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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

Great App Overall!

This app makes it possible to listen to just about any public radio station in the country thru live streaming.

You can also listen to archived editions of popular public radio programs on demand and download them to listen to whenever you want.

The biggest drawback to this version of the app is that you can no longer search for public radio programs on all public radio stations as they are playing "live" around the country. So, if you miss a show in your local market you must systematically search station by station until you find a station that happens to be playing your show at a time that works with your schedule.

Older versions of this app had this search capability, but this version no longer offers that option. Therefore, you must listen to older episodes of the program that you want that are available "on demand" or spend lots of time searching public radio schedules station by station. Frustrating!

upgrade is a disfunctional downgrade

i love npr and used this app ALL the time until downloading this newest app.

unreliable connections has turned pleasurable listening into frustration -needing to regularly force program to close and slowly reopen to eventually re-establish a new radio stream connection. this includes new app does not transition well between cell signal and wifi. i find myself turning to TuneIn Radio which offers an adequate alternative that is more reliable but far inferior features and sound quality - at least it works!

What I love(d) about this app, easy access to local stations, easy search by program which. is slightly improved in the new app. while new app makes downloading podcasts easy as well as retrieval, the overall effort to add more
bells and whistles was done
at the expense of basic functionality.

i wish the prior app version was still available. App WAS quite reliable even if it didnt have a donate now button everywhere (dumb feature btw).

I still love NPR, this app just doesnt help live the love.

Most used app!

Love the public radio player and use it all the time: making coffee, cooking dinner, taking walks. I don't use a radio at all anymore b/c the streams are so convenient and you can tailor to your listening desires. One of the best things about this app is that it enables me to keep in touch with many communities I have (sadly) moved away from. It also enables me to daydream about ones i might move to (ahem, hawaii public radio...) Docked one star b/c the alarm feature does not seem fully functional and b/c you can only "favorite" a few stations. Would also live to see more podcasts available, if possible. Overall, though, this app is quite possibly the one I use the most and I adore it!

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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