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Hello Everyone,
We release new iOS & Android betas regulary and we'd love for you all to join.If you would like to receive these betas please sign-up from the links below.
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Which OS are you on? And which version of NPR One do you have?
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Chris Moore

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I've just joined the beta test group, and I've only been using the NPR One app for a short time. I wanted to give some feedback on my experience with it so far. Some of this may be repetitions of things that have already been said.

I use the Android app to listen, and listen entirely in the car.

One thing I've found frustrating is that I don't know how to get it to stop giving me news. Don't get me wrong, I love NPR news, but I can get that on my radio during my commute. From the NPR One app I'd like to hear feature shows and podcasts. But I can't find any way to tell the app what I want to hear and what I don't.

Along those lines, I don't see any way to queue up shows that I want to hear. In the Explore screen I can find things that look interesting, but my options are "Play Now" and "Later." I may not want to listen to that show right now, but I do want to queue it up to be played. Shows marked as "Later" don't seem to queue to be played.

I'd also like to be able to see a list of available programs. There's a list called "Recommended", but it seems to have only 25 programs on it. I know there are more programs than that, but I can only find them if I know the name of program so I can search for them. Sometimes I just want to browse and see what's there.

So, to sum up:
- Let me look at the queue of what is going to play
- Let me manage that queue - add episodes and remove them
- Let me pick what I want to hear, including showing me all possible programs
- Let me subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) programs, including news.
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My favorite me. 
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Eli Waite

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I really want to use NPR One, but the lack of offline listening is preventing me from doing so. I continue to use Pocket Cast as I can download the podcasts I want to listen to, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In other post, I see you saying you are trying to figure out the "right way" to do this. Why not push some ideas to us, your Beta testers, and we can provide feedback, I mean that is what we are here for.

As far as the right way, I would recommend something like this. Have a download/offline button, when clicked ask how long, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours and so forth with an estimated size of the download. When something is played have it auto delete, of course being added to the recently listened list in case someone wants to go back and reference it. As far as what to download, prioritize podcast people are following or themes, like politics, and if time allows mix in some goodies your algorithm thinks we will like. Of course have a setting to download only over wifi.

If you can make this change NPR One would become my daily way of getting my news and podcasts. Until then, personally, the app is just a paper weight.
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jim clifford

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My Android phone is daily downloading many great npr podcasts but how do I find them on my phone? I've spent hrs looking.. Not intuitive or user friendly. I've seen them in my Google plus under something titled listen now but I still do not know where the npr podcast downloads reside on my phone. Weird. I used to be able to Google podcasts npr and I could see every episode I downloaded and if I'd heard it but that dsnt work now. Npr podcast directory just hangs for hours without loading anything. Weirdness. Help. Why is it so complicated to do something that should be so easy. I read that the npr one app dsnt support the npr podcasts.. Wth?! I don't want to use up my data plan bytes on long runs so I hope I can just listen to downloaded podcasts but how do I find the directory.. 
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Michael Ellis

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I'm new to using this app, but I started by trying to use it with the Chromecast. The app starts on the TV just fine, plays a single story that seems to be a Podcast style. I want to listen to continuous news from NPR. The app usually hangs after hearing a single story. If I exit the app and start again, it replays the same story.
If I'm just using the app on my phone, I'm able to get it to play continuous news. So far, when running it connected to the chromecast, I'm unable to get the app to play news stories continuously. Perhaps when the Beta app is delivered to me, things will work differently.
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Great, glad to hear it!
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elizabeth davis

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Why is npr one suddenly asking me to choose an account every time I select something to listen to? 
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Thanks - that seems to have solved the problem!
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Dennis Skillman

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So I noticed there haven't been any new ground breaking changes in the NPR one app in a while. What is the plan? Is there a development plan or list of things you are working on? Is this open source and if so where is the community support for this?

By the way, I still mostly use my podcast app to listen to the NPR shows I like because NPRone isn't doing much.
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NPR One is not deprecated, I can assure you of that. There are several teams working on various aspects of NPR One, it is very much alive.

In terms of updates for the app, we are currently working on rebuilding our Chromecast integration (something that is quite overdue), onboarding some new team members, and focusing on fixing bugs. After that, we will be returning to new feature development.

