I wish I had the old apps back 3/5
It's incredibly difficult to find podcasts on this app. Seemingly the library is tiny compared to the old separate NPR apps I had that had their libraries deleted to force you to use this worse "all in one" app
Battery drain 2/5
Love the concept of this but it drains my battery incredibly. Just dropped from 90% to 40% in 10 minutes!
I hate that my pledge money supports this lousy app. I really liked podcasting what I wanted through NPR's old system, which they killed when they rolled this garbage app out. Some of the money I used to send to NPR goes to other podcast companies now. MPR is still great, but NPR seems intent on disconnecting me from public radio.
Drained battery 2/5
It drains your battery 10x faster than normal. My phone went from 56% to 29% in 15 mins. Please fix this.
Inconsistent playback 1/5
Really want to love this app but there are so many problems. The UX is super confusing, can't seem to stream my home station live, just links to the wnyc website. Doesn't seem to ever work playing over Bluetooth or chrome cast. It says it's playing hut no audio comes out. Then shows constantly crash the app halfway through and it won't resume where I left off. Sorry NPR, think I'll stick to listening to the podcasts of your programs.
Endless NPR 5/5
By Keakealani of Doom
I've been an NPR fan since I was a kid. But, I've always found it hard to keep up with random podcasts, never in the same place at the same time. With NPR One, I don't have to think about it. I just get a steady stream of radio goodness, with a ton of variety. From deep dives to quick updates, local to international news, silly to profound, NPR One gives me a healthy dose of everything without having to try.
Listen now button is a trap 1/5
By Geraldo Gomes
They try but they don't have the basic common sense needed to make this a friendly software.
A "listen now" button pops up sometimes giving you an option to listen to a special report. If you do so you will never be able to listen to regular radio again.
The only solution I found is you install the app and install it again.
Love it but it drains my battery like crazy! 4/5
It'll drain like half of my battery after listening for 20 minutes, so not great for on the go listening.
One of the worst apps I have ever used 1/5
What a terrible job, constant repeats, "tap to listen to another perspective" playing on an endless loop, "followed" podcast failing to play new episodes...
Great Content, Buggy App 3/5
By Dr Shriveer
The app offers a great way to listen to NPR content however it lacks refinement and is riddled with bugs. Among the top bugs are:
Cannot always stop and start content from lock screen or control center; requires us to fully log in and open app if it was stopped for a long time.
"More" button from lock screen has inconsistent icons.
Notifications on subscribed content only show up sometimes.
Error messages ("oops we goofed") stack without bounds and do not clear automatically when issue is gone.
Among my top complaints are:
Cannot go "back" to previous story without several clicks. This is particularly annoying when we accidentally press next.
Does not seem to prioritize my subscribed content / podcasts before moving into new / unsubscribed ones.
Does not autoplay my "save for later content" when new subscribed content has been exhausted.
No way to enqueue content like to catch up on a podcast.
Listen later queue is a SMALL fixed size list? This doesn't make sense.
I'm a daily user of NPROne these bugs and the user experience bother me and degrade my trust in the product. I sent the NPROne team feedback directly about some of these things but got nothing in response. I'm hoping this comment and rating gains more traction. As I mentioned before the content is great. The app just needs work. I'm look forward to increasing my rating once things improve.
Requiring login 1/5
By SF iOS user
It's requiring a login now just to listen to the radio.
App takes too much space! 1/5
Listen to it every day but why does it need 300+ mb?
Today this app takes up more storage then messages and photos. Please fix this
The best 5/5
By Smoky Mountain Hiker
Highly enjoyable and informative
Love this app except for... 4/5
This app is great, but once a week or so it will start playing at random times, like last night at 3am. Please fix this bug!
Tell me again why I need to sign in? 3/5
I don't remember needing to sign in previously. Haven't used the app in a while, but pretty sure all I had to do was five you my location. Now I have to give you my email address... So tired of giving everyone my email address.
Best NPR Compilation 5/5
By Tuba brut
I can spend all day listening to NPR One. It is an excellent combination of news and podcasts. I would highly recommend that you listen to it.
Best News App - Future of News Radio 5/5
By Chris Rauh
This is absolutely the best news app. The low rating reviews are just not getting it: this is what the future of news radio is. And you can have the future right now!
Listen to npr news updates, longer stories and full programs. Now you can do that on demand, yes, but thar is not the point. Just let it roll and let the app customize the stories to your interests as you indicate the things you like. It takes some training but soon you'll be getting the news you need.
But hey! I don't want to be in my own news bubble. Right, me neither. First, let's be clear this is npr's app so there is a bit of bubbling just from that. But that aside, there are enough broad range updates and shows that if you are interested in the broad stuff, that is what you'll be getting!
Give it a chance, you'll love it.
No search function? 5/5
Love it for news but not podcasts 3/5
The App is great for continuous play of news. But programs like TED radio hour are cumbersome and frustrating. Feedback to developers: rewinding too many 15 second increments crashes the App. Starts and stops and moving the time bar freezes or crashes the app. I love some of the podcast concepts but find it frustrating and irritating when I have to close and open the app multiple times during a show. This experience is from listening on cellular data. I hope this helps in improving the app.
