I'm a big fan of public radio, podcasts, and any form of news consumption soothing enough to lull me to sleep if there isn't enough light stimulating my eyes. Umano suits me well. It's an app that lets users listen to articles from top news sources read by professional narrators. There's no excessive emotion, no pundits talking over each other, no background music, and no silly sound effects (okay, there are a handful of those). Now the team is taking the app to the next level by rolling out Umano Premium, a paid option that introduces many new features requested by users. And as a nice gesture, they're giving people who already held Umano accounts two free months.

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Premium accounts will cost users $3.99 a month. Exclusive features include offline playback, unlimited playlists, and breaking news reports in the morning. Here's the full list of advertised features.

What's include with Umano Premium:

  • News Flash: Get a head start in the morning by listening to the latest breaking news headline
  • Offline Listening + Unlimited Playlist: Add as many items to your playlist as you want and enjoy them without an internet connection
  • Playlist Reordering: Customize the order that articles appear in your playlist
  • Auto- Playlist Magic: Only have time to listen to Umano for a set period of time? Umano can create a playlist for your time period based on your personalized interests
  • Customize Jingle: You decide what sound you hear before an article starts playing. Choose from our library of jingles.
  • Sleep Timer: Enjoy falling asleep to Umano? Never miss an article again by selecting a timer for Umano to stop playing.
  • Customize Jingle: Customize the sound before an article starts playing

If you want to give Umano a go, grab it from the Play Store below. Anyone who likes what they hear can make the leap to Umano Premium from within the app itself.

Source: Umano Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I'm not sure I love Umano enough to justify a monthly subscription, but I do love it when I'm all out of podcasts. Although, there's this soft-spoken dude narrating some stories that I want to slap across the face and wake up every time I hear him.

    • Suz Kawasaki

      Ha, I know, that nasaly-sounding guy..he should never have been hired. His voice is torturous!

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    Excellent service that I have wanted for years. I suppose the subscription is essential to pay the narrators (and Umano's own staff!), but if they introduce ANY advertising or dumb it down (the once excellent Quora has been ruined by duplicate entries and what looks like sponsored entries), I will stop using Umano and hope others will to. It's very annoying to have one's pure intellectual focus disrupted by stuff we don't need or care for. (Only Google seem to know how to make advertising non intrusive, except on YouTube.) Blah etc.

  • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

    I love Umano and I would definitely buy some paid full version, but $2,99 per month? Almost $36 per year? I think I will pass... I have currently one subscription for awesome public transport app in my country and it is $2,30... per year.