from a diverse range of publications and then how unintuitive it is to then manage that queue as you’re listening. Why is it not possible to delete the article you’re currently listening to? Or to easily skip to the next one? I don’t want to suddenly listen to stories about murder while I’m making breakfast with my young kids! I was able to find how to activate other publications, but it’s so hard to find articles from them, and it was so unintuitive that I understand other reviewers’ frustration. Some of my favorite publications from Audm are no longer available in this app, which is by far the biggest loss. One of the things I liked the least about NYT articles read, even when in Audm, was the NYT habit of having their reporters read their own articles. Professional voice work is a job for a reason. I would happily go back to paying separately for Audm.
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