Downpour.com 4+

Audiobook Store and Player

Blackstone Audio, Inc

Designed for iPad

    • 3.3 • 52 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Description

Welcome to Downpour, your one-stop shop for audiobooks on the go. Discover the wonderful world of audiobooks and enjoy our everyday low prices on downloads, as well as our budget-friendly digital rental option.

Downpour boasts a catalog of over 80,000 unabridged titles with hundreds more being added each month. Offering the finest in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, as well as the world’s great classics, our title collection includes Pulitzer, Nobel, Man Booker, PEN/Faulkner, Hugo, and National Book Award winners, as well as countless New York Times bestsellers. Authors include James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Don Winslow, George Orwell, Dan Brown and many more.

App Features
• Chaptered tracks
• Offline listening
• Speed through with variable speed playback (1.25x, 1.5x, 2x)
• Fall asleep to your favorite book with the integrated sleep timer
• Browse our huge selection of titles right in the app
• Purchase books in the app with your Downpour credits or in-app purchase
• Use the wishlist to save titles for later
• Remember important parts of the book with bookmarks and notes
• . Review your favorite books
• Stay in sync across all your devices

Questions or comments? Get in touch on Twitter @downpour_com

What’s New

Version 5.7.5

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed issue with syncing book playback position on different devices
- Fixed issue with samples not playing in book long description view.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Curucahm ,

Observations

While I like that the new app updates my library almost immediately. Since I'm not a subscriber I can't purchase books through the app as it only seems to want to use credits. I'm not fond of the new interface, you've shrunken my sorting options to title and most recent and replaced everything with a Hyde icon. Really it doesn't need to be flashy it just data and columns I just be able to list it in text and sort by author/title or author/series, date purchased, whatever. I'm also not liking the management. I don't like the idea of having to mark something as finished. Really what's the point in that. I want to be able to delete a book whether it's finished or not. I'm not sure that it is actually deleting the book locally even when I mark it as finished. Downloading seems to be funkier and less reliable with the new app. It says that it's downloaded things completely but there are way too many times I've received an invalid file error, and had to re download the next 10 tracks. It's really annoying when this happens and I'm driving. Also the addition of DRM books is disturbing. I would prefer it that you keep downpour DRM free.

Developer Response ,

We appreciate the feedback. You'll be happy to know in-app purchases is in the works and will hopefully be available in the coming weeks. You're right sorting has changed but library searching has also been greatly improved; you can now search by author and series, in addition to title, which should help you quickly find your titles. Marking titles as "finished" is just way to let you hide books you're done with. Finally, a large portion of our titles on Downpour remain DRM free but some titles have restrictions from third-party publishers. Happy listening!

GungaDan ,

Problems

I would like to point out three problems with your app, all of which make me more inclined to use Audible instead, even though I would prefer to buy titles directly from you, whenever possible... if only you would fix the app.

First, the time display shows progress and time remaining only in the current chapter. I would like to be able to switch that display, but could not find an option for doing so.

Second, the volume level drops whenever I get an email or other alert tone, but does not pause playback, and so I miss several words of the book, every time this happens. It is quite annoying, and mostly, I would like a setting to choose how I want this behavior to exhibit.

Third, is that the playback will pause when I remove an AirPod, as does Audible, but if I have it out for more than a very few seconds, it will not resume without my taking out my phone, opening the app or pull-down access, and hitting the play button again. This is a lot of extra effort every time someone makes a comment to me or demands my attention for a moment, while I am listening. This also should either be changed, or be made a selectable preference option.

I hope that you will fix these problems, so that I may use your service as much or more than I use Audible. If not, I will likely return completely to Audible, even though I am terribly annoyed with how poorly they treat authors.

Sincerely,
- Prof. Cascaddan

Developer Response ,

Hello,

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback. We will be sure to get your review over to our app developers. Thank you for your patience while we dive into this. As a thank you, we would like to offer you two free credits please email us at customercare@downpour.com so we may add them to your account.

Gaited Trails ,

App missing features

So I wanted to update my review and give some bonus points to their support for getting back to me. They have now put in a feature request for audio equalizing books whose volume is all over the place and they are checking the original audio to make sure there wasn’t a problem.

They also gave me credits for the books I bought that are having the issues so major kudos to their support.

———original review———
This app doesn’t even have basic features. If you purchase a book series there is no way to put them in one playlist, no repeat or loop, and no spoken word enhancement or equalization.

I purchased my first series of books that have to be played in the downpour app and I’m so disappointed. The book frequently goes from very quiet to very loud. There is no happy medium. I can’t even listen in my car because I have to keep one hand on the volume control to keep adjusting it.

I opened a ticket with support as I have no idea if it is an App problem or book option or if there was some solution. The answer I got was that there was no equalizer feature and I have no other options due to copyright restrictions.

They didn’t even offer to put in a feature request.

App Privacy

The developer, Blackstone Audio, Inc, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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