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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

Ads, Ads, and more Ads

Using the public radio app is frustrating as it increases the volume of advertisements you must endure to listen to content. For example, if you launch the app at the top of the hour, you have to listen to multiple ads before you begin hearing the top of the hour new which means you miss the top story. And, the ads are above and beyond the already high advert load (including all the repeated house ads each hour). And if that isn't bad enough, there is an "ad trap" on the bottom of the iOS screen within this app and so if you tap instead of swiping by accident when trying to bring up the iOS control panel, guess what happens? Yep, it launches some full page ads and cuts the audio to public radio and plays the ad audio. And to put icing on the cake, when you exit the ad and relaunch this application, you go through the whole forced ad process all over again and it causes me to regularly miss content I was in the middle of listening to.

Hope this helps, I'm going to use an FM radio instead 😄

NPR app

Update: This is a downgrade from my previous four stars. I echo the frustration of those who have found the app unstable, and I refuse to listen to stations that make me listen to promotional material prior to the radio stream. A new problem that has been particularly irritating is the ad bar at the bottom of the screen. I am very tired of accidentally touching the bar and being taken to an ad for Game of War or other product (many of which seem incongruous for public radio listeners).

I have loved having public radio available on my phone, and I downloaded this version because I was interested in the sleep and alarm features. I originally downgraded this app because it seemed less reliable than the previous version, and I had trouble with the new features. I am still not impressed with the alarm, but otherwise I have had a good experience overall. Being able to listen to public radio stations across the country is great.

Increasingly unreliable

Before this spring, this app would have gotten five stars. Listening to NPR on it gives me a portable radio experience, and allows me to switch between my favorite channels to catch a variety of programming. I also use it when traveling to find the local programming without parsing through channels on hotel clock radios.

Lately, however, the app is more and more unstable. It freezes regularly, and whereas I used to be able to back out of the current channel and select a new one to get it going again, now it simply doesn't play anything. There appears to be no way to reboot it or to diagnose the failures. It's about at the tipping point where it works less often than it fails, at which point I'm just going to find a new app.

Public Radio Player
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.2.1
  • Size: 14.3 MB
  • Language: English
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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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