Needs improvement 3/5
I actually use this app a lot, mostly in the car as a carplay app.
It’s good for catching up on the news. However it’s hard to navigate. It needs categories for shows and podcasts and news. To me it’s confusing to just have something called “explore.” Even inside the explore part things do not seem to be organized in anyway.
The other choice is “listen” and you don’t know what’s going to happen when you hit that button. You get some news and then offerings of some podcasts. It will say “tap the screen if you want to hear more” but I don’t think this works in CarPlay mode.
So in summary, I love NPR but don’t yet love the app. Please make it simpler and more organized. Thanks!!
Npr music 1/5
What happened to the npr music app? It no longer works for me and npr one does not connect to streaming music. I thought i could find stations thru npr One but don’t see how. Bring back the music.
Loss of control stinks. 1/5
By Irritated Ben
I am going o hang on to the old app as long as I can. I miss being able to just browse and create a playlist of what I want to listen to.
EATS ALL YOUR DATA! 1/5
I listened in my car for my 20 min drive to work, and all 3 gigs of data was gone half way through my billing cycle. Every couple days I was getting an alert from my service provider letting me know they just added another $10 of data. Finally figured out how to see which apps are using data—and NPR One was the culprit. I really liked the app for the two months I was using it, but that 20 mins M-F was costing me about $40 bucks extra every month!
Seeing this also had battery issues as well, seems like they released this app before it was ready. I’d expect some minor bugs for a brand new app, but come on...those are pretty significant issues that basically make the app unusable (unless you go WiFi only and are careful not to allow the app any of your cell data).
I hope they fix it. I did enjoy listening in the morning. It’s nice to listen to the news but skip through the stuff you don’t care about.
Lame App 2/5
No option for podcast and flawed algorithms for spoon feeding the content they want to push on you. I just want to listen to certain programs not some bogus curated playlist.
Real News 5/5
In a world of fake news, sensationalism, and incomplete news, there is public radio. THANK GOD!!! I fell like I am in informed with rational news, that is in depth. We all need NPR!
sit back, relax, and listen 5/5
This is my favorite app. I listen to NPR on my local radio station 88.5 WFDD but when I’m not near my radio I can take this with me wherever I go.
It has so much more content than I ever thought! Now when I mow the yard I become more informed and entertained than I ever thought. This is NPR in your pocket!
Deleted after newest update requires you to sign in no matter what. 2/5
Should have kept it how it was before.
Episodes in a series jumping around 4/5
I love the app and am happy with the curation of podcasts that I otherwise might not have found. But, I’ve just come across an annoying issue. The app is jumping ahead on episodes in a series. For instance, NPR ONE introduced me to Showcases “Polybius Conspiracy.” But after only listening to episode 1, I keep getting episodes further along, 6 and then 5. And there isn’t an easy way to jump to the whole series and find the subsequent episode. Please fix.
Would get a perfect 5 stars if I had the ability to download episodes.
Love NPR...don’t love this app. 2/5
I loved the old NPR app. This one is hard to search and I don’t like that you can’t create a playlist. I liked being able to search by topic before. It’s just not user friendly. The program shut off option doesn’t always work. Just disappointed since I love NPR.
I will not sign in 3/5
It streamed the news okay until it blocked me and demanded I sign in. Do not wish to be locked into one specific local NPR station. Going back to streaming through browser.
Decent but annoying quirks 3/5
Been using for a few months. Countless times I loose the current podcast I’m listening to. By that I mean it switches to a different one and I have to go searching for the original one. I mark as “interesting” and “later” to Remember what I’m listening to. I’ve resorted to taking screenshots in case it gets interrupted in the middle. Sure, there is a “recently heard” section but podcasts aren’t always there!
Not intuitive 2/5
I love NPR and listen to a lot of their podcasts. Twice in the past year I’ve tried to use NPR One and find it very difficult to use - I’m still using my Podcasts application. It seems like such a good idea, I hope it improves.
Killing battery life 3/5
I love this app, I use it everyday. I love the NPR reporters, the podcasts, witty ads, all of it. However as other reviews have mentioned, this app is killing battery life. Honestly there's a lot of improvements you could make and it seems like your developers and designers arent up to par. I would consider finding an digital agency that is faster and better at what they do before people delete the app.
Eats battery 1/5
This morning it literally used 36% of my battery on my morning to work. It’s still only 10:30am. I don’t want to rate 1 star but this has been happening for a while and is unacceptable.
I can’t use an app that eats my battery like this no matter how good it is.
