Live stream very buggy 1/5
Does this weird thing where it loses the stream briefly, then when reconnects it starts playing 2 simultaneous streams offset by a few seconds. Can turn one stream off by hitting the stop play square. But now no way to turn the other stream off except shutting down the app
Bring back station channel info 1/5
Previous versions of this app, allowed me to arrive in a new town (I travel for a living) and select find local station. The former result would display both the station id (MPBN) AND the local channel (90.1), allowing me to tune the rental car to 90.1.
Now the find local station result is only the ID (MPBN), which doesn’t help find the station on the actual radio
Update makes it unusable 2/5
I’m a sustaining member and really miss the last version of the app. The new one is a big disappointment.
So glad I’m not alone in loving the NPR News app (text edition) 5/5
It was a lesson for me - don’t just blindly trust the ‘update all‘
option in my iPad Air to bring in all the latest and greatest app versions. When I discovered my iPhone no longer had the trusty NPR News app because it was replaced by the newer NPR version, I was quick to save the old app in my iPad Air by skipping the app update always. Hoping to safeguard that app, I couldn’t bring myself to buying a newer iPad Pro that might auto update every app to the latest version. Well here’s good news: I finally bought the iPad Pro last week and at set up time, chose to install apps from the iPad Air backup. Viola! My beloved NPR News app was transferred over as is. Now I’m a happy camper and don’t no body messes with taking away the support of that app!
Old version was better 2/5
The new version has a major flaw; you can no longer swipe to go to the next article. You have to return to the main page. This is very irritating and not user friendly. Please fix and make the next upgrade better. Thanks
Only slightly better 2/5
Very, very glad to see that the new playlist is back. But it doesn’t work properly! Certainly not as good as the old playlist. It is definitely not hands-free, as it stops playing after every segment.
Aaaand weeks later, and it still doesn’t work properly. So fed up. Constantly glitchy. I’ve never experienced such a frustrating app—its most basic functions don’t work. I can’t get through one playlist without it freezing.
And more problems: daily, I get this weird echo of the show. I turn off the app and it keeps playing. And it continually mixes up my stations, so that I try to play news Nd it will only play music. And why can’t you bookmark multiple stations? I don’t want to search and scroll through s list every time.
Without exception, there is not one feature in this app that was improved and what made it appealing previously doesn’t work properly now. When are you going to fix these issues?
Buggy playlist feature 2/5
Playlist feature a bit buggy. You play one story from the weekend edition playlist, but after it completes, it jumps to next story in the series. I had no intention to play the whole playlist. Also, it will stay with that playlist until you play the entire series.
Killed Play Live Radio 2/5
Again, you killed one of the best functions: Play Live Radio. Why do you keep hobbling this app?
Show song titles! 2/5
While I really wish you would bring back the old NPR App, which was so much easier to use, I would nonetheless be most grateful if you could make the classical station display the piece being played while it’s playing. Thanks!
No Offline Reading or Playlists 1/5
It’s always surprising when an engineering team decides to update an App by removing numerous critical features without adding seemingly any new features. Having offline reading capabilities is absolutely critical to anyone who flies on a plane a lot or for someone who spends hours commuting underground with no/limited cell service.
They also removed the playlists feature which allowed users to mix and match stories across all channels in the order that they choose so that they can best utilize their valuable time.
NPR’s app team apparently does not care about these critical features that make the App streamlined and usable and are more focused on updating the logos and fonts.
UPDATE: They still have not replaced offline reading mode!! What the heck?!? Come on NPR. Hire some new engineers.
Update: improved, no longer Painfully bad & Almost useless 3/5
This initial review was a one star review. I have updated that to 3 stars. Below is my initial review followed by the update after they improved it.
This app is literally the worst app I have ever downloaded. It’s so buggy it works about 60% of the time. Literally. And yes I have the most updated iOS and version of the app. Frequently, including this morning, The bugs will prevent me from being able to listen to the programs I love. For example, this morning, when I click on my local NPR station ( WPR’s news in classical music ) It plays a different station, the ideas network instead. Infuriating. Im missing weekend edition with Scott Simon.
They have fixed one of the main problems and added a playlist back to the app. In fact the current functionality of the playlist is an improvement on the last one! Strong work! It’s still intermittently buggy, playing the wrong station at times (I’ll select my local NPR news station & it will play the ideas network instead which is crazy making... though this hasn’t happened in a couple days now). It was SO bad that I’m not yet ready to give it higher than 3 stars but I must say since I updated I’m MUCH happier with it and I’d give it a 4 if I weren’t so wary about the potential for ongoing bugginess. Very good responsiveness to user requests by developers I must say.
