Make an app with a playlist 1/5
The whole “let an algorithm choose your entertainment” is dumb. Video is shifting to on-demand. Music is already on-demand. So what do the genius product people at NPR do? Hobble their only on-demand app, and try to force people to use an algorithmic streaming product.
Give up, NPR. If your users wanted NPR One, it would have happened by now.
I love the NPR One App!!! 5/5
By Elle Lizzy
Downloaded to listen to the Kate Spade podcast on “How I Built This” and I’m totally hooked. Love the ease of streaming, live broadcasts and so much more! Definitely my #1 podcast app!!!
NPR content is amazing 3/5
The content from NPR is amazing. Really 5 star material. I can't say enough positive things about that aspect. This app is not quite 5 stars I'm sad to say.
My biggest complaints
- Needs iPhone X support
- Resume feature often doesn't work. Prompts to resume, but still starts at the beginning. This is so annoying and I often give up on that podcast because I can't find where I left off.
- Sometimes pressing play from iPhone controls (such a lock screen) does not make the audio play.
- Sometimes audio just doesn't play in general, or takes a long time to start playing.
- Seem to be seeing the red error bar a lot more often
- Sometimes I'm not prompted to resume a show at all, and I can't find what I was listening to. So sad!
What is great:
- The content!
- the recommendations/teasers. I listen to so much stuff I would never pick on my own
- the UI is good besides for lack of X support.
Unable to change my station/city
never restarts in the right place or right time 1/5
i can turn the car off for 2 minutes and it refuses to pick back up the story i was TRYING TO LISTEN TO!!!! incredibly frustrating and terrible user experience. makes me hate carplay.
Battery Drain 1/5
By Bliyts 002
App drains battery dramatically (more than 25% per hour) confirmed by battery setting on iPhone 8. Did the same thing on my iPhone 7.
Frustrating podcast listening 2/5
I started using this to listen to NPR podcasts because it was frequently promoted in the podcasts I listen to. However, I am finding that it does not work that well for Podcasts. Either it just plays something randomly from NPR when it finishes an episode or there is a setting I haven’t found yet. So if I want to listen to several of the episodes I have missed, I can’t seem to do that. After the episode I just get strange unexpected audio from different NPR programs. I see where you can listen to live radio but my local station has a perfectly good app for that.
I find myself at odds with the updated TOU and other agreements. As an old EFF member the opt-out rather than opt-in model of email and data gathering (not all of which one can opt out of) run counter to good practices. As well, personalizing a users experience creates an echo chamber rather than broadening ones mind to many views as NPR once championed. As such I will be deleting the app. I am both disappointed and saddened as there were many shows that I liked, even some that challenged my views, that I will no longer receive once the app is deleted. Echo chambers only serve to deepen the growing divide in our communities.
Bring Back Sunday Puzzle Podcast!!! 1/5
By Tech in Texas
I was devastated when the Sunday Puzzle podcast went away. I went to this in order to continue to listen, but I absolutely hate the app. I can search and find episodes (not in chronological order), but I can’t get updates on when new ones are posted. The most I can do is mark them interesting, but that is meaningless. I can add them to a listen later queue, but they won’t play in a row. I’ve also tried the NPR News app, but it is just as useless. I’d love to have the podcast feed back, but since that’s not possible, I’d settle for being able to subscribe to the segment and get notifications when new ones are available. Please find a way to make this happen.
Bring back the old app 2/5
NPR One is not ready for prime time. There are so many things you can’t do on this app that you could on the old NPR app. I hate it.
Location Settings 1/5
Stupid app will not allow for location home station to be reset. I am a member of Seattle’s NPR station and I prefer that to be the one I listen to. It keeps defaulting to on in Georgia and/or one in Tacoma. Until NPR fixes this, the app will be deleted from my phone.
Nice app! Volume issues, though. 4/5
The app changes volume per story/short, sometimes quite drastically. One story will be extremely quiet, and the next one SUPER LOUD! This can be painful with headphones and otherwise simply annoying. Would give the app 5 stars without this issue.
Glitch: won’t let me change local station 3/5
The screen does not respond to my touch when I try to change the local station
It doesn’t get any better 5/5
I listen to NPR One in my car. It keeps me up to date with an unbiased perspective. It’s not often that I have the opportunity to hear both sides of the story when it comes to today’s complex issues where ever I happen to be.
Bug!!! Can’t change station!!! 3/5
I love npr one generally!!! But I just came home from school and want to change my local station, but the screen doesn’t respond when i got to the change station tab! There is a search bar and it says “find station near me” but the only part of the screen that responds is the “close” tab. Please fix and i will rate 5 start!!
Hey, NPR! 1/5
I don’t want you to know who I am, did you ever think of that?
It feels like NPR took a simple, easy to use app and made it 100 times more complicated... because... why??? NPR One is not intuitive, defaults to a station which is NOT my “home” station, and is overall frustrating to use. I’ve deleted it once already and am about to do so again because the kinks have obviously not be worked out. I’d just like to use the original app, and leave it at that.
