Update Oct 2017. Tried this app again. Still hate it. I just want to listen to yesterday's All Things Consider, which I can do here, if I manually pick each story one at a time. Please go back to supporting the NPR News App. Between every story, there's a 15sec blurb about how awesome NPR One is. I'm already listening. Why are you doing this? Also generic promos for stories you're about to hear. Just play the story already. I liked the old NPR app because it cut out all the fluff and local news. I'm probably going to go back.
I'm gonna be honest, I don't remember the last time this app worked. It never connects to whatever server it's trying to get data from and it's been finickey at best for years. It looks nice and by golly if it ever worked I'd give it a decent rating because I loved it before but it must be downloading 180,000 terabytes of data every time it connects because good lord does it take it's sweet time (then gives up without telling you until you restart the app)
The audio controls need to be updated. It's too easy to accidentally skip the current program. Then it is SUPER hard to get back to the story you were just listening to. Even when clicking on it in recently heard, it starts at the end of the story and starts a new story. Very frustrating! The fact that you are unable to skip back a story is very disappointing.
I love the easy access to the current national newscast. Unfortunately, it won't let me save a new home station, and asks me to sign in constantly, even if I just did a few seconds ago. Hope they work the bugs out, but at present, it's pretty disappointing.
Why do I have to login with a password EVERY time I launch the app. That plus the lack of offline mode and transitions that cut off the last few seconds of each segment make this app so much less useful than just subscribing to the podcasts in individually. Great idea disastrous implementation.
When this app works it is my number 1 source of news. Unfortunately the list of bugs is quite expansive and continues to grow. It constantly plays old stories, it freezes at least 3 times a day, when I move from streaming on my home Wi-Fi to the car I have to restart the app every time, and sometimes resetting the app does nothing to fix the constant buffering it claims to be doing. All in all, I have used this app for nearly a year and will probably continue to do so, but it seems that these issues haven't been addressed and I seriously doubt they ever will at this point.
Take a listen to the new 'Take Me There' deep dive in NPR One. 'Take Me There' is NPR's signature, immersive storytelling. Stories told on location. Stories told from the center of the action. Stories that transport you. Put your headphones on and let us take you there -- to the story...to another environment...or into another person's shoes.
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