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Want to make playing your favorite stations’ live stream even easier? This release includes support for Siri voice Shortcuts, which will allow you to record a cue that you can use to ask Siri to start the stream for you at any time - hands free!
This release also contains a fix for users who have encountered issues with the app loading content properly in the last version. Thanks to everyone who reported this for their patience while we resolved it.
In addition, we also packed in a bunch of smaller bug fixes and improvements. As always, thanks to all of the users who provided helpful feedback to assist in resolving those.
Ratings and Reviews
Already miss the Old App
I should have known better than to go with the new NPR app that replaced NPR News. There was so much to love about it. Although I do Support my local NPR Station, I also like to browse, including locally produced programs from other parts of the country, which are not carried by my local station. That was easy to do in the old app. I simply brought up the station, and chose an on-demand program. These shows were displayed alongside the live streams. In addition , I could create a Favorites list, and even add items to a playlist for later use. In the new version, all of these features are gone. Now, the only way to get on-demand material from other stations seems to involve changing one’s favorite station; and, even if you do that, you then have to go to a separate On-Demand tab to get such material, and there are fewer choices of podcasts and topics. For instance, on the old app, I could go to WUNC (not my local station), and listen to podcasts from The People’s Pharmacy. Now, even by making that station my favorite, I found very few choices—and The People’s Pharmacy wasn’t one of them. Then, I had to reset my favorite station; then, to get back to where I was (if it wasn’t my local station), I had to go to Recently Streamed, and _hope to find it there. I hope I will grow to like the new app better, but don’t count on it. The reason I even gave it 4 stars is that I’m a huge fan of NPR.
Please allow us to favorite and keep track of articles
This is an okay app, the redesign was fine for the most part. I wish that I could share stories more easily though- there is no easy share button at the top of an article. Also, unlike the old app, I can’t click on photos and see them in full screen. This ticks me off since on a mobile it is much harder to see a photo when you can’t make it bigger.
Secondly, PLEASE allow some sort of system for keeping track of interesting stories, even when they’re old. A favorite, starred, or other system would be very helpful. I know you don’t have that on your website either, and in fact it’s very rare on most news sites, but not having it makes it extremely difficult to keep track of anything.
Also, I would love it if I had the option to add on to my home tab with news from topics that I, THE USER, think are important/interesting. For example, there’s a “World” category- why can’t I ask the app to include those stories at the end of my home page? Or perhaps add a tab NEXT TO home that features News tailored to my interests? The current system means its much harder for me to stay up to date on topics I’m interested in, since I don’t want to have to go to each topic with several clicks. I just want ONE PLACE, ONE! where ALL the stories in the topics I’m interested in appear in a line, like on the home tab, or even in the home tab. Please include these changes. Thank you NPR.
Developer Response ,
Thanks so much for your feedback. We really appreciate all of these suggestions - we are definitely thinking about how we can help personalize your experience and these are great ideas on that front that we will take under consideration.
Lastly, I did want to note that you can share stories from the app. On the story page, on the top right corner, if you tap that box/arrow sharing icon, it will open a menu for sharing. I hope that helps in some way.
Thanks again for your support of this app and NPR!
Bring the NPR News app back, please
The new NPR app seems designed like the NPR One app, which is really unfortunate. On the old NPR News app, I could create my own playlists, listening to these three stories but not that one. That functionality has all been removed from the new (and certainly not improved) NPR app. Sometimes I might want to listen to most of one day’s All Things Considered program, but would (for example) delete the sports stories because I just don’t care about them. With the change to this new NPR app, it’s not possible to curate my own NPR playlist. It’s frustrating that NPR’s “digital” department thinks that this is what their listeners want.
The new NPR app is much less listener-friendly and makes it more difficult to seek out new/interesting content. It is still easy to find Morning Edition or All Things Considered—but it is very difficult to find the off-the-wall and obscure programs produced by smaller NPR member stations across the country. The old NPR News app was great for that.
Ugh. I gave up on using NPR One years ago because I didn’t like how that program “decided” for me what it thought I would want to listen to. I was an active user of the NPR News app for years and years. I used the Playlist feature on a daily basis. It was a very frustrating morning to be forced into using this new NPR app that has taken away much of the functionality of the old NPR News app. Please bring the old NPR News app back!
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