Deleted - still waiting 1/5
Just checked the reviews to see if the problems have been addressed. Love NPR. Do not like the app. Won’t downloaded it again until it’s fixed. Disappointed
By Only Essential Apps
Just need better news articles. Also sound quality for the radio stations can be of higher quality.
Fundamentally Lousy 1/5
By Joe B Wan
There’s more reliable technology and ease of use in an LCD watch from 1981 than with this lousy app.
Bring hourly news back 5/5
What happened to the hourly news replay?
A bummer 1/5
By Mildly handycapped
Update!!! This app now will not do anything. This app along with the station has gone completely down hill and frankly I’m done with them.
When using the iPhone feature to have these articles read to me (I have a visual impairment) it only reads the title and then it skips to the next article and never reads the one I want. Usually I can just swipe my fingers down to have things read to me but with this app I have to highlight things first (hard to do with bad eyes) and then hope I don't touch it again or it stops and I have to start over.
Worst app 1/5
Wow, is this app horrible. The information does not update with the current news. I’d give it zero stars, if I could.
Lots of issues 1/5
Really lousy app, lots of freezing, hiccups and generally things don’t function well...
The content is great but the app is buggy 2/5
The app starts playing when I try to add a story to my play list. I tried to contact NPR about this and no response. I had my phone checked out at a phone repair shop and they said it’s the NPR app that has the problem. So NPR please fix your app!!!
Needs a bug fix to save primary stations 3/5
Generally a good app, but has a major flaw in that each time you open app you need to re-choose your Primary Station despite the fact you have saved it a million times before! Maybe it is an iOS issue with my older phone- I don’t know- but it seems like a super simple thing to accomplish. Worked in previous versions on even older iPhones! PLEASE FIX this NPR!
No search function?? 1/5
Is it hidden? How can I search for an article, podcast, etc.? I don’t understand how an app with several layers of archival information doesn’t seem to allow a user to search for information.
It’s fine 4/5
One of my main gripes is that NPR’s live option should list the show that’s being aired at the moment.
Not a fan of update. No search? 2/5
Unless my coffee has failed my morning brain, I can not find a search function in the app that I updated yesterday. Funny how you realize how you use an app after it had been changed. Turns out, I often look up a story I only heard part of & I feel at a total loss without being able to search for it. Love NPR though.
Great for my commute, but... 4/5
By Pie thief 828:939
Use this app 5 days a week to keep up with local and world events while on my train commute. However, one point of frustration is that this app routinely forgets my favorite/primary radio station. This means that most days I have to setup the radio service over again. Seems like this should be a simple fix, but that has been an issue on my iPhone 6S for close to 2 years now.
all the time
Great App 4/5
It’s a great App... I use it every day.
Just one minor request.. it would be good to be able to edit items in the deleted playlist. It would be helpful to empty the deleted list before bedtime since I often fall asleep whilst listening to my playlist and then have a card time sorting which items need to be replayed...
Great app, excellent updates 5/5
They have made several changes since launching the new version of the app last year. It is much improved, easy to use and easy to listen to NPR or my local station. Thanks, NPR!
An update to applications layout. 2/5
Please adapt the applications layout to fill the iPhone XS Max display. Great source of information.
Please fix my most-used app! 2/5
I use this app every day. Please fix!
Good news: we have a playlist again
Bad news: it auto-destructs randomly. Please fix!
More bad news: no way to share stories. (What?!!!) Please fix!
Additional bad news: can no longer click on a photo to enlarge (which is helpful on a phone). Please fix!
Ironic bad news: the app’s help link doesn’t work 🙄 (dead ends on an identity page). Please fix!
So buggy 2/5
I’m a member and while the previous app wasn’t an aesthetic gem at least it worked. The evolution of this new app has been tortured... i am on the newest iPhone X and the app very frequently freezes, generates multiple simultaneous audio streams, stops playback regardless of connectivity and lost some seemingly basic features like setting favorite shows so you don’t have to repeatedly hunt for a given show.
I love NPR but this app needs some love. 1/5
It works 1/3 times i try to use it.
Disappointing loss of features 2/5
This NPR app has no way to share stories — you can’t instantly Tweet or text or post a story to Facebook. Why not? To Tweet an NPR story you hear, you apparently have to go to the main website, track down the story, and share from there. Irritating, clumsy, time-consuming.
Second, there is no ‘search’ function through the app. If I’m looking for an NPR story from one day ago, there’s no way to find it. Again, have to go to the main website & work from there.
Not sure what we gained by losing those two critical abilities, but I miss them every day.
The worst app ever 1/5
Keeps crashing, can’t handle even a light load, compete piece of crap. I love NPR but this is unbearable
Job Applications 1/5
Can you tell me where I can apply for the job of the person who decided it was a good idea to create an app in 2019 without a search engine?
No search function! 2/5
By t scot
No search function?! Someone just told me of something on NPR. After frustrating and unsuccessful attempts to find this content, I was forced to leave the lacking app then open a browser to search the NPR website for the content.
Why should I even use the app?
Long time NPR listener & supporter. App is confusing & difficult to navigate. Sustaining members should not be subject to repeated pleas to “become a member” and listening to the same repeated underwriting ads multiple times an hour.
News focuses generally on race and anti-Trump ideas 2/5
58% of news coverage focuses on racial injustice. 27% on collusion news and anti-Trump policy. NPR has moved strongly left since Hillary lost. The hosts are now introducing dismay and sarcasm into their factual reporting which colors the news with strong bias.
