4.8 (1.6K)
43.9 MB
Age rating
Current version
90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station
Last update
1 year ago
Version OS
12.0 or later
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User Reviews for WBUR

4.83 out of 5
1.6K Ratings
1 year ago, 4th Try @ Nickname
Finally Works ! ! !
The version that came out about May 15, 2023 works about as well as the version from years ago, which is very good. It was disturbing to hear the on-air people recommending the new app, which was Much Worse As other reviewers recently wrote, the older version was much better. I am really sorry I updated and I wish I could go back. I can’t find the sleep function, if it is still there. It is especially bad to hear the start-up underwriting announcement yet again after a brief interruption when I am listening to a story. (Yes, I can go back, unlike the GBH app.) Trying to locate the right place in a program is much harder in the new app. Too hard! Why? Why did I trust the on-air advice to update? Who thought this was better?
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12 months ago, Papo king
*** Edit: issues resolved- thank you! Previous 2 star review: Loved the old app and much preferred it over my other 2 NPR apps. Wish I had never updated. Now it freezes every time I try to use the 15 second rewind or pause buttons, then I need to close the app, then re-open and have to listen to the opening plea for money over and over again. Really frustrating!
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12 months ago, parlaiment
Great function, rips through battery
There is some great functionality upgrades in new update, such as not auto-pausing when switching Bluetooth source, and holding in cache programs once they conclude. My biggest complaints are bugs in the skip back and ahead functions, and it’s energy consumption. Frequently I hit back 10 seconds to repeat something and it brings me to a completely different part of the show. Also, streaming live, on wifi or network, just rips through my fairly new, healthy battery, about 25% of battery per hour. That said, I love NPR, WBUR, and the ability to pause and rewind live programming has transformed my morning ritual.
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2 months ago, Budjim
Great source of balanced news
I find the news programs to be factual, balanced and thought provoking. Given all the noise, fake news and distortions of science that surrounds us, WBUR is a safe haven where the information can be trusted and is reliable. Whether you agree with their opinions or the subject matter that they stress , WBUR does not fabricate or distort. Critical that this source of information not only survive but thrive.
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8 months ago, Craig Brauckmiller
Another update that breaks things
Supposedly, they fixed the fast forward and rewind issues. However, when I switch out of the app and come back in, I can no longer press play to resume the audio. I have to hit either the rewind or fast-forward button to get audio to play. How much QA is being done on this app? Also, can you please edit out the money begging from the news podcast versions of the shows? I am listening to the Friday episode during the fundraiser week and I swear that half of the podcast is them begging for money. I don’t mind supporting BUR or NPR, but I don’t want to hear it on the podcast.
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12 months ago, Simone9901
New version does not crash!
Updated - with latest version all of the issues are resolved! Have updated to 5 stars Old review: I don’t know why this app has such high reviews. It crashes for me multiple times whoever I use it. It seems triggered by either skipping ahead or back. 3 stars because it still beats live only playback.
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12 months ago, bucko3the7man
Ipad landscape view gone
Landscape view seems to be gone in the latest UI update. This is a major downside for those of us that use iPads with keyboards, please put a landscape view back in. Had previously rated this app 5 stars before this. Update: they put it back in, 5 stars again
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2 months ago, nolongercalm
Doesn’t work at all
I was forced to do an upgrade a few days ago, and I haven’t been able to listen since. All it does is spin. there was a brief. One evening when I could listen for a short period of time and then it stopped. And when I tried to restart it it went back to spinning.I use the old app for years and it worked great mostly except for a few periods of time when there were issues of it shutting itself down, but it had been working fine recently. I hope this issue gets fixed because I miss listening.
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1 year ago, JT19617
Good but not as good as the prior version
I love being able to listen on demand. The new version, however, is very difficult to rewind or fast forward with any accuracy. I often rewind just to hear one sentence or fast forward if I’ve already heard a story. It seems that the 15 second or beginning of the show buttons are not yet calibrated and I often lose my place. This didn’t happen to me with the prior version.
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10 months ago, Nandrew12
Just when I thought it was working well…
Well now much of the time it doesn’t work! I get a message that tells me that “Something went wrong.” As I was writing this review, I went back to the app and it started working but then stopped again. I noticed that when I drag the slider back from the present, the fine print tells me I’m thousands of minutes behind. Am I the only one with these issues?? I gave 2 stars instead of 1 because I love WBUR; I just hate the app!
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1 year ago, BahamaBrain
Listen to WBUR anywhere!
I’m a long time listener and contributor to WBUR. I rely on the great content every day and love the app for listening at home and when I’m away. Pause and rewind are a huge benefit for people like me who oversleep but still want to hear ‘morning edition’.
