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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. What ever happened to aspiring to be the “largest source of audio content on the web”?
  7. Who wants to listen to robot voice when you have people like Larry?!
  8. 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.
That’s it. I’m done.
I guess I have to move on now.

On the flip side, this didn’t exist prior.