Great but needs bug fixes 3/5
Love the concept behind this app and I use it daily. It's my preferred source of news updates and interesting podcasts and I don't have to think - just hit play. It's inspired me to become a regular NPR listener (and contributor).
However, it comes with some annoyances. It has trouble resuming where I left off, it often forgets and starts over, even just when switching apps for a minute or two; sometimes playback stutters and refuses to advance past a certain point, especially on the local newscast, forcing me to skip the rest of the segment entirely; and it seems to somehow corrupt my phone's audio output settings (particularly Bluetooth), which sometimes prevents other apps outputting audio correctly, forcing me to reboot my phone to get everything working again.
I'll keep using it but some of these bugs come across as sloppy. For an app that's supposed to do one thing - play audio - it has a surprising amount of trouble actually doing so reliably and with stability.
Would love the App if the controls weren't a disaster! 1/5
By 10th Row Films
I really love NPR one and want to use it, but the controls on the apple watch and the lock screen are unforgivably terrible. Instead of a normal skip back the button in the menus that you want to access quickly if you missed something you get a ridiculous hamburger menu which leads to a second interface to rewind, mark as interesting, and save for later. EVERY FRIGGIN TIME YOU WANT TO SKIP 5 SECONDS BACK. I have nearly tripped on several occasions because of this. You know what I never do and wouldn't mind the extra steps to have to do? Skip to the next story. There is no hamburger menu for that action you, you can just accidently hit it and kiss the story you were listening to goodbye. This is the worst design I've ever seen for an app like this. FIX IT! I've tried to contact their support about it, but it's basically the same as shouting into the darkness.
So disappointing 2/5
This sounded like such a good idea but is impossible to navigate. It seemingly assumes that it will "learn" what you like and just bring it all up for you at the right time. I miss being able to pick and choose my own playlist on a daily basis.
we know just what you want: more ads less content 1/5
The latest version of this app has more ads and less content. One NPR ad starts: “After listening to that last story we know what you’re thinking.” Well, what I’m thinking is that public radio has gone commercial. How about an ad-free version for those of use who'd rather pay than have our time wasted?
Everything I've been looking for 5/5
If you like any NPR podcasts just hit the download button.
Needs a ---LOT--- of work 2/5
I downloaded this app because I wanted more talk radio to listen too. I listen to the local PR stations but it comes in from three towns over and isn't very clear all the time. Plus it's only one Station and half the time it's only plays classical music. But I like they're medical, economic, and nature/science news shows. I probably spend 1-2 hours driving my car every day and easily kill two or three podcasts in a day. So talk radio is a great way to learn on the go. But, before I start ripping this app a new one for all the things it needs fixed, I want to say it is pretty good. It has a large amount of PR news stations each containing a huge amount of individual shows. Hours of listening time at your disposal with this app.
However, there's no easy way to find stations, there are "featured" shows you can scroll through but they're aren't many, I find myself trying to pick through the shows to find interesting ones that aren't extremely political to listen too quite often. It's just so inconvenient. There is NO easy way you can just scroll through all the PR stations of the USA without searching for them individually by town, state, or just key words in general. It takes a lot of extra effort to find specific stations. A USA map with Station markers or just a list of all stations would be an easy and wonderful fix.
Secondly, you can't make a playlist. I have a car vent clip to hold my phone that helps so I can change stations or shows while flying at 65 down the; curvy, shoulder-less, two lane backroad I live on. And I hate that I have to do that. I don't swerve around much when I change music while I'm driving, I tend to be a steady driver, but this app is complicated. It has very small play buttons on the shows after you click on them and sometimes take two or three glances before you hit the button right. I find myself a little to the left or right of my lane every time a cast runs out and I have to go pick another one while I'm on the go. Which is really the only time most people are going to use this app. It just seems poorly thought through.
Thirdly, the "deep dives" section is a few lines of code off because it sits up underneath the headline of the explore page. It's very obviously poorly designed. I feel like this app could be much more user friendly. Athletically, the app looks great. Use- ability, this app works great. But whoever made it just didn't apply thought to the basic use of this app. I am going to go download "NPR addict" and see if it works any better. Try both and pick you're favorite, thank you for reading my review!
I love NPR 5/5
By Sexy as hello kitty
All of their podcasts are entertaining, informative, and fun.
Limited functionality, no speed controls 2/5
By Edward Anton
Most leading podcast apps help you listen at the speed which proves most useful. Overcast even features smart speed to reduce audio gaps. I find that my attention and comprehension improves with speed bumps to around 1.5x. Slower speeds make it too easy to wander mentally. If this app adds speed control I'll be back. Until then I'm still subscribing to many NPR podcasts but not through this app.
Love it but... 3/5
This app works great ... i love the recommendations ... i still use my podcast app to keep up with my favorite npr shows but this app is great for pieces I didn't know about ... i just wish there was an ipad version of the app so that i could listen when I'm using my ipad and not my phone ...
Fail - no downloads 1/5
I constantly listen to podcasts using Overcast (wonderful app), and the NPR podcasts are constantly promoting this app. So I gave it a try. But, in only works via live streaming. NO DOWNLOADS for offline listening. So unless you have unlimited data, it will be very expensive to use away from wi-fi.
