Needs search function 4/5
By Bermuda Bill
The stories are good but there is no search function. The website has one which makes it puzzling why there isn’t one in the app.
Great programming but ok app 3/5
I listen to NPR everyday and love all the programming. However, the app can use some improvement.
I usually like to binge on a program by going thru a few episodes in one sitting. The app doesn’t give me an option to queue up the programs.
Currently, after an episode is finished the next track automatically goes to the daily new brief. I have to manually stop the news brief and then search for the program I want and find the episode. It can get frustrating.
It would be nice to have some control in creating a queue of episodes and programs.
Needs improvement 1/5
Love NPR but the app needs major usability improvement. Can't fast forward, rewind or go back to last spot of programs if u lose your connection. Please improve as NPR is an amazing source of information and personal growth.
Every morning I use this app to listen to the news while getting ready for work. Every single morning I have to search for a station because the app never remembers. Very annoying. Glad the layered playing was fixed.
Content makes up for app shortcomings 3/5
The content is great.
The app is frustratingly non robust.
If I lose the stream during download, (e.g. because my signal dropped) and the story stops, that’s it. That stream thread will not recover. I can hit the pause button the play button etc. No dice. Sometimes I can recover from that by starting to play another story and my playlist and then go back to the stuck one, but more often I have to close the app and reopen it. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. I encounter this problem about once/hour of usage, more often while driving.
I’m also annoyed that the app generally does not remember where I left off in the story if I leave the app and do other things. Maybe if I had more memory on my phone this would not happen, but regardless it should not be that hard to write a story ID and a timestamp into the local data file. This is darn inconvenient if I was listening to a long podcast.
One little nit is the add to playlist and play buttons are too close together r their active areas are not accurately mapped. Often I will hit play rather than the add button, which is annoying if I am listening to another story while building my playlist. Spread those buttons out more please.
Constant dropping 2/5
I did the update and continue to have the stream drop repeatedly even sitting at my desk with no change in signal or WiFi connection. It’s becoming too frustrating to use, which is really disappointing.
Thank you! 5/5
By Not a wb
Thank you for the most recent update. It has taken my twice daily task of listening to the news and returned it to the joy it once was. Harrowing disasters should be limited to NPR’s coverage of events, not an expository description of using its iOS app. With this update, I can safely say the app is back to a simple, transparent user experience.
Ghosts in the machine 2/5
This app has once again embarrassed me. For no reason whatsoever, this app will begin playback without warning and without desire. Probably once every two weeks, this app will begin playing, out loud. It has yet again embarrassed the hell out of me, this time in the midst of a quiet church service. PLEASE fix this.
Additionally, this app will often NOT play when I want it to! It will sit for long periods, with a spinning circle, indicating it is loading - regardless of signal quality. Sometimes I can clear the ram on my iPhone, and it will successfully reload.
Overall, I think this app is so poorly designed, that it uses a ghost to determine whether it will function or frustrate. Please seek out a specialist to remove the ghost!
I could go on about some of the silly shortcomings of the user interface, but I’ve probably said enough.
Basically, get your act together NPR! This app is in no way up to your professional standards!
Playlist is not working 2/5
By Blue horse purple cat
When I tried to add Morning Edition to the playlist, the articles would not play.
Awful UX 1/5
By Matthew Maurice
It’s painfully slow, when it isn’t crashing, and has more bugs than Trump’s cellphone. I now listen to most NPR shows as podcasts when I can’t stream them. Why add each segment to a playlist and then stream each one individually when your app handles data streaming so poorly? Just download them all to the device and play locally! Why give such bad and limited feedback on what the app is doing (or not doing as is often the case)? The pulsing ellipses is the icon I see most often in this app. SRSLY, NPR should be able to do better!
Playlist broken, again 1/5
The playlist won’t play anything. This is a core feature of the app. Completely broken. Was there *any* testing before you shipped?
Doesn't play audio! Come on, folks, please get this working! 1/5
Just doesn't play audio! NPR One can play audio reliably ( just not the audio I want). Why can't you make this app work?!?!
Does not work well 1/5
This app is so annoying to use. Buttons just do not work.
What happened? 1/5
Pretty embarrassing the new ap you built can’t even play our favorite shows. But I guess it’s also embarrassing that I’ll be trying to use this ap until it does.
