***In the App Store Hall of Fame***
Experience NPR as a delightful magazine! The NPR iPad app presents our award-winning storytelling as a seamless mix of audio, text and images in a clean visual design. With a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music, the app gives you content that’s broad, deep and timely.
It's NPR like you've never seen us before.
- Browse through dozens of Topic "tapes" organized under the main categories of News, Arts & Life, and Music.
- Read stories while listening to live stations or on demand audio.
- Download stories for offline reading.
- Select from hundreds of NPR stories, and stations’ live and on-demand streams.
- Add favorite stories to your playlist.
- Persistent audio player includes one-tap access to your Playlist, Hourly Newscast, Programs and Stations.
- Expanded Station Finder feature lets you find a station by location (GPS) or searching by call letters, zip code, city or state.
- Bookmark your favorite station streams and podcasts.
- Our full-screen program guide provides information about each story and tells you where your favorite programs are playing live now.
- Listen to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and more – anytime, anywhere.
- Bookmark your favorite programs and topics.
***Praise for NPR for iPad***
2012 Webby Award, People's Voice Winner
2012 Communication Arts Interactive Annual Winner
2011 Wired Magazine / Gizmodo App Guide, Editor's Pick
"This is one of those iPad apps where the brilliance is almost invisible, because they just did things the right way. The navigation is intuitive, the design is clean..."
- Communication Arts juror
"This [app] presents public radio's current stories in scrollable rows of news, arts & life, and music...it feels a lot like being immersed in a true multimedia magazine" – Consumer Reports
The NPR for iPad app supports iOS 8 and above.
We've improved NPR for iPad's performance on the latest versions of iOS. We've also resolved many of your reported issues with app performance and bugs, specifically around station streaming.
As always, thank you for supporting public radio
Ratings and Reviews
Like a number of other news apps, I think the quality of the media (news) is fine, but the user interface needs work. I have not seen much evolution with this app. Things I hoped would be improved have remained the same for years. But it works mostly. However, one bug I discovered long ago still bugs me. If you click on the Share button and choose the Mail app to email a story you want to archive or share, when the mail composition window pops up, the Send button often becomes invisible. Through experimentation I learned that it is located at the top right corner of the email window, but when it is invisible it is hard to know where to press to send the email and get back to reading. It has been that way for years. (I am mainly using the iPad version of the app).
My best resource is sadly letting me down.
There is only one place I turn to for reliable news, and it's NPR. The app is part of my daily life and is invaluable to my family and I. It is, however, not very useful at the moment. This is because the app seems to always cut to the ads typically delivered at the start of the app. This trend of interruption while listening, has grown over the last year & cuts vital information from the news one is actually listening to! Fix this please. I really do appreciate the information provided by NPR and it's partners but if I cannot actually absorb this information, the point of the app is moot. I understand that ads are vital to the continuity of the organization but perhaps reduce to ads to less than once every couple of minutes.
App needs some work
I use the NPR News app on my iPad mostly to listen to my local NPR station or the top of hour news. I read the articles too once in a while and usually when I'm listening to the station in the background. There is no way to refresh the news items/stories on the screen. If it has not done its automatic refresh, clicking on an item can bring up a different story that has now replaced the story you clicked on in its current position. The links to the articles don't seem to work directly from the app. Other than that, I think it's a great app to get the summary of the stories on NPR or to listen to your local NPR station.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.