By Bocephus Moonshine
If I pause a story, and then come back to the app later, sometimes it reboots and goes to the hourly news broadcast. It just did that in the middle of the story I was interested in, and now I can't find it to listen to the rest of the story. I would've been better off downloading and listening to the podcast. Do yourself a favor and download Podcasts instead of using this app. At least you'll be able to skip the commercials.
Very user friendly 5/5
I kept hearing this advertised on my podcasts so I gave it a chance. I listen to a lot of non NPR podcasts too so I think I will keep listening to my podcasts on the Apple Podcasts App. Just for catching up on news though, this app is great. Most user-friendly app I've ever seen. I could give this app to an 80 year old and they could figure it out.
I'm on the road. 5/5
The app is great for me because I don't lose signal as drive. The ability to dig deeper into a subject through the stored podcasts is great too.
Love the app 3/5
By Disappointed candy queen
I love the app, use it all the time. It's like Pandora for NPR junkies. Lately my phone has been getting super hot when I use the app, and the battery drains fast too - this didn't happen with earlier versions of the app, something is wrong. Please fix it!
Really hard to navigate 1/5
By Keepin Woke
I agree with many of the reviews. Even my "favorited" pods are really hard to find. And whenever I start "Up First", it pauses/buffers immediately after I begin listening...without fail. It just never, ever plays without glitches.
I would give more stars for the content but the listening experience is frustrating.
Another issue: why can't Morning Edition and All Things Considered have their own separate podcasts instead of me having to search for the stories? It would be great to just have their daily broadcasts nicely packaged in one podcast (like Fresh Air or Here and Now) so I can listen all at once.
UPDATE: I've given up on this App. Nothing but glitches. I've downloaded my favorite NPR podcasts from the Apple Podcast store and will now listen to them glitch free. And I'm downgrading the stars. Sorry. Wish I could like but it's a horrible listener experience.
By George Hutchinson
I feel that, for the most part, this app works wonderfully! However, I would add one simple feature found in the NPR News app: playlists. It is infuriating to want to watch all the podcasts from a certain show, but be unable to because the podcasts jump around! Adding a playlist would be a simple solution to this problem.
Only OK. Could be better 2/5
No way to go back to things previously listened to. When reopening the app it will often skip and there's no way to get back to it. "Recently heard" and "listen later" features do not work. For some reason it plays sports way more than live radio does. I find sports boring and there's no way to thumbs down! It will play the same things I've heard over and over. If the app worked right, I could go back and thumbs down, I would give it 5 stars.
Poor app 1/5
I love the podcasts, but the app is junk. For instance, adding to your "Followed" group is very inconsistent & annoying.
Good for news 4/5
This app is great for news. If you start the national or local newscast it will keep playing interesting stories. It is hard for podcasts.
NPR the best 4/5
By Smash DJ
Keeps me informed good job folks
battery killer and poor podcast experience 2/5
really wanted to like this. finally had selected shorts in one app, but even though i thought i followed the series i had to search every time.
worst was it killed my battery life and heated up my phone. had to delete. please fix the podcast feature and battery life!
Cant navigate 1/5
I'm signed in with my local station and no podcasts come up when I search on them. My only option is live radio. Basically acts like a radio.
Battery drain remains major issue 2/5
Love the concept and the news from NPR. But the battery drain remains really high. It drains at the rate of 1% for every 2 minutes. As comparison playing video on YouTube the battery drains at the rate of 1% for about 30 minutes. The only reasonable way to use the app is when it is connected to power. Still the app is great and I found a way to use it. But using it much less than what I would like to.
Content is great, getting to it is really hard 2/5
The two tab system of "Listen" and "Explore" is painful. The first tab shows what is currently playing. The second tab is a newsfeed styled list of episodes and shows. The tabs don't really do what you'd expect.
The best two features of the app are the "Listen later" and show subscriptions. The "Listen Later" list of segments is hidden somewhere on the "explore" tab. It moves around and is mixed in with the other content. It's impossible to find if you are driving.
The same is true for the list of subscriptions. You just can't find it without having to carefully study the explore tab.
Both of these options should either be right on the "Listen" tab or always at the top of the "explore" tab, so they can be found quickly without having to hunt around the UI.
The listen later feature only vaguely works. You can mark something for listen later easily enough. However, the segment loses the flag when you start playing it rather than when the segment actually finishes. Anything that interrupts playback, such as a phone call or sometimes switching apps, means you lose the "listen later" flag and then you can't find the segment again. It's terribly frustrating when you are halfway through a long episode of "how I made this" and get a phone call, The app drops the episode from the listen later list and you are back to the daily news. It's especially hard when you are commuting because you can't stop to search for the subscriptions on the dreaded "explore" tab and scroll to though the list of episodes while trying to navigate traffic on Rt-128 in Massachusetts.
It's a very pretty looking app but fails the usability tests.
Battery drain remains an issue 3/5
I like the format and UI. The ability to span across multiple non NPR sources, like independent broadcasting and the Canadian broadcasting service is great.