Love the content, when it plays... 4/5
I have been a huge fan of NPR for most of my life, and through the years the level of quality of the hosts, shows and content has always been top notch. My primary wish for the app is that when I push the play button, the content plays...but there are instances at least twice a week where I cannot listen to many of the articles in Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday, and sometimes Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Second wish...when I find an article I want to share...that I could share directly from the app.
Getting worse 1/5
App now won’t play selected stories in a curated playlist. Horrible.
Uses up all memory 1/5
Not only did the recent 6/14 leave the player issue unsolved, it also started to use up all the memory while playing in the background. It’s now impossible to switch to another program while NPR is playing. Everything got super slow and glitchy. Only force quitting NPR can return the phone back to working order.
This NPR app is just getting lower and lower.
Always buggy 2/5
I love listening to NPR in the am and the pm, but this app is constantly buggy. No matter the version. I’ll have full bars on both WiFi and cellular and the broadcast will stall and I’ll get the 3 dots where your typical press pay or pause. My app was updated yesterday and now it doesn’t even work.
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.
UPDATE: App stopped working and no longer plays any content.
Cannot play on demand stories or weird delays 1/5
Latest iOS and 8 Plus. App is simply poorly written and it’s user interface delays is unacceptable. Worst? Does not play playlists or you receive 0:00/0:00 segments and does nothing.
Hasn’t worked for 3 days 1/5
I haven’t been able to get anything on demand (morning edition, weekend edition, all things considered, etc.) to play. iPhone 6S. Even with 100mbps internet or using LTE. My girlfriend’s iPhone 8S works fine. I just updated the app, but still not working.
Broken 0:00 / 0:00 75% of stories 1/5
Stories loading for morning addition and all things considered as 0:00 when you try to play them and others work. What happened!?
The Npr apps always Look nice but you need to invest more in them functioning well.
Check your updates 1/5
Everything was working great until last update. Now it won’t play. Installed update this morning with no change. Everything else on my iPhone continues to work perfectly so it’s not me.
Items on playlist will not play 2/5
For the past 3 days, items on the playlist for All Things Considered and Morning/Weekend edition are not playing.
Love NPR hate the apps 2/5
As much as I love and listen to NPR faithfully many of its apps are not up to par. This is one. It keeps shutting down - this after the most recent update supposedly squashed bugs. I’ve had to delete and reload, unsubscribe and resubscribe, etc to keep the apps and podcasts working.
Wish NPR could do as well in its digital arena as it does with news and stories.
Stories not loading 2/5
Having many of the same problems described below with stories not loading. Tapping the play button will show a loading symbol, but nothing will play. Occasionally some stories will actually start, but there is no apparent logic re which ones actually do.
Will you ever fix this app? 1/5
Update: Now it just doesn’t play at all. Won’t start. I tried reinstalling and now nothing. How can it actually be getting worse?
The update did not fix this app. Why so consistently awful? It’s been what, more than a year now? With the most recent update, the app continues to stop midstream. Also, segments begin halfway through. Also, it is and always has been consistently glitchy with the Bluetooth in my car. I listen to NPR all the time and this app is not making it easy to do so. I really don’t understand how a year and a half can go by and you still haven’t fixed this.
Does not work 1/5
App will not load stories or stop playing them after a few seconds.
Playlist doesn’t play in latest update 1/5
My playlist doesn’t play all in latest app update. I use it mostly on weekends to catch up on weekend editions while doing chores, so first noticed a day or two after most recent update. Very disappointing because the NPR app had FINALLY worked out most of the playlist design defects from its major update a year or so ago - was actually planning to post a review praising it before this happened.
Glitches Remain 3/5
Is it the app, or someone asleep at the wheel at NPR tech from time to time?
Frequently, usually late at night, the hourly news will refuse to play.
Today, Weekend Edition Sunday refuses to play. It “loads,” but hitting the play button results in a blink or two of three dots, then return to the play icon. Hit again, same result.
I restarted phone - nothing. I deleted the app and reloaded it - no change.
When it works, I rely on this app many times a day. So much so that its failure to work results in debilitating frustration. Hope this little glitch can be cleared up.
(Running current IOS on iPhone 7sPlus)
Bugtown USA 2/5
By nate iphone user
Looks slick but hands down the buggiest app I use on a daily basis.
