Not a podcast app 1/5
- No way to reliably listen to podcasts in sequence (want to listen to car talk from the beginning? Have fun scrolling for 5 minutes every hour) since there’s no back button once you select your podcast, and after each episode it throws you into a badly normalized generic news bulletin.
-Eats through battery life and data for no real reason. It’s audio data there should be minimal data usage.
-There are no organizational options for anything, the app just tries to guess what you want, usually badly.
-just uninstall it and go use your browser
Good but glitches 3/5
I love NPR & have been a devoted listener & supporter for over 30 years. Listened to podcasts via local station’s website prior to this app. One thing that bugs me tremendously is if the screen is touched inadvertently while playing a podcast, you are pushed into a news program & there is no way to go back to where you were in the podcast without re-locating the podcast program & forwarding to where you lost the program. This happens frequently because it is common to need to pick up the phone while listening to a program.
Data Usage is killing this app! 2/5
Somehow this app has chewed through 1.3GB of cellular data in the last 2 weeks while listening a handful of times on a 30 minute drive home.
I want to love this app, but I’ve had to uninstall to save my cellular data!! I’ll stick to the Apple podcasts app for now.
Basic functionality locked behind signing in. 2/5
Shouldn’t have to sign in just to do basic things like select a local station.
Crashes CarPlay every time 2/5
I only really want to use this app for CarPlay. It isn’t maintained well. Crashes CarPlay every time I try to use it.
All you need to start your day 5/5
I use this to get a sane look at the headlines and pending news before my day starts. Great highlight show without glibness or “takes.”
Personalized to the listener 5/5
NPR one greatly exceeded my expectations. I have no clue why there are 1, 2, or 3 star reviews! It is personalized to the listener, and has introduced me to incredibly interesting and informative podcasts.
Excellent content 5/5
NPR’s effort to communicate important information and opinions is an excellent way to support American democracy and values.
It is so important that all citizens is USA and the world be aware of the threats to democracy coming from many fronts (including dictatorship, governments or regimes). To be aware is important, but even more is to defend this values in any way each citizen may do so.
Great app 5/5
Use this app on a daily basis. Love it!
Apple TV version non-functional 1/5
By Phil in Colorado
Sorry to post the Apple TV version’s review here, but there seems to be only an option within Apple TV App Store to apply a star rating.
Home Station stuck on KERA in north Texas. App doesn’t pull in info from my iOS version, though I’m signed in on both with the same login info. Searching for Home Stations within the Apple TV NPR One yields zero results. Now Playing, Explore tabs are blank.
Apple TV version of NPR One is non-functional
Allow privacy 2/5
By WA skiier
Why is sign in required? I understand I am sacrificing ‘taylored’ content, but it allows me to keep one more aspect of my life less tracked and catalogued. Take a note from “Note to Self” from WNYC and allow for people to opt for a non tracking (non signed in) option.
Some bugs still but love it 4/5
The app will randomly switch on and begin playing, and it is impossible to undo an “interesting” designation
Random starts embarrassing!!!!! 2/5
After leaving car it starts up usuall about 15 minutes later ... in a public meeting... never touched the phone!!! Doesn’t matter whether you unplug before or after turning off the ignition! Often the reverse happens when it won’t start CarPlay... VW blames Apple
I Love NPR ❤️ 4/5
Love NPR! The NPRONE app is great, however lately (and more frequently) the app freezes on me. I’ve had to go as far as deleting the app & re downloading it. It will act like it’s ‘loading’ but nothing happens. Not sure why it does it now, but it didn’t do it before. NEVERTHELESS the app is STILL WORTH DOWNLOADING! I love the app! It connects me to everything that is important...
“Everything I know, I’ve learned from NPR ONE” 😆🤘🏼
Data Hog! 2/5
The app itself is a nice idea but I can’t use it anymore as it’s an unbelievable data hog. I’ve listened to entire seasons of NPR podcasts, using about 500mgs total in the process- yet 30 minutes of using the NPR One app and it’s already sucked up 2GB?! I reset my cellular data counter on my iPhone and tested it again, after 25 minutes it used another 1.5GB. This app is either extremely poorly designed or had some major bugs.
Can’t go back to the last story 4/5
By student Daynea
It needs a previous story button, or some way to get back to the last story that played. Or even a list of previously played stories. It’s super annoying to miss the end of a story and not be able to go back to it once the next one starts.
Doesn't work 1/5
Plays the first 15 seconds of a story and then skips to the next story. Over and over again.
oops! We goofed, bear with us... 3/5
First off I love and support NPR. I do for the most part love this app and use it almost daily, National Newscasts, Radiowest, love it.
BUT. I constantly get the error “oops! We goofed, bear with us...”
