Classical Radio Boston 99.5 WCRB
By WGBH Educational Foundation
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Classical Radio Boston 99.5 WCRB – Timeless music. Live Performances. Boston Symphony Orchestra. World-class artists. Streaming 24 hours a day.
A service of WGBH, Boston, Classical Radio Boston is your online and on—the-go source for live and recorded classical music from our studios, Symphony Hall, New England, and around the globe, free of charge, 24 hours a day.
What's New in Version 4.1.1
99.5 WCRB now includes a "now playing" area with song info.
Needs more reliable background information
I use this app even when listening over the air, to help identify the music I am hearing. As a result, I have learned more about some favorites, and have been able to look up more background information on Wikipedia and elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the information is delayed or not even presented for some pieces, especially at certain times during the day or night. It is frustrating when the only info is “so-and-so’s overnight classical” or something unhelpful. This may not be a defect in the app as such, but the overall service is dependent on somebody supplying the proper supporting information.
Update on previous comments based on new release mid-May 2016:
The addition of info on what is playing is a welcome enhancement.
Unfortunately it does not seem to fix the issue I noted - playing using my iPhone on a 50/50 wi-if connection the app periodically drops the connection and does not reconnect until I go into the app. The only workaround has been and still is to disconnect from wi-go and go with the cellphone LTE connection.
Yes, needs playlists. We want to know at least as much as you can get on the web site.
But more important it keeps dropping out. We are on a 50/50 FiOS connection but get more reliable service by turning off that and using the cell phone LTE connection. Something is wrong with the way it connects to wifi and recovers from problems it would seem.
Too little too soon
I just tried this app for the first time. We were listening to a pianist playing a piece by Albeniz and wanted to know who the performer was. The app told me it was something entirely different by Gounod. A minute later, the Albeniz ended and the Gounod was begun.
The title shouldn't change until the piece does, surely, or the previous piece should be listed. And why not add just a bit more information? It is the starkest app I've ever seen. I wouldn't really recommend it until it's improved.
- Category: Music
- Updated: May 14, 2016
- Version: 4.1.1
- Size: 2.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: WGBH Educational Foundation
- © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.