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Please allow us to favorite and keep track of articles
This is an okay app, the redesign was fine for the most part. I wish that I could share stories more easily though- there is no easy share button at the top of an article. Also, unlike the old app, I can’t click on photos and see them in full screen. This ticks me off since on a mobile it is much harder to see a photo when you can’t make it bigger.
Secondly, PLEASE allow some sort of system for keeping track of interesting stories, even when they’re old. A favorite, starred, or other system would be very helpful. I know you don’t have that on your website either, and in fact it’s very rare on most news sites, but not having it makes it extremely difficult to keep track of anything.
Also, I would love it if I had the option to add on to my home tab with news from topics that I, THE USER, think are important/interesting. For example, there’s a “World” category- why can’t I ask the app to include those stories at the end of my home page? Or perhaps add a tab NEXT TO home that features News tailored to my interests? The current system means its much harder for me to stay up to date on topics I’m interested in, since I don’t want to have to go to each topic with several clicks. I just want ONE PLACE, ONE! where ALL the stories in the topics I’m interested in appear in a line, like on the home tab, or even in the home tab. Please include these changes. Thank you NPR.
Developer Response ,
Thanks so much for your feedback. We really appreciate all of these suggestions - we are definitely thinking about how we can help personalize your experience and these are great ideas on that front that we will take under consideration.
Lastly, I did want to note that you can share stories from the app. On the story page, on the top right corner, if you tap that box/arrow sharing icon, it will open a menu for sharing. I hope that helps in some way.
Thanks again for your support of this app and NPR!
Already miss the Old App
I should have known better than to go with the new NPR app that replaced NPR News. There was so much to love about it. Although I do Support my local NPR Station, I also like to browse, including locally produced programs from other parts of the country, which are not carried by my local station. That was easy to do in the old app. I simply brought up the station, and chose an on-demand program. These shows were displayed alongside the live streams. In addition , I could create a Favorites list, and even add items to a playlist for later use. In the new version, all of these features are gone. Now, the only way to get on-demand material from other stations seems to involve changing one’s favorite station; and, even if you do that, you then have to go to a separate On-Demand tab to get such material, and there are fewer choices of podcasts and topics. For instance, on the old app, I could go to WUNC (not my local station), and listen to podcasts from The People’s Pharmacy. Now, even by making that station my favorite, I found very few choices—and The People’s Pharmacy wasn’t one of them. Then, I had to reset my favorite station; then, to get back to where I was (if it wasn’t my local station), I had to go to Recently Streamed, and _hope to find it there. I hope I will grow to like the new app better, but don’t count on it. The reason I even gave it 4 stars is that I’m a huge fan of NPR.
Ok, could be better
I use this app daily and often multiple times per day. It does the basics pretty well, but I wish it was smoother and a bit more flexible. I echo some of the suggestions I’ve seen posted. My main irritations are also about difficulty in sharing; the developer has responded about an option on the story page; I just know that from the item I’m listening to at the moment, there is no sharing option. For items that I really wanted to share, I have to find it on NPR’s website and send that way — something I don’t take the time to do as often as I think to share something. Also, the Listen To All Stories function seems to cue for an ad/promo to be inserted in the story sequence, which is fine, but it interrupts the flow by either skipping the story that should play right after the ad, or just stopping together after the ad. I select Listen To All Stories when I don’t want to have to hover over my phone, so it’s annoying when I’m across the room or otherwise occupied and then have to go back to it (or just have silence) because once again the play has stopped or skipped. Fine to play the ad, not fine for it to derail the basic play-all function.
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