Pausing and playing from the lock screen or with headphones often won’t work and will cause the error. Sometimes the only way to fix it is to quit the app and skip the story I was enjoying.
Sometimes I pause it briefly then it will not play again without hitting play from the app itself.
Another error. NPR One will randomly play. If I hadn’t listened to it for a few hours, iPhone locked inside my pocket, and all of sudden it just starts playing. It will do this over and over again. Hit pause from the lock screen and a few moments later it starts playing.
Quitting the app is the only fix to this. Although this has happened when the app has already been quit but it was the last app I had used for audio. So in that case launch the app then quit it again.
I love the content, and greatly appreciate NPR, but this app is full of bugs.
Good, but not great 3/5
Overall, pretty decent. I like the variety, etc.
One of my biggest complaints is that I’ll pause the audio for a moment, sometimes less than a minute, and when I hit play, the app takes me to another story. I’d really like to be able to pause and play without missing out on a story that I may have been halfway through listening to.
Perfect way to access EVERYTHING NPR!!! 5/5
Love it so much, it’s so convenient and user friendly. Thank you NPR! And as always please support your local public broadcasters!!!
Frustrating and difficult to use 2/5
By Still entering by hand
After using the simple and straightforward KQED app for a number of years this seems to be a real step backwards. Can’t seem to find a way to perform simple tasks like choose a podcast series (not an episode) and then choose an episode to listen to.
Nice attempt but too rigid. 3/5
How do I undo “interesting”? I clicked by mistake.
How do I go back to the story I was just listening to? It jumped from politics to health and I wanted to go back to the thing I just heard. No not the 15 sec replay, I mean the previous story. I have to navigate to the main screen and look at recent?
Why is it hard to build a TiVo for radio?
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!
UPDATE: It seems NPR developers are slacking off, it doesn’t seem updates come too often to this app. When will iPhone X support be made available?
Doesn’t work 1/5
Great content, however I’ve been trying to play a podcast for the past 20 minutes and it just sits there and loads. All other apps work so it’s not a service issue
awesome in concept, improve application 3/5
I use this app throughout the day-everyday but the stability of the app needs to be improved. When I pause the app and try to restart the stream via the lock screen or control center, I have to press twice or three times. It would be great if your listening history included a longer list and the bookmarking feature should be improved. iPhone X optimization would also be great.
Great App 5/5
By Ginagina Smith
I listen almost every night & find it informative, often discussing different topics not always covered by other news sources.
Battery problems ruin this app 1/5
I love the concept of this app — it’s Pandora for NPR! However, it’s a terrible drain on my iPhone 8’s battery. My battery will drain as fast as 1% per minute and my phone often gets hot while the app is in use.
I give this app 5 stars for the brilliant concept but one star for the poor functionality.
I eagerly await an update that fixes this problem!
Why does rewinding take 2 steps?! 2/5
Rewinding in the lock screen takes two steps. Why?!?
And why isn’t there a favorites tab so I don’t have to search for my shows every time.
Your other npr app is sooooo much better. But alas you still haven’t figured out the 15 second rewind in the player there either.
Connect with my Sonos and get 5 stars 4/5
I love that I can listen to all the NRP I can handle in one place and if it was available on my Sonos I wouldn’t have any reasons to turn it off!
Why force a local station? It’s the internet. 2/5
I like my local station (KQED), but I like WNYC, WGBH, and plenty of others too. If I want a local radio feed, I can just turn on the radio.
There are things to like about NPR One, but the your-local-station radio-centric paradigm makes it feel so... old.
And sure, NPR is quintessential old media, but that thinking doesn’t have to dominate app design.
Never rated an app before - but this one is incredible 5/5
I’m already a fan of NPR. I try to listen every morning and evening, but the radio quality in my area has some rough spots. I downloaded the NPR One app to catch up on the stories I miss...but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the features within this amazing little app. The quality and diversity of programming is incredible, and even the “breaks” are full of plugs for interesting stories I might never have discovered! I love this app and now use it every single day. Even better, the sharing features are simple to use - I share 2-4 stories each day with friends and family, many of whom went on to download the app and now share my (expanded) love of NPR. Way to go, NPR. This app is a serious win.
Uses All Your Data 2/5
I love NPR, and was really looking forward to hearing stories I'd miss or couldn't get when out of radio range. But this app tears through data. I had overages the first two months I used it. Got a notification from Verizon I'd used up 90% of my data for the month (2 GB) and 10 min. later I got a notice I had gone over. I've gone back to streaming the Up First podcast instead until this issue is fixed.
By HR tech guy
I don’t get it. You can find a podcast you like and choose to follow it. Then what? Why is there no place that shows your favorites? What’s the point of following something when I have to use the search feature any time I want to listen to that specific show?