Somethings wrong 1/5
I’m struggling with the live radio feature. I click on the station I want but get a different station. I can’t make it go to my local station. It’s very frustrating.
Why do you take a great app and make it worse. I’m glad you brought the playlist back, it should have never been removed. Now bring back the search function. I accidentally updated and I’ve quit using it now.
Eek it broke! 1/5
Don’t know why but the new update won’t stream my station
In depth news to the max..
Thank you for bringing the playlist back 5/5
I am thrilled the playlist is back. I listened every single night but quit using the app when you got rid of the playlist. But now it's back and I'm back! Thank you! I love NPR!
Terrible for listening to my home station 1/5
The old app at least let me listen to local stations easily. This one lists both news (KUAR) & classical stations (KLRE) on same page & often plays the music station when I tap the news station. Even when I designate them as a favorite, the app seems to forget, and I have to search again. Good thing I still have the old app on my old iPad, which is what I use for travel. It’s easier to go to the station’s website & stream from there than to use this app.
Great app! 5/5
This is a terrific app! I love being able to tap morning edition while getting ready for my day and listen to or read other stories as desired.
Too slow 1/5
I have a fast connection but the NPR app is too slow and too cumbersome
Top 5 Unreliable App 2/5
Doesn’t remember my station, drops the stream often, opens to news instead of stream page
Glitching in live feed 3/5
Every morning the app glitches and either echos or has this weird double audio. I continually have to restart the app and that doesn’t work all the time.
Ok but not great 2/5
Try to use this for listening to my local NPR station and it never remembers my selection for which station I listen to. It has a ‘set as primary’ option that does nothing. It fails to remember my selection.
Working now 4/5
This version works just like previous versions now. Developers very responsive to comments.
TERRIBLE DO NOT UPDATE 1/5
It’s now impossible to add stories from yesterday. And the whole app has a slimy, new-and-improved sheen. This is supposedly “public” radio—why can’t developers create their own (much better) wrappers for NPR content?
Battery drain and no “favorites” 2/5
By The Actual Skinny Pete
Latest format is nice, but I dislike two major things:
1) You can no longer save a list of favorite stations.
2) Live streaming feature spontaneously starts a second stream that is 5 seconds behind the first, so everything repeats and overlaps. Maddening if it happens while driving.
Horrible re-design. Slow and opens the wrong station half of the time. Select station A and it gives you B.
Thanks for the playlist 5/5
We asked and you listened. Thank you so much. I look forward to continuing another 30 years With NPR especially with the updated app that now contains our beloved playlist. It sounds like a small thing, but it really facilitates a better way to consume news that was sorely miss from the previous update. If you don’t have this app, you’re really missing out.
Thank you so much!
Appreciate the playlist, but often doesn’t work 1/5
Appreciate the playlist coming back, but now sometimes the app won’t load anything in the “on demand” section, rendering it useless. Also, cut the NPR one ads. We tried it, its terrible.
If you delete a story from the playlist while listening to another story, the story that is playing cuts out and rewinds a couple seconds which is a little annoying.
The new app isn’t good 1/5
I’m not really sure what’s up with this version. On an att iPhone 8, it’s terribly unstable. Prone to regular abrupt shut downs, weird buggy behavior as far as locking in to one station, even though the buttons are visibly responding to touch. Not to sound like my dad,but this upgrade isn’t
Glad I Missed the Interim Updates 3/5
Wow! The playlist feature was dropped at some point!? Who thought that would be a good idea!? How fortuitous that I didn’t upgrade my OS or apps for that year.
I’m not convinced this version is an improvement, but it does look nice. It’s definitely more buggy. I tried the NPR One app a few times and that bridge is now burned, so I’m pleased to find this “beta” app is at least functional otherwise I would only listen to NPR a few minutes a day in my car.
Keep the bug fixes coming!
What is wrong with this picture? 1/5
I do not want your stupid notifications. Every time I open the app it asks me. So, deleted it. Not smart to harass your users, you idiots.
Thanks for fixing the continuous playback! Love NPR
They keep trying to improve it but only make it worse 1/5
It’s maddening how they keep trying to reinvent this app — once you’ve figured out where everything is and how it works they re-launch it as a different app that doesn’t work as well as the previous one that didn’t work that well to begin with.
The changes are horrible 1/5
Why can we no longer listen to Morning Edition and All Things Considered On Demand????
