Public Radio Player, Redone and Relaunched!

February 11th, 2013 → 2:43 pm @ // 27 Comments

We understand that ‘downloading app update alerts’ might not be on your daily to-do list. But trust us, you want this one.

Welcome to the new and improved Public Radio Player app for iPhone.

  • New look and interface design
  • Better audio performance
  • Easy search
  • Station news and tweets
  • Donate to stations you love most
  • Listen to program episodes without an internet connection
  • See what’s playing now on Public Radio Remix, our 24/7 stream of stories

Learn more.
Get the app.
Don’t see a public radio station or program in the Player that you want? Let us know.


27 Comments → “Public Radio Player, Redone and Relaunched!”


  1. Michael Hoy

    1 year ago

    If and when it works I like the app, but it hangs so frequently it has me pleading w/you to fix it! I have sent you many ‘reports’ as it requests after a crash, I don’t know how to be any more specific. My recommendation is to make this app with only one feature, which is play the radio! and make that feature bullet proof.

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  2. Justin

    1 year ago

    Dear PPX – I love your app. I use it everyday and have shared with everyone. I’d like to echo other commenters and say that my favorite feature was the ability to search for programs on live stream all across the country. What happened to this? Could you reinstate it?

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  3. Delzboy

    1 year ago

    How do I “rewind” for 30 secs at time as in old version. And I miss the volume control. Thx

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  4. jane

    1 year ago

    this is not good.

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  5. Jason

    1 year ago

    Please bring back the previous 2.1.5 version. The new version is horrible. You effectively took a perfectly working product and replaced it with a absolutely horrible replacement. Was this a part of your plan to encourage people to bu y the app, if so, you would have been better off asking people to pay for an operational and functional app product.

    I believe you were too ambitious in launching an app.

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  6. Bob

    1 year ago

    Sorry to repeat, but the app does. not. work. period. The previous version wasn’t that great, which is why I updated. But this version doesnt work at all. As in NONE of the stations I pull in will actually play. I just get a spinning load icon and that’s that. Could you please direct me to the older version so I can remove the new one and re-install the old? At least that one worked…. sorta…

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    • Evan

      1 year ago

      Same thing happened to me on a new iPod Touch. I really liked the old app. At least here I learned about TuneIn Radio.

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  7. J Cardell

    1 year ago

    The new public radio app really needs to be improved! It is terribly slow when moving from one station to the next – I do not have the station schedules memorized so appreciated the previous version’s ability to list what was playing in the given hour for every station saved to favorites. Now selecting one station, seeing what it is playing, going back to the list of favorites, selecting a different one…to see what is playing in the moment is *terribly slow.* Also, after about three times back-and-forth the app is no longer able to start streaming a given station, so I need to close the app, wait and start it up again. Improvements that would be great would be to have it very quickly be able to move back and forth from a given station to the list of favorites. Also, please reinstate the list for what is currently playing for each station in favorites, right in the list of favorites.

    thanks

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  8. Bernard

    1 year ago

    This version does not work, as many others have reported. I’ve switched to TuneIn Radio.

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  9. Tony B.

    1 year ago

    What an absolute mess. You actually sent this out without some level of serious testing? As a professional software engineer, I understand the need to sometimes ship something. But this was released with little or no testing.

    Frequent crashes/hangs (this is the worst part).
    Does not gracefully handle switching between WiFi and cellular.
    Does not reconnect after losing signal, then regaining strong signal – just spins and requires a restart.

    Please, take it back, issue an apology to all those public radio listeners who you’ve ticked off and fix this app.

    In the meantime, I’m going to go back to TuneIn Radio – it works.

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  10. Crackerjack Taylor

    1 year ago

    I agree with others that this version is quite poor. Especially disappointing to me is the Sleep Timer which does not work. It causes the screen to go to the Downloads screen. It’s simpler for me now to go directly to the website of my favorite public radio station.

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  11. John DiLeo

    1 year ago

    Where did some stations go? Where is Eclectic 24 from KCRW?

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    • Paul MIntz

      1 year ago

      I am using the new app on my iPhone 5.
      I miss the ability to search for a station playing a program live and streaming from that satin?
      Also, while I do have bluetooth in my car, I like the ability to play through the usb as well. What happened to the output choice button (the little rectangle with the arrow pointing in)? It still exists in Apple’s Podcast and Music apps?

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  12. Paige

    1 year ago

    I have been in love with this app for a long time, but not it’s mostly useless to me now. The primary reason it was my absolute favorite app was its ability to let me search for programs on live stream all across the country. I used this functionality several times a week and told every public radio listener I knew about how totally awesome it was. Now I’ve upgraded and it’s gone. Please, please bring this back! This was such a unique feature, and I have no use for this app otherwise – I may as well just listen to my local station on an actual radio. I can’t tell you how much I regret upgrading. If I had a time machine, I would only need it to go back 5 minutes and tell myself not to install this upgrade.