If you know what you want, its much easier to use the podcast app and subscribe. If you only want “suggestions” then I guess this might be more compelling.
Hard to use, lacking many functions 2/5
Can’t easily switch between episodes, no sleep function, no speed levels, no notifications.. prefer other podcasts app
Please fix bugs!! 1/5
When it switches to a new story, i think after switching between stories from my local radio station to ones from NPR, the sound sometimes disappears. I have to stop and start the story to have sound.
Also I often am given the same story more than once, usually from the local station.
Also it is a battery drainer!
Please fix because I am addicted to NPR!!
Not what I was hoping for 2/5
I was hoping to use this to listen to certain programs during my ride home but it has not been helpful. Although I selected some programs to follow they do not appear on this area for me. And now I’m being promoted to sign in just to listen with the claim that this is for my benefit. Having a easy app to use would be to my benefit but I’ll have to keep looking for one.
Does not deliver local radio 1/5
Only sends you to a link in safari. I can do that. Embed it a player in-app so i can favorite a handful of options to be easily within reach while traveling.
Randomly starts playing! 2/5
This app is pretty good for discovering new shows mixed in with stories from my local station, but it’s got three major flaws:
1. It loses my place in episodes. I can’t tell when this happens because it’s inconsistent, but it’s pretty annoying when I’m in the middle of an hour long episode.
2. I can’t download episodes while I’m on WiFi to listen to when I’m out using cellular.
3. This is the big one: it randomly starts playing. Sometimes it’s playing after I’ve killed the app and I have to pause it from control center. How is that even possible? The other day it started playing when I was on the phone with my mom. It frequently starts playing while it’s on the charger and I haven’t even opened the screen. Please fix this bug, it’s so embarrassing!
Please update for iPhone X 5/5
I love this app. However, it would be much appreciated if it was updated for the iPhone X.
When it works... 3/5
I miss being able to play live FM radio on my devices. This app would be great except for the frequency with which it shuts itself off w/o warning or explanation. I don’t think this is related to my WiFi connection. It happens regardless of where/how I’m using the App: walking, cycling, or at home in a central location. Terrifically annoying.
No variable audio speed 1/5
This is the only audio app I know of that doesn’t allow the listener to speed things up. Very frustrating.
Never Rated an App but this one is perfect 5/5
I listen to this app every day. In the morning getting ready. When I’m making dinner at night. A lot of nights I even fall asleep to it. The rotation of stories is good and it does a good job of picking this based on what I like. I don’t use the search function a lot but I feel like that could be a smidgen better.
My only complaint, and tbh I don’t know if this is the app itself or my phone. There have been times when the app started out of nowhere even if it wasn’t previously launched. So I was in class or a meeting and all of a sudden “NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO IS RIGHT HERE. LIVE FROM NPR NEWS IN WASHINGTON IM JACK SPEER” now. Don’t get me wrong. Jack Speer’s voice could charm me down a live subway tunnel. But it was mildly embarrassing. So to fix it, I just turned of “auto play on launch” and that’s fixed it.
All in all 6/5 stars.
One of my favorites! 4/5
I have it on all the time and love that I can mark my interest in stories. One problem: I keep hearing weather reports from the week before! Can’t things like time-related weather reports be marked to not replay?? Love NPR!
Just what I have been looking for! 5/5
By Dr. Adogg
This is a great App. I get the news I need when I have the time and want to listen time to listen to it.
National newscast will not play 2/5
App opens with National Newscast already on home screen. Pressing play does nothing. Pressing next removes National Newscast from your play queue with no possibility of going back to it. No National Newscast = bad review.
Data Hog 3/5
I love the app, really! It’s so easy to use, my favorite shows are all right at my finger tips. But, it’s uses SO much data if you aren’t paying attention. I couldn’t figure out why I was running out data every month, until I saw that he app was using 3x as much data as all my other apps combined.
A must have 5/5
I love this app. I’m new to NPR. I’d love to see a “rewind” section where you can listen to old stories that are worth being recycled. No one can hear every good story, every single day. So it’s nice hear stories you might have missed out on during the original broadcast.
Love NPR, the app is not reliable 3/5
I Iove NPR and listen often. Sadly this app gets glitchy and hung up. For example, sometimes you can’t advance a story or it will keep replaying the same story several times. I’ve tried closing the app, and relaunching but it usually just stays where it was before. After a few hours, it works again but it’s frustrating. I’d pay for a non-glitchy, ad-free version.
Use it every day 5/5
By The Tedler
Love the app! One request: can we get some normalization on the audio? Volume can vary dramatically between stories.
Poor integration with Car Play 3/5
I always have to select my program from the phone rather than from the car play interface.
Other than that works ok