Like other WBEZ app users, I find I cannot stop the app without going into settings and forcing a stop. I must use the clumsy "30 sec" forward to get to the point in the broadcast where it stopped streaming, mysteriously. Altogether buggy. I have uninstalled and installed before and will try again because I enjoy so many WBEZ shows. But the app? :(
I really want to like this app, but there are too many bugs. You can't select where in a past broadcast you want to listen to, so you have to use the "30 seconds skip" button which barely works as is. Not to mention you cannot get rid of the notification for the app, even if you close it. I have to restart my phone just to get the app to actually close. That should be hidden to begin with, but just having it go away when you close the app would be a good start.
Somehow in 2017 wbez managed to find the one developer who didn't know how to stream audio. My Spotify, Pandora, YouTube are 100%. Wbez app? Lately, 0. But always iffy.
I want to love this app because I am a WBEZ contributor and follower but this app on Android sucks. It is constantly on my notification tray as being on even though I don't have it on. It doesn't have the force quit option that used to have and that I always had to use in order to quit the app. Definitely has some bugs
This app is such a disappointment. Lots of interruptions in streaming. I live out of range 4/7 days per week to access it. I do donate regularly, but wonder why with all their resources this app isn't more effective. It should be MORE robust, not less, when I am on WiFi. You cannot always just click on the program you want to replay any time and have it work every time. It often requires a "hard"shutdown, or it keeps running in the background. Good thing the programs are worth the listen, or I would have abandoned this long ago.
UPDATE FOR V3.0: At first, after an uninstall/reinstall, I thought the bugs were worked out. Now, I've discovered not only can you not conventionally quit the app, it now no longer provides a quick access to Force Quit. It's worse. FURTHER UPDATE: On the hour and the half hour, a recording comes on with a station ID. This is required of broadcast stations, though I have no idea if they have to put it on apps that already have a recording of the station ID from the broadcast. But fine, WBEZ wants or needs to pause to say hey. The problem here is it then jumps ahead to the live broadcast. So if I started ten minutes after the hour to listen to Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me from the beginning (a feature the WBEZ app proudly advetises), on the half hour it jumps ahead to live and I miss 10 minutes. Then on the hour, another station ID and we skip to the next program. And there's no rewind, only a jump back to the start of this or an earlier show. I now feel I've devoted more time to pointing out the flaws in this app than was spent developing it. Sorry developer. Man, I wish I liked this app. I listen to WBEZ all the time, I'4m a High Fidelity subscriber and I live just far enough away to not have solid radio reception. But the app is so flawed it almost causes me to give up on the station when I can't get it on my radio. It drops out frequently even when I have a very solid wifi connection. And then, when it reconnects, I have to sit through station ID and commercials. Then I've missed part of the show. And if it hasn't dropped out, it will pause for station ID even though station IDs are already in the broadcast. And then, if I have paused the show, on the hour (the actual hour, not the hour in programming), we jump to the next program even if I'm not done with the one I'm listening to. And, to add to all this, it doesn't offer pledge-free programming and WBEZ doesn't mention this on the air. Pbbbbt. Update: with the latest version (as of May 2017), there seems to be no way to quit it on my Android other than going to the Apps setting and shutting it down from there. It's actually getting worse.
* Fix to better manage network interruptions, reduces issues when streaming audio content
* Updated audio stream, requiring less network data to stream audio content
* A fix to resolve an issue some users were having where the WBEZ app continued to run in the background until force closed
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