It Took Eight Months, But Mobile Chrome Gets HTML5 Audio Right

Update: As noted on The Verge, this feature is now in standard Chrome for Android. Thanks Nelson for the pointer. With the release of Chrome Beta, Android now has full-fledged HTML5 audio support akin to that of iOS, BlackBerry, and other operating systems. The new behaviour ensures that MP3s will continue to play even when…

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New, Improved, Feed Importing

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good break and picked up one or two new gadgets to play with. Maybe you discovered a few new podcasts too, in which case, read on … When I upgraded to the new look a couple weeks back, I mentioned that OPML import was missing. It’s now…

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A Change to Google Logins

I’ve made a small change to the login process for Google-connected accounts. It won’t have much impact, but here’s a little FAQ to explain what you might see if connecting with Google. I’ll also explain the technical details at the end of the FAQ. I log into Player FM with Google. How does this change…

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Surf Fast: A Redesign For Player FM

Welcome to the new-look Player FM. The new UI has been designed to make it easy to jump between channels, to overview a channels at a glance, and to show your own channel in more places. Following responsive design principles as always, these enhancements are available to users of mobiles, tablets, and desktops at any…

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!player – Search Podcasts on DuckDuckGo, with a Bang

The DuckDuckGo search engine has grown and grown over recent years, now serving over a million queries per day I’m pleased to announce DuckDuckGo has now integrated Player FM’s podcast search, using their “!Bang” feature for cross-site searches. This is helpful for anyone doing research on a topic, who decides they want to burrow deeper…

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Sort It: Change Episode Sort Order

I received a mail this morning asking if Player FM can show episodes in reverse order, i.e., oldest to newest. Although I haven’t heard the request, and it’s not crossed my mind to do this, it immediately made sense. So I decided to build it. How is this useful? Since Player FM automatically plays episodes…

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Move Quick: Keyboard Shortcuts Arrive on Player FM

Keyboard shortcuts are the web trend no-one knows about. Only in hushed circles will you learn that Twitter, Google, GitHub, and others are all working tirelessly to end world dependency on the mouse. Yes, it’s true. And if you visit Twitter right now and hit “?”, you too can learn how to browse, search, and…

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Look Sharp: Better Replacement Images

Most podcasts have pretty good “album art” images…as with mobile apps, it’s the first impression and the way they often get discovered. Unfortunately, some don’t. In some cases, they never created an image in the first place. In other cases, they stuck with the default branding of their publishing system. And sometimes, they only check…

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Be Cool: Podcast Fetching Improvements

“Cool URIs don’t change” — Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Web Developer For the first time since launching, I’ve added a bunch of improvements to Player FM’s feed fetching bot. This change improves timeliness (i.e., content is now more up-to-date), removes duplicate entries, and removes many error pages. This article is mostly technical back-end stuff, so you…

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A New Look for Episodes and Series

I finally made a much-needed renovation to the episodes and series design recently (as you may have noticed, both types of page are driven by the same underlying template, so it’s really a change to both at the same time). How is this different? Overall, a cleaner look which emphasises the main series or episode…

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