The New York Times announced that it has acquired Audm. It is a subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world’s best longform journalism, read aloud word-for-word by celebrated audiobook narrators.
Launched in 2016, by Ryan Wegner and Christian Brink, Audm transforms longform articles into audio. Adum users can listen to hours of new stories every week, from publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and a host of other publishers.
Some of those other publishers include: WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Buzzfeed News, ProPublica, Outside Magazine, London Review of Books, Texas Monthly, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and more.
Following the acquisition by The New York Times, Ryan Wagner, Audm’s director of spoken word audio production, and Christian Brink, the director of product for Adum, will join the Times Company. The rest of the team at Audm will also join the Times Company.
The Audm app is available to download on iOS and Android for free. Be aware that after your free trial ends, you will be charged. Payment will be handled through the iTunes account (for those who buy Audm on iOS.) Your subscription will be automatically renewed 24 hours before the end of each subscription period. It is unclear how much a subscription costs.
Adum isn’t a podcast, but it might feel a little bit like one, considering that it is audio-based. The way I see it, Audm provides an audio version of articles from a bunch of different news websites, some of which have a tendency to put their content behind a paywall. That alone might make it worth checking out, especially for people who prefer to listen to content than to read it.