This American Life iPhone app: For immediate distribution!

Rekha posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010 | Press Releases

We’re so excited about our latest iPhone production that we came up with a press release about it:

This American Life App, Developed by PRX, Now Available on iTunes
Archives going back to 1995 and exclusive show content for iPhone and iPod touch users

Cambridge, Mass., February 1, 2010 — Those who resolved to listen to more radio in the new decade are in for a treat. This American Life, the hit public radio show from Chicago Public Radio, has collaborated with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) to launch an app for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store.

The This American Life App gives unprecedented on-demand access to the This American Lifefull show archive going back to 1995. New episodes are added automatically and users can search by episode or contributor — including David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and dozens more. Episodes can be streamed for free or purchased from iTunes for offline listening. Additionally, all episodes of the This American Life television show on Showtime can be downloaded for a fee.

The app also has free cartoons and other bonus content from the This American Life television show. Customizable features include a favorites list, sharing by email, Facebook, and Twitter, and alerts for the live weekly broadcast from WBEZ in Chicago, which can be streamed from within the app. Exclusive content includes behind-the-scenes video with the show’s producers, some of David Sedaris’s and host Ira Glass’s first radio stories (from the early 90s), audio of NPR’s Terry Gross interviewing Ira Glass (and vice versa), clips from live stage events, special staff picks lists, and more.

“We’re excited to provide an app that includes our entire archive of nearly 400 radio episodes, and we’re grateful the talented folks at PRX came to us with this idea,” says Ira Glass, host of This American Life. “We hope lots of people will find unfamiliar episodes they’ll like.”

“This American Life rocks, and we were thrilled to work with Ira and his team to create an app worthy of the groundbreaking show we all know and love,” says Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, which developed the app. “Fans and new listeners alike are getting an audiovisual feast.”

About the live feed that’s part of the app, WBEZ President Torey Malatia says, “Note, ours is the only app providing a hand-held Geiger counter for the live show that drives interactive media inexorably backwards to 1968.”

The This American Life App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

This American Life has also engaged PRX to provide the program’s archives for sale in the iTunes Store.

This American Life is a public radio show produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed to more than 500 stations by Public Radio International (PRI). 1.8 million people listen to the show each week on radio, and another half million download the weekly podcast, making it the most popular podcast in America most weeks. From 2006-2008, a television version of This American Life aired on Showtime, winning three Emmys.

PRX is an award-winning public media network focused on innovation at the intersection of technology and talent. The PRX platform is an open distribution marketplace connecting thousands of producers and local public radio stations, creating public radio’s largest archive of on-demand programs for broadcast and digital use. PRX is also the lead developer of the Public Radio Player App which has been downloaded over 2.5 million times from the iTunes Store.

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33 Comments to This American Life iPhone app: For immediate distribution!

[...] 0 0 “This American Life,” the well-loved personal narrative public radio show, today released a paid iPhone application for on-demand access to its nearly 15-year-old archive. It’s a good [...]

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John Clark
February 2, 2010

When will this app be out for Android phones? Many of us don’t engange in the world of itunes.

J A
February 3, 2010

Ditto that on the Android app release. Any possibility? I’d be happy to pay!

Matt MacDonald
February 3, 2010

Hi Androiders,

We love Android too and would really like to support it. PRX has built a few iPhone apps, with support from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and that’s where are current mobile expertise is. Our developers are chomping at the bit to get on the Android platform but at the moment we’re not ready to jump into those waters.

Thanks,
Matt

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casey holder
February 8, 2010

Dear PRX, Ira glass, google, NPR, PRI,

As an android user and outragously loyal (and contributing) fan of both This American Life as well as National Public Radio may I please beg you to jump pass petty liscencing issues and bypass all red tape and please please peovide this service to android users.

We love you too and only want to hear your voice. Streaming through our cell phones. All of the time.

Thanks
Casey

Dan
February 10, 2010

Please ‘jump into those waters’ as soon as possible. The new TAL app does indeed look awesome. Would love to see it on my droid.

Michael
February 11, 2010

Please start Android app development.

Norris
February 13, 2010

Perhaps someone could give you all a push in to Android…uh, a really small push, more like a nudge maybe.

Starr
February 13, 2010

Another Android user here. Please, please take the plunge.

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Molly
February 17, 2010

I’m literally willing to pay developers to build the app with Android SPK. I’m not kidding.

Genevieve
February 18, 2010

Re: Android — from PRX Tech Projects Director, Matt:

Hi Androiders,

We love Android too and would really like to support it. PRX has built a few iPhone apps, with support from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and that’s where are current mobile expertise is. Our developers are chomping at the bit to get on the Android platform but at the moment we’re not ready to jump into those waters.

Thanks,
Matt

Ryan
February 19, 2010

Looking forward to an Android version!!

Juan Miranda
February 22, 2010

I can’t believe you guys are aligning with the new evil empire (Apple). Seriously, I’d be willing to pay more than 3 bucks for it. Up front if I have to. Maybe if you do this you’ll get enough money up front to pay for a developer to build the thing. I’m not kidding.

Whatever you do… please get to it. Soon.

Juan Miranda
February 22, 2010

Just to be clear, I meant an ANDROID app.

[...] This American Life iPhone app. … This app costs $2.99 to purchase, and what that gets you is well worth that small amount of [...]

matt
March 1, 2010

Android app would be fantastic. Id pay 10 times as much for it if its what it would take

Katherine
March 10, 2010

ANDROID APP PWEEEZE

Jake
March 16, 2010

Another android user requesting the app. Thanks.

Danvy
April 6, 2010

I switched from an iphone to an android weeks ago and I’m going through withdrawals without my Tal app.

jeff hadick
April 11, 2010

Another Android user here. Can’t wait.

Brian
April 12, 2010

Can I take the photo of someone holding a Droid on the right hand side of this page that PRX is looking into an Android version of this app now?

Please make this happen!

Joe Zack
April 13, 2010

Looking forward to an Android version!!

Aaron
May 15, 2010

Another big NPR fan (and donor!) switching from iPhone to Android and hoping for a TAL app :)

Josh
May 25, 2010

Can’t wait for this to hop over to Android. Pretty please?

nathan
June 12, 2010

Another loyal listener who can’t wait to buy a tal app on android!

Genevieve
July 15, 2010

Hello Androiders,

The app is in production!

No specific release date that I can give you, but fear not — it is in the works.

-Genevieve at PRX

Dr.Dre'del
September 1, 2010

I’m a professional Android developer and would be willing to donate my time to help speed this app along, if you need an extra set of hands.

Please contact me at my email if you need help.

Rekha
October 8, 2010

This American Life is now on Android, too. http://www.prx.org/this-american-life-mobile

Have at it.

Benjamin
November 15, 2010

hey guys,

i keep trying to install the android app but every link goes to the market then says “this item could not be found” did they take it down? anyone else have this problem?

Genevieve
November 15, 2010

Hi Benjamin,

That happens if the phone does not support the app, for example if you have Android < 1.6.

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