NPR One by NPR is one of those apps that makes me really happy. This has nothing to do with design and usability, but the fact that this iPhone app allows anyone to access any public radio service anywhere. The app works fine on iPad too, which is a big plus. The app gives you a lot of freedom, but you don’t have to use it at all. You can easily change channels and skip segments of a radio show you don’t like, or you can simply sit back, relax, and listen to what the app puts in front of you. The best feature of the app is that all the news that you will receive is curated manually by the editors at NPR, meaning you will only get the best radio delivered straight to your device. The app weighs in at just over 11 MB and Internet is required.
As mentioned before, the app offers all the public radio you can shake your hat at. There is so much content you will never ever get bored. The good thing about the app is that it is fully customizable, which means that the radio app will only give you the content you want. This is perfect for when you’re on the go, as you might not want to get your device out every time you hear something you don’t want to hear. Of course you will be able to listen to your local radio, while also never missing out on the global news, as the app will blend these two flawlessly together.
The app allows you also to search for your favorite shows, which will also help the app make a better selection for you. When you have been listening to a segment you like, you can easily share these with your friends via the integrated sharing option. On top of this all, the app is also designed to be used easily and it will allow you to listen to any public radio station anywhere. This is limited to the United States though, but hopefully they will expand to a global network sooner rather than later.
Only public radio from the United States is available
NPR One screenshot
I mentioned in the introduction paragraph that this is one of those apps that makes me really happy. This is not only because it is free, but it is mainly because the app offers an endless stream of content. With this app you never have to be bored again, and the fact it is fully customizable means you just have to sit back and relax. The app is designed to be used by everyone and is very easy to use. NPR One is designed for iPhone but works fine on iPad too.