Feed Fetching Improvements

I’ve made several improvements to feed fetching lately, making podcasts update faster, more reliably, and more accurately. Read on for the details. First and foremost, feeds are once again based on push notifications, meaning they will typically enter Player FM’s database within seconds of content providers hitting the Publish button. Or in the worst case,…

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Website Update, May 2014

A website update today makes Player FM faster and easier to navigate. Let’s start with the desktop version … The first thing eagle-eyed readers will notice is the new logo. Hope you like it :). Beyond that, what you can see is the new side menu, a simple list of categories and sub-categories. No more…

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Design, Develop and Distribute: Player FM at Google IO Developer Sandbox

It’s official: Player FM will be participating in the Developer Sandbox at Google IO 2014. The IO Developer Sandbox showcases demos from a wide range of developers who have built applications based on technologies and products that are featured at I/O. We have been invited to demo our application and connect with I/O attendees developer-to-developer…

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Feed quality improvements

After the recent upgrade (2 weekends ago), I’ve been able to start enhancing the server again. If I’ve done it right, you won’t notice the latest changes because they are more about Doing It Right than adding any new features. If you’re interested in the specific changes: Most importantly, old episodes are updated if the…

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Get your cast on: Player FM 1.5 does Chromecast

Bit exciting to announce Chromecast support for Player FM’s Android app. Go yoink Player FM now from Play and get casting As I mentioned the other day, I was skeptical about how much value TV playback has for audio podcasts, but there was substantial demand and after testing this for several weeks, it gets solid…

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New Channels on Player FM

If you visit Player FM today, you’ll find a number of enhancements to the channel organisation. As always, channel organisation updates are motivated by helping users find shows on their favorite topics. Better organisation also means a simpler out-of-the-box experience when the app suggests topics to new users. Not all shows are discovered via the…

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Juggling Act: Batch episode actions on Player FM for Android

New in 1.3: Multi-Select We released Player FM 1.3 a few days ago and it includes a feature we hope will help you juggle your podcasts like a Pro. It’s the ability to select multiple episodes similar to the way GMail lets you select multiple emails. Long-hold any episode and watch the action bar transform…

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Custom Download Folders in latest Player FM for Android

Good news for the storage-challenged infovores! Player FM for Android 1.2.5 now supports a custom downloads folder. Previously, the app was using the default folder assigned to it by the OS. But now you can visit Settings and point to your external SD Card, USB drive, or any other location you fancy. And just a…

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How manual downloads work on Player FM (or, “why there’s no ‘Download This’ button”)

A huge benefit of podcasting is offline access, and Player FM launched with a powerful but simple “Auto-Download” feature to ensure offline access for your subscriptions. However, it’s easy to stumble on episodes that aren’t downloaded, either because they’re too old to be auto-downloaded, or they appear in another channel. So users naturally wanted a…

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Episode sorting, Advanced playback settings, Episode display upgrade (Player FM for Android)

I mentioned in the tablet upgrade post we’re presently in a “happiness tweaks” phase, and we’ve added several of these in the past couple of weeks. These new features are now available at Google Play. Sort episodes Some people wanted to see episodes from the top first. This lets you listen to episodes on your…

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