Almost useful 3/5
The content is great, but the tools to use it are clumsy. There’s no queue / up next feature - there is a Listen Later list, but it has a hard cap of 20 items & can only be found in the interface immediately after you add something to it.
I want to like this app, but I wish it more closely resembled the audio player on the NPR website! At least there I can queue things.
Annoying and not user friendly 1/5
They play the national newscast between every podcast that you actually WANT to listen to. Even if you don’t want to hear the national newscast. Also, the intros to the podcasts are way too long and irrelevant, and they have too many ads. The reporters seem young, inexperienced and overly informal and awkward. I’m constantly having to look down at my phone while driving to fast forward.
Love NPR, Hate this app! 1/5
This app gives NPR a bad name. Whenever I try to cast this app to my TV or any speaker, it glitches out and shuts off about 5 minutes in. I would love to have an NPR app that doesn’t do this. I never write reviews for apps, but I’m writing this in the hopes that it will be fixed and I don’t need to use a 3rd party app to stream NPR content. Please fix! Thanks a bunch.
Doesn’t work 1/5
NPR One will not open on my phone. Every time I try to open the app up I just get the loading microphone symbol. So frustrating
Awesome app 4/5
I absolutely love this app. I use it everyday to listen to the news and podcasts while working or doing chores. The interface is super easy to use. The search function can be a bit picky at times however, and the app sometimes doesn’t load at all for me. The latter could depend on my network though. Has some bugs, but many have been corrected over the past couple of years.
I don’t want to train an algorithm, I want to listen to the news. 1/5
By actually weezy
Downloaded this app specifically to listen to Morning and Weekend Edition, as I am able to enjoy other NPR programs using podcasting apps. Unfortunately, there is no way to listen to the complete program in one go, due to it being cut into segments. I am forced to search for the program repeatedly to jump back in from where the app diverts to often unrelated content.
I do not understand the point of this app at all, unless the point is to keep the user interacting with it constantly to extract as much data from the user as possible. There are indeed listeners out there who don’t care what gets streamed at them, and aren’t concerned with feeding an algorithm their data. As far as this app goes, however, it would seem to require a lot of effort to end up with a reasonable result. There are many listeners like me, though, who want the news without having to submit to an algorithm’s whims. A shame that this app cannot provide a coherent listening experience that allows the user to be in control. The NPR One app functions like Pandora, and as such is effectively useless.
Love the app. Room for improvement. 4/5
By Shea Peterson
I really love listening to the variety of stories from local to national. I wish there was a way to listen to an entire program (like Morning Edition) in a single sitting without having to go to another app. Also, there needs to be a skim feature, like go ahead 10-30 seconds. Instead, you can either go back 15 seconds, pull out the device and try and hold and skim through the time line, but more often than not, I end up skipping the entire segment.
App is terrible 1/5
By killitwithfireallday long
App will stop working if you don’t log in. Follow stories que is too small. App crashes mid podcast at least once a day. You guys are doing great with content but app is kind of a dumpster fire.
Doesn’t work 1/5
Won’t load or connect to NPR. Running iOS 12.4 and very disappointed.
Many performance and user interface issues 2/5
There are really too many issues to list, so I’ll stick to my #1.
Ever since the update that changed the icon of the app, this app drains my battery like nothing Else I use. It’s comparable to inefficient 3D games I used to play in 2012-ish. Why does a radio app use so much battery life? It makes no sense.
Slow. hard to use. 1/5
It’s a mess. Try to an index by reporter’s name, or topic. Not possible Try to find a replay of audio stories broadcast on the last week; you can’t. Only a few selected stories are deemed worthy. This replaced functional podcasts. A shame news resources are taken away from the public
Worst podcast streaming ever! 1/5
By None Ya Biz WAC
Does no mattress what they say it will not play more shows you are interested.
Unlike apps where you can add all the segments from morning edition NPR one plays one segment, doesn’t let you add them all at ones, will play that one segment and then play whatever it wants next not even play the following segment and makes you have to go back and search for Morning Edition all over again.
Not a good app, this one just stinks.
App won’t even load 1/5
I’ve deleted and redownloaded this app repeatedly on my iPhone, every time i open it it sits on the blinking microphone loading screen. So frustrating!
Not the best with Google Home 2/5
It connects but then has issues when it changes news stories. App will say story is playing but no audio comes from Google Home. Then when you skip to the next story, it works but won’t do the continuous story stream the app is know for. You constantly have to manually skip every other story because every other story will not broadcast.
