Listener-Supported Classical Music in 5 Channels – Listen to the Northwest’s classical music station.
Founded in 1948, Classical KING FM ranks as one of the top 5 American classical radio stations. The listener-supported public radio station serves the Pacific Northwest community and a global audience with on-air and online programs that enrich, enlighten, and showcase the Pacific Northwest arts community to the world.
KING FM continues to be at the forefront of technology, reaching a global audience with five online channels:
KING FM 98.1 – Seattle’s classical choice online.
KING FM Evergreen Channel – Relaxing classical favorites 24/7.
KING FM Symphonic Channel – Your online concert hall featuring full-length symphonies.
KING FM Opera Channel – Full-length recordings hosted by the experts at Seattle Opera.
Second Inversion – Rethink classical.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Updated for optimization with the latest version of iOS.
Ratings and Reviews
Second-to-none classical music selection
I've been listening to KING-FM since their station began webcasting (to my recollection) more than ten years ago, and to have discovered their app -- which not only plays one but four styles of classical music -- proves to me KING-FM is second-to-none in classical music radio stations. That said, the only shortcoming I can report is you're unable to simply exit out of the app and expect the music to continue playing; instead you have to wait for the app to reload via Safari. Most other radio apps have long moved beyond this method, which does leave KING's app slightly dated in comparison. Nevertheless, to have KING's app offer not just one but four still ranks it the gold standard amongst classical radio apps.
Privacy issue: King FM reads your clipboard
Beginning with iOS 14, I get an iOS popup ("King FM pasted from <app>") whenever King FM version 3.2.1 moves to the foreground, telling me that King FM is reading my clipboard. This is even though I have not tried to paste anything into it. Since King FM hasn't been updated in about 2 years, it has been doing this to all of us for at least that long, and silently before iOS 14 started telling us. I'm sure that we all copy and paste information that is no business of King FM's developer, yet this developer has been silently slurping it all up until recently, for undocumented purposes. Because of this, I am deleting this app until 1) the developer Jacobs Media (jacapps) comes clean on this practice, tells us precisely why and for what purpose it has been doing this, and posts an update that fixes this privacy problem; or 2) Apple releases an updated iOS that gives us the ability to block this type of behavior. These actions may not be enough, given that Jacobs Media has already abused its trust. Do you copy passwords or other sensitive text to your clipboard? Do you copy photos with sensitive GPS location information in them? If so, then you should worry about this too.
Great station, horrible app
No ipad app, only portrait mode, little useless articles on main page, no easy view of current work playing, hasn't been updated in 3 years. I end up listening to KUSC on my ipad, only because they have a polished app. It's unfortunate, since the KING desktop site has a nice separate window with controls and the composer/work info prominently shown. Good app=more people listening at pledge drive time.
The developer, Second Inversion, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
No Details Provided
The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- Classical 98.1
- 27 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Jacobs Media
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