App is clean and displays recently played songs. This is great when I am at work and hear something I like but cant make it to my phone to see whats playing. Check it later, no problem! I'm a listener from Baltimore and sometimes my FM radio cant pick up the station so this app is a great alternative! We don't have anything like WXPN down here so I am forever grateful!
Absolutely love listening to XPN, but the app has a serious battery drain issue. Twice I’ve gone to bed only to wake up with a dead phone. Found out that the XPN app was the culprit. Tried to disable background activity only to find out that background app refresh is always on by default. May have to uninstall the app and use Tunein instead.
Great simple app, but could use some enhancements...
As an XPN member, volunteer and all around junkie, I love that I now have a way to listen to XPN when I'm not near a radio or out of town. I'd love to see some enhancements such as current song info or even a direct tap into the playlist without having to go to Safari.
Love xpn. The recent update was hopeful. With the older version, I just figured out how to optimally listen to archives. Sleepy hollow in particular. Now you can only go back a few weeks and about an hour in, it stops……drag. With no way to retrieve where you left off. Or it randomly pops back into live. KCRW has a pretty good app for listening to past shows. Important stuff for listeners who love what you got! :)
I updated the iOS of my 5s iPhone about a week ago. Ever since then, every time I open WXPN, it crashes! I've deleted & upload the app 4 times. It never works! I'm so sad & disappointed. I now live in NC & can't carry around & listen to my fave station!
I am amending my original 2 star review for v2.5... Now I can get the xpn2 stream and multitask while running v2.5. Don't know what changed...I suppose something on the server side. I see others had the same problem with xpn2 not playing...but all is good now on this end. Original 2.5 review is below. Two features no longer work. When you select the xpn2 stream the app says that it can't download the stream. But, the xpn2 stream still works on our other devices that have not been 'upgraded'. Also, this version can no longer multitask and play in the background as you do other things on your device.
It's doing what I want it to do- streaming XPN on my iPad without any problems. Not sure why others had some problems with crashes but it works flawlessly for me. Can't access their stream via the XPN website on my iPad because it requires Flash, so this app is great. I wish they had an iPad (as opposed to just iPhone) formatted app, as the extra screen size of the iPad could allow viewing of more things from the website. But, hey, it's free and public radio stations have to carefully watch their pennies. WXPN does a great job allocating their limited resources where they matter most- the music, and free apps like this are happy bonuses!
Not that this app was flawless before update, it was finicky, but worse now. Wifi or 3G, doesn't matter, crash city. WXPN is the greatest radio station and I've supported it as a member for a few years. Just re-upped for another year. Thot when I got new iPhone it would be better. It's not. PLEASE FIX THIS. UPDATE It costs 99 cents but Tunein app is working fabulously. Can even keep station on in background as I type this. When it starts XPN it sounds like the old app: "Thank you for listening on line...enjoy the music"!!!! And if you enjoy this station please become a member, at any level.
WXPN is one of those rare stations that get it and the release of their iPhone app just reinforces that point. Now I can listen to one of my favorite stations no matter where I am. The only thing that would make this app cooler is if you could submit requests and make donations directly from the app. Keep up the good work, guys!
I appreciate having XPN streaming miles away from the nearest broadcast tower (Harrisburg), but this app is awful compared to others. There is this awkward startup page, which is a pain, but the real hassle is that it loses signal OFTEN. I suppose it has only so many feeds, and some are dropped as others sign on, but there are other radio apps that have none of this: WWOZ (a very good one) and WYEP come to mind. So there are options for public radio music listeners, which is a good thing. If I were XPN I would look at another developer to replace this one.
I am a huge Stars End fan, and this app was perfect for me as I am unable to get the show via radio. I've had the app for over a year now and must say that the app is worse now than it has ever been. It CONSTANTLY loses the feed (usually after 10-20 mins of listening) and the only way to get it back is to restart the phone. Last night was even worse. It literally lost the feed after 10 SECONDS. Tried twice and after the second time of the exact same thing...I gave up and didn't listen. PLEASE PLEASE, I BEG YOU, INVEST SOME MONEY AND GET A NEW MAKER FOR YOUR APP, CUZ THESE GUYS ARE RIPPING YOU OFF AND YOUR LISTENERS ARE SUFFERING!
All the other reviews say it doesn't work and perhaps on 3G it doesn't but I have been using this for three days on my wifi at my house and it is STUNNING. It has never cut out on me. I listened to it for almost four hours straight and moved throughout the house too! It is the best app ever. I love wxpn. Thank you everyone, for this outstanding app.
This app works perfectly. No problems whatsoever. I was listening to Funky Friday on my way home from work and when I got to the house I didn't want to get out of the car. So I downloaded the app, started listening to it on my phone and I never missed a beat.
I love WXPN and stream it at work. I also like the general look of this app - just wish it worked better! App will crash while opening ("Configuring"). If it starts, it will crash after a few seconds of streaming. It the stream does get established, it will crash when I try to do anything, like change the volume. I get much better performance listening to WXPN using the NPR News app. But I'm not going to delete this - I will wait hopefully for improvements.
