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WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station

By 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station

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Clear, rock-solid livestream of WBUR’s award-winning local, national and world news and information, plus on-demand programs and podcasts like On Point, Here & Now, Only A Game, Radio Boston, Modern Love and Dear Sugar.


• Elegant, intuitive listening experience with all your favorite WBUR and NPR programs and podcasts
• 24/7 livestream of WBUR’s radio programming
• Save programs for later listening
• Never miss a moment of your favorite shows with a seamless rewind function to programs already in progress
• Simple mobile donation option
• Track listening history

The WBUR Listen app is free, so please consider supporting us with a donation. The app is funded by your generous contributions.

iOS Features, in detail

LISTEN (home)

• live stream
• schedule
• recently listened to programs
• on demand program list

NOW PLAYING (audio player)

• equalizer to navigate back to audio player
• buffer/progress bar
• scrub forward/back
• jump forward/back 15s
• play/pause
• sleep timer
• live stream
• details about program
• DVR go back to start of program
• Donate
• on demand stream
• details about program/episode
• save for later
• share
• on demand offline play
• details about program/episode
• save for later
• share
• donate
• browse the app while audio is playing

DVR functionality

• scrub or rewind back to start of currently airing program
• at end of program, shift user to currently airing program
• start current program if user resumes play after being paused for 4+ hours
• notify user if they scrub back to a point before the 6 hour buffer (for long programs)


• donate heart on NOW PLAYING screen
• first time donation: show terms
• first time donation: allow user to change donation amount
• initiate text message to send donation
• future donation: one tap to text message donation
• manage donation amount in SETTINGS
• record of all submitted donations in HISTORY


• programs and podcasts
• Notifications for new episodes
• episode list (by date)
• episode details
• play episode & continue playing down list of episodes (up to 10 hrs)
• save episode
• more info > episode details


• toggle on new episode notifications for a program or podcast

SAVE FOR LATER (on demand only)

• save on demand episodes bookmarks them to be listened to later
• list of saved episodes on saved screen
• play episode (if available)
• continue playing down the list of saved episodes (up to 10 hrs)
• download episode for offline play


• download individual saved episodes for offline play
• SETTING to automatically download saved episodes downloads all future saved episodes automatically


• usage stats
• hours listened
• number of episodes saved
• number of times donated
• listening history
• historical list of all episodes listened to in chronological order by date
• on demand
• name of program + name of episode
• more info > episode details
• play episode (if available)
• live programming
• name of program + Live Stream
• visit program on demand page (if available)
• donation history
• historical list of all donations in chronological order by month
• summary of total amount donated by month
• on demand
• name of program + name of episode
• more info > episode details
• play episode (if available)
• live programming
• name of program + Live Stream
• visit program on demand page (if available)


• automatically download toggle
• default donation amount
• Watch onboarding video
• About
• Contact Us

What's New in Version 4.0.0

• Complete rebuild and redesign
• Improved live, on-demand streaming provides the most reliable listening experience imaginable
• Save on demand episodes for later listening and download content for offline listening
• Keep track of programs you’ve heard with the new listening history section
• Mobile donations are easier than ever


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Customer Reviews

Flawed live streaming

While this revision of the app works better than the previous disastrous version, there are plenty of bugs remaining.
The most annoying of them is inconsistent live streaming. While there are times when the stream works perfectly fine for hours, it inevitably breaks down. The audio interrupts every 15-20 seconds, disappears for minutes and then suddenly reappears. There is a lot of inconsistency with LIVE status, when the stream is clearly 15 minutes behind but has a live status. Restarting the app solves the issue but it reappears.
There is also an issue with looping, when the stream starts looping, replaying the same 1-2 minute segment over and over. This can only be solved by a restart.
This app should severe one purpose - listening to WBUR over wifi/cell network. It's inconsistency and connectivity issues make it a frustrating and annoying experience.
Please hire great iOS developers and fix it.

Loved it before the upgrade

I know, I know. There's always some Luddite grouch who hates an upgrade. But this upgrade has not improved my listening experience. Just the opposite.
That heart-shaped pitch to donate $5 EVERY time I open the is getting real tired real fast. Hey, I just donated online during the pledge drive (No one can make me feel guilty for not supporting WBUR like Tom Ashbrook.)
It's got all these bells and whistles but I really want the app to do just one thing.
Stream my favorite radio station live.
And It doesn't do that anymore. If I turn it off (because I'm taking a phone call, or because I'm just not into whatever is playing) and then turn it back on, it starts the stream at the exact point it left off. In other words, it's no longer live. I have to close the app and reopen it in order to get it to be 'live' again.

Being forced to take an extra step to do a simple function is the hallmark of an over-designed upgrade.

I'd love to love this app as much as I love WBUR but I wish I hadn't upgraded.

Finally! A stable WBUR app (update)

Thank you, WBUR for fixing the issues with prior releases of your app and making it great. Had to take back a star because it is a DATA HOG

Not only is the app much more stable, and audio doesn't cut out if connection gets weak, but the rewind option and podcast-like structure is greatly appreciated.

I had given up on previous versions of the WBUR app, but this one brought me back into the fold. Great work!

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.0
  • Size: 41.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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