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10 months ago, GreenTreeJen
This week I’ve have to give up on using the app several times. It frequently just hangs, “thinking” when I open it. Is it the new ad server that makes me listen to the sponsor’s blurb before I can get to the live feed? I don’t know. Frustrating. I’m a monthly donor because I listen to WBUR every day and want to give a little back, but now it’s a source of frustration. The older, simpler app was problem-free
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1 year ago, Marleaper
Love the WBUR app!
The WBUR app is fantastic. all of the news and wonderful shows and podcasts that I count on to bring me fact-based Content and analysis. I love that you can pause and rewind, because I don’t want to miss even a single word.
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9 months ago, Sueb8
Well the app is broken again!
This app constantly crashes! Move from one router to the booster router at home, it crashes. Move from Wifi to LTE or what is fake 5G, it crashes. The phone rings, it crashes that’s this morning in 20 minutes of listening! Get your app right WBUR. This new rendition of the app is trash compared to a year or two ago when you had the previous app. And, no, it’s not the updates. I update regularly.
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1 year ago, W.Tom
Better way to listen
Glad they put the sleep timer back! Easy to use, few glitches since the new version. Much better streaming app than GBH
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1 year ago, jilluetta
WBUR programming anytime - love it!
With this app I can catch programs I missed when aired. And with WBUR’s wide variety of programming there’s always something appealing that suits my mood. Love that I can now listen in bed at night with the sleep timer. Thanks!
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1 year ago, jmrfrankfurt
Great channel; great programs
I am a regular consumer of your programs and a subscribed donor. Thank you! I am happy to have your improved app. I like to go back, listen again, look for details, etc Thank you!!
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3 months ago, Ruanesque
I like the ease with which I can be in touch with the news anywhere I might be….at work, at home or away on vacation. The App enables me to receive my favorite programs anywhere, anytime.
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1 year ago, Joels2117
New App is Outstanding
Easy to navigate, great to listen to WBUR and related NPR content anywhere anytime. I use it globally to stay in touch when on the road. Thanks for adding the sleep timer back!!
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1 year ago, SJG11
Great app
This app was recently redesigned and I love it. When I complained that the timer function had disappeared, they restored it. It has worked perfectly and it’s easy to navigate.
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1 month ago, Furd
Sleeps With My Phone!!!!
This used to be an app that I could start up and then put my phone in a charging stand while I listened. Now, once my phone goes to sleep, so does the app, interrupting my listening! If it has something to do with the “sleep” settings, I guess I’m too stupid, because nothing helps I guess I’ll have to give up until the next revision, but this version of the app is useless
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8 months ago, BeauneV
From start to finish
I love that if I start the program late, I can go back to the beginning and listen to the entire show.
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3 weeks ago, gstahlig
The Best News And An All Round Educatoon
I’ve been subscribing on my own and through my employer (Raytheon) for over thirty years and plan on contributing for thirty more. Keep up the, “Good” work WBUR!
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9 months ago, nopoliticaladsplease
The ability to pause or return to live is an excellent feature!
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7 months ago, TheCrack
Hi - not a review as much as a feature request. Being able to search for an espisode at the BUR or show level would be great (an example searching either Fresh Air Marc Ronson, or just Marc Ronson interview) Thanks
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1 year ago, Jimpran
Has its glitches but pretty good
Grateful for the ability to back up.
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1 year ago, Stymied in ARL
I love the rewind feature! Keeps me coming back. I moved out of state and I still listen to WBUR b’c of that feature.
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14 years ago, Chris Devers
Off to a good start
There are some minor quibbles — most notably, 1.0 doesn't support background audio, but the next update is expected to add it — but it's off to a good start, with some nice, unexpected features like the 'BUR alarm clock, quick access to recent shows, and more. Already it has earned a spot on my phone's main screen, replacing two or three other news, weather, and local info apps. Also, I haven't seen the crashes others have reported. I'm on iPhone 4 now, which has more RAM than earlier devices did. Not that this is a fun suggestion, but if you're getting crashes on an earlier device, a reboot might help, as it will clear out the RAM & make larger apps run more smoothly.
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1 year ago, gkendallw
I am deleting the app from my phone and pausing my $1200 annual donations until there is a version that doesn’t ask for money every time I launch it. The rest of the app is terrible with bookmarks, etc. But I assume that will get fixed over time. Good bye for now…
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8 months ago, Gordy 2.0
Great programming but..
I wish your app had a direct way to save or download the running program.
