No Privacy! They Track Every Click 2/5
I thought you were different NPR! To use this App, you must have an extra account, so NPR can track what you listen to. You cannot use the App unless you create this extra account. Love NPR, but for an organisation who reports about online privacy issues, it is frustrating that they don't offer the option of untracked listening. Seems really hypocritical.
Some people are just private.
NPR Please return to the light and allow a "no-account, no sign-in option"
Poor replacement 1/5
I enjoyed the NPR News app thoroughly, as it gave me great ability to select content I wanted and skip over nonpreferred material. Not so with NPR One-feeds are not segmented as in the previous app, and relentless and repetitive ads are woven into the shows. I avoided this app entirely until my preferred shows were discontinued on the news app. Without further improvements soon I will likely discontinue my use.
Downloaded for Wait wait, but didn't have the program. When I tried to open my local station I was redirected to Safari and NPR.org so why do I have the app? Didn't like the general set up of programs/site
Needs more features 3/5
I would like for this app to have a "Pandora-like" feature that would allow you to like or dislike stories then adjust the stories you are given based on history. At the very least, allow us to check or uncheck the topics we are interested in.
Also, allowing listeners to comment on stories would help encourage audience engagement.
NPR news app rocks compared to this one 1/5
I loved the NPR news app. I would build a play list before my drive to work and could listen to all the podcast or news report. Creating a play list was real easy. This app is awful can't find a list of the shows I used to listen to. I need a play list because you wouldn't want to search for the next content while driving.
Why why why? Difficult to navigate, not user friendly, why move programs from the NPR app, which works perfectly fine, etc etc?!
Apple CarPlay 2/5
Please fix this app for CarPlay. Awful performance. Crashes. Fails to launch. Great app otherwise.
I Can't Find Anything! 1/5
PLEASE put my shows back on the old NPR app. I miss being able to create my own long playlist and some shows can't even be found although they have "moved". If you are trying to force your listeners to other news sources, this is the way to do it.
Not working 1/5
Downloaded as My NPR 1A and On Point moved to this. They don't come up , station info not coming up either. PreferNPR app or podcast app ...still looking for 1A.
Ruined a GREAT thing 1/5
By Super Annoyed
The NPR News app was a staple in my day. The NPR One app is cumbersome and accessing my favorite shows is impossible because my local station doesn't carry them. I have to change stations until I find one that carries one of my favorite shows only to find they don't carry the other. I'm constantly changing stations. So stupid.
Terrible interface. NPR news app was better. 1/5
The interface is terrible, does not allow me to quickly queue up shows I used to watch on NPR News original app, which have now migrated to NPR One. I had tried NPR One before when it first came out, and deleted in favor of the original NPR News app.
Terrible that NPR is trying to force people to use NPR One, without fixing the layout of the app. Used to be able to quickly find shows, and create a playlist with the stories (ex. Morning Edition). Now I can't do that. Nor can I easily find other NPR stations. Shameful.
LOVE the idea behind the app, but poorly executed. 2/5
I don't live in the US anymore but I've always loved NPR. I downloaded this app and use ti to listen to my local station and national news. There are a few issue as:
1. Playback stops suddenly. Getting it to resume requires me to quit the app and start it again.
2. Is it running out of material to play? It will periodically stop letting me fast forward through stories for hours at a time. The only fix I've found is not using the app for a few hours, then it mostly works.
3. If you click on any of the playlists like "in case you missed it" the app just crashes
4. It will sometimes just start playing out of nowhere. Scared the living Cokie Robertson out of me.
5. Volume is really inconsistent. The local news stories are apparently being whispered my Himalayan monks with a vow of silence. National stories are being shouted by a pack of crazed 19 year olds on spring break.
6. Apple Watch app? Apple Watch don't even try.
7. Playing it in the car over Bluetooth? Just nuke your life instead. It'll be less painful.
Worse than old NPR app in every way 1/5
By Droffig B
No ability to build playlist of stories that play in sequence. Seemingly random story choices. Yes you can skip, but why not give users control upfront? No multiple favorite stations. Takes up a lot of storage space that cannot be cleared. Download only if your favorite program abandoned the old app-maybe not even then.
