I rarely write reviews of apps, but I am compelled to review this one because it is a real gem. Outstanding! Superb! Wonderful! Easy to use, seamless transitions between content, great programming that is tuned to the user's tastes (similar to how the Apple News app functions). Way to go, NPR!!!
Not enough experience yet, but so far so good! 3/5
I do not have a radio in my vacation cottage. NPR one is working fine to get me news and stories that I enjoy. After only a few days though. I may write more later.
Still great, have a few requests 4/5
1. Adjust longer titles to be smaller so I can actually know what they are beyond six words.
2. iPad layout would be nice
3. Deeper searches for podcasts on topics seems not possible in the app, even if it is.
more good than bad 4/5
This app is a nifty way to follow your favorite NPR podcasts all in one place. However the design and usability can be improved. I wish it would save where I left off on a particular podcast instead of restarting the episode. Also, it's hard to access a playlist and it doesn't play consecutive episodes if I want to listen to just one podcast all the way through. I like how you can easily access the national broadcast but think the layout should be reordered so that followed podcasts go above recommended stories.
Too many ads! 1/5
Chock full of ads. Really annoying. Can't stand it.
E pluribus unum…but not a very good ONE 1/5
By Sporus interruptus
The old NPR streaming app offered live-streams from 100s of different NPR stations nationwide and a searchable menu all programs featured on those stations, including both streaming and as podcasts. Basically if it was on an NPR station anywhere, you could listen to it. All that is gone, replaced by a slick app that basically spoon-feeds you a fraction of that content in an endless loop, and condescends to tell you it’s "what YOU want to hear”. My favorite programs are gone (accessible elsewhere individually as podcasts) and a superb app has been replaced by basically a soft-news and human-interest story machine.
Excelente uso de mi tiempo mientras manejo 5/5
En Costa Rica se pasa mucho tiempo conduciendo automóvil por las grandes presas o tapones. Npr One me permite escuchar podcasts interesantes que me enseñan, actualizan y entretienen. Recomiendo un par de días de prueba y quedarán enganchados a esta excelente aplicación.
"trumps" all other apps 5/5
The app is "hands-down" the best yet! I just love simplicity of accessing all of NPR I love. Go "ALL IN" on this app guys. and 4 those looking for a political reference(or not) I hope u at least chuckled because long b4 there was HIM, there was the card game... I mean right?! :P
Impossible to use in the car 1/5
As others have noted, it's very hard to use this in the car--it requires too much touching the screen to navigate. The "press to listen" ads really don't work if you're driving!
Would love the ability to make "playlists". Also it's very hard to find recent news stories--you basically just have to search specific terms. The explore section needs to be way more robust so you can find things you want to listen to outside of the random "shuffle"
I want to love this--please make it better so I can give five stars next time!
The Best App I have downloaded! 5/5
I got rid of Facebook and just started to listening to NPR and I feel more dedicated than 95% of the population. I am Not getting my news from Facebook anymore. Lol ✌🏼😂
solid and elegant 5/5
By Prof. Shorthair
Stable and very well designed, this is an excellent way to stream national and local NPR news and other programming. Hard to see how this could be improved.
Favorite app 5/5
This is been a fantastic way to listen to the news. Which I would've discovered it sooner. Thank you NPR
Fails to load often 3/5
I find this app is good as far as it's recommendations and the shows it offers. I like the newscasts. However I find every single time I open it the first show I try to load, it won't load. Are usually have to close the app and reopen it to then get it to work. A great concept but still plenty of bugs.
Lacking key functionality 2/5
I get all my news via podcast. Other apps allow me to listen at a faster speed if I want. This doesn't. Other apps have a rewind button that can take me to a prior story and a fast forward button that goes only 15-30 seconds. This doesn't. This app is extremely frustrating.
Almost perfect 4/5
This app brought me back to listening to NPR. I especially like that I can follow specific shows, and that it seems to serve me stories in a brief ATC format with national news updates every hour or so.
The slider bar is a bit confusing, though. I only figured out accidentally how to scroll forward and backwards within one segment. Also, it might be helpful to add a "previous segment" button for when I accidentally jump forward to the next one but wanted to listen to the thing I just skipped.