Too frustrating 1/5
When I want to get to my favorites, nothing shows up on the explore screen. This app does a terrible job at remembering what I was listening to last and resuming it for me. As much as I like NPR, I guess I’m just going to have to switch to something else for my Podcasts.
Battery, battery, battery 2/5
Like everyone else, I’ve noticed the massive drain on battery. I have a brand new phone, and keep the app updated, but on days I use NPR One, I run out of battery by midday.
The developers *must* address this issue ASAP.
I love the app, but I’ve had to delete it and revert back to using the NPR News app.
Crashes with car play after 10 sec 2/5
Xterra scribes app crashes after 10 seconds when used with Apple CarPlay, was fine before this new version not sure what happened.
Latest iOS 11 update Nov 2017 broke this app 3/5
The update of iOS 11 from early November 2017 has made NPR One crash soon after starting. It can’t update the screen and within about 5 seconds of playing a story it crashes.
App crashes while using CarPlay 3/5
By The Only Liran Cohen
App crashes while using CarPlay
Good content but... 2/5
By Canada sauce
I love the content but this app destroys my battery life.
Part of my daily regime - brain exercise. Balanced reporting that explores than one side of an issue. Appreciated and valued.
Life saver 4/5
By Kikt kikt
Without the app I would have to listen to so much garbage on the radio. Sure there is room for improvement but great app. It’s a life saver
Use it everyday, but iPhone X issues 4/5
This is my go-to app for news, but since updating to an iPhone X, I am getting unpredictable station choice at initial startup and occasional random startups of the app when I’m in other apps.
Battery drain 1/5
I use a iPhone SE. This app drains battery like crazy. As I really like the app and their content, I tried the recent version that said it got battery drain fixes. But the issue still persists.
Forced to sign up 2/5
By WA skiier
App has work great for a long time without needing a signing. But now I’m being forced to surrender some privacy to continue to enjoy NPR news.
The app claims need to login to personalize my story preference, that sounds like another way of tracking my listening and using machine learning to predict future stories. Why can’t I just listen to random stories if that is my preference.
What happened? 1/5
As of today November 3 2017 I’m no longer seeing the link for the hourly news. Very disappointing
Good way to get news 4/5
I discovered this while traveling. This is a great way to catch up on the news.
Love listening to NPR, but the app has a few quirks... 4/5
Following and selecting items in some of the menus can be a bit difficult. For example, sliding the “ON/OFF” switch on “follow” or “Enable Notifications” doesn’t actually activate either function. One has to press the word “follow” or “enable” to activate the function. This has lead me to accidentally forgo following a podcast or two I discovered via the algorithm because I thought I had switched on “follow” when in fact the app hadn’t saved my selection.
The algorithm that selects what to listen to is a little opaque, which can make it difficult to gauge how marking a podcast as “interesting”, skipping an episode of a podcast that I do like for another time impacts whether it comes up again later
Additionally, I would love the option to listen to live feeds from local NPR stations or the 24 hour program stream (BBC World doesn’t typically show up in NPR One). Also, the ability to save podcast episodes locally on the device would be helpful for on the go listening especially in areas lacking NPR station coverage.
Need to add 15 sec skip 2/5
It's not possible to skip sections of longer podcasts like Up First.
This app is promoted as a way to listen to your favorite podcasts. It's not that at all. Its more like Internet radio, playing a random mix of breaking news and yawn-worthy background stories. Add in the frequent demands for donations and "tips" on sharing to Facebook, and it's more like listening to NPR during Pledge Week. Ugh. How about an ad-free version for NPR members?
NPR ONE! 5/5
Love the NPR ONE App! NPR is my favorite source for news! For iPad users who use IOS 11 note that it does not appear as an IPad app but if you switch to IPhone only in the App Store and install it it works.
♥️NPR, but kills battery 2/5
This app is great for the way I use it - as a replacement for radio that’s more about exploring new content and news rather than subscribing to podcasts.
I start my day with this app and by the time I’m done with breakfast, this app (and nothing else) drains my battery at least 30%. It’s really unacceptable.
Despite messages about battery life improvement with updates, this apps still kills my battery worse than anything else.
Fix this issue and you’ll get 5 stars!
Ok, needs some work 3/5
Automatically goes to the next story in a sequence if I close it unless I save for later, which is annoying if I forget because it's hard to get back to where I was. Not that intuitive to use, I don't really see the advantage over just the regular NPR app.
