KCRW updates iPhone app


KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) launched updates to the KCRW Radio iPhone app, which is already available in the Apple App Store and streams all three KCRW web channels – On Air, News and Music (Eclectic24). The Los Angeles-based public radio station re-worked the app from the ground up to improve the listening experience on every level for Version 1.1.

“The updated KCRW Radio iPhone app offers much-requested new features, such as the ability to bookmark song titles to share via email or purchase later and to stream KCRW in the background while using other apps,” said KCRW Director of New Media Anil Dewan.

“This app connects us to our listeners on an intimate level as only the medium of radio can, while providing all the perks tech-savvy users expect and deserve.”

The world-renowned radio station launched the KCRW Radio iPhone app last summer and it quickly drew critical acclaim from KCRW fans and media alike. The app was recently nominated in the “Mobile Entertainment” category for the 14th Annual Webby Awards and was listed as one of Wired Magazine’s “20 Favorite iPhone Apps” in 2009.

KCRW’s reputation for playing the best new music and high-quality live band performances makes them essential listening for music lovers and inspired the most-requested feature: the ability to bookmark song titles to share and purchase later. Below are some of the other improvements in Version 1.1:

Listening Live
Stream all three KCRW channels: On Air, News, and Music (KCRW’s All Music Channel Eclectic 24), with real-time track lists.
Listen within the app or tap on “Play in Background” to hear live streams and on-demand shows via the Safari browser.
Greater reliability. Improved audio player and smart audio quality selection depending on type of data connection.
Bookmark song titles from shows for viewing, sharing or purchasing later and “Share this show” option to email links to friends,
Higher quality 128k AAC streams for On Air and Music on WiFi (64k AAC for News channel and On-demand shows)

Listening On Demand
Listen to KCRW’s award-winning music, news and cultural programming on demand, with content updated daily.
Access up to 50 past shows on-demand for most programs. (expanded from 10)

Events listings display details about the latest music, news and arts happenings around town.
Automatically updating Twitter feed to stay in touch with all things KCRW.