Weird delays and spinning connections 1/5
After the last update I have noticed a lack of responsiveness to pressing play and now various programs are in a spinning cycle with no connection. No. It is not my phone. I have 130 meg download and checked with speed test from WiFi to LTE. All other apps work fine. Fix it or it becomes a useless app.
What good is a solid media player if you cannot connect? I would fire the team who released such a crap app.
SOOOO Frustrating 2/5
I just want to listen to KSMU on my phone/bluetooth (bc I’ve ditched most of my FM radios). But pushing Play on my favorited station just makes the player pop up, load for a moment, and hide again. Over and over.
Should the play “stick,” a second layer of audio will begin playing later! I can actually hit the Stop button to stop it. It’s bizarre.
But the key point here is probably 75% of the time I can’t listen to anything on this app. Which isn’t always a let down right now bc I the news angers me. (I do need to hear my Inskeep and Totenberg, though.)
App randomly duplicates live on air news streams at the same time while listening.
Constant bugs with live radio feature 1/5
App plays multiple newscasts over each other. Impossible to listen to.
Delete it—bring back the old app! 1/5
Even with the recent bug fixes the streaming feature only works about half the time, so I have to close and restart the app every time I want to use it. And the overall design is very lacking. Why can I set only one station as my favorite? Why can’t I easily select multiple stations to listen to depending on the time or the programming? Bring back the old app—I’m deleting this one...
Features don’t work 3/5
The ux is terrible, the older version was better. Preferred radio station setting does not retain after saving like a million different ways.
By Morgan St.
What is going on with this app? Why does it play two or three streams at once? Why has no one fixed this yet?
Can’t Copy and Paste 3/5
Please return the feature where we could copy and paste a quoted article or a word so we can look up the definition! Would make the app more enjoyable.
By Pens are
Confusing confusing confusing
Ruined- where’s “playing now?!??” Useless 1/5
What a bummer. If I was in the middle of listening in my car I used to. e able to go right to now playing. No more. Useless app. I hate it. Search- where in the heck is it? Stuck in useless opening page.
What’s up with the audio overlaying itself every time I listen to a show? Untenable.
Major flaw: Wipes out playlists 2/5
Would be great except everything in your playlist is wiped out every so often. Very frustrating.
Duplicate Streams 1/5
Duplicate Streams: When listening to radio on wifi — stream starts playing twice.
I use an iPhone X and can’t currently highlight a word or a phrase on a posted story, or zoom in on a photo. These things have long been doable on AP’s app - and should be on NPR’s app.
I love listening to NPR in the morning, but this app is so glitchy. It often plays 2 streams at once, even though I haven’t pressed play, so you can’t understand what’s happening. Annoying!
Why do I have to set my primary station almost every time I use the app? Why isn’t the app capable of remembering my primary station?
No more favorite stations 2/5
I can’t believe they took away the favorite stations. I could save favorites and listen to what was going on in those areas, or listen to a different program if I wasn’t interested in the program that was playing in my area. I’ll now have to look for another app that will let me do that. If I find one, I may just delete this app.
Love it 4/5
I love this App. But why I can’t look up words now. 🤣
Ugh- why completely change an app? 2/5
By SF Lupa
I unknowingly updated to the new version a month or so ago. I wish I’d read reviews first. After using the original app almost daily for a couple years I was so surprised to suddenly find a complete redesign that lacked the ease of use of the previous app that I just stopped using it. A month later it seems like they’ve been working on it but I still prefer the original.
Thought it was me. It’s the app! 1/5
By in the colorado wilds
Love NPR. Hate the app.
Sudden, random simultaneous streaming is frustrating. Sudden dropping stream, having to close the app, then restart phone is frustrating.
As I wrote this review, it jumped into multi streaming. Argggggg.
Worst App Refresh Ever 1/5
I promised to continue to post bad reviews on this app refresh until certain beloved features are re-instituted. That has failed to happen in a timely manner so not only will I provide another post here but we will continue to withhold our contributions to NPR (and our local station) for the second straight year because of this.
I don’t know whose brother-in-law got the contract to rebuild this app, but it was completely unnecessary and completely botched. It seems as if not a single piece of consumer research was put in to the redesign. It makes us think that the app had to be redesigned because some local affiliates were perhaps complaining. Regardless of the reason, this makes the launch of New Coke look good.
When, for example, are they going to bring back the feature which allows the user to load stories from previous days’ broadcasts to a playlist (which finally was brought back)?? And why the hell does the app no longer have a sharing feature? That’s unfathomable to me in this, the “sharing age.” They keep pushing people off to the NPR One app and it’s no better - in fact it’s worse, so we just use Stitcher when we are in a bind and we encourage others to do so until NPR fixes this app.
I have no idea how you are prioritizing new features to push out. While I am happy to hear that the station finder will now allow users to select more than one station and we’re happy to hear that a search feature is going to be re-introduced, that still doesn’t allow users to browse previous days features which is a much more useful way to curate a playlist (and discover new content).
Terrible streaming 1/5
I love NPR and I keep trying to use this app to listen, but the player is terribly unreliable. Unlike other players which smartly buffer and continue streaming, this app drops CONSTANTLY. I hope it will be patched eventually.
No Point, Links Redirect to Mobile Site 2/5
I got this app because my friends kept sending me articles and I was tired of them opening in my browsers and adding more tabs. I was disappointed to find out that the links will not open in your app and will still redirect you to the site. I’m not sure what the purpose of downloading this is. But it does have a nice clean layout, so I give it 2 stars instead of one.