I never write reviews but I love this app and feel like I should help it out.
The catch up feature is great, and it's just an easy to use app for me to get caught up on the news I care about.
I love NPR so I want to love this app, but it is basically not functional. The cast to google cast only works intermittently (sometimes it says it s playing but you get only silence, then you skip to whatever is next and that will play).
You can't get back to a live stream of your local station once you've played something else.
The podcasts are several weeks behind what is on Apple's podcast app. (today is March 19, the most recent science Friday on the app is Feb 24, while apple has March 17).
Resume function 3/5
This app works well for newscasts and shows that can be played without breaks. The resume function doesn't work most of the time, which limits listening to longer shows or podcasts.
Local Station Finder = Great 5/5
I travel a lot and the local station finder feature is super helpful for following NPR rom town to town. Especially in more rurral parts of the country.
Annoying!!! Stop plugging this app endlessly during NPR podcasts. 1/5
I hated this app. It gave me podcast whiplash. I can't get all the way through a podcast driving around town, and this ridiculous app would switch episodes every time it was restarted. I deleted the app and went back to my subscriptions. At least my podcast app remembers where I was when I left off previously. That said, I did discover a few new podcasts when I first downloaded it.
Apple Watch app broken. Very disappointed. 1/5
I got an Apple Watch six months ago and what has because one of my favorite routines when I left work was saying to my Apple Watch "Open NPR One". The app would automatically start playing the Hourly Catchup segment, which I love.
No more. Now when I open the Watch app, it says "Please open NPR One on your iPhone to get started". Even after I do so it says the same message. Very disappointed. Please fix!
No need to look elsewhere 5/5
NPR One has a little of everything! I listen daily and I always feel like I've learned something new. Invisibilia is the best!
NPR app gets me through my work day! 5/5
I always listen to NPR but can't always get a clear signal on the radio at work. Instead I use the NPR one app and it's fantastic! Works so well. No glitches and great signal no matter where I am. I can listen to what is currently on air or I can choose a specific show to listen too.
I love NPR and this app makes it even easier to enjoy the shows I love the most!
Excellent intellectual content 5/5
This app is totally worth your time.
Data Hog! 3/5
I loved the NPR one app because it gave me podcast access to stories from Morning Edition and All Things Considered I couldn't get elsewhere. Plus it offered them in bite sized stories. It was clunky for using as a playlist but great for recommending news I might like in a short time frame.
However, I soon realized it was using a huge amount of my data! I went over on my data plan 2 months in a row before I realized it was the culprit.
Please fix this problem NPR! I miss using the App on my commute but can't afford the overage fees on my data!
Great app 5/5
Very convenient and efficient way to keep up to date about a variety of topics.
Great app but something is broken! 3/5
I love NPR One. It's my primary source to catch up on the world every day during my commutes to and from work! I love that I can also catch up on many of my favorite podcasts and discover new ones all through the app. This new update however, along with subtle UI changes, has brought along some bugs that are making my experience unpleasant.
First, even if I pause the app, if I temporarily switch to another app, when I go back to NPR One, it refreshes and I lose my place in the story I was listening to. It takes me to NPR ads and plays a new story. Sometimes I can't even find the story I was listening to in the Recently Played section...very frustrating!
Second, even though I am always logged into my social media apps, when I try to share a story now, I keep getting a pop-up message stating I must be logged in to my social media app in order to share. No bueno! Please fix ASAP!
Best Application on the Web! 5/5
Hands down the best application on my phone. Love the content. Please support!
Not so good 1/5
By Gopher 80
Saved stories don't play consecutively without manual intervention. Have to search each time for a show, like Morning Edition and then saved stories aren't readily available. The NPR app has many of the same features, but works far better.
Use it every day! 5/5
Awesome way to NPR 5/5
I love that you get the latest newscast right away, then your preferred shows, but you can still research anything or let them guide you to new shows.
Helps find great podcasts, still needs work 3/5
By Ben and Vanessa
This app has helped me find great podcasts, but still needs work. Compared to Stitcher, it lacks some very helpful tools, including:
- ability to shift the order of your podcasts. NPRone only lists your podcasts in the order in which you subscribed meaning that my favorites are generally at the far bottom of the list (being the first to which I subscribed when I downloaded the app)
- ability to resume a podcast after leaving app. Whenever I return, I have to remember which podcast I was listening to and then scan forward to find my place.
- marking podcasts I've already listened to as "heard." Hard to recall which podcasts I've already heard in a series.
- choosing the order of listening. Other apps allow you to determine what you want to listen to next. While I do appreciate going straight to the hourly newscast between podcasts, I wish I could then jump right back into the series I had been listening to (or could choose what to hear after the current podcast ends).
Pairs well with Alexa 4/5
I love using NPR One with my Amazon Echo. The two work very well together! I love being able to access local NPR by simply accessing my Echo!
Love the news update 5/5
By Dr. KMW
I love the news update my just opening the app. I also enjoy this app when I'm caught up on what's happening for the day and would like to listen to more in-depth stories.
