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Player FM 3.7: Full-screen and miniplayer redesigned, plus more

Our new release is here, Player FM 3.7! This update is made possible by the collaboration of our users and the team. Here’s the rundown.

Redesigned full-screen player
As always, you’ll see the full-screen player when you swipe up the miniplayer, or tap its thumbnail image. The full podcast thumbnail is now present in its un-blurred, square-shaped glory, rather than the stretched-out, fuzzy background image we had before.

Even on portrait mode, you will see an improved and cleaner version on this new design. The video will now be on top of the episode title, similar to YouTube’s portrait mode, with permanent controls displayed below.

And on landscape mode, you can watch your favorite podcast in full-screen. Playback controls will be visible when you tap the screen.

Improved miniplayer layout
A few tweaks have been made to clean up the miniplayer design. Episode status (streamed or downloaded) appears beside the title. The overflow (…) button is now laid out more like the other controls, and playback progress time appears directly below it. The sleep timer is now white (same with the full-screen player). The main benefit of the title separating the slider and playback controls is to prevent fat fingers from accidental playback oopsies.

Quick shortcuts for Android 7
We’ve also added quick shortcuts on the app’s home screen icon, allowing direct access to Discover, Search, Subscriptions, and Play Later. This update is currently available for Android 7.1 (Nougat) users.

Unread counter on the home screen icon
For those who are not using Nougat, here’s something to rejoice about – we’ve integrated with TeslaUnread! By using Nova Prime Launcher and TeslaUnread, you will now see the number of new episodes on the lower-right corner of the home screen icon. It can save you time when checking new episodes.

Episode detail screen layout and dialogs
The episode detail screen layout has been tweaked for consistency with the series detail screen. For example, there’s now a divider under the play button, an actionable Play Later option on the left, and the episode duration under the play button. This allowed us to clean up the metadata shown above the shownotes. Now, all metadata are grouped in one line.

In addition, when you tap on the “Stream” status, there is an option to download the episode.

And for episodes with “Downloaded” status, this dialog has a re-download option now.

Series detail screen showing subscription count
It’s a social app after all, so the series detail screen now shows the number of Player FM subscribers. This is useful for users to easily determine a popular podcast without going through the Discover screen. There have been a couple of minor interface tweaks in line with the episode detail updates mentioned above.

Better handling of duplicates in search results
Similar to the subscribers count on the series detail screen, search results will now show the number of subscribers of a podcast series. And as mentioned, search results have been updated to improve decision-making when there are duplicates or similar feeds present. It will also show the feed URL when duplicates are detected.

Simplified sort order for subscriptions and playlists
The playlist sort options now has “Latest added” as the first option, and the default recommended sort option since most users are more interested in listening to episodes they recently saved.

Bug fixes and more
Among other updates: played episodes are made darker in lists, so their status are more conspicuous. For users with dark theme phone settings, notifications can also be set to dark – there is a new option for those with dark theme to choose between phone theme and app theme when it comes to notifications.

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Player FM 3.6: Manage your podcasts with ease

We are pleased to announce Player FM 3.6!

This update will help new podcast users and even the seasoned podcast junkies manage their daily podcast habit. You can now organise subscriptions into categories and they will sync across Android and web apps. Player FM rethinks the podcast experience for the modern era, and categories are no exception. We aim to make categories “smart” with features like Suggested Categories when you subscribe to any series, recommendations to help you build up your categories, and Social Sharing.

Smart categories for your subscriptions

Rare is the “casual podcast user” … most people who get into podcasts quickly find themselves devouring hundreds of them! To help you organise all your subscriptions, Player FM 3.6 introduces categories, so you can keep a list of “news podcasts”, “morning commute” podcasts, and so on – create whatever categories fit your lifestyle. You’ll see categories as sub-tabs in your subscriptions screen and similarly in web app navigation. In addition, they have several unique features:

  • When you subscribe to any series, the app will automatically suggest a category among your existing categories making it a breeze for you to follow any new show. This is based on various cues, from our curated catalogue to publishers’ metadata. If there’s no good choice, it will still suggest some categories and let you immediately create the category and add the series, all in one tap.
  • Each category shows recommendations to help you fill out the category,. The recommendations are powered by a combination of curation, publisher metadata, and usage trends.
  • You can make any category public. The category URL will open in the app if the user has it installed, allowing other users to subscribe and play. More importantly, it will also work as a regular web page for anyone not using the app.
  • Series settings

    Related to smart categories, per-series settings has been updated. You now have a single popup dialogue allowing you to set categories, unsubscribe, and set preferences like notifications, playback settings, view sort order, and download order (can be used for downloading “binge-worthy” series from the start). A new setting will let you see the dialog whenever you subscribe.

