EDIT - Signing out and then back in has fixed the issue. Unsure if the queue option works properly. Doesn't work anymore. The app, unfortunately, always plays the same podcast every time I launch it immediately after it plays the news. I added this podcast to my "listen to later" queue and when it went to load the next story it came up with nothing. And that's what I've got now, an app that wants to play nothing. I've closed (swiping it closed from the recent apps drawer) it and re-opened it several times but to no avail. - EDIT - Signing out and then back in has fixed the issue.
Bad update This app recently updated now you need a sign on to use it. The app says "So we can remember you" . No thank you I'll just install instead.
Constant force closing with new update I haven't been able to determine whether this update fixes the longstanding issues with chromecast (making it nearly unusable with chromecast) because the app is constantly force closing (N preview 4, Nexus 6P). Again, I also need a "I have heard this story" button in addition to a skip button so that I won't have to skip the same marketplace episode 10+ times over the course of a week!
Audio cuts out continuously. Why is it so hard to buffer content on a new phone with 3GB of ram and more flash? The moment you lose service, it cuts. I just don't understand why app developers choose to pretend cell service is perfect everywhere AND presents no options in the app to save content locally or setup a cache or buffer or something. If you don't have good service, don't use.
A little annoying The only thing I listen to NPR for is "Wait, wait. Don't Tell Me" but after an episode finishes, the ap immediately goes into the news of something else and i have to stop the app, go to the Wait wait page, find which episode i was listening to and then pick the next one. An autoplay for one podcast would be appreciated. Or at least an option to prevent it from leaving the current podcast and automatically going to the live station should have been included from the start.
The Only Useful News App NPR has always been light years ahead of the corporate media here in the US, but this is far and beyond the best news delivery source I've ever used. Comprehensive, diverse, useful stories that wear their bias on their sleeve and don't have any other motive other than to inform and educate the listener. The personalization system is also very good. It's less there to censor what you don't want to hear than is to place more emphasis on what you do. If you value being informed, this is the only app you need.
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