But oh man - this app kills the battery. That has not changed with any of the upgrades.
NPR needs to hire some smart programmers to fix this. It's not a content issue, but one of basic tech smarts.
Please stop redundantly advertising NPR One to the converted 4/5
By Writer single mom
Good app, good service, I like the way it just keeps going and I hear new shows and local news - hurray! One downer: Having to listen to a redundant ad/announcement for NPR One (comforting voice: "It's on! NPR One...NPR One...3...2...1...It's ON...!") whenever I open it drives me bananas. No feel-good internal ad for the app is necessary. I already decided I want to listen to NPR One. That's why I clicked on the app. Any little opening announcement should take no longer than it takes to say "NPR One." Please please.
Bugs fixed! 5/5
Editing my original review from a few months ago: was 2-stars, now 5-stars. Old review complained about some very annoying bugs. But in a relatively short time, they've all been fixed! Going with 5-stars. Of course the app could still be better, but it's already excellent -- and more importantly, the developers have clearly shown their commitment to addressing feedback and making continuous improvement. I listen to the app several hours a day, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fantastic work they're doing from the newsroom to the tech team at NPR. Thank you.
By Me easy2
I enjoy being able to listen , but I tried to find podcast and when I found I couldn't find it to finish. Please make easier to navigate.
Requires sign in, will sell your personal info 1/5
It works for a week or so then requires you to give them your Gmail or Facebook account. Do not use.
Most user unfriendly app 2/5
I wanted to listen to several episodes of a podcast successively, and in order to do so, had to go through the search option three times in a row. I tried to put the show on my follow list, but it never showed up there. I'm just going to download the podcast through other means and skip this app.
My go-to work app 5/5
By Alli the badger
I have been LOVING this app. I suddenly decided to start listening to NPR a few weeks ago and found myself missing a lot of stories I wanted to hear because I can't sit in my car all day. I listen to this app almost all day at work and love that I can listen to local stories. I have also discovered some podcasts that I LOVE. I haven't had a need to listen offline yet, but I hope that becomes an option in the future ✌🏻
Battery and data usage much improved! 4/5
Much better performance on battery with the update! I love this app and listen to it daily getting ready for and commuting to/from work.
Hate the new sign-in requirement 2/5
I think the new requirement to sign in before using the app is onerous. This should be an optional feature that provides enhanced story selection. Boo.
No offline functionality 1/5
I'm deleting until 'marked as played' option and offline download available
Great App - But NO LISTEN OFFLINE! 2/5
By Official Unaxy
Please Please Please! Allow Offline Listening. Just allow me to save like 4 podcasts at a time.
Would love it, if it didn't kill my battery 3/5
I used to love this app and use it all the time, until I realized it would burn my battery within hours and heat up my phone :( I thought the updates would fix the problem, but I'm still unable to listen though the app. Waiting patiently, but eagerly, to get a version that won't force me to recharge after 3 hours.
Good for news, bad for podcasts 3/5
I have really tried to give this app a chance for the various NPR podcasts that I like, but I just can't do it anymore. It makes it hard to find podcasts, even when you've followed the show. If you ever have to pause in the middle of a podcast to come back to it later, forget it. Pretty much every time I've done so, it has just restarted the podcast, and there's not a good way to jump ahead (as compared to the Apple Podcast app). It even does it when I just pause it for 1-2 minutes, while the app has remained open and I haven't even used my phone in the break. Meanwhile, every NPR podcast is peddling this app as the best way to listen to them. (Yet they also ask you to review them in the Podcast app. Asking people to use two apps for one thing is redundant.)
I really like this app for hearing the morning newscast- both national and local- because I can do it on my time instead of streaming my local station and being stuck on their timeline. And, I listen to the Up First podcast in here each morning, because it's short enough that I don't have to pause it. Every other podcast though, I'll be switching back to the Podcast app to listen. This one is just not built for them in the way they want it to be
Very hard to navigate 2/5
There should be a side tab for playlists or "listen to later." Very frustrating app. You can't listen to multiple podcast in a row that you want. You can choose one, then it plays random ones. Impossible to listen to two podcast from one show one after the other. It's a great app if you don't care what you're listening to. But if you have a preference, even the iPhone podcast app is better than this
A Great App for News Junkees 5/5
I start my mornings with this news app. First, if offers a 3-minute summary of the day's news headlines followed by stories featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered interspersed with those from the local station. Whenever the app offers up a story I don't care for, I just press the fast forward and skip to the next. This app is well worth the download. I love it!
NPR News was better 1/5
Hate that I have to pick one station to listen to and I can't make a playlist from my favorite NPR shows. The sleep timer is the only thing I regard as an improvement over NPR News. The playlist and the list of NPR Stations were vital parts of my experience. But now the NPR News app keeps crashing and I'm stuck trying to use this not very useful app.
Love it 5/5
Such a great way to get up to speed on breaking news and then dive a little deeper. I love being able to skip and and control what I'm listening to, or let it go on auto pilot for a while. Forget binge watching, now I'm binge listening!