    Enhanced Search

    The search interface has been redesigned to use the familiar “dial” interface used elsewhere in the app. As well as searching over 300,000 available series, there are tabs for: episodes – allowing full shownote and title search of over 16 million episodes; series you’re subscribed to; and topics. The topics is a list of over 500 curated catalogue topics to explore, and will expand in the future to include categories users have made public.

    Custom Artwork

    Many podcasters go the extra mile and provide custom artwork for each new episode. We’re pleased to finally be able to showcase these efforts. Player FM will extract artwork from episode files as well as artwork linked in publisher feeds. You’ll see this appear on episode lists, in the lock screen, and the full screen player. In addition, both series and episode detail screens have been updated to show you large images. Popular shows using custom artwork are TED Talks, No Agenda, and KCRW’s Left, Right & Center.

    Sleep timer

    Aside from setting the sleep timer at a specific time, the sleep timer can be set to stop at the end of your favorite episode.

    Intents

    If you want fine-grained control over your podcast experience and use apps like Tasker and IFTTT, try Player FM intents. We’ve added two new intents to let you choose when podcasts download: fm.player.update.conditional and fm.player.update.unconditional.”conditional” will respect your app settings (e.g. only download on wifi and while charging), “unconditional” will always sync and download according to your limits, so you will probably be choosing the conditions from the external app if using that. More on intents in the FAQ at docs.player.fm.

    Downloads management

    If a podcast app didn’t have any downloads, was it a podcast app at all? As well as the downloads-only toggle, we know some users still like to delve into their completed downloads and browse them directly. This screen now has sub-sections for All, Manual, Subscriptions, Play Later downloads. See total size and number episodes for any type of download and delete all in one tap.

    User interface updates and settings

    We’ve been busy cleaning up the interface since v3.5. As well as the above updates, here are a few other things you’ll notice:

  • Main settings screen now has more color and icons on the left to give each section a unique identifier. Gone are check boxes, replaced by toggles.
  • If you are using a custom theme, you’ll see more consistent styling in that theme. e.g. With purple theme, Downloads screen header will now be purple instead of the standard green. This is particularly important for night mode, where you’ll no longer see colored header bars. To explore themes, check out Display Settings, or just tap on the Player FM logo in the side menu.
  • You now have flexible series thumbnail layout. For phones, choose between 3, 4, or 5 thumbs per row.
  • For lock screen purists, you can now disable lock screen podcast artwork in Display Settings.
  • Notification settings has been redesigned and simplified, so you can turn everything on or off with a single tap. You’ll also see icons for each show in the notifications list.
  • Say goodbye to empty boring screens. We’ve added a friendly radio guide indicating when there are no search results or no downloads.
  • One more thing! That Icon!

    After 4 years of the red mic icon, it was time for an icon that didn’t lead people to think this app lets you record top 40 singles. We’ve been getting feedback on several icon options in recent months and we’re happy to settle on this one. Users can now rejoice that they will see the same icon on Google Play and on their homescreen!

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    Player FM 3.5 for Android: Enhanced search, discovery, series settings, and more

    Constantly updating and improving the app has always been our goal, in accordance with your feedback and ideas. Thanks to all who have left suggestions and special thanks to the beta community for ongoing discussions about how to keep bringing the awesome. We’re pleased to announce a major version bump from v3.1 to v3.5, and here’s a rundown of features.

    See it in a glance with unified search results

    1000+ topics, 100,000+ series, and over 5 million playable episodes are now searchable from the same, universal, result screen! Using the new series carousels and topics dial, get what you’re looking for right away. In addition, you’ll get a row of results matching your own subscriptions, so it’s a quick way to jump to your favorite show.

    Save time with autocomplete and search history

    An initial tap on the search field will now show you a dropdown list of recent searches and the results will update as you type.