By far my favorite app! 4/5
Words can’t express how much I love this app. If I could only keep one app on my phone, it would without a doubt be this one.
However, it has some issues that keep me from giving it 5 stars…Sometimes it has trouble remember where I left off in the middle of segment, and either plays something new, or just starts the segment I was listening to at the beginning. Annoying, but not a show stopper bug, which there are a couple…Sometimes podcasts I follow aren’t shown or accessible in the app. This happened today - I could not choose to play today's ‘Up First’ episode because it just didn’t appear in any of the menus. Even more annoying, occasionally playback just stops and refuses to advance past a certain point…Sometimes you can get it going again by skipping ahead using the timeline, but then you miss pieces of the segment. Other times, the only way to get the app to play anything at all again is to restart your phone.
I hope these issues get addressed soon, and I look forward to seeing this app evolve over time.
Dislike this app 1/5
It's unintuitive and I struggle to find what I want. It can't even seem to find the 1A program. The app tries to be oh so intelligent. I wish it was just stupid and did what I told it to do.
Oh please... 2/5
By HVFCU FAN
Can someone PLEASE make an option for this app that will allow users to use it in night mode? The glaring whiteness of this app is painful to look at it in the dark. I drive a lot at night and even though I love this app,. I have stopped using it until it gets a "night mode" option.
Seldom listen 1/5
I want to target shows and topics. I set my hometown station as my "master." Seldom go there. I use another app where I download shows and add them to appropriate category. My second choice is an app w stations. I choose my theme.
Not a fan 2/5
Please bring back the original app's convenient playlist features. Also I really dislike the notion of forcing users to download multiple apps by selectively removing content from the original app. Also as NPR has reported on numerous occasions not all listeners want applications collecting data on their personal habits and actions - this app pushes data aggregation, personalization and machine learning. New app and lack of functionality will likely change my listening habits, for the worse.
I don't understand why NPR has two apps – the original NPR app and NPR One. The user interface and layout of this app is horrible – it is billed as an app that lets you customize your newsfeed but most of the content is not customizable and the usability is clunky at best. NPR is removing content from its original app and pushing it to NPR one. I've actually deleted both of the apps and have moved on to other news sources.
Bummer town 1/5
Extremely difficult to simply find shows and listen to them. But, then again, nothing matters anymore and this is a review for a free app.
Needs update 3/5
I love NPR. App needs work
So much worse than prior app 2/5
Confirming prior poor reviews. Confusing, needlessly complicated interface. Finding shows and listening to them much more difficult than in the old NPR app. The attempt to anticipate what I want to hear leaves me scrambling to find what I actually want.
If the app offered a sentence or two describing each story, it might be worthwhile. But as it stands, I'm not going to tee up a TED talk at the start of a run only to find out that the topic is not what I was led to expect by the title.
Love to listen to NPR especially in the current political climate, but a few bugs get in the way 4/5
First of a, I have always been an avid NPR listener, the content is in no way the issue. The app starts up fast, the Apple Watch integration is handy and the content loads fast. My two biggest problems are the poor background performance (especially when resuming a paused program), and the advertising for other NPR podcasts. The second is a little nitpicky because, for example, the advertisement for the newest podcast "Up First" I loved and I instantly subscribed to the podcast, but now a week later I still get the advert asking me to subscribe, even though I already follow the daily episodes. I would love if instead of hearing [national newscast -> local newscast -> advert for "Up First"] I heard the actual podcast after the local newcast.
My last request is a little more far fetched because it requires a slightly more complicated network on NPRs end. I would love the ability to lower or raise the quality to save data while I listen to various programming. Especially if I am in an area with a slow data connection I would love to be able to lower the quality so I can still listen to my favorite programs
Not ready 2/5
The controls are frustrating. Before trying to be new and improved in ways I might not care about, this needs to be at least as usable as the old NPR app. Why is a sign-in required? For now, I'm returning to a plain podcast app and my local station's streaming app.
