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NPR (Music) In The News and the Digital Media Devils Behind its iPad App

NPR Music entered the world of the iPad last week with the release of the NPR Music iPad App, bringing with it the advent of the "in-app concert." Already listed as the No. 2 free iPad music app, this masterpiece is hard to put down once you start playing, listening and streaming.

There are a few faces you may not see as you scroll through archives of NPR Music content on the app, and we wanted to show them some love This Is NPR-style.

Meet Ben Hands, John Stefany, Benjamin Dauer, Chris Koth, Jennifer Oh, Amy Schriefer (not pictured) and Stephanie Oura (not pictured) who together designed the NPR Music iPad App completely in-house - a first for NPR. As it turns out, they aren't too camera-shy:

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(l-r) NPR Music iPad App developers:Ben Hands, John Stefany, Benjamin Dauer, Chris Koth, and Jennifer Oh

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NPR Music's Amy Schriefer (pictured below) couldn't make it for the group photo - she's taking some well-earned vacation now that the project's wrapped. But she's such a baller (just check out the company she keeps), we can forgive her this time:

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Digital Media's Stephanie Oura and her son

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Stephanie Oura (pictured, at left) also couldn't be around for the group shot, because, as Jennifer Oh quips, "We were on this project for so long that one of our team members had a baby during the process..."

We aren't the only ones enamored with this beauty. Check out just a few of the accolades that are already piling up.

- Fast Company spoke with NPR Music's Anya Grundmann about how this app plays into NPR's long-term vision for engagement and digital expansion.

- MacWorld published the first extensive review for the app, kicking it off with this: "spoiler alert: it's a great app."

- Mashable also announced the news Wednesday about the app and the upcoming March launch concert with The Shins in New York.

- Yesterday, Read Write Web credited the team behind the app with their dedication to developing a thorough user experience and NPR for wasting "no time building a bridge to the future with its digital products."

Congratulations to NPR Music and the team that worked to develop this app!

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