    Explore over 100,000 series with the new Discover and Catalogue design

    There’s a podcast or 10 for every occasion, making discovery a key challenge for any podcast app. Player FM has from day one focused on the discovery problem, providing an independent, open-source catalogue covering hundreds of niche topics. The Discover tab has been redesigned to make browsing a pleasure, whether you to find shows to subscribe to or episodes to play right now. As with the new search screen, you’ll see a unified screen per topic – explore related topics, series, and episodes in the one place. It’s the simplest and cleanest navigation model since the app launched.

    Play Later is now in the cloud

    Just like your subscriptions and favorites, your Play Later list is now saved in the cloud and also available on the web app at player.fm, so no need to worry about syncing your favorite Play Later episodes even when switching devices. That episode you save on your web browser at work will be downloaded on your next phone sync, ready for your trip home!

    Binge all day with flexible download order

    So you’ve just heard about this hot new show and you simply have to hear all episodes before sunset! Player already lets you set a custom download limit for this series to make sure you get a bunch of recent items. But you probably want to start from the start if it’s a “serial” storyline, a multi-part documentary, or a lecture series. In that case, the usual “get latest N episodes” setting won’t work for you. With Player FM 3.5, you can now optimise any series for binging with flexible downloading order. Set your new obsession to download “oldest unplayed” and cancel your weekend plans.

    Be the first to hear it with custom notification settings

    Now that you’re all caught up on that bingeworthy show, you’ll be super-excited to know when the next episode comes out. You now have the control to be notified for any series when is a new episode lands. This saves you time asking “is it there yet” and brings the content to you fast. Set this from the individual series screen and you can manage all your notifications from Settings.

    Play it fast – or slow – every time

    Player FM already has advanced audio to let you listen exactly how you want, with speed control, silence skipping, and intelligent volume boost shipping since v3.0. With today’s upgrade, you can now customise these settings per series. If your favorite podcaster happens to need a new microphone, add the noise reduction filter every time. If you’re a language learner, you could slow down foreign shows to 0.5x.

    New languages

    Discovery doesn’t stop at niche topics. Player FM is always adding new langauges to its catalogue and with this release, the entire app has been localised to Korean, Portuguese and Chinese. They join English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, German, and Japanese as languages which are fully supported by the apps and its catalogue and docs.

    Below are some of the changes we’ve released since Player FM 3.0 in case you missed it…

    • Mini-player redesign.
    • Make your subscriptions public so others can see them on web and in the app and who knows? You’ll gain followers with the same interests as yours.
    • Sort your Play Later list by series and publish date.
    • Be aware of series with errors. A transparent fetch model indicates you when a series is failing to fetch or has been “closed” or “replaced”.
    • Check absolute dates in episode shownotes.
    • Be in control with your phone’s storage as the downloads screen now shows storage used and available play time.
    • Many new channels added and populated with interesting shows. You might want to check some of these out: https://player.fm/featured/filmmaking, https://player.fm/featured/comedian-interviews & https://player.fm/featured/the-blacklist

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    Player FM 2.8.1 Gets a Download Button plus more

    It’s time! Player FM now has the most awaited download button. While Play Later performs a similar function by keeping latest playlist items offline, the new download button is more familiar to users of traditional podcast apps.

    The download button also adds several advantages over adding to Play Later, namely the ability to “just download now” even on 3G and battery, and the ability to keep episodes permanently on the device without worrying about auto-cleanup. Play Later is still recommended for most users to keep episodes offline, because of exactly those points – it helps you manage bandwidth and power by only downloading when your settings say so; and it cleans up to keep a fixed amount of stored episodes. But for full control, you now have a download button and a corresponding delete button for any downloaded episode.

    Swiping

    We’ve added a new feature which is swiping. Enable it in Display Settings to use Play Later and Mark as Played with ease. It’s still an early feature, so you’ll need to enable it in Display Settings for now. You can still use the overflow menu for all episode options too.

    Additional Bug fixes

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    Featured on Google Play

    Shortly after v2.8, Player FM was recently featured in the main section of Google Play globally for the first time. High five!

    Player FM 2.8: Reaching more audiences around the world

    Player FM 2.8 is now starting to reach more audiences and helping everyone get content in the language of their choosing.

    ¿Habla Español?

    Spanish is now the first international edition of Player FM and we promise there’s more to come! It’s not just a language translation but all the topics, catalogues and episodes are now available in Spanish.

    New “Made In …” feature

    Available to Spanish speakers, showing popular Spanish podcasts by country. English is coming soon.