Stop asking me to tap my screen 1/5
I am driving, just PLAY the program! If I don’t like it, I can skip it with my steering wheel controls. I can’t unlock my phone, open the app, and two my screen in the 5 seconds you give me to tap my screen to listen to a story!
I’ve given this feedback so many times and no one has ever responded.
App randomly starts playing 1/5
NPR One randomly starts playing on my iPhone without me telling it to. Siri is disabled, the phone is locked, the app isn’t open... but it starts playing through my phone’s speakers anyway. Just now it happened three times in about 15 minutes, even after rebooting my phone! I deleted the app. Please fix this, NPR.
Doesn’t work 1/5
Bad application. Doesn’t work
How about supporting iPads? 4/5
How about native iPad support as well? This should just be a compilation option for your developer in Xcode.
This app murders my battery 2/5
Overall, I like the app, but it drains my battery so quickly - from 92% to 81% in 3 minutes. It’s unusable in its present incarnation, I’m afraid.
iPhone X fail 1/5
Latest version gets full screen on the iPhone X series. However that version seems to be entirely nonfunctional. So I now have an app that does nothing other than show a mic on the screen indicating content is loading. But it does it at full screen.
LOVE NPR contents but this app eats up DATA and BATTERY power! 1/5
By Jon M..
I put a show on pause in the morning and went to work. I returned in the afternoon to resume. The phone was at 40% power from 95 in the morning. Checking power management it says 50% of the power went to this app that wasn't being used at all. The data is a big drainer too. I've check both these issues over months and the problem persists.
I fight so hard to love this app 2/5
By Syeven 3G
I fight daily to love this app but just can’t. So many features make no sense at all to me. The skip button that ends the podcast and starts the news broadcast is just stupid. If I accidentally hit I have to start over again, assuming it was not dropped from the “followed shows” section again. The “followed shows” and “shows you like” sections are redundant in many ways and show the SAME shows. On the “shows you like section”, why do the shows I stopped following still show up? I finished Dr. Death six moths ago and it is still there. I hated the Allusionist and stopped following it, guess what, still there in my “shows you like”. Come on NPR, you can do so MICH better than this. If you need help my 12 year old niece can assist.
Love NPR but the app needs to be fixed 3/5
I love all the news and stories, but the audio has begun playing on its own, even if you’ve quit the app. This has happened at all hours of the day. Removed it last night after the app decided to begin reciting the news at 5 am, and refused to stop when paused or closed. Again, big supporter of NPR, but some of the strangest (and most sleep-depriving) bugs in an iPhone app I’ve ever seen.
Needs improvement 1/5
By zhi ann
There is no way to listen live
App needs work 3/5
Works ok. Strange bug where after I pause the app it will start playing on its own several minutes later. It started playing while I was on a phone call.
Great app idea, struggled execution 3/5
I love NPR and this app is largely a great concept but the bugginess is annoying. The app occasionally starts randomly and it crashes at least once for every 10 times I open it.
Love But... 4/5
NPR One is a great app! My issue, I have to stop it over and over. It starts on its own, after I stop it! I have stopped the app 4 times in 3 hours a reloading this app. If this continues I will delete the app again and I really don’t want to!
Full of Bugs and Won’t Open 1/5
By Obi Tony Kenobi
The first few times I used the app it was wonderful. Now it just spins and won’t open. If it does you can see any content or it tells you that you aren’t connected to the internet. I have deleted and reinstalled the app and I’ll Ofer is the microphone just flashing over and over. Please fix this so I can get my NPR fix!!!
Why plug something that’s not tested? 1/5
It seemed like every NPR podcast was pushing this thing and it sounded handy so
I downloaded it. My first version never worked beyond letting me choose a station (that I couldn’t actually play). No podcasts were ever visible which was the main selling point for me. I was hopeful after this update but it never gets past the microphone loading screen. Was this tested at all before release? I love NPR but this app is garbage. Please fix it. iPhone X 12.3.1.
Won’t open 1/5
By Lynne Jaffe
I downloaded the app to my phone but can’t get it to open. The little lines above the microphone icon keep flashing but nothing happens.
I am not sure what the purpose of this app is? In order to listen to my station live it opens safari.
No iPad support? 2/5
Is there a reason this has been out for 3 years without a dedicated iPad app?
Just now iOS X ? 1/5
Figured with a government funded enterprise
Was working great 1/5
Updated it when I saw it was available, and it’s still broken. IPhone XR.
