Liked it before but current version only crashes. Deleted and reinstalled and won't let me login- just crashes. Please update.
Can't log in 1/5
By Lost files
Love this app but am having trouble logging in. Tried using both Facebook and Google plug ins. Not sure what's wrong but hope it's fixed soon!
KEEPS CRASHING Feb 2015 update 2/5
Love this app but the latest update I can't even open it! Please fix!! I need my NPR!
Constant crashes 1/5
The app is crashing every time I try to login. Can't use the app at all since feb 5 update.
Crashes on launch 1/5
Updated app crashes when opened on iPhone 5S. Great app before the I update!
Used to be good but crashes constantly now
From bad to worse 1/5
I love NPR but this app is going to drive me crazy. Well it won't anymore because I threw it away. First it was just that it seemed to play only the things I said I didn't want it to, never the things I said I liked. Then it started repeating its welcome message over and over. Finally around the time I got an iPhone 6, it started crashing. Frequently. Finally it got to the point where it would crash within three seconds of my turning it on. I reinstalled it about five times and finally gave up.
Great way to listen to NPR 4/5
By Jonathon Mah
Update: has started crashing every launch 😣
The concept behind this app is great. I'm very pleased with it! I'd love to be able to jump to the news summary more easily (without killing the app). Also if you have no Internet connection, the app says you need to log in instead of acknowledging it. Finally, space could be used a bit better (see more than one upcoming/past story at a time).
Constantly crashes 2/5
By Dax B
This app constantly crashes, especially when I attempt to sign I with Facebook. Please fix this bug, the content is great and it is a shame that the app can't deliver it reliably.
Keeps crashing. And way too much introductory content
Perfect for in-between podcasts 4/5
This is a pretty novel way to consume news and interesting information when you're not ready to commit an hour to a podcast. There are plenty of NPR streaming options but all involve picking up in the middle of shows (live podcasts that you didn't subscribe to) and waiting around for the actual news to come on their schedule. I like it so far and I'll come back and give it 5 stars when the issues are fixed: Resuming doesn't work so well - you can pause and resume just fine, but if the app is in the background and some time passes between pausing and trying to resume, it doesn't work. Reopening the app shows that it's still on the right story, but the play button is just a spinning wait icon. Tapping back to restart the story is what I have to do.
Almost perfect 4/5
This app is a fantastic way to listen to npr. I love the way it chooses stories to give me, starting each listening session with top news always at the beginning and then stories chosen based on my listening preferences. I love the ability to skip stories. It's simple and elegant.
With so much to love, I am even more frustrated by a few bizarre glitches, since I use the app every day.
*About a third of the time I start the app, it hangs on playing the "this is npr" sound byte. Why are these not cached in the app, or skipped if they won't load?
*another quarter of the time, it hangs on the first story but loads if I choose to skip so it's not a data problem. Strange.
* content is inexplicably SO QUIET. Yes it's npr, it's not meant to be loud, but compared to audio from any other app on my phone I have to crank the volume, then get blasted if I change back to other audio and forget.
I love this app and it's almost perfect. Please address these issues!
Great when it works 4/5
This app works well about 75% of the time. Other times, it constantly brings up the error "Audio failed. We'll try the next story."
🔇Mandatory REGISTRATION😔 1/5
Why is Facebook or email NEEDED?
It's technically not necessary.
--Other apps can provide content without this need to "remember" requirement.
National "Public" Radio,
This app is like a "Public" Library that requires your Facebook or email -just to enter.
🛅📚🙌🛂 ... 🚧🙈🙉
Not optimized for iPhone 6. UI is inflated and wasting screen space.
Great app for listening on the go 4/5
I like that I can go back to stories and rewind individual stories. Also like the mix of local and national. Sharing button needs to be improved sometimes I want to save stories to listen later and link is broken.
I use it every day! 5/5
I gave NPR One a try after Ari Shapiro tweeted about its debut. I fell in love immediately. I use this app every morning while I'm getting ready for work and love being able to skip ahead, replay, or link to a story with ease. I love the simplicity of NPR One, and I'm not sure why I see others here complaining! If you're an NPR fan, hurry up and download this free app!
A bit confusing at first but once you catch on this is an amazing app!
Good stuff 5/5
I listen occasionally and it's been fantastic. I think it does a great job and is really a slick and beautiful app.