Pretty, but that’s it 1/5
By Kid Rock C
Used it a few more days. This app is not built for podcasts. Removed another star. I really don’t understand how they can market it in their radio ads for that purpose.
Used the app for two days now and enabled notifications for several daily podcasts. I haven’t seen a single notification go by, so that’s pretty useless.
When one pauses a podcast and comes back later, there’s no ‘now playing’ feature as in the old app. I finally found the show I had been listening to, but the playhead was at a different position. Defaulting to the local radio station isn’t what users are expecting when they have been listening to something else before leaving (but not terminating) the app.
Overall, pretty to look at and the audio-head scrubber is well done, but the developers need to get the basics ironed out before getting fancy.
Speaking of basics, why can’t I bookmark a station anymore? Who thought it’d be a good idea to place the ‘Listen Later’ bookmark list at the bottom of the ‘Explore’ tab? Brainless. That list needs to be on the home screen AND in the side bar. I bet the developers never used the app.
No more 1/5
I used this app for a while and it was okay. There were too many ads for other podcasts on the app and they kept threatening to make me sign in. It seems they have finally followed through on that threat so I'll listen to podcasts through the apple app instead.
Great App, but... 3/5
They are still unable to fix horrible battery drain. Hopefully someone is working on this fix. I am on iOS 10, I hear on iOS 11 is the same problem.
Brilliant But Buggy 3/5
5 stars for content, 1 star for construct; though it used to work great, the app continuously crashes on my phone, even after deleting and reinstalling it. I hope the kinks get worked out soon.
Battery drain persists 2/5
I agree with other reviewers that the battery drain persists. It might be even worse than before. Today a 10 minute segment combined with some web browsing at the same time took more than 50% of battery power. Yet... I still use it because I love listening to NPR.
(Aug-1017) This new version does NOT fix the battery drain issue! How can one 12 min segment of a show use up more than 20% of power on wifi?!? Pleas fix the app so that we can all continue to enjoy NPR!
Great app poor battery usage 4/5
My go to news app but as other reviews have mentioned the battery life is not great. I only use it on my commute when I know I’ll be able to charge my phone afterwards.
Not great 2/5
I find it too hard to listen to my local station and not great for podcasts. I really don’t like that it starts playing an out of date newscast when I open it or that I can’t skip forward. I just don’t see the value in this app — I’ll just go back to my local station app and the podcast app.
We love NPR 5/5
By The Delli - Gatti's.
We are big fans of NPR and our 5 yr old loves WOW in the World! We can't wait for the new season to start.
Content is great but alarming 4/5
Randomly started playing this morning at 545.
The app is ok. I'm glad it includes local stories, but I wish I could customize it more. Also, I just tried to add Code Switch to my following podcasts and I can’t find it or the current episode. :(
What I really hate is that I can't listen to an NPR podcast in another podcast program without a trying to be funny ad for this app. Congratulations, your ads DID nag me into action: Writing this review.
PLEASE allow control over Followed Shows headline! 3/5
I just spent 30 minutes removing, then re-adding every single podcast I followed except for my favorite, in an attempt to get the favorite to display first (or display at all) in the "Followed Shows" section headline that shows directly on the Explore page. No dice. I spend probably 80% of my time on this app with that one podcast, but I can't even get it to display on the Explore page (unless it's literally one of only 3 shows followed)? That doesn't make any sense. Please, please let users change the order in which followed shows display, both on the main Explore page and on the Followed Shows page itself! So frustrating how the shows display in no particular order--not alphabetical, chronological, by subject matter--so if you follow enough podcasts, good luck finding the one you want.
Awful user interface - confusing and unintuitive. Now it's requiring me to sign in through FB or Google. Ugh! Very frustrating, NPR!
Best for Live Radio, not Podcasts 3/5
This app is really good for streaming your local station live and seeing top trending stories from NPR. It is NOT as good for following your NPR produced podcasts, which is what the podcast ads led me to believe and the reason I downloaded it. There’s no easy to locate dedicated place to collect or access new episodes. You can follow them but its not well designed for that purpose. I’ll keep it on my phone for radio if I need it, but will use other apps to follow the podcasts.
Best news, bad app 2/5
It pains me to give this app 2 stars. I was listening to NPR through the Apple podcast app when I heard an ad for NPR One. The app has a lot of issues. It randomly starts. It has problems loading. But worst of all it drains the battery.
Screen doesn’t stay on anymore when charging 5/5
I use this app almost every day; I love it!
Could you bring back the feature where the screen dims but remains on while charging?