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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New in Version 3.9.3
Introducing the NPR Newscast Today Widget. Now you can get the hourly news update with a single tap! All you need to do is enable the NPR News widget in Notification Center.
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Superb, no gimmicky bells and whistles
I now have NPR and AP as my go-to news apps. Both are no frills, with focus on simple layouts for serious reading. Both have a crucial component that other news apps don't have...they both load all articles fully cached for offline reading; you don't even have to load each specific article, just the category. You have to click on each category to do this and all contained articles in the category fully load for offline...takes about a minute to load several categories when connected to wifi. Though as someone else mentioned occasionally it gives me an alert saying I have a slow connection when in fact I don't...I think it's a bug that needs fixing. Almost forgot to mention that when connected the radio stations and audio articles load fast and play back with excellent sound.
NPR great; app is lame. Update overdue.
It's 2015, the app is stuck in 2009.
The app could easily be thought out so much better, however, to minimize taps, and frustration. It's currently waaay too "tappy". And "freeze-y". NPR deserves better.
Why not one-tap playlisting?
Why no download option?
Why is the app so ugly?
The app doesn't allow for an easy manual FF or rewind through a segment. Using your finger to go back or forwards is hit or miss. Even a 30 sec. rewind button would be a thoughtful & welcome addition, just for a start, as would .5 and 1.5 speed options.
To go to the next track on a playlist (without later replaying the track you've forwarded past) requires editing your playlist, which is a tedious, multistep process. Forwarding to the next track from a Bluetooth device gets the same result. In these ways and many, many others the app gets in the way of the listening experience.
A major update is long overdue. Years long.
I wish NPR would devote some serious effort and resources and commit to the job of creating an excellent app using best audio app practices, worthy of the content. Make use of iPhone gestures Look at the way Stitcher does things, or the This American Life app does other things.
As a longtime listener and supporter, I feel that neither the iPhone app nor the web-based player are worthy reflections on the NPR brand, which is otherwise an intelligent and rare joy amongst the corporate media wasteland.
UPDATE - works great
(I'll leave my original post after this update.)
The app is working great right now. My station is back on the list and starts streaming immediately. I'll make my station a favorite and will see if it continues to work.
The app works much better than just streaming on Safari.
Previous review: I've used this app for many years without a problem. Recently, though, my local station is frozen when I open it. I have to open another station to get the stream going, then click back to my local station. I've installed and installed and hasn't helped. Not sure what to do.