Review from Pierre R. Schwob
At last! Fantastic!! This app allows to SELECT what work you want to listen to in this gigantic library! (So it's not a radio!) Two main modes: In The Library mode, you can select the performance (album) of the work you want to listen to. To do this in The Library, either select The Greats for quick access to the really greatest composers, or you can search by composer name. In the Must Know mode, you are presented with the latest releases of the most important works. Again two methods: by the Must Know composers, or you can search for these "must know" works by Period and/or Genre (like Late-/Post-Romantic + Stage/Opera). The app's Queuing Player is beautiful to look at and allows you to add many tracks, even complete works, to be played one after the other. New! Now with playlists management! Cool!
Great music but lousy app I subscribed to Classical Archives for years, but this Android app is full of bugs. It loses my playlist whenever I fast fwd and simply quits at other times. Apparently they still believe everyone sits at their computer to listen to music. When they fix it and provide Chromecast support, I shall gladly subscribe again.
Two words to make this app better: Material design! Seriously, CA is the best resource I've ever seen for classical music streaming, but this app is a tragedy. Besides the terrible design, it lacks offline functionality, it's not intuitive and crashes all the time. It's sad to see such a great resource student because of a poorly made app.
Very Frustrating This is a great resource, but ruined by an Android app that fails about half the time. It skips tracks, often times just deletes a whole playlist right in the middle for no apparent reason, and on and on with the frustrating issues. And heaven forbid you get a phone call or a mtg notification - major snafu will ensue! Bottom line, I dread using it.
The app could have a wonderful potential. A great collection of albums, in particular classical old performance. However, hearing an album is a pain. The list gets empty, the streaming is unstable (in situation where other streaming services were great). It was said that you can download, but no, you cannot, the option of off-line listening is only by buying mp3 files (something like more than $10 per piece). My feeling that the app is aimed to that. You want to hear reasonably? Pay for the subscription and then much more daily. After enforced listening to the same first chapter 5 times in a failed effort to listen to the full concerto, I canceled my subscription.
Invaluable resource! But awful app Classical Archives is wonderful, anything you want before World War 1, with some recent or noneuropean composers mixed in. Great on a laptop, but the app is terrible. When will you finally fix this!? You can tell it to play an album or opus and it will immediately skip every track. A lot of people want listen on their phones - help us use the service you're trying to provide!
New user, delighted so far I'm happy to have found Classical Archive and use it on the Android app, Sonos, and PC browser. No sign yet of the app behaviors reported here, so I may have to revise this review later if they crop up.
- Fix crashes when browsing works of certain composers
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