1. Load the app, click on an article, read it, everything seems OK. Leave that article.
2. Click on an unread article, and get a white screen, as though it’s loading, but no message is displayed.
What is the point? 1/5
This app has become worthless. More than half of the time, stories do not load and I’m stuck just looking at a white screen. Deleting the app and restarting my phone do nothing to alleviate the issue. The old NPR was more stable and much nicer to read the news on.
Live Stream never loads 1/5
I always enjoyed listening to NPR live streaming on my phone. However, with this newer app, the live stream rarely works. It is not an issue with connectivity or my phone, it is definitely the app. I’m disappointed.
3rd Rate App at Best 1/5
I like NPR’s coverage for the most part, but this app isn’t even searchable! Horrible.
Regularly wipes out my stations 1/5
Have to keep spending time to re find my stations. Fix this.
Freezes, Glitches = Frustration 2/5
I use this app every day to and from work to listen to live radio from my local station. Every day I hope it works properly but am disappointed. It takes multiple clicks to even bring up live radio, that’s assuming it works before I have to close it and reopen it once again. When it’s streaming, the stream will suddenly cut out in the middle of a program and go seconds to minutes without returning. How am I to enjoy the news I love from NPR with glitchy app and streaming?!!! Please fix!!
Goodbye NPR! 1/5
I deleted the NPR app five months ago after that horrific "update" and I've not missed it for one second. I have also deleted my donations to NPR stations.
Previously the app was the only way I listened to NPR. Since then I have found numerous other better sources for news and culture, and I suggest you do the same.
It is evident that NPR is not listening and they are not bringing back those features that you might miss so you may as well move on!
Don’t “Fix” What Ain’t Broke 2/5
The original app was great. This one doesn’t have a good interface, doesn’t load, doesn’t search for stations. Need I go on? Loved the old one. PS: The music app is so out of date that Apple tells us to delete it.
Poorly Desiged, Bugs don’t get fixed 2/5
This app (for iPhone) got worse several updates (last redesign) ago. They took away autostart, auto last play. Now it takes several clicks (plus waits) to get to your favorite station to play. Also, persistent bugs ( without touching device, app switches to different stream (same station). This happens everyday. You all took a product that worked well, and by design, is more difficult to use.
Why cant you fix the obvious??? 1/5
Why cant you fix the obvious??? Stuff like enlargeable photos and connections to videos that are mentioned but never is there a connection or sound. Or how about the ability to enlarge photos and turn the reading sideways for people with bad eyes?
Also with this new app I cant select or copy a word to use dictionary.
No playlist? 1/5
By Langdon F
Here’s an idea instead of releasing a half finished product, wait until you can put all the features from the old app in this one. What kind of an upgrade removes features? It’s not like people were clamoring for a redesign. Stupid.
This new version is terrible... are they actively trying to stymie diffusion of their coverage? I can’t forward individual audio files of stories to friends (which I did a lot), i have to go through topics individually to find new or trending stories across shows.. it’s not user friendly! Change it back! I’m never one to trash new iterations because there’s a learning curve.. these changes just don’t make sense.
App freezes when selecting live radio 1/5
This has been going on for months, and yet there have been no fixes. I would love to listen to some live radio on my phone, but it seems that any time I select my station, the app freezes. Please fix this; it’s really annoying!
Bring back the old app! 2/5
Bring back the old app! Too difficult to play live radio and switch between stations. On demand also makes no sense.
Primary station resets 3/5
Why does the primary station reset every few days, requiring the user to reselect their initial selection. It’s a relatively minor issue, but it’s been like this since the last overhaul, and I can’t help but haaaate it.
Getting Worse Over Time 4/5
Bring back the ability to create playlists! Seriously though, it’s really weird how in the new version there’s no clear way to share the story that’s currently playing.
Hugely disappointing 1/5
By Denver Ed
I listen to npr constantly, and I almost never use this app anymore. You cannot find stories that you missed on the radio. You can no longer create playlist or listen to shows not on the local station. You can’t download stories to listen to later or when you are not connected. That is all true for listening on the radio too, but it means the app does not really add anything to the radio or podcasts. It is marginally more useful than npr one but that is an extremely low bar. Ideally an app would exist that would allow me to review news stories I have missed, create a playlist, download them and listen to them when I had time.
Doesn't miss a beat 5/5
Love the "on air now" feature. By the time I've left the car, the story is his at that place on the mobile app.
Current version is awful 1/5
Why did they take a perfectly app and ruin it. It’s useless. I’ve switched to TuneIn Radio and PRI. Luckily, they haven’t reined the iPad app yet.
Freezes Freezes again 1/5
When listening to NPR the app freezes frequently when I try to switch from one station broadcast to a different station. It will not respond to any “ tap”. I have to delete app, reinstall app, then reselect my 4 different radio stations. Sometimes 4-5 times a day.
