As a High Fidelity member i really want this to work! This thing never works. Locks up, drops the stream about every 10 min, and keeps running even after i close it. I end up atreaning WNYC instead. Uninstalling for now.
I get 10 minutes of a program, then it stops and plays a recorded message and then repeats the process ad nauseum until I give up and put on Pandora. I love WBEZ but this ap is awful. Edit 5/13: this week it has had a much steadier stream. I don't know if it was updated recently but I have noticed a change. It will still stop, but not as much as before.
I am using it because I am temporarily away from the Chicago area. I will join the crowd by saying that the random "welcome" messages that keep popping up are annoying - sometimes they interrupt the live stream at inopportune times. Recently, I discovered that I need to 'force stop" to get it to stop running, simply closing the screen does not work.
The app runs...and...runs...and there's no way to stop it! It's very annoying to have to restart your phone to get the thing to stop.
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.
Not what i thought
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