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12 months ago, dene113
Better since last update
I did prefer the old logo, though
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4 months ago, Boston Scanner
Unreliable connectivity
Despite a good connection by phone or WiFi reception goes in and out - especially when moving
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1 year ago, Jlipdude
WBUR is great - app needs work
WBUR is great. The updated app is terribly glitchy on iPhone and iPad (why I know it’s not just my phone.
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11 months ago, m17**
Doesn’t play
Hit play, nothing happens. Deleted app, redownloaded, allowed bluetooth, etc. Doesn’t work!!!
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12 years ago, rose3fa
I use it every night, but basic flaws
I start the app and click the play button in the lower left hand corner and it rarely works. Also, as someone else noted, once something causes the stream to stop, the sleep timer or network interruption, for example, that same button still won't work. Further, network interruptions, switching from wifi to 3G or just a momentary lapse in coverage should not cause the stream to stop permanently. Another: the play/pause button on the lock screen doesn't work all the time. After using Siri, you have to press play again, and double tapping the home button and hitting play also doesn't work here. Finally, switching to the app causes other sources to stop, even if you're not going to use the audio. That said, every night I hit a play button that actually works, turn on the sleep timer, and it works, provided my wifi is consistent.
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8 years ago, Chess.com player
Flawed live streaming
While this revision of the app works better than the previous disastrous version, there are plenty of bugs remaining. The most annoying of them is inconsistent live streaming. While there are times when the stream works perfectly fine for hours, it inevitably breaks down. The audio interrupts every 15-20 seconds, disappears for minutes and then suddenly reappears. There is a lot of inconsistency with LIVE status, when the stream is clearly 15 minutes behind but has a live status. Restarting the app solves the issue but it reappears. There is also an issue with looping, when the stream starts looping, replaying the same 1-2 minute segment over and over. This can only be solved by a restart. This app should severe one purpose - listening to WBUR over wifi/cell network. It's inconsistency and connectivity issues make it a frustrating and annoying experience. Please hire great iOS developers and fix it.
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4 years ago, chesbay
Loved the app, but ....Edited / Revised app runs great!
WBUR app was a real pleasure with a wide selection of NPR programs. It would take a while to load. The past few weeks I am just getting a blank page and no programming. Hopefully this is a temporary problem? Editing to bump up to 5 stars. I’ve had this great app on my iPad for years and love it. A broad and eclectic gathering of excellent programs. In my last review I said that my major “dislike” was that the app took a long time to load programs. Shortly thereafter I thought I should delete and reload App. I did so and it runs great! Thanks so much for this excellent App! I suggest if anyone is having problems with performance, delete and reload.
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8 years ago, bostonwindsurfer
Driveway moments no more!
Just started using this app and its changed my listening experience already. Being able to pause scrub through the live stream is great, saving shows for offline listening is convenient and the app itself is prettier and more intuitive than any other radio/podcast app I have. I used to listen to WBUR via Sticher but have switched over since they made such a huge improvement to the WBUR app.
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3 years ago, heleni1776
WBUR plus it’s app
First - the radio station is absolutely awesome. An award winning news show. Part from NPR and part created locally in Boston. Second - I have started to use the app a lot so I can stop and start it when something comes up. And listen again if I space out and miss something. More convenient. Yeah it can be glitchy but the new version seems much better. Today though it did that thing where it keeps starting and stopping on my iPhone. So I did MY go to thing. I deleted the app and reinstalled it. Figured it was having a senior moment and needed a new “lease on life.” Usually that takes care of it.
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5 years ago, jveiga42
App keeps shutting down
Use to love WBUR’s app, but I’m having an ongoing problem with it shutting down while in use. I use it mostly for podcasts and find It’s very sporadic about when it wants to work. I can choose the podcast and look at the available episodes, but as soon as I try to load the content it exits out of the app entirely. This has been happening for months both after my phone has been on or when I first turn on my phone in the morning. I’ve tried reinstalling it and closing it after a “failure to launch”. Unfortunately nothing seems to deliver the content most of the time. I really like the app and features, but it’s getting to the point where I may just stop trying altogether. Hopefully someone will figure out a solution soon.
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1 year ago, wmw42
Loved the older version
I really loved the older version of this app. Sometime in early 2023. It was replaced with the current one. One of my biggest issues is the tagline/ad that takes the 1st 20 sec of listening time. The GBH app has always had something similar and the fact that the previous BUR version did not have the tag line was the primary reason I chose to listen to WBUR. Now that they are equally annoying I will no longer be choosing choose WBUR first. I have also had the app freeze a few times and am hoping that the bugs will be worked out. Am also hoping the tag intro can be removed at some point!