Wish I could download content to use w out data 4/5
Overall app is pretty good and has come a long way since original developing.
I wish I could push a button that would download a preset amount of content (time or data quantity) based on my prior selection and choice, all while connected to WiFi. Then in my vehicle and while walking I can listen to this content. The content would refresh and could be deleted.
When the radio in our kitchen died, I decided to use my technology more effectively. We both LOVE listening to the informative, intelligent, intriguing assortment you provide! Imagine: I learned today about the underground interaction of flora inside forest while eating lunch, along with a puppy channel proposal! NPR has all I want to hear, although I do listen to my iPod for most music. Thanks! Bravo!
Not really “Pandora for NPR” — needs a thumbs down button 3/5
NPR promoted the app as learning what you like, but I haven’t really found that to be the case. I think this is because there’s no way to tell it I don’t like something.
They even have a segment explaining that we can skip without fear of not getting a story like the one we’re skipping in the future. In contrast, if you thumbs down Nickelback a time or two on Pandora, it learns and stops playing Nickelback.
The “interesting” button seems to be like a thumbs up to tell it what we like. But how can it learn what we don’t like if we can’t tell it?
Like others, I don’t like the mix of podcasts and shorter news segments. I’ve started listening to my local NPR station on Simple Radio and like that better.
Daily frustration 2/5
I use this daily. Love the content and the ease of accessing the hourly newscast and various podcasts I want every day. Frustrated that I can’t rewind or access/see history, doesn’t resume to last point of playback when you navigate away and then resume playing (maddening for longer podcasts that require one or two sittings), it randomly starts playing while phone is locked, and no iPhone X support. Seriously the only app I have that isn’t updated.
Update broke it 1/5
I updated today and the app does not work. At all. I got nothing.
I love NPR and I hate this app. 2/5
Besides it not being ready for iPhone X, (it’s been almost a year, NPR) this app regularly stops playing content.
It just stops. I can’t do anything to get it to play a new story. The worst part, is that it stays stuck on the last played story. I have to stop using the app for a few hours (few days, once) and then come back to it.
I’ve raised this issue numerous times, but support hasn’t found a way to fix it.
Pls update for iPhone X 1/5
Unforgivable that this last update did not contain support for iPhone X screen. Please fix this ASAP!
Have an indicator of what I have listened to 4/5
TELL ME WHAT IVE LISTENED TO ALREADY
My least favorite thing about the app is that I can’t tell if I’ve listened to a podcast already or not. Because if I can’t tell then I have to click and listen to each one to figure it out. The MyTuner Radio has a good indicator of listened to feature.
Still not updated to support iPhone X 2/5
This is the first update in 8 months and the app still has not been updated to support iPhone X. What is that about?
Poor implementation 2/5
Why can’t i find the NPR podcasts referenced in podcasts in the application?
UI is maddening. I go elsewhere.
Unbelievabley useless app 1/5
I used to be able to easily create a list of favorite npr stations from around the country that I could access with one click. Now I can't access ANY station much of the time because the app is so unintuitive and confusing. I am a public radio devotee and. I despise this app.
Love NPR but not NPR One 1/5
By Nicholas Mc
Not a reliable app, seems less functional than the normal NPR app. Can’t track/seek within a program easily which is annoying because the app doesn’t seem to remember where I am if I stop casting or the app crashes. Play later doesn’t function as a queue. Hopefully the app improves with some additional work/iterations.
Essentially Unusable 1/5
By El Chiricano
Title says it all. Not intuitive/user friendly. Can’t find saved episodes. Deleted.
So much less capable than the old app. 2/5
By Sixes and Fours
The NPR One app replaces the old NPR app, which allowed you to save as many favorite stations as you liked, gave you immediate visibility in the top menu of all available programs, and allowed you to select news stories for reading or viewing. Now everything is buried in sub menus with only a few choices offered on the first click, and requires you to click “more” buttons, and guess about where to look for anything other than what the app thinks you should be interested in. Now using the app is an activity in itself, rather than a simple tool to quickly view all options and decide what you’d like to listen to from among the many great choices NPR offers.
I’ve enjoyed listening to the news with my breakfast in the mornings........it’s sharing my location and signing up request I’m not excited about ! (Sigh)
Please fix the Followed Shows bug 2/5
Half the time when I open the app, my “Followed Shows” section is empty. This happens often when connected to CarPlay. The app still shows me as logged in, and if I manually search for a show the “Follow This Show” switch is already on. If I force close and reopen the app the Followed Shows come back. There are other shortcomings in the app (high data usage, difficulty in finding old episodes via CarPlay, lack of features) but this bug is the most frustrating for me.
Some bugs still but love it 4/5
Is there a way to listen to the national newscast and then resume the podcast I was playing prior to it?
