Vital to keeping up 5/5
I love having all of NPR at my fingertips.
Love it! 4/5
I love NPR One podcasts. The only issue I have is that I wish I could listen to podcast series back to back without having to go back into the app and start it. There is no way to just go to the next episode with one easy option.
Great ap! 5/5
By TOD Nora
NPR One is a terrific ap. The selection of stories is incredible. I listen to "Hidden Brain" the most. The sound quality is perfect and I've never had technical problems. I recommend this ap to anyone interested in NPR.
Great content. Terrible app. 1/5
By David Gay
I love NPR and was extremely excited for this app. After several months, it has become effectively unusable. At first the biggest problem was battery drain, but it also randomly stops playing and freezes in the middle of content and between content, and will only restart after several attempts at force-quitting and relaunching. Sometimes I will pause a podcast for a while to do some work, and when I try to return to it, the app discards the podcast, plays something else, makes me search again for what I was listening to, and then starts it from the beginning instead of where I left off. In short, it teases me with my favorite content, but only delivers frustration and a dead battery. I now use Overcast and love it.
I love NPR One! 5/5
I listen to NPR One every morning during breakfast and during my bus commute to and from work. It's the perfect way to catch up on the news, enjoy my favorite podcasts, and discover new programs. Only problem is that is requires data, so you can't listen if you have poor service.
Overall great but needs serious updates. 3/5
By Zac duh
Overall the app is great! It lets you dive into podcasts of all sorts and even "follow" your favorites which will keep them in a separate area on the app. "Save for later" feature let's you swipe around and find stuff you want to listen to and save them for later."Pickup where you left off" feature and a couple others are a mess and hardly ever work. App seriously lacks features which would actually make it a desired app to use.. ie keeping any track of podcasts youve listened to whatsoever, having a less messy home page littered with things you'll never consider clicking and again, keeping track of podcasts youve listened to and keeping track to the minute of the multiple podcasts you're listening to. I would use the app more if it was easier to understand what I've already listened to and what I haven't.
I use the app everyday and love it enough to admit I would easily pay $10 for an upgraded version with more features.
Excellent App 5/5
I like the app and each program. There is nothing bad I can say.
Excellent app 5/5
The radio in my car recently broke. This successfully replaced all of my NPR needs!
So annoying to use 1/5
Much worse than the NPR News app. Wouldn't be using it if they hadn't forced me to switch.
Battery drain 4/5
I love this app and I use it multiple times a day but it's a battery drain and makes my phone really hot. Otherwise it's 100% awesome!
Hidden Brain 5/5
One of the best shows any one should listen to understand oneself!!
Wonderful resources! 4/5
By Tamlyn C
I love NPR! The app is wonderful. I wish you could download the podcasts and broadcasts.
Awesome, but horrible battery use. 3/5
The concept of the app is excellent - instead of merely tuning into your station (which is an option!) and listening to whatever they happen to have on the air, NPR One curates a neverending sequence of stories you may be interested in. If you like it, you can press "Interesting"; otherwise, you can skip it.
This is definitely my favorite way to consume NPR content.
The issue is that this thing blows through battery like you wouldn't believe - it often consumes 1% a minute and leaves my phone hot even when the screen is off and I'm occupied with other tasks. NPR: your developers *need* to get their act together and figure out what's obliterating the battery.
Battery and data drain 2/5
I love this app, but recent updates absolutely decimate my battery and guzzle data. What gives?
Immediately crashes 1/5
Immediately crashes. Unusable. But I also have to ask, what problem is this app trying to solve?
Data hog 3/5
I absolutely love this application but it's frustrating how much data it uses! I had to disable it over cellular after it sucked up more than 1gb in 2 weeks with very moderate listening....
Uses 100MB an hour , doubled my data usage costing $90 in overages 1/5
I have an AT&T plan that gives me 6 GB a month. For many years I only used 3 GB, since I started using NPR One I noticed my data usage had gone up to 9 GB, costing me $15 per gigabyte over. Could not figure out what was happening until I saw that in 10 days the app had used 560 MB. So if you are using cellular data watch out it becomes a very costly app.