Really dislike NPR One 1/5
The navigation is terrible. On the old NPR app programs were in a list. And though for some reason no one thought to Alphabetize them it was easy to scroll to ones one liked or stop at something new. Now when I go to the app I get only my local station. No idea how to get to programs other than searching for each one of interest. Then sometimes I stumble on a bunch of big program icons. Terrible for quickly accessing favorites. Plus I have't found a list of stations. Just my local comes up. Can search for others but again no list or way to select favorite stations. I typically listen to about 6 different stations depending on time of day or time zones. So sorry that my favorite programs are moving to One. I've been downloading podcasts instead but they are less easily selected then the old app. Awful.
I like NPR News app much better 3/5
The NPR One needs a lot of bug fixes. It crashes all the time for me, and doesn't work very well with 4G. I also don't think it is as user friendly as NPR News.
Paternalistic Junk 1/5
I don't need NPR or any other media outlets to "personalize" my media experience. I'm sick of this tendency to dumb-down the process of deciding what is "best" for me. NPR needs to stick with the format of the original NPR app, which provides a straightforward list of all the programs offered, and leave it to the user to choose from all the options what to listen to. I don't donate to NPR so that they can act like Big Brother! This app is terrible!
Needs bug fix 3/5
Crashes every time I pick NPR's Music Austin 100. But, the music playlist that came before it was working fine.
I love it at work 5/5
It literally gets me through my day. It can use some work to become seamless which is today's bottom standard, awe inspiring being the big moneymakers. But for me it's smooth enough to use and the content cluster is the best I've found. Rock on NprOne!
Hits you with a required login 1/5
Doesn't explain why it wants personal info - just says REQUIRED. Rude not even to try to offer an explanation, so No. NPR One, meet "delete".
Very poor replacement for NPR News app 1/5
I am a big fan of the NPR News app. In the programs tab, I can easily browse to the shows I like, select a bunch of episodes and build a playlist for a long drive. Now that app is being discontinued and large banners say all the programming is to be removed and made available on the new and better NPR One app. NPR One forces you to pick your station, and then allows you to stream it. I can do this fine already with tune in radio, which allows me to save a list of favorite stations (NPR One only lets me search for and select one). Programs are buried in a selection of recommended shows - which list very few of the shows I like. You can't build a playlist. For each new show, you need to navigate back, search to find, select and play. Not at all road trip friendly. Will definitely not be using this app. Will probably discontinue listening to NPR - as I have no alternative to NPR News any more 😞
This app is such a horrible presentation of the NPR content. I love NPR and liked the old app, but with NPR One I can't browse for new shows and the UI is totally confusing. I'll just wait for them to publish podcasts.
Fast and easy 5/5
I use it whenever I can.
NPR one 5/5
I've had none of the issues of past ratings. I listen during breakfast or whatever and then it goes to NPR news. Love it.
Don't Bother With It! 1/5
I should have noticed the poor customer reviews. There is very little on this app and so can't find my regular shows. Will be deleting as soon as I finish this review.
Flawed Execution 3/5
This app could have been great, listen to live versions of NPR or have a selections of shows to download as a podcast. Sadly neither work as planned, the live broadcasting seem to be old broadcasts. Just let us listen live.
Great way to find new stuff 5/5
By WWDTM FAN
I started listening to "Wait wait don't tell me" on Google play and heard the advertisement for this app every episode and decided to try it out. I now love it and found tons of other shows to listen to.
Want to love but frustrated... 2/5
Longtime NPR listener and member. Should be convenient but since app doesn't remember where you were when you leave in the middle of an episode the lack of some fast forward is infuriating. If you accidentally hit skip, there's no back button. Not sure if they test with CarPlay, but does not make the car stereo experience easier.
What's the point? 2/5
I downloaded this app because a number of the programs I was used to consuming via the NPR News app have been moved over. After struggling with this thing, I'm wondering why NPR created it. On the NPR News app I would simply create a playlist of stories from various programs and listen to them at my leisure. No way to do that on this abomination.
It has a follow feature, but the iPhone version doesn't keep track of these programs (the Follow area refuses to populate with my programs), nor does it have a list of all the programs available on the app, just Featured.
As far as I can tell, the reason they created this was to try to force you to listen to your local NPR stations, which is fine if you are in a big metro area, but in rural Colorado, that just blows. Colorado Public Radio refuses to carry interesting national programming, insisting on broadcasting its provincial news programs and pop music shows. Not for me, so that is why the old NPR News app was great.