Please Normalize Clip Volume! 4/5
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE normalize the output volume of each audio segment. I'm forever adjusting my car stereo's volume controls as each story begins so that I can either hear the story or avoid hearing damage. Thank you (-:
This app blows 1/5
I only started using this app because NPR started removing my favorite podcasts, assumedly because they felt they had enough draw to pull people to this app from listening elsewhere. Wrong. The NPR app is so unintuitive where the apple podcast app is the exact opposite. I do a search for Weekends on All Things Considered on NPR One and apparently I've stumped them to find one of their most popular shows. Instead the app wants to play for me what it believes I should hear. 7 AM News Summary? Doesn't exist as far as the app is concerned, but this piece may in fact play it if I skip through all the stories to which NPR thinks I should listen. Want to listen to several shows in a play list on that morning run? Sorry. No can do.
I though I discovered a pot of gold when I found NPR on apple podcast. You've ruined the best thing about NPR by removing it before your app is ready for primetime.
Additionally this app collects way too much private information about its customers.
I'm sad I can't listen to the public radio that I choose any more, and have stopped my ongoing donation to NPR. The moment it shows up again in apple podcasts where I can choose my shows in order, I will renew it toute suite.
Great App for those who love NPR. 5/5
By Asa Bigham
This is a really good app. It has a simple design and it's easy to use, you simply open the app and it begins playing with the latest news, then plays recent and interesting NPR stories. It's easy to use, looks good and offers a continuous stream of NPR stories.
Since recent update super glitchy 2/5
Was working amazing till this latest update now will play for 10 to 15 seconds and then auto pause or just glitch out!
Please fix so I can it it the five stars it deserves when it was working properly!
Needs Updating. 3/5
Needs iPhone 6 and 6+ screen size support.
A refreshing new way to listen to NPR 5/5
This app really shines for taking the rich content of NPR and optimizing it for the age where most radios are LTE; not FM. There's nothing to fiddle around with, you don't even need to press play. Just open the app, sit back, and listen. It's NPR One.
Great Idea 4/5
I love the simple interface but it needs some more customizability. E.g. Favorite stations/programs, the ability to go straight to the most recent hourly newscast would be nice too.
Good, could be much better 3/5
I listen to this app almost all day while working, cleaning, exercising, etc. This app really needs a search function, preferably by segment and show. I often wish it had a favorite or bookmark function too, would be great for saving something when I'm only halfway through. (If the app does have either of these they're way too hard to find.)
Also, please make an iPad version of NPR One. Pretty please.
Takes "minimal" design too far. 1/5
What the is the point of the app if I can't easily stream live broadcasts? It arbitrarily selects stories to begin streaming to you the moment you open the app, and offers no way to just listen to what's happening right now. Want to listen to the live broadcast of the State of the Union address? NO, you want to listen to two day old coverage on the IRS after you sit through a long bumper about how you're using NPR One.
It feels like they spent too much time trying to tell me what I should want rather than giving me the option to decide myself. Super frustrating experience.
Lots of potential... Still too buggy 2/5
Great app but for two major flaws:
1) Crashes so routinely on startup that sometimes, having given it several failed tries, I just go without NPR for the morning.
2) Article recommendations do not appear informed by which stories I click on the lightbulb icon to "like" (and occasionally include stories I've clicked on already). If nothing is done with the profile info generated by this lightbulb feature, why bother?
Still, it resolves the most frustrating issue with NPR, which is the uneven quality of the content. If you don't care for a story, you can just skip to the next. Revolutionary.
Can be more personal 4/5
I really like this app and the content. I do wish however that I could 'queue' articles... to play next and skip stories and skip uninteresting stories. This way I can check the lineup once, queue the stories I want to hear and then One learns that the ones I skipped are not that interesting to me.
Find navigation clunky. Found ad for a show as backdrop of Chromecast casting was impossible to find and play. Don't know if this is due to Chromecast or this app, but with the search using this app failing to find the segment it looks like the problem is with this app.
Perfect for use with a Bluetooth speaker 4/5
By Doctor Jones for You
I've read and understood the various complaints some users have about this app. But the app is PERFECT for use with a Bluetooth speaker -- in the shower, workshop, or whatever. I can use the "next" and "previous" buttons on my speaker (even with wet, soapy hands in the shower!) to skip or restart a story. In this way, the app is perfect.
Good concept, so-so implementation 2/5
Love the idea of this, but it uses and enormous amount of data. The app also seems to skip many stories or is unable to load them. Additionally, there really should be options to limit what you're hearing to today's news (don't really have interest in stories from months ago or hour long shows which are easily accessible in other ways).