In addition the app itself will not remember where it is and start all over instead of picking up where it left off. There are minute long gaps between segments like it is forgot what it is doing. Not reliable at all. Compared to the consistency of Pandora which is 100%, this is about 30% consistent. Too bad I really enjoyed listening to the stories but it cost too much and drops out too much as well.
Concept is great - execution lags 3/5
I agree with other reviews on this version. There is a lot that still doesn't work as it should. The biggest issue for me is the pause and restart function whenever I receive a phone call or pull out one ear pod to talk to someone. If I go back to the app within 30 seconds, it works as expected. If it goes beyond that, the episode starts at the beginning and I have to fast forward to find the spot.
The other issue for me is the interface to find my favorite followed shows. There are so many other categories trying to sell me on something new that I have to look hard to find the things I already follow and want to listen to.
Despite all this, I keep using it because it is a great concept with excellent content. Please focus on the user experience and get this right so I can listen without all the hassle.
I want to love this app. I can’t. 2/5
On paper this is my ideal app. It works with CarPlay, most of what I listen to is podcasts, and to be able to mix this with cached news updates should be a dream. But the user experience is just awful. My listening point does not persist (I had to skip ahead in invisibilia every time I got back in the car, and it would randomly delete half played episodes) I can never find anything, it typically comes up blank screen in CarPlay, and it never ever ever has content ready when I go to it. So I give up and go back to the podcast app, which is good enough and always ready. Greatness is within reach. I want to be able to give it 5 stars. Execution in this instance is severely lacking.
Battery drain is real 2/5
Listened to for 15 min and battery down almost 10%. Also, I agree with the other reviewers about the interface. It would be helpful if you could have a listening stream. It looks like you can add a few shows to your favorites list, but not all. For example, I really only want to listen to Up First and my local news. I can add Up First, but not my local news stream. I have to go search for that. It be nice if it could learn more about you, what you like and then give you suggestions from there, kind of like Apple Music or Spotify.
I love it 4/5
As long as you keep expanding the offerings I'll continue to be a huge fan. I'm a donor to my local NPR station but can't get all of the programming I miss and didn't know I wanted to explore. You're bringing it to me wherever I am and I'm very appreciative. Thank you!!!
Destroys battery 2/5
By Public radio aff
Great concept and execution, except that it saps battery unlike any other app. It's very concerning, especially because it doesn't even use the screen most of the time.
Not great. 1/5
This app is very odd, honestly. Poorly designed. It seems simple enough to have a section for actual live streaming, one for the podcasts I want to subscribe to and another section where I can explore. None of these three obvious ideas are there - except the option to explore, which is cumbersome and thinly populated with shows/podcasts. I'm not seeing any reason to use this app at all. Not one. It's far easier to use the iPhone podcast app and listen to NPR in my car! This app needs a complete redesign. And the opening is a waste of time and annoying.
Poor replacement for NPR News app 1/5
The old app allowed me to get the shows I wanted to listen to, build a playlist quickly, and enjoy. Although this app does make it relatively easy to find shows, it never wants to play the extent of my "followed" shows but plays the same show repeatedly. If I wanted to hear Marketplace from three weeks ago before listening to On Point from just yesterday, I'd select it myself. How about going through my "followed" list at least once before digging up shows from last month!
7/9/17 update -- With more use, I loath this app even more. Please put shows back on the old NPR app and admit that this new app is a horrible sunburned pile of digshit!
Needs a fast forward feature, 4/5
But otherwise great.
Massive battery drain, no live stream 2/5
By The real miz luv
This app uses in 1 hour of play what my regular podcast app uses in 3 hours of non-stop play. And my phone gets crazy hot while it's running. Furthermore, the app doesn't even provide live streaming — if you want to listen to your local station, it diverts to the website. All the while, the app is in the background burning through your battery. What's the point? Basically offers very little that I can't get with one of the many well-designed podcast apps or a web browser, other than access to a few shows that don't have standalone podcasts, and it does that function quite poorly. Disappointing.
Battery Drain 2/5
I enjoy NPR and the the old NPR News app was perfect. For some reason this one drains the battery on my phone and it over heats.
One hour of runtime puts me from full battery to less than half, which is ridiculous considering it's just an audio delivery service. Please fix.