The user interface is a bit awkward here and there, but the app effectively let's you stream both XPN and XPN2, which is awesome. Still, I wish they would pay someone else a little money to make the app smoother.
Search "The Jersey Cape" in the iTunes store for a great app that help you find out everything that's happening at the Jersey Shore - from Ocean City to Cape May and everywhere in between! XPN APP! is a great way to listen to the station when you're not at out and about...give it a shot - it's free and a the music is A+++
Huge fan/member of the station but apparently this app doesn't "buffer". Instead it just cuts out and doesn't come back automatically. You have to manually restart it and even then that doesnt work all of the time. I wonder if anyone from xpn reads these reviews. I feel like they don't focus on digital/technology enough, which is probably why they won't be around much longer. Sad though since they play great music
I love Star's End on WXPN and wanted a way to listen in the bedroom without having the computer volume turned way up. Thought this would be perfect...NOT. It keeps shutting down every few minutes so is worthless. It's almost like they developed this to be a sampler to try before you buy the "real" application. Don't think so! Consider fixing this and I'll consider supporting the station when the next pledge drive comes around!!!
I love XPN and have contributed for some time now. I don't have app crashing issues as others have reported. I will say this app needs some UX love, though. Need image updates for Retina display iDevices. Also, the menu bar buttons should be of standard size and layout - in line with Apple UI guidelines. I'm not a Mac user, but I like app UX consistency for basic apps like music players.
Well, at first, I thought it was just the stream. I had just loaded the iOS 4 upDate and the stream was offline after checking the web. But, then, the stream was up and the app grabbed it, until I went to change the volume. Quit. Needs an update for the new OS.
I was excited to get this app because I'm moving across the country. I tried it in my wifi zone for the past 2 days and it cuts out after a minute or doesn't play at all. The links to the website direct you there, but don't play within the app. I have to switch to safari. PLEASE fix this app. I really want to continue enjoying my favorite station.
Guess who wants to scroll through a day by day listing of events? No one. It's sort of implied that if one of the functions (the main function, actually) is a calendar then the app should have a fully fleshed out calendar function. If I wanted to painstakingly scroll through a day by day listing if anything and everything in driving distance I would just not... I wouldn't do that, actually.
iPhone 5 app review-This app is so much better than the old app. It's great if you are in a stationary position. If you are moving not quite as good (at least on a train). Playlists of all XPN streams available, concert listings, social media links for XPN. Pretty solid app.
I just downloaded this app to keep up with the annual 885 countdown and it's been great. I think it hits the functionality you need - listening to live streams, playlist history, concert listings, donations, etc - and I've found it to be reliable and solid.
So the updates runs. Then I run the "updated" app. It doesn't complete "loading" but I can hear the stream and then after 10-15 seconds it crashes. Then in the App Store it goes back into the to be updated queue. Hopefully there's a developer reading these reviews and working to fix the app. This is annoying.
This is a great idea, pushing a button to log on to your favorite radio stream. The problem is it takes you to xpn's low speed stream and doesn't give you the option to choose which stream 24k or 128k you want. I can use Tuner or Wonder Radio to get the better sounding 128k stream.
Just downloaded XPN's free app onto my first generation iPhone. After several attempts, it worked. The app does not seem to work, however- a connection is made and then dropped after a second or two of music; every time. Disappointing. :(
I'm sure this would be lovely, but after about a second of playing the app kicks me out to my home screen. But only after I click the LISTEN button. Any ideas as to how I can fix that to actually enjoy the app?
After trying to use the XPN app on my phone that I've had on there for two years all I would get was a loading and the song will play and then cut off so I reloaded the app and I'm still getting the same problem is it because of a iPhone update? I notice your app hasn't been updated since 2015
Crashes multiple times daily, sometimes every 10-15 minutes it's maddening! Also lately nothing works but main stream - podcasts, archives, first listen, etc all say "Error Can Not Load Player No Player Found" (???) Using iOS 8.3 mobile app on iPhone 6.
Listen to WXPN and be part of a community of music fans who are educated about the music, in love with the music, and passionate about discovering the newest, boldest artists. Enjoy a vast and deep play-list that includes both classic and little-known tracks from musicians like Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Buckley. The Cure, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Radiohead, Talking Heads, The Hold Steady, Bruce Springsteen and TV On The Radio. Satisfy your musical curiosity with new music from promising recent artists like M. Ward, My Morning Jacket, Adele, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and more. And discover some of the best of the best musical talent from Philly and the surrounding areas. Home of the award-winning WORLD CAFE® radio show hosted by David Dye, WXPN also serves up specialty programs that explore jam-bands, blues, and the quiet sounds of contemporary music. WXPN. It’s All About The Music. WXPN is the member-supported radio service of The University of Pennsylvania. Check us out at XPN.org.