When I want to listen to a live NPR station I have to switch apps and go to the NPR News app and select from my favorite stations' live streams. Could this be integrated into NPR One?
Terrible for driving 2/5
I thought this would be good for listening to news and podcasts for driving (and the promos for it claim that it's good for that, too), but it couldn't be worse. The whole premise of this app is that you have to interact with it, in order to show "interest" in stories, or to skip them, or to find podcasts that you want to listen to. Obviously, you can't safely be interacting with this thing while driving, and apparently you can't go back and click "interested" later on stories you listened to while driving. So what's the point?
And yesterday I left off in the middle of a podcast I was enjoying, only to have it restart this morning on news stories, which would be okay, except that when I went back to the podcast, it didn't remember where I had left off. Useless!!!
NPR One 3/5
By D. Hill
NPR One is a application I have mixed feelings about. On the one hand it delivers to users a whole range of audio content spanning from the latest headlines to podcasts you can listen to and save for later that cover everything from cinema, to financial matters to the unique subjects NPR is known to cover. On the other hand the application doesn't satisfy those who want to read and not just listen to content. There are no articles, just audio. While NPR has a app for news and feature articles it has become severely limited over the past couple of years. This app is also a bit redundant in that it is similar to NPR's Addict application which is also audio based. I was hoping for this app to bridge the worlds of text and audio but it does not. Hopefully NPR can improve this application to satisfy the demands of users like me.
Love it! 5/5
I've had this app a while and it's still one I use a lot. The more I use it, the more I seem to discover new features and podcasts. Forget binge watching, now I'm binge listening!
Silly me, I thought this app would let me listen to the radio on my phone. Instead, it plays a baffling shuffle of stories and even podcasts covering many days past worth on "news". It's simple, clean, elegant, interface does not allow putting in any parameters about what to listen to, just skip or play.
I'm not willing to listen to days-old irrelevant news while it maybe does or doesn't figure out what I want to hear.
So Easy To Use 5/5
I've found the app a great way both to listen to shows I already love and segments that I never would have come across without the suggestion.
There must be something I am missing 1/5
By PC Thugs
I don't write a lot of reviews and even fewer negative reviews but I don't get the point of this app. It's basic premise feels contrary to how news and information is consumed. If I wanted the news like the way I get it from Npr one, I'd just turn on the radio.
I love Npr, I subscribe to half a dozen of its podcasts and get 90% of its news on my phone. But there are better apps that give me the news and entertainment in a way I like to receive it. And now that my local news has disappeared from the feed there is now really no advantage to the Npr one app over the other Npr news app..unless I am missing something...which is possible.
Not all inclusive or intuitive 1/5
I wanted to live this. Parts of it I like, however I routinely grow frustrated by how hard it is to cull and curate my content. Additionally, I am unable to simple stream my local NPR station so I am back to using more than one app for NPR.
Opens doors beyond the radio 5/5
Very satisfying, at last!
Easy and fun 5/5
I love NPR and now it's so easy to listen.
So Disappointed 1/5
Ugly and out of place on my IPhone, frequently drops clips midstream, and makes it very difficult to find clips I've heard again.
Latest release very flakey in CarPlay.
I so love NPR; it hurts that this app isn't better.
Great way to discover NPR content 5/5
I was skeptical about this app after hearing about repeatedly on NPR podcasts. But it won me over. I've listened to many interesting stories I would not have found otherwise.
Great start but needs some refinement 3/5
The concept is superb - I love having a concise connection to the NPR shows I listen to locally as well as the ones I've found outside of my region. I use it in the car with Apple Carplay and navigating and operating can be frustrating. A better resume feature in the phone app would be key. I listen to a program with the kids and we frequently spend too much time trying to find where we last left off.
Yes fast forward 5/5
Dear relativistic, yes there is fast forward. Stick your finger in the progress bar and leave it there. The progress bar enlarges and you are then able to move to any part of the podcast. Easiest feature I've ever used.
Also NPR one rules! I love How I Built This. Truly inspiring podcast, thanks npr!
Thank you for giving me real news. 5/5
I look forward to reading your articles each day. I subscribe to all the cable news and you do a much better job of keeping me informed.