Not intuitive 2/5
Navigating is difficult. Would be nice to go back to the previous story from the home screen. It's supposed to learn my preferences but doesn't seem to remember that I want to hear Up First every day.
Pro-establishment journalism and battery hog 2/5
By Alijah Simon
After streaming NPR for 30 minutes after taking my phone off the charger, I was down to 60% and my phone was very hot. Checking my battery using in settings it was all NPR. TYT & Mad Indies are much better journalism anyways.
Improving a critical news source 4/5
While it is an idiosyncratic design, it provides critical news and information.
App Won't Open 1/5
Since the update my NPROne app won't even open. I have tried deleting and re-downloading but no luck. Please fix.
Healthy source of news 5/5
This app is amazing. Not only does it provide hourly updates on the latest news, it goes into depth on various topics and events that happen everyday. In a time when mainstream media has turned into something that wants to entertain you with drama and fear mongering, sources like this are much needed today.
Data Hog 1/5
Have used a long time, loved it. About two months ago the data usage doubled. Until the data usage is reduced (or you allow podcasts to be downloaded while on wifi) I will not use again.
Data hungry app 2/5
It used to be a great way to listen NPR podcasts. However, recent versions seem to use far more data than used to. My wife, who still swears by this app, frequently runs out of her monthly data cap. Can't they use lower bit rate stream when used in cellular network? After all, most NPR streams don't need to be in high fidelity.
Became glitchy. ---> FIXED! 5/5
I love this app that used to work extremely well with no problems. Great content. Now it has become extremely glitchy. Segments won't start playing. I have to fiddle with it for several minutes prior to getting anything actually to play.
AND THEN YOU FIXED IT! latest update seems to have done the job.
Not quite there yet 3/5
Useful place to find NPR podcasts, but the navigation inside the app is dreadful. Finding things is not intuitive, there's no one place where you can just go to the podcasts you've indicated you like, so it's frustrating when you're trying to find somethig on the go. It would be better if you could queue things up to listen in some sort of order.
I love this app. I listen to the PBS NewsHour podcast while working out. I love how they pick out the best stories and podcast so I don't have to sift through the Wild West for legitimate information. That's where public media shines. I also recommend the PBS app!
Great potential 3/5
I just hate the listen now feature. I would rather the app just play podcasts it thinks you will like instead of telling you to tap the screen; I don't want to have to fumble with the app while I'm driving or taking a shower or whatever.
Another problem: this app will not always keep your place if you stop listening in the middle of a podcast, though it does most the time.
NSFW due to rare but persistent audio bug 1/5
NPR One plays at random times after I stop it. This is tons of fun when it happens during a meeting or important conversation. That's why NPR One is NSFW, at least in my experience.
For example, I have listened to NPR One, stopped it, then taken a phone call several minutes (or hours) later. When I end the phone call, NPR One starts playing, as if I launched the app.
Tapping the Stop button on the lock screen won't stop it, so I'm forced to fumble with the phone and launch NPR One — then tap the Stop button.
As a workaround, I've made it a habit to double-press the Home button and "swipe up" to remove NPR One from the iPhone's working memory. But sometimes I forget. When this happens, NPR One usually punishes me by starting playback when I least expect it.
This is apparently a rare bug. However, on my phone it has persisted through resets and OS updates and more than a year of NPR One app updates. No other audio app behaves this way. So the issue is clearly with the app itself.
NPR News is indispensable to me, but this app is an irritation:
- It's unsuitable as a podcast app because you can never tell what will happen if you suspend playback for a while. When you return to NPR One you might get to continue your podcast or you might have to dig for it.
- Removing a show from "Shows you follow" is counter-intuitive. (Hint: Click a "+" button and it will tilt to form an "x". Then you'll see the control to remove the show from the list. Isn't that cute?)
- Local news appears rarely in the feed. Often I can't find it even when I dig through the options. I suppose this could be my local station's fault, but it seems unlikely. A lot of good local news reporting is only available through the local station's live stream or website. NPR One is oblivious to it, though it has plenty of stuff from the opposite side of the country for me.
