Why I’m beyond disappointed at Umano’s departure.
Several months ago, I came across an app that narrated online articles ….I fell in love instantly! Over time, with continued use, it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to purchase a monthly membership which cost around $4 a month. It enabled me to listen to articles offline. And I did , on my iPod— mostly during my commutes and at work.
Now that it’s gone, I feel betrayed to say the least. Sad beyond words. I loved you so much. And you just left me without any meaningful explanation! Here are some reasons why I’m sad that it’s gone.
- I had several thousand followers. Precisely, 7k! Ya … 7. I don’t know how, but still. I think it’s because I recommended tons of stuff everyday.
- I used it at work and listened to several dozen articles over the course of 5 hours or so. I do menial work so let’s just say passing time is the least of my worries. Being challenged mentally with insightful articles and intriguing stories was such a blessing.
- I had several hundred articles in my playlist that I didn’t get to listen to — articles that despite being payed for to have in my offline playlist, I now no longer have access to. I want a refund.
- At the rate I was going, I would have gone through most of them in a couple of weeks. Now I’ll probably never listen to/read them.
- I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on great content online. Such a great source of curated online articles and stories. I’m sure there are other apps I could use, some that I’ve tried, but none that comes close to Umano.
- What ever happened to aspiring to be the “largest source of audio content on the web”?
- Who wants to listen to robot voice when you have people like Larry?!
- Lastly, my profile wasn’t just a place where I recommended articles— it was an archive. Ocassionally, I’d scroll through and re-read(re-listen) stuff from there, just cus they were so great. Or maybe I felt that I missed something the first time I listened.
On the flip side, this didn’t exist prior.