Updated and won’t load 1/5
By Happy Mike
Running the app on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12.3.1 and keep getting a nonstop mic loading screen whenever I launch the app.
I’ve used the app in the past and loved it. Now it’s unusable.
Not working at all on my iphonex. Loads nothing.
Great app, but beware the data usage 4/5
By Paul Ossman
The data this app uses illustrates how much I love to listen to it and the high quality of audio, but it also illustrates a big problem with this app. The app dwarfs all other apps that I use with its data usage.
App nags for a sign-in (no, thanks), with no opt-out. Search and explore functions broken, too.
Much better! This app is a tremendous resource and asset. It’d be great to “mute” certain podcasts though, as the Freakanomics one comes up way too often!
Good but... 3/5
Please, please, please add a back button to your lock screen. There have been 100s of times that I’m listening to a story while cooking, miss something, and want to quickly go back, but I can’t do it without unlocking my phone and finding your app. Worse yet when I come to the end of a story but want to hear something again, I have to quickly scramble to unlock/get to your app before the story disappears. I know where to find past stories, but it’s annoying. This can’t be hard to do—The Apple podcast is a great example of what I’d love to see with the NPR One App’s locked screen. Thank you!
Love NPR; But App Needs Improvement 2/5
I am NPR’s biggest fan and frequently contribute, however this app constantly crashes, particularly when using with ChromeCast on my TV. Also, please include Live Local radio on the app, along with a back button for those who accidentally skip a section.
Totally Broken 1/5
Ever since a recent update, the app just gets hung up on the loading screen and doesn’t work at all. I’ve tried forcing it shut and reopening it, and I’ve tried deleting and reinstalling the app... nothing fixes it. This used to be one of my favorite apps, and I hope this gets resolved.
I tried 1/5
I wanted to like it, but no edit or playlists and it chooses what I listen to? NPR news updated to 4.junk so I tried this one and it’s just as functional.
Update : won’t load on my iPhone X - just a picture of a cartoon microphone 😑
Crashes over and over 1/5
I've emailed with tech support for the app. They acknowledge that the app doesn't work right and they say they're working on a solution but they haven't released an update in over 4 months and even that release was tiny. This app is too important for National Public Radio to entrust it to a shoddy developer. Let's get it fixed people. Right now when I try to open it in CarPlay not only does it not connect, it even crashes other applications. Unacceptable.
Almost 10 weeks after release of iOS 12 NPR One has no update. Still lists itself as being compatible with Car Play, yet in emails to me they confess it does not work at this time. My first report to them was on July 25. No updates. Nothing.
Now, with over 7 months with no updates to an admittedly broken app, I have to assume this app is no longer being developed. So why is it still in the App Store?
11 months since last update. They still haven’t fixed multiple problems with compatibility with iOS 12. Doesn’t work with CarPlay at all. It’s just shoddy of an organization as important as NPR to allow this to go on.
Now that iOS 13 is almost ready for release they say they’ve updated the app to finally work with iOS 12. Used it for the first time today for about 30 minutes. Now I find that it has used 35% of my battery today. Way to go NPR.
Love npr 3/5
I love npr and the npr one app how it keeps playing new relevant stories as long as you listen, the reason for 3 stars is the battery life. This app kills battery more than 10% an hour just playing in the background. I almost dread using it for that reason, this was never a problem with the android equivalent. Please fix for 5 stars.
Favorite morning and night routine 4/5
I’ve been really enjoying the NPR app, so much so I listen to it morning and night while doing chores and getting ready.
I docked 1 star because the app kills my battery. I can jam Spotify all day, but NPR takes my battery life down to about 4 hours.
Even my MINI car charger can’t keep up with how fast it drains. Rather than charging, it dies slower. :/
Perspective: my phone will last all day with normal usage outside of NPR. Pokémon Go, Spotify, audible and Imgur all don’t drain my phone near this level.
Doesn’t work 1/5
This app fails to load. I deleted and reinstalled but to no avail. It used to work. Now it doesn’t. It hangs on the animated microphone and goes no further.
v1.9.0 makes iPhone 6 super hot 3/5
Ever since v1.9.0, my iPhone 6 gets super hot, and burns through battery life, when I'm using NPR One. I'll lose 30% battery in 15-20 minutes. I used to use the app all the time but now I constrain use.
Love the content though; I simply look for other (podcast/news) apps to give me the same content.
Broken since last update 1/5
Stopped working and now it just sits forever on the start screen. (iPhone 7)