Great content, poor interface. 2/5
It's great to have access to the podcasts and shows that I love from NPR. However, the interface and controls leave a lot to be desired. Navigating to your shows and podcasts is not intuitive, queuing them is impossible, playback has rewind but not fast forward. In all it's a little frustrating.
One of the worst apps I've ever seen 1/5
I love NPR. Been a dedicated listener for decades. Subscribe to 90% of their podcasts. But this app is horrible. Or I just don't get it. I cannot search for or browse for or find anything. It gives me about four choices of programs that I already download as podcasts. I can't just listen to a current stream of a station, nor can I get Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered. They say it is "Pandora for Public Radio" and maybe that's right. I don't like Pandora either.
The app I needed 4/5
Love how quickly I can access NPR latest news and excellent news radio programs. Works especially well in the car where you don't want to be searching for programs you like.
Never resumes my car talk 1/5
Every time i pause or put the darn phone down and pause npr one, when i resume its the flipping national and local newscast!!! Frustrating!!!
Great App 5/5
It's free, it works as advertised, who could complain?
Irritating lack of control 2/5
I appreciate the access to interesting podcasts but dislike the lack of control. I am forced to listen to news reports that start automatically after a podcast ends, and I can't queue podcasts. Really irritating to use, I will go back to downloading.
Developers Obviously Never Tested It 2/5
By Allure lover
Terrible navigation. You can't find what you want. It plays whatever it wants. You can't delete save items. I could go on and on. Unbelievable NPR, which fashions itself as being au courant, could release such an app.
Terrible Interface 1/5
By Tad Leckman
I gave it a second try after giving up on it in the past, and it was terrible. I went back to the NPR News app, which is better.
Poor casting performance 2/5
I use this app almost exclusively to stream/ cast via Bluetooth or with a Chromecast. This is the only app where I have the problem of the volume fluctuating on its own. I don't change the volume, but it's constantly lowering and raising back to the original level.
If I could cast with the NPR app, I would not use this. Boo!
Great app with a few caveats 3/5
Love the app and content, but why am I being served with NPR One ads while I'm already using the app? Confusing messaging.
A new and old bugs but loving the content 4/5
Access to lots of great podcasts and stories.
Old bug: The Interesting button is only responsive when actively listening to a story.
New bug: A story can suddenly jump to the next one before finishing.
Great app 5/5
I love this app. It constantly service up the meat and potatoes of NPR content that I love and sneaks in some new and different stories and programs that I really enjoy. In 2016 I listened to 62 hours of content on NPR One!
By Hannah Sabet
Don't usually write reviews--
I use this app almost every day and functionally, this app is VERY frustrating and not user-friendly.
I can't save my favorite show, 2 Dope Queens--I have to search it almost every time in order to find it.
After an episode ends, it switches to a different podcast instead of playing the next episode of the podcast I'm listening to.
Possibly the MOST FRUSTRATING--whenever I pause the show, it closes out of the episode and also loses my place and does not save where I was. Have to search the show, find the episode, and find where I was. Every. Time.
Great idea but needs some work. 3/5
Needs some additional podcast features to help manage speed and organize content. I don't find the interface terribly intuitive. That said, I love love love love NPR and will continue to stick with this
I love this app 5/5
Touch and play is just great!
Absolutely amazing content 5/5
There is absolutely nothing out there in the media that is remotely close to this high quality, fascinating content! Indeed the app is not perfect and can be tweaked but it is insignificant compared to the most important thing: inspiring, life changing content!
Great content, terrible performance in low connectivity modes 3/5
This app has fantastic podcasts beyond the NPR branded audio. The one gripe is that when driving, this app handles low connectivity areas by throwing error messages instead of trying to idle until it automatically finds a connection. I suspect this means it's doing no caching ahead of time to prevent this.
Great looking and works well 5/5
Very good way to listen to NPR
Great source of knowledge, app features needed 4/5
I love using this app and I listen to NPR on my drive all the time.
The iPhone app definitely needs the future to clear the cache within the app. Sometimes the data gets up to almost 400 Mb and won't clear itself when you close the app which gets very annoying if your iPhone has a very small storage. I end up manually deleting the app and reinstalling it about once every three days, which is very annoying.
Very Satisfied Consumer 5/5
Do not understand why this app is being slammed. Have not had any issues with the functionality of the app and enjoy the massive amount of content that is at my finger tips.