Fixes needed 2/5
By Disappointed NPR addict
Weekend Edition needs to go in the featured programs section, replacing morning edition on Sat & Sun instead of being buried with other programs.
Also why did you take away the ability to create a play list? Now if I stop listening to a show like morning edition and later want to return to it, I have to restart from the beginning rather that just go to my playlist and pickup where I left off.
And there’s a problem with Google maps that causes NPR app to shut off whenever Maps gives directions ( not a problem for Waze or other maps services).
Overall this version seems to trade off having app buttons just for looks for a number of functionalities that worked well and are now missing.
What gives NPR? 1/5
It just doesn’t work. Most of the time it just sits there with the spinning wheel of death. When it does work, I can’t even find the shows I want to listen to. Any NPR app that doesn’t simply let me listen to yesterday’s full Morning Edition with a single click is a failure. Oh, and did I mention, it doesn’t work?
Sustaining member of my local station and huge fan overall.
Not ready for prime time! 2/5
Once again NPR has broken something that didn’t need to be fixed. The new app doesn’t have a playlist feature anymore (now promised for “later this fall.). You can no longer share individual segments. The hourly news update is often late, sometimes by a few minutes but sometimes by hours. I don’t understand why NPR, which relies on our financial support, can’t leave well enough alone rather than repeatedly frustrating loyal listeners.
The Old App was better 3/5
By Lit Wit 2
While you still remain my favorite source for National news; this new app is not as easy to navigate as the old.
No More Playlists - Deserves a Zero Star Rating 1/5
I did not use the app to listen to live broadcast. I used the playlist feature to create a list of stories I wanted to hear in the order I wanted to hear them. I used the playlist version of the app every day. Without a user-defined playlist feature the app is useless. I would have given it zero stars if Apple allowed it.
Liked last version better 2/5
By Leslie Michael
This latest update takes away the ability to create a playlist or share stories with friends. It looks like they found a way to listen to less NPR and get my news elsewhere. Too bad as I have been an avid listener member for many years.
Latest update- it crashes frequently, skips parts of stories or skips stories entirely. All problems that I did not have with old app. Please bring it back.
Terrible - bring back the old app 1/5
New app is terrible. What happened to playlist feature. With no playlist feature and no sleep timer option, there is no way to listen for a set period of time to the stories of interest.
I miss the ability to make playlists because I like to take out politics stories. and the distinction between stories you can play versus read are gone. :(
Given the pretty overwhelming feedback from app users about the desire for a playlist function, Im really surprised that the npr has not even addressed it any of these updates or comments.
I thought npr cared. :(
Missing playlist feature 4/5
I like the layout of the new app but it is missing my favorite feature which is to create a playlist of the different shows you want to listen to.
Bring back the playlist!
No landscape view! 2/5
By landscape fan
I don't normally rate apps, but had to give my two cents and complain that there is no landscape view which is a real pain! Why????
Bad App 1/5
By theodora 1257
I have been avoiding updating to this App on my phone as I have it on other devices and it’s terrible. There is no search function on this app. Its not easy to navigate or listen to older stories or programs. Today I woke up to find the old app gone and this one here. So terrible.
Useful, when it works. Which it’s not. 1/5
Hasn’t loaded a single story on the main screen in over a week. And it won’t go to anywhere else. Seriously? Don’t you pay attention to your app? I’m running on an iPhone 7plus.
New App Design is NO GOOD. 1/5
The new NPR app will not allow me to stream anything “on demand”. I can stream “live radio” and that’s all! I have been streaming NPR on my iPhone for YEARS without issue and as soon as this new app design came out, everything went to hell. No technical support. No answers. Very disappointed!
WHERE’S THE SEARCH FUNCTION 1/5
The search function on the old app was an integral and important feature and I am very disappointed that the new app has done away with it. Finding it impossible to find content about specific topics and very frustrating. Please fix this issue !
I do not trust this update 1/5
By Art in Austin
After trusting and supporting NPR from its infancy, of course all new app updates were welcomed.
That trust was violated with this new format that keeps the user from having access to and selecting which of the many wonderful programs to listen to in a playlist.
I wish I had never updated.
Doesn’t work properly 1/5
The old app worked. This app does not.
Our family is aggravated, frustrated and disappointed with the lack of an ability to curate the stories we listen to. With our 7year old, we need to skip stories about: children abused by priests, kids shot in schools, kids shot at gamers conferences and the many other hard to listen to stories with small children around. We simply can’t use your app without the ability to curate the stories.
Disappointed member 2/5
By The ToxDoc
I use the NPR app daily for 2+ hours. I miss the search function and I don’t like the fact that I have to push so many buttons to get my local station to play. In short, I like the old app much better.
Miss local station 1/5
It’s bad enough that we can’t browse stations any more, but it won’t even let me listen to my local station at all, whether I enter the city, zip code, or call letters.