Clumsy and difficult to use 2/5
The application seems the only way to get older podcast episodes not available on iTunes. But it is very difficult to find what you want and then to play things you put in your list. It also limits the number of things you can put on your "up next" list. The interface is like a website and does not use any iOS standards at all. That leaves you guessing how to navigate it. Very disappointing.
Uummm whose idea was this app? 1/5
This app was obviously not designed by en engineer. Forget the freezing issues, this app is not intuitive at all. Want to do a deep dive on a certain shows old podcasts? Too bad, you're gonna have to work for it. What a pain. I had such high hopes. I'd much rather pay for something useful than get this for free.
needs work 1/5
Mostly I cannot get this app to work the way it is advertised. I use NPR news app and it's great. This won't do anything more than half the time.
Love this app 5/5
I pretty much have exclusively listened to NPR for years, it's pretty sweet to have all my favorite podcasts on the same app instead of taking up so much room on my phone through the Apple Store. Thanks NPR, have always and will always listen!
BUGGY Wanted to love it. 1/5
App freezes, acts like it's going to play but doesn't, and has a crappy UI. Very confusing on how to go "back" to a prior screen.
Great stories 5/5
I listen to How I Built This while I run. I'm an entrepreneur and I love to hear these stories of success. Only thing that's missing is a "recently listened" tab. Keep it up NPR!
Good idea poorly executed 1/5
The app freezes and crashes when trying to listen to the Austin 100. When it worked I would get to listen to a few songs before it arbitrarily switched to a news story. After a couple days of using it the Austin 100 portion didn't work at all. I finally had to delete it off my iPhone and download all 100 songs to my computer. This app seems like a good idea it just simply does not work.
Listening to live news in-app 4/5
You can now listen to your local NPR station right in the app, which I love. Sometimes it's difficult to search for stories in the app, but that's not a deal breaker for me.
Love it 5/5
I love NPR One!! I use it every day to catch up on the news while I am commuting, cleaning, cooking, etc. The journalism is great and I like that it lines up segments and shows it thinks I will like.
Love this app! 5/5
NPR One has quickly became my favorite app, however, I would like to leave some feedback for the creators.
*Please give us an option to rate podcasts in app.
*When frequently paused, the app defaults back to the news instead of the current podcast.
*It would be nice if we could explore all podcasts the app has to offer instead of the only featured shows and what's recommend.
*This American Life isn't available? :(
* It would be good it there was an auto play option to play all podcasts in a series for long car rides or perhaps the ability to make a playlist.
Like I said this app quickly became my favorite, I deleted my Spotify account and donate the once monthly fee to my local NPR station. Thanks for making this available for all to enjoy. Cheers!
Lacking and confusing 2/5
By Jeff Noel
Promoted features are sometimes just links that open Safari. Content search is lackluster at best. There a lot of potential but overall the design/layout feels convoluted and twisted. Wish it were better but I'm going to stick to just podcast and the regular NPR app.
By Green cushion
Replays 12 hr old stories from morning edition and arc. Other recommendations sometimes good but you have to keep hitting advance to click through all the old news.
Great idea! 5/5
The app allows you to mix and match between local and national stories. And, very importantly, you can skip ahead unlike live radio. Great idea.
Not user friendly 2/5
It's extremely hard to find anything you're looking for. The search feature doesn't work half the time. It pulls up news articles that are even related to anything you're searching for. It's impossible to find some shows. It just brings quits. The app crashes more than it works.
I'll just go back to using my standard podcast app. This was a waste
Good, but why does it take more space over time? 3/5
I like it, I use it like I used to use a radio. Every few months though, I have to delete it and reload it because the space it takes grows from ~ 140 MB to at least 450MB. It's worse if I use "Later," but taking stories off "Later" doesn't make it better. Seems to need better programming...
It's a very confusing app. If you use NPR news, I don't see what this adds. I prefer to use my local station's app. The NPR One app is clunky and hard to navigate. Over all, not that great. I also wish shoes would be made available immediately. Frustrating to miss the intro to a favorite show and not be able to listen to a stream of it right away. Why do we have to wait so long if we're at work when a great show airs and want to listen to it on our lunch break or drive home. But I love NPR and am a sustaining member. Always will be.
3D Touch for hourly news-good 3/5
But, news will not play immediately after 3D Touch press. Must press play. Please remove second step.
Hourly News should also be available from lock screen.
Love NPR 5/5
By trumpet sheep
Nice to have all the shows in one app. In future updates I would recommend having an easier search function for shows and having a list of the shows - not just highlights.
Skips in middle of programs 3/5
While I like having this app and it is a good option, I am continually frustrated by the app skipping out on stories. What happens is that it moves on to new stories when the current one is mid-story. This is really frustrating.
SO Difficult to navigate- 2/5
I really hoped this app would be great but I find it scattered and not organized in a way I can understand it. I agree w other reviewers about it being counter-intuitive and hard to use. Thankfully one can also access many show podcasts from the NPR News app...
Requires sign-in to use 1/5
Sad times, app requires sign-in so they can track your behavior. No opt out option.