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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Now you can search over 600,000 podcast episodes on Player FM

Search has been the most demanded feature on Player FM’s UserVoice forum and I’m pleased to say it’s now here! It comes at a point where we have 600,000 episodes indexed, synchronised with about 10,000 podcast series, so if you’re looking for a listen on just about any topic, enter it into the search bar….

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Keep Them Coming: 100+ New Channels on Player FM

As of today, Player FM has 230 curated channels on the site. Since the last content update a month back, the research team has continued to dig deep and found fresh audio content on 106 new niche topics. We’ve added language learning channels (English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish), about a dozen new “fandom” channels themed…

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A Better Mobile Experience for Podcast Streaming

Mobile matters for podcasts. To borrow from a recent tweet, “hearing is a mobile sense. You can listen while doing other things. That’s why Player FM is so cool: surfacing cool audio content”. For that reason, it’s important people can keep Player FM in their pocket, whether they’re on the move or even just moving…

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Player FM Updates: 124 Curated Channels with 1300+ Curated Series, Quick Channel Switcher, Improved Onboarding

Channel Updates The Player FM researchers have continued to unearth high-quality, frequently updated, podcast series. We now have 124 topic-specific channels, each with an average of around 11 hand-picked series. The new update has focused on business, tech, programming, publishing, religion, specific industry verticals such as aviation and book, and “fandom” channels like Star Trek,…

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Hello, let’s play!

Welcome to the (very minimal for now) Player FM blog. I’ve been publishing updates on <a href=’https://plus.google.com/b/107757735211000585323/107757735211000585323/posts’>the Google +Player FM page</a> up to now, but wanted to set up a separate space where I could go into more detail on various updates. One of which happened today … stay tuned! Oh, I should say [Player…

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