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NPR News Mobile

Update: This is the web based app of NPR which has been replace by the iPhone app NPR News.

NPR has just released their iPhone optimized portal which can be viewed by visiting m.npr.org on your iPhone or iPod touch.

A project between NPR and certain NPR member stations to bring content from both NPR and NPR member stations to iPhone users. The webapp gives you the option to hear audio podcasts like the NPR Hourly News and your local NPR Radio station news. You can set your local STA to personalize your experience on the NPR iPhone site.

Additionally you can browse all news stories by category including local news, most SMSed stories, story of the day, song of the day, Politics, Business, Health and Science, Movies, Music, Books, Interviews and Commentary. You can also take the entertaining Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me! Quiz, and also have the ability to search for stories.

Lastly, note that you can listen to almost any story as well as read its full text with your iPhone.

Overall this makes the NPR iPhone webapp one of the most powerful news resources available to iPhone users today.Try with TestiPhone


App Review By Joe Seifi Posted on June 5th, 2008 and filed under Local, News, Podcasts, Radio, Reading (Viewed 4706 times, 1 so far today). Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.

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17 Reviews on “NPR Mobile iPhone”

  1. 1
    Demian Perry says:

    Thanks for reviewing our mobile site. You may want to check out our latest iPhone upgrade, which we released yesterday (06/04/08) Just point your iPhone to m.npr.org

  2. 2
    Artblanche says:

    I’m surprised that NPR doesn’t have the Chicago station (WBEZ) available.

  3. 3
    Jeff says:

    How can I listen to WBEZ Chicago live on IPHONE?

    Why is NPR doesn’t have WBEZ Chicago available? as local channels?

  4. 4
    Jonathan says:

    Is it possible to stream live radio from my local station (WAMU in DC) through this app?

  5. 5
    Dave says:

    Thank you NPR for developing this great portal. Been using it obsessively and successfully for some time now. Brilliant.

  6. 6
    Laurence Ryan says:

    Can’t listen to M Ed. & ATC, etc because of Iphone/Ipod Touch problems with Java, I believe. Have searched for solution but not found any. This makes NPR on Iphone/Ipod Touch less interesting. Any ideas? Thanks, Larry Ryan

  7. 7
    Demian Perry says:

    NPR shares ownership of ME and ATC content with NPR member stations and we work closely with them to provide the ideal listening experience. Currently, the best way to consume ME and ATC as an entire program on the iPhone or iTouch is to download the free ‘Public Radio Tuner’ app from the app store and select your favorite NPR station when it airs (LIVE). If you want to go back and listen to a particular segment from ME or ATC later on, you’ll find the most complete recent archive of that content at m.npr.org.

  8. 8
    Laurence Ryan says:

    Demian..thanks for the reply. Installed PRT but when I tried to consume the feed from any npr source the app just hung. Tried many times.

    I see that this is a frequent issue in the app store comments for PRT. Any thoughts?

    Thanks again…Larry Ryan

  9. 9
    Demian Perry says:

    Yup, we know about the issue and are working on a fix. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  10. 10
    Tom says:

    Why is KJZZ, Phoenix NPR, no longer available? It was available initially on PRT.

  11. 11
    fing says:

    My question exactly!
    I listen to KNAU and KUAZ on the iPhone
    PRT but for some reason KJZZ always says
    “stopped” when I try to play it?

    Why?

  12. 12
    Cameron Servick says:

    How about an iPhone station directory? Key in city, app returns NPR frequencies!

  13. 13
    Moshe says:

    Why can’t we listen to to live streaming NPR stations all the time

  14. 14
    Bob g says:

    The app is OK if you like stripped down web pages. But if you have a fast iPhone, it’s terrible. Doesn’t seem now to be anyway to get to the full site. Tha stripped down mobile site doesn’t include images and links of the full site. Very frustrating to listen to a story about great photos nut have no way to actually see them.

  15. 15
    Amir Thompson says:

    Many thanks for posting this amazing tune ;)

  16. 16
    Dick feldman says:

    This app just broke today with your latest update. It no longer works in the background so it stops playing when the iPhone sleeps or you go to another app. Bps you fix this soon. It’s useless until you do.

  17. 17
    lars says:

    I just don’t understand this app. I click “top stories” and only two of the top dozen stories are audio content, the rest are text. It’s 6pm here on the West Coast, these stories have already played in the East. Eventually, if I wait until the late evening, all the stories have audio. It’s not much use if I can’t listen when I want to. The streaming feature isn’t much help, because I have 30 minutes to listen now, I’d like to cherry pick what I listen to using the playlist, not wait through the streaming fluff pieces of which I have no interest.

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