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  13. Rekha at PRX

    1 year ago

    For those of you wondering what happened to AirPlay: It’s still there. You don’t need AirPlay controls to appear in the app itself in order to use it.

    On an iPhone, go to your lock screen (where you see “slide to unlock”), then double tap the Home button. The iPhone audio player controls will appear, and if there’s an AirPlay enabled device in the vicinity, you’ll see the AirPlay icon, too.

    On an iPad, you can double tap from any screen, swipe right (aka scroll left), and look for the AirPlay icon.
    More info, including a picture of the icon: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4437

    Good luck!

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  14. Phil Phillips

    1 year ago

    No airplay option is a serious omission.

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  15. Rosanna

    1 year ago

    New app will not work on my Iphone 4s. I can choose a station but when I touch the play arrow, nothing happens. Do you have a solution?

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  16. Carrie

    1 year ago

    The new version doesn’t work! It often won’t start streaming and if it does it stops soon after. I’ve tried dozens of times. Really frustrating as I used the old version all the time. I am using it on a 9 month old iPod touch on fast wifi with a strong signal.

    Please please bring back the old version ASAP (even if its just while you fix issues with the new one- would really appreciate being able to have a functional app in the meantime).

    I also agree with be previous commenter that I liked look of the old one better. But priority is just having it be useable!

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    • Carrie

      1 year ago

      Re: details – ipod touch 4th gen as above, iOS is 6.0.1 (haven’t yet upgraded to ios 6.1.2 but assuming this won’t help as app states it is for iOS 5.1 or later)

      Again, please please make the old version of the app available again! I don’t have the old version saved anywhere because my old computer with ipod backup died, so I can’t erase and downgrade on my own. Thanks!

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  17. Andy

    1 year ago

    Did the upgrade really kill Airplay functionality? If so it’s a huge disappointment, and i won’t be using this app at all. If not, you’ve hidden it really well. I’ve just rewired my home network and speakers for pretty much all-airplay streaming. Loss of airplay really kills the primary functionality of this app for me.

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  18. Ace the Cat

    1 year ago

    App just doesn’t work ( for me and for every other commenter I read)…

    Do you guys read the comments?

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    • Rekha at PRX

      1 year ago

      Yes, we do read them. Thanks for letting us know. It would help if you’re more specific – what issues? What device and iOS? Thanks.

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    • Art Bauer

      1 year ago

      I would be glad to give you my details:
      Brand new iPhone 4 that appears to work with every other app. Version 6.1.2. Never had a problem with the old version of you PRX player. I have fast Internet and my router/wifi works just fine.
      Problem 1: starts to play, then hangs up with no way to restart audio. You can still slide the pane sideways – cute!
      Problem 2: not compatible with iPod ! Are you kidding me? PLEASE give me the old player back. The iPod is ideal for staying connected to a docking station to play my favorites.
      Problem 3: this is minor but there are probably other bugs. You can ADD to “fave” but I see no way to delete.
      May I suggest you put this pretty player back into beta until you had a chance to test it with common devices. Any help or advise would be appreciated!

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      • Art Bauer

        1 year ago

        Update to my previous post – New PRX app works well now!

        After setting the iPhone 4 back to the factory installation and reinstalling the backup, the new PRX app is working just fine and I am also able to toggle “Fave” to add or remove a station from my favorites. (Not sure if resetting the iPhone fixed the problem or if there was a different issue.)

        Still wish the new app would work on the iPod. Luckily, I have not upgrade to the now app on an iPad and can still use the old app at least for now.


  19. Steve

    1 year ago

    Is something wrong with the blog? My original post was eaten..

    We can no longer-

    Organize the Favorites list to our satisfaction (seems to be alphabetic now, no options)

    A search for a program takes me straight to the podcast download, when I want a list of stations playing it RIGHT NOT (this was a fun way to hear new stations from different areas of the country)

    And the Favorites list doesnt show the currently playing program.

    Are these items going to be addressed in the future? As it stands right now, I am not going to update the app on my phone.. my ipad has all ready taken the plunge, and it disappointed me in mere moments.

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  20. Claire D

    1 year ago

    Hello,
    I just downloaded your upgrade and its not an improvement at all. It keeps crashing in the muddle of a story, not stable like the previous version. I really don’t care for the retro graphics; they are very obtrusive. I love listening to NPR and know my favorite app has taken a step backwards. I will be using the individual stations stream until this app is improved.

    Claire D

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  21. Jim Phelps

    1 year ago

    The update lost the ability to stream over aiplay. That is a huge feature lost with the upgrade. Very disappointing.

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