Now with NPR One, I can’t find the shows I listen to, nor can I cue them up in a playlist for future listening.
Good content, but podcast interface needs help 3/5
The content available through the app is great, and the overall execution is pretty good. However, it does a fairly atrocious job as a podcasting app, of which NPR has many.
Whether or not it will keep its place is very unpredictable, and you have to manually scroll through the entire list and select the next episode after each one, as it goes to the current newscast at the end of each episode. This is especially annoying when trying to go through podcast archives on long car rides. A podcast interface more in line with Apple's podcasts app would be a great addition in a future update.
Love the content - CarPlay is difficult 4/5
Absolutely love the content and the ability to get to NPR and my favorites when I want them - but there is an issue with CarPlay that is keeping screens blank. I then have to switch to Bluetooth, open the app and find what I'm looking for. That completely defeats the purpose of CarPlay and minimal interaction when driving. 4 stars - hopefully moving to 5 when bugs are worked out.
The Republican plan to kill NPR expressed in app form 1/5
By Golden-Crowned Kinglet
At first I was confused. Why take one of the best apps out there, the fantastic NPR News app, and replace it with this poorly-functioning program?
But I think I understand now. Unable to secure the Congressional votes necessary to end NPR's funding, Republicans have succeeded in forcing them to develop NPR One.
Its superficial and ultimately fixable flaws (programs that don't contain content or show up in searches) are layered atop deep, fundamental flaws: a counterintuitive interface that, once you figure it out, is still clunky and disorienting; aggressively promoted content that pushes your own preferred content to the home screen bottom; & cetera. The simple task of picking a half-dozen stories to listen to while making breakfast is now a slow and frustrating process.
And if you want to listen to an NPR station other than your local one, you need to register the program ... which isn't a big deal, but it's such an arbitrary and unnecessary feature that it's perfectly emblematic of NPR One's present state.
Anti Democratic Radio 1/5
Hate it. This is like a throwback to the times when listeners sit passively while producers and editors pick what you hear about. I'll pick my own, thanks; or not at all.
NPR Rocks! 5/5
I've spent my entire life listening to NPR. It played in the background of my grandmothers house every morning while she made breakfast to hearing it in the car while my mom drove us to school. It has been a constant force in my life. Now I listen to news, podcasts and interesting stories while at home or in the car. My life is that much fuller because of NPR.
I wish I loved this 1/5
By How dare you ruin this app
I really want to like this app, since I love listening to NPR on the other app. Unfortunately, I hate NPR One. I find the interface extremely difficult to navigate. I miss the simplicity of scrolling through today's stories, with the choice to read or listen, and I especially miss the simple list of all NPR programs! Finding what I want to listen to is so hard in NPR One.
I also hate the "shuffle all" philosophy behind the app itself. I don't want my news picked for me. That's why I have an app. I don't want news from yesterday or a week ago. I want to pick my program and my episode and I want to be able to create a playlist without hassle.
I didn't care that I didn't like this app when I tried it the first time because I just used the other NPR app. But now it seems like the other app is being phased out and I'll be forced to use this one. That is what makes me livid.
Please don't overthink this, NPR. Please just make a simple app that gives me the power to engage thoughtfully with your incredible news coverage.
By Chris LA
The app fails to load now. The app does not move beyond the microphone. iPhone 6s Plus all up to date. Please fix! Thank you.
Great app, no issues! 5/5
This app has been great, I love how easy it is to find my favorite programs. I've been able to catch up on missed episodes and listen to new releases on my own time. I've had no issues in the 2 weeks I've had it, wish I had known about it sooner.
Ok but 3/5
Overall like the app and use regularly. I wish had a dislike button-I seem to get more political stuff than I prefer and I don't remember liking anything to get them to play so often. I also seem to only be able to follow 4 shows. Not sure if it a glitch, but wish I could follow more.
I wish we weren't forced from NPR app to here 3/5
By Mitty boom boom
I love NPR's original app and now I'm getting these notifications that many of my favorite podcasts are moving to NPR One. Why? I hate the interface of the One app. There's no search bar, no easy way to pick what goes into my listening queue. I think it's trying to "simplify" and instead incredibly confusing. Please make some changes to the interface, as many other reviewers have mentioned.