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11 years ago, ChristopherUSA
Quite useable, however, alarm issues
I do enjoy this application, and I've used it for over three months without any of the issues people are claiming here. I'm able to listen consistently without issues, and I'm always able to get a good stream. The only issue is that the alarm clock is buggy when you attempt to set a regular schedule: after it crashed you can't access the alarm anymore until you reinstall the application. Otherwise, it serves its purpose and more: even found a few discounts through the app and also convenience when calling into the station.
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10 years ago, Jennifrog19
Great station/App is a work-in-progress
First of all, WBUR's programming is beyond superb. So I love having easy listening access on my phone. WBUR recently issued an update to their iPhone app. The look of the updated app is clean and classy. The navigation is worlds better than in the previous version. It is so promising...but there are some losses. The old app used to hold your place if you listened to only a portion of a program, allowing you later to pick up easily where you left off. The new version doesn't do that. The old version made it much easier to get to the controls (pause, play, etc) while you were listening. And, finally, I would be giving my beloved WBUR this feedback directly, rather than putting it into an app review, but I don't see a place within the new app that allows you to contact the station, report a problem with the app, or even make a donation. Lots of promise here. Hope they can add back in some of those helpful previous features!
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4 years ago, colo ski gal
Unstable and getting worse
I’ve used this app for years and have always had issues but it’s gotten much worse. I generally use it to listen to WBUR programming when I’m outside the listening area, which is frequently the case. I rewind to catch the full program before the program ends so I don’t listen “live”, but on a time delay of 15 to 90 minutes. Very often, the app stops working with no discernible pattern. It happens even when the time delay is a few minutes and when the program is still live. Recently, the incorrect program has shown as what’s currently live. Today I deleted and downloaded the app 3 times in 10 minutes. Frustrating . . . but the quality of the WBUR programming keeps me coming back.
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1 year ago, Reptricia
Zzzzzzzz Button Return PLEASE
I use the WBUR App all day long. And often at night. I love being able to start any show at any time. And I very often use the rewind to hear snippets over again to better understand, or honestly because I spaced out for a bit. This app is at the very center of my listening life and where I get the great majority of my news. THANK YOU. And It may sound crazy, but I REALLY miss that sleep feature in the updated app. PLEASE return it. Please. Update: The rewind function is seriously messed up. The very best thing that could happen now is to go back to the old app. Sorry. But seriously.
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5 years ago, Cheap b****
Always some kind of problem
As much as I love and continue to use this app, there seems to always be some issue with it, whether it skips fragments of a program, or just plain won’t stream the live audio, or it crashes. Currently, it’s crashing when I try to play live audio. I also suspect that running it recently affected my phone’s ability to make or receive phone calls. I had to reboot my phone to get my calling ability back. I did recently update my iOS to 12.1 and that may have triggered some bug. But at this moment, the app will only play content from the program list. It will not play live programming and it keeps crashing. Please fix your app! Thanks!
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12 years ago, PaulCGN
I like it
Just started using the app and really like it. I do wish, however, the alarm clock worked differently. (1) In iOS Most alarms are automatically on when the time gets set. With this one, you have to turn it on manually. I've forgotten to do this and missed things. (2) This is a radio app. I would like an option for the alarm to start live streaming like a regular radio alarm clock. Otherwise, I find all the main functions great.
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3 years ago, nerdy NPRer
Trouble with App
I too love it, then it would have moments of trouble for at least a year(the station told me it was my cellphone carrier) and about a month ago it simply presented a blank screen when I’d click on it. I’ve deleted it and hope a new upload will work. I loved the rerun option if I wanted to double check what I had just heard.
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13 years ago, wacko413
Needs work
Pros: Nice color scheme. The 3x3 grid of circles as a main interface is a refreshing alternative look to the standard iPhone app. Live audio streaming. On-demand access to shows. Easy contribute button. Call-in button is a nice touch. Dismissable ads. Cons: Not too friendly navigation wise. News articles are hard to navigate through. (Developers: just copy the layout of the NPR app and this problem will go away.) Conclusion: Nice start, but still needs work. Has a shot at being a winner. Get the NPR App until the developers have time to iron out the remaining issues.
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7 years ago, SatyrJones
Thank God for NPR!!!
A perfect app for those who need to consume their news asynchronously. The WBUR app does a fantastic job of consistently delivering top quality, highly nuanced, and intelligent discussion about the world. I have never experienced any technical issues with the app, having used it with iphone versions 4 - 7, as well as my ipad. Please tell your friends; quality news has never been more important!
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