No preferences? That’s troubling. 1/5
When I uploaded and installed this app, I foolishly accepted it listening to me by turning on the microphone. This was a mistake: the program says words to the effect of “Brought to you by XYZ. To go to their site, say ‘take me there.’ “
I see no way to shut off this “feature” because I can not seem to locate preferences and the web site essentially confirms that I can not set preferences… huh? I am not allowed to set preferences?
Not possible, ‘sez I.
I’ve written to the app’s “team” (at least I think that I have? Contacting them is confusing as well) and if I don’t get an answer ‘right-quick’ I shall remove the app. Too bad, actually, as it is nice to have all that NPR content, but it certainly is not nice to have so little control over the app, while I stew over a mistake that ended up being intrusive that I am not allowed to correct.
Great app! 5/5
By Nick ddss
Gets to know me. Plays my favorite shows and nothing i dont like. Elegance in simplicity. The product management really knows what theyre doing
Emailed in issues I've experienced. No 'remember me' login option? Can't "undo" marking a story interesting?
Gotta make the app functional first.
Simple, easy way to listen to npr on my commute
Why bother? It only seems to stream local NPR station anyway 3/5
I downloaded this because I understood it to be something like a cross between Pandora and NPR, but all it does is stream my local NPR station, something I could already do with the regular NPR app. I don't really have the kind of time it takes to mark each story as interesting to build some kind of personal algorithm. How about letting me select favorite shows and then just supply me with a stream of that information, plus periodic news reports? I'd love that because it would be like an "automatic" version of the Playlist in the current NPR app, something I use often.
Great concept, not so well executed 2/5
Now that I have accidentally tapped on the interesting button for a sports story, I fear that NPR is going to be serving more and more of these to me. And there appears to be no way to undo it. I'd really rather prefer to filter out stories that do not interest me at all.
I love NPR, but this app makes me sad 1/5
I've been struggling with this app for awhile now. When it originally came out I used it every morning on the way to work. But very quickly I started having a lot of issues. Where do I start..
1. Data hog: will load *many* additional episodes in the background. The amount of data it uses is just awful, dear lord.
2. Crashes frequently
3. When you background the app, sometimes it'll stay in "play and fetch more data" mode
4. If I exit out of it, it'll frequently not save what I've listened to and load the same episodes
5. If I skip the intro ("welcome to NPR one") it'll have a hard time working properly without crashing
6. There are features that are silly (voice recognition) and basic features I'd like to have (list of show preferences, past viewed).
7. There isn't a great feedback loop from the NPR team. I sent them some detailed feedback last year and never heard from them.
Only thing I do really like, and I need to point it out: you can chromecast the app to your tv, which is really awesome.
Easy to forward, impossible to rewind to previous 1/5
This would be a very good way to listen to interesting NPR stories, if we could properly navigate. But now, once a story is over, it’s completely lost. If I didn’t look at the screen for a name, I can never find the right one.
Huge Forward button makes it even harder, since it’s so easy to accidentally click on it. Please fix this layout. There is plenty of space for a rewind button, and a +15s button.
Feedback button does not work at all. This is a little ridiculous.
Best NPR Yet 4/5
I like being able to skip those stories where they are going to take half an hour to delve into the mind numbing details of something I have no interest in and hear more glorious details about things I am passionate about.
I enjoy getting a mix of national stories and local stories.
Mostly is working correctly, but still is repeating local stories. Sometimes 3 times in 2 hours!
Very Happy! 5/5
I used to listen to podcasts including NPR on Swell until Apple bought it and shut it down. Now it's back again -- all NPR, all the time. The great part is that the app selects podcasts for you to listen to and you can mark each story as interesting ( which brings more similar stories) or skip it (which limits those type of stories). Thank you for providing this fabulous app!
You can replay the stories. Just swipe to the right to go back to the one you want to listen to and select it again. The app will play it again.
Nicely Done 5/5
Def exceeded my expectations. Thank you very much!
Data hog 3/5
This app uses, on average, 260 mb per hour of listening. This can be a problem if you have data limits. Otherwise a good app and great content.
My new favorite app. Thanks NPR.
Search Function is DOA 1/5
1. Search function doesn't work. It says "you've stumped us." Well, I'm stumped as to why the search function is even there if it doesn't work?
2. Fast forward button skips two stories ahead.
3. I sent an email requesting support. Still hear crickets four days later.
No iPad app😡👎
I Love This App 5/5
I always have NPR One playing in my car wherever I go! I don't know what the couple of other reviews are referring to. Whenever I open the app, it always starts out with local news on the hour. Never have a problem with the app, and can skip as many stories as you want. Thanks NPR! :)
missing local content. 1/5
This app doesn't put local content into the news feed.