    Catalogues have been redesigned

    HD images have been added just like what you see on the web version. No more boring channels as each channel has a unique HD photo.

    Episode detail animation

    No more static images popping up. Episode detail animation has been added from list to individual series.

    Auto cluttered listing fixed for Android Auto

    Truncated titles fixed so you see a neater episode list on your screen.

    Improved downloading

    It’s now even faster and better

    Bug fixes

    The new version go through a series of bug fixes to enhance your listening experience.

    Check out the Google Play Store and update the app to experience these brand-new features!

    Be the first to receive future updates by becoming a Beta Tester.

    Player FM 2.7.1: Chrome custom tabs, funky animation, and more

    Player FM 2.7.1 has been launched with several new features. Here’s the rundown of the new developments:

    Chrome Custom Tabs

    As noted on the Android and Chrome blogs, Chrome 45 is now out with custom tab support. This is the feature that was announced at Google IO, which helps to bridge the gap between native and web. If you click on external links inside the app, it will open in a Chrome browser as before, but now the transition and web browser appearance feels like you are still inside the Player FM app. You’ll also find publisher links are pre-fetched if you have opened them from the new Links dialogs.

    Here’s an example of an external link you might have opened via an episode’s shownotes:

    Faster, smoother, transition from list to individual episode screen

    So you can click play and listen straight away to your favorite episode.

    Display Settings

    We’ve added a new Display Settings section, which has helped us to clean up the overflow menus in the main screen.

    That’s taken from the beta … where episode swiping is now possible.

    Better support for Chromecasting from multiple devices

    Multiple devices can easily use Chromecast and the Player FM app.

    Bug fixes

    The new version also underwent a couple of bug fixes to enhance your listening experience.

    Check out the Google Play Store and update the app to experience these brand-new features!

    Be the first to receive future updates by becoming a Beta Tester.

    Player FM version 2.7 Hits Google Play Store

    Player FM 2.7 is now in the store with some user-interface updates that should make listening to your favorite podcast shows more enjoyable. Thanks for your feedback and suggestions that helped us to build these features and polish them for release.

    Widget Personalization: Resizable, Customisable, Material Homescreen Widget

    You can now resize (limited to 4×1, 3×1, 2×1, 1×1) the Player FM widget on your android homescreen.

    When you add the widget, there’s now a customisation dialog with the option to choose between light (the new material theme) or dark theme (the original, Holo-inspired, style), and between semi-transparent dark background or round corners with inset thumbnails. A lot of detail here, but we know how much widget installers like to customise their home-screens! Plus there’s a lot of themes out there demanding different kinds of widgets.

    Episode Listings update

    Episode listings have been redesigned with a cleaner look – a bigger font without losing the amount of content being shown. Play buttons now indicate downloaded state – solid red for downloaded episodes and open gray for those that will stream from the cloud. There’s also a new overflow menu, making it easy to mark as played, share, and so on.

    Links to Series and Episodes

    Series and episodes now come with detailed links dialogs, which can help you share and download exactly what you want, as well as getting more . You can also use the links to download raw episode files and even share it with friends.

    Discover is More Personalised and Better Organised

    You can now follow your favorite topics and check out new shows every day with a smarter, more personalised and better organised Discover feature.

    Auto-Detection of Downloaded Episode Duration

    The new auto-detect feature allows you to see the length of downloaded episodes, in cases where the publisher omitted it.

    Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes

    Plaver FM version 2.7 include bug fixes and performance improvements aimed at making the app snappier and even more intuitive. In particular, you’ll find the play/pause button more responsive as we were able to defer some activities that were blocking it, such as logging.

    Check out the Google Play Store and update the app to experience these brand-new features!

    Be the first to receive future updates by becoming a Beta Tester.

    Player FM on Amazon Appstore

    I’m pleased to announce Player FM is now available on Amazon’s Appstore for Android. We decided to list on Amazon as we’d received requests from users who don’t have Play on their devices and, well, asking people to install APKs gets tired quickly! This includes owners of Kindle Fire and BlackBerry 10.

    Additionally, being on Amazon means another way for people to discover the app when they type in “podcasts” to see what’s out there.

    The app is functionally equivalent to the current version on Play and users can still connect to their Google account via a webview login. Early tests indicate it’s working fine, but don’t hesitate to let us know should you encounter any issues. It’s presently listed in English-speaking markets and will expand once we roll out international catalogues (coming soon!).

