Wattpad rolled out an update for its Android app yesterday which adds new options for audio soundtracks. The app lets creators embed clips from Soundcloud in their stories, and it also lets authors record their own clips.
The new features lets authors narrate dialogue, create audiobooks, add soundtracks to their stories from their Android device, and much more. "Audio clips can bring stories to life. Wattpad writers can use sound effects to add impact to a story, narrate an excerpt, or share a playlist to entertain their readers in a new way," said Tarun Sachdeva, head of product development at Wattpad.
Or at least that is how it is supposed to work; I updated the app but can't find a way to embed audio or record my own soundtracks for the story I tried to write.
Luckily, it would seem that I might be alone in having this problem.
As part of kicking off the new features, Wattpad has assembled a new reading list consisting of 18 stories that already have soundtracks. You'll need to update the app to listen to the audio, but once you do you will enjoy a more immersive reading experience.
Or at least it is supposed to let you listen to the soundtracks; this is not working for me either. And I can't figure out why.
In the hopes that this will work for you, I'm sharing this bit of news anyway. I might not be able to enjoy it but I would like to hear what you think.
Update: Wattpad told me the following morning that they had not rolled the feature out to all users at the time they published the blog post. It has now gone live - but still won't work for me.
You can find the Wattpad app in Google Play.