I love NPR and it's content but this app really falls short in some critical ways. It looks nice and would seemingly be easy to use, if it functioned properly. Pressing play doesn't work often, both within the app and almost always on the lock screen overlay. Some content will randomly restart 2 minutes into it. It will sometimes load forever, which is only remedied by resetting the app. I have this app across 3 devices, and it is much more functional on iOS (though certainly still has its problems). Hope they fix this soon.
I want to start with the good - it's a slick app with a slick clean interface and great streaming options. The bad - there needs to be a catch-up button on the page somewhere instead of the occasional popup. There are often times where it doesn't appear and I have to kill the app a few times before it does or skip through mounds of stuff to get to today's content. Secondly, there needs to be a feedback button within the app. I've had a lot of tracks from my local station that show up as low volume or empty files and I'd love to be able to report this. Lastly, I'd like to be able to adjust playback speed for content. All my other audio apps have this feature and I'd love to have it here.
Great app overall and really glad they 've been improving it since it's first iteration. I really enjoy getting caught up on news through npr, and I like that I can listen to other popular station all on this one app. easy to use and learn. What I dislike is that I've been experiencing weird content interruptions for a couple months now. Not sure if it's my mobile service as I mainly listen while on the road. Sometimes I'm deep into a broadcast and then the story will restart to the very beginning randomly or change to a different news story or podcast entirely. Not sure what the issue is and I haven't tested from home. Like so said, I mainly listen while out on the road.
I have tried this app multiple times since they announced it, and each time I'm frustrated by it. The loading spinner just seems to be the most important part, because you'll spend a lot of time looking at it. Then, you may think it's more convenient to use this app so you don't have to be glued to your radio to listen to the shows you like, but that's only true if you want to hear *last week's* show. And the listening experience is just like the radio: you'll listen at 1x, and no skipping ahead past parts you're not enjoying. Maybe it's like the description says: this app is for people who are not already aware of podcasts
LOVE the content. App is not great. Whilst listening to a show, the app randomly jumps to different show constantly. Have to stop and find original show and then figure out where you were. Can be completely unusable at times. Could be much better/easier to follow favorites.
I love NPR. Reflective dialogue is a necessity worth investing. The best American media organization; all pimples aside it is the closest thing we have to a BBC (minus the hundreds of millions of forced subscription TV licenses that give us Planet Earth or David Bowie). What was I saying
Some people still don’t “get” podcasts – why they are special and how to listen. NPR One listeners can help change that. Think of someone you care about – what podcast would they really love? Share it with them via clicking the “share” button on NPR One or just show them, IRL, how to listen. Let’s get more people to try podcasts — use the hashtag #trypod (get it? t-r-y pod) to spread the love.
This release should resolve several bugs affecting background playback and crashes for 4.x devices.
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