Credit where it's due: NPR One takes design risks that do pay off; it's a vast improvement on the old NPR apps; and it's a lot less annoying since NPR programmers gave up on those "Bring it on!" promos.
This app has helped me discover some podcasts worth following, including "Invisibilia" and "20,000 Hz." But I follow them with a different app, because I want to be able to listen on my own terms, not the app's.
So NPR One has a lot of room to improve. And I guess broadcast radio still has its advantages. When you turn it off, it stays off.
6 GB in one day! 1/5
Unacceptable! This app constantly has issues and is very far from the quality we expect from NPR it feels very rushed and has ruined my data plan for the month only a few days in. I love the content and the concept. But good grief the execution is terrible.
Cuts off the ends of shows to play ads; too aggressive in tailoring, not enough variety in suggestions, randomly stops playing. This app needs a lot of work. A+ on the chromecast integration though!
Used to be good, now unusable. 1/5
I love this app, which is why I'm so frustrated. I don't know if they're streaming higher nitrate audio, or not caching, or what. But data usage and battery drain has gotten to the point with recent updates that I need to choose between using this app for a half hour, or using my phone the rest of the day. Do not install until the developers start paying attention and act like they care about their end users.
Love this app with a few small issues 4/5
First, the positive: I get to listen to my favorite NPR shows anytime i want! I can even pause and resume later!
Now the criticism:
1st, bring back the apple watch app
2nd, the app will pause sometimes forcing me to reopen the app and hit play again
3rd, while it allows me to pick my local station, it doesn't always match up. So when i am getting out of the car but want to hear the rest of the story, my app isnt playing the same story. I can click my local station in the app which pulls up a browser that does match my local station but this process takes multiple steps and delays me from getting out of the car
Almost perfect 4/5
By NW Mamma
I'm a news and thoughtful-podcast junkie. I love that this feeds me so much news, information, entertainment, and stories without needing to stop what I'm doing to search for my next podcast. I've found some great ones this way! My only disappointment is this. If I stop mid podcast, then go back to npr one in the morning I have 2 options. Dismiss what I was listening to so I can hear the morning news and completely loose my place/have to search it and my spot again or annoyingly listen to the rest of the podcast so I can get to the morning news. Well I suppose 3 would be play a bit and write down what it was and the time I was at... but all this bothers me - especially in the morning. I'd love it if it remembered my place on any partial podcast listening so I can return to them at my leisure. Figure that out and I will give you the 5th star (actually I would have already, but I was thinking the company might read a 4 star more quickly?)
Data hog, bad UX 2/5
This app uses way more data than a comparable app like Pandora. Just using it on my commute it is approaching 10 GB per month all on its own!
Also, pausing stories is super risky, you can hit the listen later button if you remember, but if you forget the app will randomly reset to the national newscast while closed, and that story can be gone forever if you don't remember the title. This has happened to me during short pauses like walking in to the grocery store. Furthermore, sometimes the app *doesn't* reset after a day, and there is no way to manually ask for the newscast!
I like the NPR content and the concept, but the engineering here is sub-par.
Kills data plan and battery 1/5
Today I listened to a few programs and it drained most of my battery. I googled the problem, and people mentioned cellular data usage. I checked and it's used over 6GB of data! I don't use the app that often, and usually not off of wifi. Absolutely ridiculous. I immediately deleted it.
Great idea, but total data hog! 3/5
I love listening to NPR One in the mornings, but I listened to it for an hour on a road trip and it used almost 350MB of data! For audio only? Find a way to get the data use down and stop the freezes, and you've got a great app!
Gets worse with every update 1/5
Time to fire your engineering team?
Working for me 4/5
I love knowing that l can access my favorite NPR shows from one spot, even thought I subscribe to some of these podcasts separately as well. I like getting the news overviews, Up First especially for the quick update. (Though wassup with Steve Inskeep's new persona. Not liking the opinion and borderline snark insertions. I can get that LOTS of other places. Not on NPR please.) The navigation takes some getting used to and not always user friendly.
Love it 5/5
Overall, and aside from some minor issues which I'm sure are being worked on, I LOVE it , and I have it on all day! Endless info/ knowledge for my brain=happy me!