NPR One is the best way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and
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handcrafted experience* NPR One starts with the latest headlines then moves to a
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As essential as my morning coffee
Using the NPR1 app has become a part of my daily routine. I always start my morning with the Up First broadcast. I like how the app automatically moves between a myriad of shows, since I’m usually multi-tasking and rushing around while listening. However, I do wish it was easier to find which shows I recently listened to or which ads for new shows popped up while I was listening. The content is great, but this part isn’t very user-friendly. Sometimes I hear an ad for a new podcast and before I can process and “click on the screen to learn more,” it’s already gone. There have been many times when I’m driving, cooking, or just somehow disconnected from my phone that I miss a show I wanted to hear more about. Maybe a “recently played” or “recently suggested” would make this easier. When I’m not starting with the news, I tend to switch to other podcast platforms simply because I don’t know or can’t find what I want to listen to on NPR1 (though I know I would rather hear its content). Other than that, I really appreciate the diversity. I don’t subscribe to one political party, so I’m always searching for a more balanced and empathetic coverage that fairly describes both views (even the view I disagree with). Though NPR can still lean more in one direction, it is the best I’ve found so far and I appreciate how the hosts usually refrain from emotional or opinionated responses. I’ll continue listening and using for a long time.
5***** for usage, 3*** for frustration
It would be hypocritical of me to rate NPR1 anything less than 5 because even with its frustrating feature shortages, I listen round the clock. I get that the lack of controls/queue/15-sec-skip are to promote binging and “discovery” outside my usual subscriptions. If that’s the goal, then send me more variety in new/local/non-NPR shows. (Even add shows outside my lefty echo chamber :o). I’m over the fact that clicking “interesting” simply gets me more stories from that show or category rather than nuanced insightful predictions like Netflix (yo, non-profit budget). Still, within the simple objectives of the app, there are some essential practical improvements. Many of us listen while driving/doing something else with hands and eyes. We can’t always share, rate or save before the story disappears, and the hmmm moment often comes at the end of an episode. We might not even see the name of the show that just ended so we can look it up. Please add the option to go back or at least see previously heard stories. We also wander away from our desks/attentiveness and want to know what we missed. I’ll put the rest of my suggestions in the app’s suggestion box.
Amazing app for local radio and international news coverage!
My Radio went out in the truck awhile back and so I don’t have access to 90.1 so I tried out the App and I use it all the time. It’s great for local stories, connects to your local broadcast similar to how the radio method does, or I can use the explore option if I wanna find something specific or I can hit catch up and it plays up to date/recent stories and news coverage. I am constantly driving between towns no ones ever heard of in rural utah and it Connects/ works great- seriously have been impressed on the content and the functionality of it. So, thanks! ps Make sure your phone is updated because there’s one review about it shorting out or bugging but I had that problem so tried installing belated updates cause I’m horrible at doing those on the smart phone and it’s worked great ever since, and the set up in car isn’t that great it’s an old Nissan pushing 300k Miles.
I don’t want to train an algorithm, I want to listen to the news.
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.
I listen to stories on the NPR One app every day, and really enjoy the ability to open the app at any hour and instantly hear the latest headlines. I also enjoy its unique blend of podcast/broadcast streaming. That being said, there are a few things I'd really like to see in future updates. For one, I hope something can be done to cut down on the amount of battery power the app uses. Also, I would love the ability to add stories to an "up next" queue, and to create custom playlists of stories. It would also be nice to be able to download stories to listen when I'm offline. In addition, it would be great to add a button to scrub forward 15 seconds, not just back. I think the app's concept is really innovative, but it could benefit still from the functionality found on some other podcasting apps. Thanks for the consideration!
