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Although you can apparently read a lot quicker than you can listen, sometimes it’s just too much effort to stare at your phone screen to read a long-form commodity after a hard day at work staring at your computer screen.

Maybe you catch yourself afloat off, your mind wanders to the weird corners of your brain, or you’re just bored of the sound of the voice in your head and of course, you can’t read all the time.

There’s a whole alternative of apps that make news more attainable and engaging. There are paid cable casework like Curio, Noa, and Narro, or free casework including The Atlantic’s SoundCloud library with audio versions of their articles, and a wide alternative of belief on Medium are free to listen to, until you’ve accomplished your annual limit. 

If you’re only absorbed in a free annual to listen to today’s top news, Pocket is an app attainable on iOS, Android, and desktop, that allows you to listen to a wide alternative of accessories from publications including The New York Magazine, Wired, and MIT Technology Review.

To download Pocket and listen to accessories all you have to do is:

  • Head to your app store, be that Android or iOS, or simply visit Pocket’s website on desktop 
  • Create an annual using an email and countersign
  • Choose whether you want a free annual or PocketPremium. (A free annual allows you to save, read, watch, and listen to agreeable on the app — but it’s a bound alternative than the exceptional account. But if you opt for the upgraded account, for either £3.99 or £34.99 per year, you’ll have an ad-free experience, a wider range of fonts, a abiding library, and a able search bar to find topics you’re absorbed in, appropriate tags, and absolute highlighting).
  • Once you’ve called your annual preference, head to the home page.
  • On this page, a timeline will appear assuming news in archival order from assorted publications.
  • Simply click an article, and select the headphone icon to begin listening.

While Pocket does absolutely what it says on the label, the voice of the aural commodity is automatic with barely any emotion, making it harder to fully asperse yourself in the story.

Luckily, there are some paid alternatives that accommodate a better experience. One of the best choices is Audm, a cable giving you daily, curated pieces of long-form journalism read aloud by voice actors attainable on both iOS and Android devices. 

How does Audm work?

Launched in 2016, Audm works with dozens of publishers giving you access to bags of belief from sites including The New Yorker, ProPublica, Wired, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, and more.  

Firstly, it’s good to know that Audm is cable based, and while the app is free to download, you can’t start alert to accessories unless you sign up for a $7 per month plan or a $5 per month. However, there is a three-day free trial but this option doesn’t allow much room for you to cancel before the first acquittal comes out. 


If you decide to subscribe to the audible-articles app, depending on what device you have, you can download the app from the app store. 

Once downloaded and subscribed, you’ll have actual access to a assorted archive of publishers, 49 to be exact from Forbes to more niche publications like The Bitter Southerner.  

As categorical by LifeHacker, Audm doesn’t absolution daily belief from every outlet. For example, the Outside Magazine only had a small accumulating of attainable accessories admitting The New Yorker delivers a larger alternative of news weekly. 

With this in mind, Audm will acquaint you to new articles, publications, and abeyant interests you never knew you even had and there should be enough to pass the time on your daily commute.


Since Audm has a huge alternative of daily stories, and there’s apparently no way you can listen to them all, the app allows you to listen on the go with CarPlay, an app that takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while active and puts them on your car’s congenital display.

However, playback controls are bound acceptance only a 15-second skip back and forward, alongside a speed toggle tool to speed up an commodity if you really want to know all the capacity quickly.

Not only does Audm allow you to listen to accessories whenever you’re on the move, it makes long-form journalism more attainable to people who have adversity account and those who are visually impaired. 

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