Tales2Go 2.0 adds caching, multitasking
With new subscription options, multitasking support, offline listening, and more, what was already a killer app for kids 3-11 just got even better.
One of my Tales2Go, which provides on-demand access to nearly 1,300 children's audiobooks, updated the app to add multitasking support, story caching for offline listening, new subscription options, and more.just got a major update.
Intended for children between the ages of 3 and 11, Tales2Go offers a huge range of listening material--everything from two-minute fables to full-length novels. These aren't just public-domain works, either: you'll find well-known series like "American Girl," "The Boxcar Children," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and "Encyclopedia Brown."
For any given story or chapter you've queued up, the app now downloads and caches it locally. That's a major improvement, as it overcomes the problem of spotty or nonexistent Internet access. Unfortunately, it can do this for only the currently selected title; you can't cache multiple books for, say, a long road-trip. The developer is working on "a more comprehensive caching function."
Speaking of road trips, the long-overdue addition of multitasking means you can now run your GPS app (or anything else you might need) while Tales2Go keeps spinning tales. It also solves a minor gripe I had with the app not auto-resuming from where you left off.
A new sharing option lets you e-mail a story recommendation, and a new replay button lets you jump back 30 seconds in case you missed something in the story.
Finally, Tales2Go 2.0 now offers more than just the $24.99-per-year unlimited-streaming subscription option (which I still think is a steal). You can add one month for $2.99 or three months for $6.99. And that's after the initial 30-day free trial.
Even better, any subscription option now lets you register up to five iOS devices instead of just one. That's a huge and welcome change; it used to frustrate me greatly that my paid subscription couldn't extend to my daughter's iPod Touch. Now it can.
Tales2Go is still a little buggy. It's often slow to load, and at times the controls locked up on me. Also, the test "sharing" e-mail I sent to myself never arrived. Other than that, the app remains high on my list of must-haves for parents.