Excellent for a certain type of user
I understand the complaints of some other reviewers. If they are experiencing crashes or very high data usage then there is a problem. I haven’t experienced these problems. I live overseas and miss NPR and this app is absolutely perfect for me. It’s like an intelligent radio station in that there is only some user control, and for the most part it will play what it plays, learning over time what kinds of programs you prefer. If I wanted an NPR podcast portal this wouldn’t fit the bill. But what I want is an NPR radio station that allows some control but otherwise plays a mix of familiar and new content, with little to no interaction by me, and I love it. It plays and plays and plays while I work around the house or office, occasionally skipping a show here or there. Perfect. Bravo to the developers for delivering so well on a somewhat novel concept.
Great content, awful app
I support NPR. But this app is so frustrating I'm wavering. Return after a long enough break, and one is given the option to "catch up" (meaning get the latest 3 minute news summary) or "resume" (meaning continue from where one left off). Often this just doesn't work, and trying to find the news summary any other way seems impossible. It's frustrating because it seems obvious that access to the latest news summary, when desired, is what most people would want. Second, after the summary, some stories run automatically, and while you can skip forward to the next, you can't skip backwards! (Got my hands full, missed some of that story that was just on, want to rewind, and... can't.) This smells of "we know what's best for the user" nannying. No! Please just give the users the obvious controls they might want. Finally, the app itself is labyrinthine and very confusing. There's no need for this. NPR, please get some app designers who know how to put the users first, instead of trying to handspoon them what they often don't want.
Literally the best
So I’ve heard the “npr one” commercial countless times while listening to some of the NPR podcasts during my drives, while i wash the dishes, at work.. etc & although I listened to the podcasts of shows i loved, I did miss actually listening on the radio (because I’m often out of range). I love that i can listen to my local station now with this app wherever I am (although... should their be a nostalgic section where you can listen through static? Literally the only thing ppl will still keep on through static & barely be able to make it out... bc it’s that good lol. That was my childhood riding in the backseat of the car, listening to static laden NPR programs my parents were playing.) Anyway— thank you for making this app so user friendly, personal, efficient, informative & esp. providing the little snippets of stories... love it!!!
Never Rated an App but this one is perfect
I listen to this app every day. In the morning getting ready. When I’m making dinner at night. A lot of nights I even fall asleep to it. The rotation of stories is good and it does a good job of picking this based on what I like. I don’t use the search function a lot but I feel like that could be a smidgen better. My only complaint, and tbh I don’t know if this is the app itself or my phone. There have been times when the app started out of nowhere even if it wasn’t previously launched. So I was in class or a meeting and all of a sudden “NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO IS RIGHT HERE. LIVE FROM NPR NEWS IN WASHINGTON IM JACK SPEER” now. Don’t get me wrong. Jack Speer’s voice could charm me down a live subway tunnel. But it was mildly embarrassing. So to fix it, I just turned of “auto play on launch” and that’s fixed it. All in all 6/5 stars.
Data & Battery Hog- doesn’t remember place in podcast, rewind button??
The app itself is a nice idea but I can’t use it anymore as it’s an unbelievable data hog. I’ve listened to entire seasons of NPR podcasts, using about 500mgs total in the process- yet 30 minutes of using the NPR One app and it’s already sucked up 2GB?! I reset my cellular data counter on my iPhone and tested it again, after 25 minutes it used another 1.5GB. This app is either extremely poorly designed or had some major bugs. Even worse it won’t remember where you are in a podcast. First it introduces you to new podcasts by starting with the latest episode, not at the beginning. Secondly, it won’t remember your place. I’ll pause a story, then when I come back to NPR one or hit unpause it starts anew with the latest headlines and there’s no way to know how far along you were in a story. So you have to skip around to find your place. Please! Please add a rewind button! I miss shows that are offered because I can’t get my phone out of my pocket in time to tap the button.
