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Public Radio Player

By Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

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The Public Radio Player offers the best experience for streaming audio from public radio stations and programs across the United States. Listen to your local favorites, or catch news, music, and stories from anywhere in the country. Live, on demand, even offline listening - all for free.

Listen to popular NPR shows like Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and All Songs Considered. Catch up on past podcast episodes of This American Life, PRI’s The World, Marketplace from APM, A Prairie Home Companion, and Newshour.

Brought to you by PRX, the Player gets you fresh listening from hot shows like 99% Invisible, The Moth Radio Hour, WTF with Marc Maron, and America’s Test Kitchen Radio. Or, just hit Play on Public Radio Remix and stream the best stories from

The Public Radio Player tells you the stations near your current location. Or throw geography to the wind. Slept late in New York? Listen to KCRW, KPCC, or KQED to get your morning radio California-style. Miss your hometown Chicago sounds? WBEZ’s on the Player. If you want music - jazz, indie, folk, bluegrass, or classical: We’ve got everything from KCRW and WXPN to KJZZ and The Current.

* Listen live to 500+ public radio stations and streams
* Listen on demand to 1000+ programs and podcasts
* Download podcast episodes for offline listening
* Favorite stations and programs for quick access
* See what’s coming up with station schedules
* View station news and Twitter feeds
* Donate easily to stations you care about
* AirPlay controls (select iOS/devices only)
* Set the alarm clock and sleep timer

What's New in Version 3.2.1

+ Fixes an issue with selected states in Stations & Streams list

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Customer Reviews

Increasingly unreliable

Before this spring, this app would have gotten five stars. Listening to NPR on it gives me a portable radio experience, and allows me to switch between my favorite channels to catch a variety of programming. I also use it when traveling to find the local programming without parsing through channels on hotel clock radios.

Lately, however, the app is more and more unstable. It freezes regularly, and whereas I used to be able to back out of the current channel and select a new one to get it going again, now it simply doesn't play anything. There appears to be no way to reboot it or to diagnose the failures. It's about at the tipping point where it works less often than it fails, at which point I'm just going to find a new app.

Used to be good

I used to love this app. With recent revisions, they've changed it so that if the stream drops for even a fraction of a second, you have to listen to 10 - 30 seconds of sponsorship announcements before the stream resumes, and the stream seems to drop more frequently. So tiny blips turn into major interruptions. The app also hangs for no apparent reason from time to time and won't start playing a stream no matter how often you toggle pause/play quit and restart the app, etc. And I'm not talking about a few seconds, I'm talking about 5 minute waits before I try to reset it. And finally, to add insult to injury, they have added the irritating advertisements--not sponsorship announcements, but actual ads--at the bottom. They have broken the contract. I have deleted the app, as I haven't been able to use it. Now if I want to listen to NPR on the go, I use safari!!

Works great...

Connects to some great public stations with amazing content from around the USA. Different from what others describe, I do not experience connection problems for most stations, nor do I experience bugs and crashes. Any connection issues seem more to do with a particular station at times, not the app. However…

Reasons for giving this app 4 stars, not 5 stars: (1) only works in portrait mode, not landscape. Odd to see a non-responsive app these days for a tablet; (2) No soft volume control; (3) Radio station listings have no descriptions other than the title (usually just call letters, or something arbitrary like "KRFC Come Together"), making it difficult to find what you’re looking for.

Public Radio Player
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: May 18, 2013
  • Version: 3.2.1
  • Size: 14.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: PRX Inc

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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