    Player FM 2.0 for Android

    Just ahead of Player FM’s appearance at Google IO this week, we’ve gone 2.0! The app’s been brewing away in the beta community for some months now and I’m glad it’s finally out there in the hands and ears of all users. The app is a major user-interface upgrade as well as several important new features; read on for details.

    Recapping Player FM 1.0 to 1.5

    Before detailing the new 2.0 features, let’s quickly recap the journey from 1.0 to 1.5.

    Player FM 1.0 launched a year ago with some new ideas that got people’s interest, particularly the focus on discovery and cloud-syncing between web and app. But it arguably launched a couple months too early, leaving a lot of core podcatcher features for later. We’ve been working hard to fill those holes over the past year, while simultaneously improving the user-interface and server quality.

    Those features now in the app include: Search (with full episode search as well as series); OPML import; saving play position and marking-as-played; downloading older episodes; multi-selection; tablet and Chromecast support; and various settings to fine-tune the experience.

    And now we’re 2.0: First, user-interface

    Feedback for Player FM’s overall structure has been positive, so we’ve retained the core structure, but the appearance of each screen is substantially modified and in some cases completely redesigned, as you’ll see in the following screenshots. Plus, new logo.

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    We’ve also emphasised animations much more – you’ll notice play button animating while it’s playing and paused, and 3D flipping between series and episode mode. We won’t do animation “just because we can”, but where it helps to convey meaning, we’ll take full advantage of it.

    A few user-interface features are worth noting here:

    • Navigation Drawer (side menu). The dropdown is now exclusively for you to manage your own shows – that is, the shows among your subscriptions, the topics you’ve starred, and the episodes you’ve saved for later. Other sections, such as Downloads and Discover, are now in separate areas and reachable from the new side menu.
    • Sliding Tabs. The shows dropdown menu may optionally be replaced with a sliding tabs interface. That’s actually the default for users with only a handful of favorite channels, and also on tablets.
    • Full Screen Player. For easy control while moving around, there’s a new full screen player. It’s also where you’ll find the new playback-related features mentioned below. The full-screen player replaces the previous 2-row expansion mode for the mini player. It now expands to full height.
    • Mini Player. The Element Formerly Known As the Permaplayer now takes on the more familiar form of a typical app mini-player, with a big, convenient, play/pause toggle on the bottom right and also showing the current episode title. An important feature here is the slider, which is now full screen width and always present. Not something music players typically need, but important for podcasts which may be an hour or longer and sometimes in need of skipping around.
    • Episode Card View. Episodes may now be presented as graphical cards instead of the usual list view. We’re also planning a more text-based episode list view which will include some of the shownotes.
    • Chromecast Improvements Chromecast now resumes after a disconnect and supports multiple devices controlling the stream at the same time.

    More than looks: Introducing a playback speed control

    Player FM’s goal is already to save you time reading, and now you can save time listening too with the new speed control. It’s perfectly possible to play some podcasts back at fast speeds, even double-speed or more, and still understand it. You can also slow down speech, to 0.5x, for language learning and podcast announcers who may have drunk too much coffee. BTW since people have asked me, no, it doesn’t sound like high-pitched chipmunks :). Just regular speech, but fast. You’ll find the new speed control in the full-screen player.

    Sleep timer

    A common request in Player FM 1.x was a sleep timer and now it’s here. You can kick it off from the full-screen player and the mini player also includes the indication once it’s set. I never thought I’d be so happy to make an app that puts it’s users to sleep, but there it is.

    What’s next

    On the bottom of the full-screen player is a new and novel feature we’ve added to help you control the continuous-playback experience. What’s Next shows you, well, what episode is next, but you can also tap on it to get more options. There you can toggle continuous-play on and off; but more interestingly, you can switch the current playlist. So if you start an episode in Play Later, that would be the current playlist. You can now switch the playlist from What’s Next and decide whether to play right away or play when the current episode has finished. What’s Next is where you’ll start to see more intelligent recommendations over time.

    Play history

    A separate section in the navigation drawer is play history, showing you episodes you’ve previously played and including those that are mid-play.

    Feedback is always welcome

    I hope you find these updates useful. Please send feedback to mailto:android@player.fm and join the Google+ beta community for early updates as we begin the march to 3.0.