Love NPR, Hate This App
I love listening to NPR, but I really really detest this app. The design of the app is fine. My problem is that it is still so buggy and crash-prone even years after its introduction. There have been times—like this very moment—when I have to spend like 20 minutes closing and re-opening and restarting the app to get it to work and sometimes it still doesn’t work. At first, my love of NPR made me want to give the app the benefit of the doubt—maybe it wasn’t their app but my crappy phone that was the problem. For a long time I told myself that that was the real problem. But then one day, I bought a brand new phone, and I was sadly disappointed when the app’s behavior failed to improve. The app has continued to regularly fail me for the past year that I’ve had this phone. I keep hoping it’s going to get better with some kind of update, but it hasn’t yet. I probably have 30-40 apps on my phone and this one of only two that consistently misbehaves like this. Please fix it. Please. I’ll change my tune and write a good review.
Can’t go without
A great app that fills a need I have on my commute. Previously I only listened occasionally on the radio but now I can more easily choose the segments I want to hear. Now I listen on my commute and even on weekends. Can’t go without. A few small things that could be improved.. • Returning to half-finished stories: Often times I’ll be listening to the story in my car only to have to turn what I’m listening to off when I reach my location. The next morning I’ll jump in my car and want to hear Up First, but after I’d like to return to story I was listening the previous day. At this point I end up circulating various screens only to find the segment I was looking for 2min later which starts completely over. • Referral/ad content: During a story sometimes I’ll hear an ad for something I may be interested in. There’s been many times where I say: “Yeah that sounds cool”... but I’m in my car and the ad only plays for about 15s. For that can you add something like a sticky bar that stays up for 2 minutes? Or push a notification that when clicked adds that to your “Listen Later” queue? • Taxonomies of news/feature segments: Glad to see this section of NPR’s feature offering growing! I’d like to see this section be more targeted to my listening habits.
Devolved into frustration
This app started buggy, but I saw enough value from the personalized content feed to stick with it. As it got more stable was listening to it every day, and all day on weekends. I liked it so much that I programmed my favorite podcasts to stream through it, and spent a good amount of time rating content so it could learn my preferences, for example, science and astronomy. Things changed drastically after I started hearing more local station announcements. Suddenly it would get in endless loops saying “ and now for something from outside NPR” or it would not allow me to skip content that it had already forced me to listen to several times. I tried changing local stations in the app, and it helped for a while, but eventually it seemed to disregard all of my preferences and it was no better than listening to a live station stream. I gave up on this app realizing that I was missing favorite podcasts and NPR stories by relying it
Live in NYC, suddenly keep getting news from Ypsilanti!
I listen to NPR One all the time and love it, but like so many other reviewers here I wish the program worked better. It’ll sometimes randomly cut off bits of the program I’m listening to when it transitions between segments, and somehow it decided that I want to hear the podcast “Endless Thread” constantly. Worst of all is that it used to give me NYC news - my home station is set to WNYC - but in the last few months keeps switching to some local Michigan radio station called WEMU & giving me local news about the Huron and what’s happening in Ypsilanti and horrible neoliberal political commentary by someone named Alan Chartock, who should retire ASAP. It makes me grateful for the relative sophistication of WNYC content - sorry but it’s true - but drives me crazy bc I never want to hear that irrelevant claptrap again. I’ve contacted NPR One multiple times and none of their suggestions - like reinstalling - have helped. Aaaaaah!!
You really have to do better.
I LOVE NPR. But I really dislike this app. It’s soooo hard to navigate. I can’t find the shows I want or listen to them they way I want. I feel you keep forcing all you other shows down my throat & not giving me the opportunity to dive deeper into the shows I love & want to listen to. I keep deleting the ridiculous app. Then putting it back when you mess up my WONDERFUL, perfectly fine regular NPR app. Now I can’t fully listen to the shows I want there like morning editions a Saturday & Sunday. But I can’t easily find them &’once I do they don’t play the entire show as I would expect. I get sooo frustrated & now you lose a loyal listener to a program. Why are you doing this STOP, please STOP. I could add more to this list. But I’ll stop myself & see I f I can find the full show on regular Apple podcast or them just go to he internet & see if I can fully listen to the show. It really really really shouldn’t be this hard!!! Sorry Lulu another Sunday where I’ll miss the puzzler :(
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