Poor refresh and live streaming 2/5
I use this app every day and am frustrated by it every day. Tapping basic controls to play the live stream of my “favorite” (local) station KQED never works.
Today I cannot even see/find Morning Edition in the On Demand section.
Worst radio app ever 1/5
Old app was great. Never had a problem with it. This one can’t even find my local radio station. When it does it won’t remember it. Completely useless.
Just need the basics 2/5
By missing french open
NPR - I love your reporting so much, why must you torture us with this horrible app? It is constantly glitchy, not updating the new day’s news, especially on Morning Edition. Thank you for bringing the playlist back, but why is it still impossible to share segments within the app? I literally have to google a segment I’m currently listening to and go onto your website to find a share link. Please, for everyone’s sake, change this?
Continues to go down hill 1/5
Been a user for at least 5 years and loved the app until the major overhaul that I upgraded to in 2018. Since then, the app has both lost features and stability that made it my go-to for a long time.
My number 1 feature has always been the 5 min newscast. I listen 2+ times per day. I've had it not load a handful of times in the last week and most recently the option to play didn't even appear.
Hope they get it together soon!
Yeah! News on demand is fixed! 4/5
My favorite feature, hourly news on demand is gone... and they fixed it! It’s back!
Streaming works consistently but I really missed the news on demand.
Thanks for fixing it!
Still miss the old app. The new app stories have links to other stories in the middle of the article and in the internet world of clickbait and advertisements, this feels as equally halting and distracting to the original story. Perhaps place the links to similar stories at the bottom if you must.
Doesn’t save primary station. 2/5
I’m close to deleting this app because not only does it not save my primary station..ever, it also just turns itself off repeatedly. I’m so sick of it I rarely use it anymore.
Playlists 🤙. What about Sharing? 4/5
Thanks for bringing back Playlists 🤙. What about Sharing?
I use this app daily and donate to many NPR stations for the programming. I love sharing stories with friends of all views. Please make it easier to share stories right from the appwhile listening to a story live, on demand and from my playlist.
Keep up the good work.
Seldom Seen Spencer
Latest version doesn’t work 1/5
Well the playlist may have come back, but it doesn’t play at all now! You would think NPR could hire some competent developers!!!
Miss the NPR News app 2/5
I primarily use the NPR app to listen to Morning Edition and All Things Considered daily, so while the UI is different from NPR News, it works ok for my needs (though why you bury Weekend Edition is beyond me). My main issue is that this app freezes ALL THE TIME. At least once a day, I have to force-quit the app. The NPR News app was not so buggy.
Updated: Bring back the Playlist 3/5
11/13. Thanks for the playlist, it’s a nice return and the reason I upped my review to 3 stars. But please work on the button screen mapping issue. No matter how hard I try, far too often tapping on the “add to playlist”button triggers “play now.” Very frustrating.
During the beta period for the new version I kept thinking, this thing will be useful when the playlist is re-implemented. Who would have guessed that the actual plan was to abolish the very thing that made this app such an efficient way to identify and digest the most relevant information? Not every story has the same value to every listener. Now, no more queuing up just what you want and letting the goodness unfold. Instead, constant interruptions are required to either skip or select the next story. Ugh.
Playlist is back! Now, about the reporting... 3/5
Finally, after almost a year, the NPR app has restored the only feature that really made this app useful: the playlist.
Unfortunately, my year away from NPR has made me more aware than ever of their tendency toward cloying human interest stories and treacly writing. Was it always this bad? Some of this stuff is like listening to a live reading of a middle school girl’s diary.
Today they did a “report” on a pending ban of methylene chloride (a paint remover). The reporter led off with 30 seconds of audio from a sad mother that added literally nothing to the story (news flash: most mothers are sad when their children die), but then proceeded to omit nearly every fact you might care about: why is the chemical killing people? Under what circumstances? What are the arguments for and against regulation?
None of that matters on NPR. Children are dying! Moms are sad! Rachel Martin is *sighing*, people!
NPR: cut the mawkish crap and get back to reporting news, please. Let This American Life handle the emotional stuff; they’re better at it than you are.
“play live radio” doesn’t work 3/5
App is solid. But the push down “play live radio” shortcut doesn’t work. Annoying.
Playlist is Back 4/5
Thank you so much for bringing back the playlist. I can finally listen to NPR News in my way to work again. I also enjoy the new look and feel versus the old app. However, it does appear that the old app had more OnDemand articles going back a week or more compared to the new one.
Playlist Returns! 5/5
Thank you NPR! I will return to using this app on a daily basis.