We've been a bit busy and I apologize I haven't been responding here as promptly as I'd like to be.
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Dennis Skillman

Feature requests  - 
 
Hi, just joined the community and I am really excited to help test the betas. My immediate feedback is that the interface seems to be set up for people who have never listened to NPR and are looking for a discovery tool. For NPR junkies like myself, I know there are shows that I listen to almost everyday. I would like the ability to have those shows automatically downloaded as soon as they come out so they are ready for me when I get up and start my drive into work. Also, being able to change between shows and news would be great.
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Thanks for the feedback. Offline support is definitely on the roadmap.
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Ted Yang

Bug reporting  - 
 
Still have the bug with long podcasts automatically replaying the last few minutes. This time I had my phone free so saw what was going on.  Looks like the time of the podcast is wrong so basically the app THINKS it is over before it actually is, which for some reason causes it rewind when it hits the "End".  Oddly then the next time it happens it goes a bit further before rewinding and replaying back.  This just happened on latest android app and the latest freakonomics podcast.
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Thanks for giving us a specific case to investigate, we'll take a look and see if we can identify the cause with that example.
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Kenny Connor

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I'm running the latest Android N beta on my Nexus 6P. As of the July security update, the NPR One app crashes as soon as it starts to play anything. Hopefully this will be resolved before the full release of Android N. I'll try signing up for the beta version of NPR One and see if that helps.
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About this community

Hello and welcome to the NPR One Mobile Testers Community. We will be releasing beta versions of NPR One to this community to give you sneak peak at our latest work, and to ask for your help is giving us feedback. While the features in the NPR One beta app have been tested while in development, the app is not release ready, therefore crashes are possible. One of the advantages of being on the beta list is you’ll be offered new features well in advanced of users. Look for announcements and information about our testing to be here. Thank you for being part of this awesome venture!

Mark Pearson

Feature requests  - 
 
I love the e-mailed recommendations: "Fresh stories from your town and around the world". They include a small set of good stories from about the half-a-week before the e-mail is sent. But I only get these e-mails approximately monthly! :-( I wish I could set a frequency for them. I'd up my frequency to something like weekly or twice-a-week.

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Jonathan March

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Trying this again after giving up on it in 2014. I appreciate having more control than before (though still not enough). Worst problem is frequent jumping back to the start of the show. Nexus 5 on bluetooth (device sitting on table, so not the result of my butterfingers).
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Mike Stein

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Many crashes but the app continues to work. 
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jim clifford

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thanks!
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Pavel Kasík

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I tried to use Google voice command to "listen to NPR" but it opened the Google music instead... 
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Stay tuned for more info on Google Home.

We're still working with Google to restore the Voice Actions to NPR One on Android, they should be able to restore it soon.
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Dennis Skillman

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+Michael Seifollahi Thanks for your comment on my previous post. How about an answer from the team on plans to make the software open source and try to get some support from the community in building it? Seems like a great way to save on the budget and develop more quickly. I bet you could even squeeze a few shows out of how it was built. +Planet Money comes to mind right off the top of my head. I bet some of the tech shows could get an episode out of it too. Finally, as a tax payer, I would love to increase NPR's budget but I can't. What we can do is maximize how effeicently you spend it. :)
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Hi +Dennis Skillman, there are no plans at this time to open source NPR One. There are a myriad of business and political reasons that would be prohibitive to doing so.
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Caleb Lee

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Every time I hit the pause icon on the NPR One notification, the notification seems to vanish and then come back - like it's refreshing or something. It's somewhat disconcerting, as it makes it seem like the notification has momentarily been dismissed.

Any reason why it works like this? When other audio apps are paused from the notification, they don't behave in this manner
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We'll take a look. This is likely a side effect of attempting to release resources when playback is paused.
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Henry Ferlauto

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Think I found one. Save a show for later. Play it and the same episode can also play via regular streaming. Happened to me yesterday, back-to-back.

Without knowing what's going on under the covers, if each episode of each show has its own unique ID number, and the episodes are logged by user ID, duplicating shows would not happen unless requested.

For maximum flexibility, I would recommend a 3 part structure.

Producer (e.g. WNYC Studios, APM, etc.)
Show name
Episode number

This would create abilities to highly customize the user's listening preferences.

Two cents from the loyal peanut gallery.
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Alex Knight

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I'm testing the app on the latest iOS 10 beta. It would be nice if links to episodes opened directly in the NPR One app. For example, if I tap on a n.pr shortened link in twitter, open it directly in the native app. 
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Thanks for the feedback. That's something we'd like to support. We do support opening DeepLinks directly (for one.npr.org links), but the n.pr domain is outside the control of this team and there are some technical reasons why NPR One can't open those links right now.
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