Latest update is buggy 1/5
Latest update is buggy. Fails to do basic things like play all stories in a playlist
Great app...when it works 3/5
I like the On Demand feature and being able to listen to full shows directly or by adding an entire show or some of the segments to my playlist. However, I encounter segments that will not play. This seems to especially happen on weekends for Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. I can successfully play those problem segments on NPR.org.
Can’t find anything 1/5
So I want to listen to morning edition, but wait, now you can only listen to stories, not the entire show. Can you believe it, the clever people at npr make it impossible (for people like me without podcasting phds) to actually listen to an entire show. No point supporting npr anymore
Never remembers primary stations!!! 2/5
By Satanic Goldfish
Every time I open the app I have to enter my zip code to find local stations. I also select a primary station every time but it doesn’t matter because it never stores that info. The next time I open the app, it’s gone and I have to start from scratch.
Also, the “favorite stations” feature should be brought back.
Please fix ❤️
The app stopped working 5/5
By Transit Guy
This evening I tried the app NPR and it open and then return to the iOS screen.
Tried this several times with the same results including rebooting the iPhone
App crashes on launch 1/5
Fix your app it’s crashing and there’s no Other way to listen to morning edition
App crashes on open 1/5
Have been using this app for years. Now that I updated to iOS 12.3.1 on iPhone 6, app crashes on open. Reboot doesn’t help.. sorry to see it go.
Constant crashes 1/5
I’ve deleted and reinstalled the app multiple times. I can’t even cue up one story before it crashes :(
36-hour playlist??? 2/5
Two stars only for content, but you lost four stars because the app developers are telling me how much time I have on my hands to listen to stories that matter to me. This ruins the app for me.
Bad App Design, Awkward New Morning Host 2/5
This app was my lifeline for so long, I tried and am still trying hard to get used to the new (awful) design that chopped out my most loved features. Now the new cohost on the Morning Show (I listen daily) is super awkward and doesn’t seem to be up to par at all with the others. I’m sure Noel is a great reporter, but host material? Not at all. Takes a personality suited to making the news feel more like a great conversation with friends, and she comes across as simply reading a script, interrupting interviewees with uncomfortable laughs or remarks, and no chemistry with her fellow hosts. Surely there are other segments of NPR for which she is better suited. And also, give us back our old app. Please!! And thank you.
Switching to BBC. 1/5
Not only is this app inflexible as everyone else says, but on my iPad, if I try to switch to another app while it is playing, it stops. I cannot hear the news unless I leave the app open. And as for forcing us to listen to local public stations - I tune into them occasionally because of NPR - not the other way around. If this is my only choice I will not listen or give to Public Radio. I will switch permanently to the BBC. Terrible!
Can’t listen and multi-task? 1/5
This update is horrible. After years of listening, I’m deleting the app. It is now impossible to listen and accomplish other tasks on your phone. That’s what NPR is for! Listening while doing other work. How are these guys regressing so dramatically. Just out the old version back up, luke 90% of these reviews are asking you to do. Please. Otherwise, I’m done.
Terrible once again 1/5
By Front Row Seat
You told me you had fixed the problem of two stories playing over one another. You have not. It’s still happening.
I just opened the app today and my entire playlist is gone. Thanks for that.
Why are the latest Fresh Air programs being promoted in on-air promos but not available to download here?
You’re testing my patience and you’ve lost another star.
Do I dare to install the latest update? Or will everything stop working altogether?
This app is so loaded with bugs. Lately when one story ends the next story in my playlist won’t start. Or, worse yet, two different stories play simultaneously.
Where are Siri shortcuts? 3/5
The developer said that Siri shortcuts appear after you play your primary station more than once. This hasn’t worked for me. I wish they would fix this. Siri shortcuts don’t work.
Please fix the playlist! It goes away if I don’t play at all in one sitting. I cannot close the app and come back to it or it completely gone.
Used to be a great app 1/5
By Tom P (nickname taken)
Two to three years ago I used this app to listen to my personal line-up every night, especially Planet Money episodes. Then the app changed shortly after the debut of “NPR ONE,” got complex and time consuming to designate episodes, and now it hardly works—there’s a technical flaw now in addition to a serious redesign flaw. The trajectory of the NPR apps would make an outstanding podcast if only I could use the apps. I have an updated iPhone X so the technical problems are not owing to legacy devices.
Doesn’t work 1/5
I like NPR. I don’t understand why they can’t make an app that works.
categories are disorganised 2/5
i select "technology" and the app shows me stupid politics. i want tech not politics!