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One of Apple's Favorite "Great Free iPhone Apps"

The ultimate NPR experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to.

With the NPR News iPhone app, NPR is always on.


- Listen to NPR’s hourly news updates
- Create a playlist of stories
- Hear public radio podcasts on demand

- Read stories while listening to live stations or on demand audio

- Bookmark your favorite stations
- Find stations by location (GPS) or zip code

- Our program guide tells you where your favorite programs are playing live now
- Listen to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, Fresh Air, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and more – anytime, anywhere

If you need support using the app, wish to report an issue or request a feature, we'd love to hear from you! Please email us at

What's New in Version 3.9.2

Renaming the app back to NPR News.

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Customer Reviews

please stop the new advertisements with voice commands. please. I cannot take it anymore.

The new advertisements are a disaster. In between news stories, roughly 5-minute intervals, the app asks the listener if they want to watch a movie trailer and then cues the Siri tone for a voice command. This is incredibley intrusive. NPR news is an app that I want to listen to. Not one that I want to have a conversation with. On top of that the design of this function is very poor for the listener. The only other times the Siri tone is cued is when I hit a button for it - So this new form of advertising is always confusing. Did I accidentally activate Siri? Am I sitting on my phone? Also half the time I'm on the bus or in public so It would be really weird to start using voice commands and I have to wait awkwardly for a few seconds. The worst part is that the tone is loud and abrupt, then followed by an long silence. it interrupts the flow of listening in a very unnatural way. Why NPR? Why??? The reason I donate money is so I can hear my favorite news station in a non-commercial format... My favorite app is ruined. The worst part is the same ad comes on over and over when I listen to the news. I cannot stand it anymore. Pretty please, with sugar on top, stop asking me if I want to watch the trailer for the new Stephen Hawking movie!!!!!! fyi, I actually wanted to see it before hearing your advertisement 100 times this week.

It's a love/hate thing

I don't have any of the bugs others describe - the app is stable and is my primary source of news. It's easy to navigate and control.

The downside, and it's a biggie for a news organization, is that no external links work in any articles at all. Many, many, MANY articles refer to links on other websites, social media references, images, etc., however none of them work or display at all. For example, in an article about The Interview today it says, "Seth Rogen, who also co-directed the movie, tweeted:" - and of course there's nothing there; all I know is that he tweeted something. These are facts that the story's writer wanted to include and that I as a reader want to know, but are completely lost because, presumably, at the end of the day the NPR app is just an afterthought that some intern is just pasting stuff into, regardless of whether it actually works or not. Again, this is not a rare thing - probably half of all articles contain outside references or links that aren't there. Even worse, the URL of the link isn't even shown so I don't even have the choice to go pull it up manually. Details matter.

Needs some fixes

I love the NPR app, I've been using it since 2010, it runs pretty well on my iPhone 4S, but there are some annoyances I think the developers need to fix. First, if you play any sort of news stream or audio story at any point, and later try to read plain text news while listening to your own music on iTunes, the music cuts out because the app thinks there is a steam or recording going when there isn't. I want it to just cut my music off just before I stream stuff, not right away when I open up the app. It works the correct way when the app is freshly installed, but once you play your first audio, this annoyance occurs.

Also, what I find annoying is the pictures accompanied with news stories are not zoomable. Make it so I can zoom into the picture and see it without squinting!

Finally, lots of articles have hyperlinks to other articles or web pages outside of npr that don't show up in this app's interface. Fix this! It would allow for a much more dynamic user experience.

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  • Category: News
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  • Version: 3.9.2
  • Size: 6.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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