Big it up: Player FM goes tablet and introduces Play Later feature

With the release of version 1.2, Player FM for Android is now friendly on devices of all sizes, just like the Player FM website. And the release comes hand-in-hand with the much-requested ability to download older episodes. These two features work great together, as tablet mode is an ideal way to flip through episodes for…

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Fresher, Faster, Stronger: Player FM is Near Real-Time

Player FM is now receiving new episodes faster. Much faster. Whereas the average lag — from publisher upload to appearance on the site — was previously 2-3 hours, it’s now about 5 minutes. Generally, it will be a maximum of 15 minutes and in many cases, it will be just a few seconds. Furthermore, the…

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Be a time warrior with Player FM’s playback rate

So you’ve got 30 minutes to learn everything about basket-weaving. You search for basket-weaving (I love how that actually returns four episodes). It returns the fabulous “Everything You Need to Know About Basket Weaving in Sixty Minutes” show (we’re well into hypothetical territory at this point). 60 minute show, but 30 minutes to countdown! Not…

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Why Player FM Went Native

In this recent contribution to GigaOM, I explained why a web app wasn’t enough. Why Player FM went all-out native with an Android app. To be clear, the web app is alive and well, and in fact has received several upgrades recently. A few years back, the question was “Web versus Native”, but now it’s…

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Website update, Channel history, Faster topic updates

It’s not all Android around here. Big update on some other fronts today … Website Design First up, the website gets a fresh lick of paint. Highlights: The sidebars have been re-designed and are now more consistent in appearance. Channel/topic views have also been re-designed. Full-length topics side-menu is gone; it now opens when you…

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Player for Android Updates: Search, Import, Bandwidth Controls, and More

Wow! It’s been two weeks since launching the apps, and Player FM received more feedback in that time than in 11 months of being online as a website, a mobile-friendly one even. Here’s a run-down of how we’ve responded to feedback so far… Search Browsing is great, but not enough for people who already have…

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A Critical Update: Please update your Player FM for Android

Quick summary If you’re using Player FM for Android installed before Friday, May 3 (PST) (version 1.0.0 to version 1.0.6, inclusive), it’s strongly recommended to update — you can do so from the following Play link. Important: Please update Player FM for Android This is especially important if it’s on a mobile having limited bandwidth…

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Player FM Android App

We are launching Player FM’s Android app today. While the website has been mobile since Day One, a native app allows us to get the best out of the mobile form factor and Android platform. For a podcast app, this means more than the usual look-and-feel factor, as important as that is. It means syncing…

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New Status Blog

Running a cloud podcast app comes with the duty to keep it working, occasionally take it down for upgrades, and notify about downtimes. And you don’t want this here blog cluttered with notices like that, so meet the Player FM status blog.

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Google Plus Sign-In and Sharing

Player FM now supports Google Plus sign-in and sharing. The signup page overall got a much-needed facelift too. ABP … Always be prettifying! Social signup will make it easier to show you what your friends are subscribed to..that’s *if( they’ve made their channel public, since it’s now possible to set make profiles and channels private…

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