The app will randomly switch on and begin playing, and it is impossible to undo an “interesting” designation
Requires registration 1/5
This app makes you register for content you can get elsewhere. Not acceptable.
TOO MANY COMMERCIALS! 1/5
By La belle québécoise
Every 4 minutes there are commercials.
Too many commercials!
Segments are too short!
Too many commercials!
How about some in-depth 10 or more minutes on ONE TOPIC?
Too many commercials!
Notice how annoying it is to have your train of thought broken up by commercials?
Great NPR content - poor UI 2/5
By Unnamed Apple iTunes Nickname
I echo the negative feedback that others have given regarding the poor User Interface of this app - it really detracts from the listening experience and I find myself listening to all of my NPR podcasts on podcast apps. I hope that they update this app to make it more usable, otherwise it is really just wasting space on your device.
The Update is Awful 1/5
I used to use the app nearly everyday to catch up on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition (after they aired). Now either it is not on the new app or impossible to find.
Worst. “Upgrade.” Ever. 1/5
How on earth could NPR take a perfectly serviceable app and wreck it by NPR One!? This is the most obnoxious, infuriating pseudo upgrade (more like downgrade) I’ve ever experience with an app. I promise you: this is not hyperbole.
For the life of me, I don’t understand why NPR had to abandon its last app, and force users into this one. I simply want to have an app that allows me to to save my selection of favorite shows, tap on them, listen to to each segment in sequence, and effortlessly advance to a segment I want to listen to. The last app accomplished that perfectly.
By comparison, NPR One fails to accomplish ANY of these basic functions. It’s gallingly difficult to find a desirable show, let alone save it to favorites. Instead of playing in sequence the segments are jumbled and shuffled out of order. Even if you manage to get the show you want, and then listen to a desirable segment, you are: (a) bombarded with all kinds of hideously obnoxious promos and broadcasts — none of which any right minded user wants to listen to, and (b) to add to the frustration NPR One bounces you out of the selected show and into something else, arbitrarily! The question is: WHY?
There are many other basic, functional limitations to this app, but I’ll leave it here. As a sidebar, these hipster styles promos that NPR keeps running (e.g., how sometimes they want to “just chill”) really need to go. I understand that NPR rightfully wants to appeal to to a younger audience, but this kind of appeal is both the very opposite of cool, and will only further estrange any new would-be listeners. Please. Stop. Now.
I will close by raising my leading question: How on earth could NPR take a perfectly serviceable app and wreck it by NPR One!?
Feeble effort 1/5
Why can’t this perform a simple task such as allowing a listener to create a playlist of segments to listen to? Not very listener-friendly.
You can’t use the app unless you share your data 1/5
NPR makes you sign in to use the app. I except that from Chipotle, but not NPR. I’ll delete the app and use the web.
Great feature!! Thanks. Nice app, does everything I can think of.
NPR is great, but this app is terrible. 1/5
Oh man, NPR Is great but this app is terrible. No ability to make playlists. No easy way to save your shows. To find “All things considered,” I had to use the search function. The interface is clunky and nonintuitive. Its just not even usable.
I don’t know who NPR is hiring to make their apps but they need to revert to the old NPR news app like they did after the last failed rollout of NPR one.
Program quality dragged down by app 2/5
App is relatively difficult to navigate, and quickly finding your desired content doesn’t happen. If you don’t finish a podcast and want to pick up where you left off, it often doesn’t work, and you end up listening to the whole thing again. Great content, not at all matched in quality by the app.
Needs a playlist function 2/5
Neither NPR app supports a playlist. Why?
So frustrating! 1/5
It is not user friendly to listen to specific programs like Fresh Air. The user interface is too clunky and not stream lined. It doesn’t remember where you are in a program if you close the app.
I love NPR but this app blows.
This app is horrible. The other one (NPR) was better. Choose the show I want to hear and comes up blank. Waste of my time trying to use this app.
Impossible to find what you want 1/5
I listen to NPR podcasts. This app makes it extremely difficult to find them. I cannot get a list of all podcasts. It only has about 10 episode ls to scroll through. When I discover a good one I like to go back and listen to all the episodes. This app makes it hard. To improve, the app needs a homepage and a podcasts list. Oh, and stop asking me to “catch up” or “resume.” I don’t understand the difference, I just keep closing the app until it stops asking me. I just want to go to a podcasts homepage and scroll. Not catch up or resume.
Disaster of an app 2/5
By Raging Rose
I love NPR, but this app does it a total disservice. Completely unintuitive. Nothing that I want where I can easily find it. Please bring the old app back!
Needs a user interface Re-invention 2/5
By Gregory F. Miller
I’ve never seen a more unintuitive user interface in an app and I’d recommend getting the design team together to redesign it from the ground up.
Sit together with a pad of paper and imagine a user trying to easily find programs, their favorite shows, hourly updates or past shows.
Sketch that out and give it to your design team.
As it is, it looks like it was designed by an engineer. (Usually the worst user UI designers)