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 affect me?

If you’re currently logged in, it won’t affect you. It will only affect you the next time you log into Player FM.

When you next click the Google button to log into Player FM, you’ll be asked to authorize Player FM, like you were the first time you connected. This will only happen once and once you agree, everything is back to normal. You can keep logging in via Google.

I’m having problems logging in. Help!

I’ve done a lot of testing for this change, but if something goes wrong, please mail mike@player.fm.

I log into Player FM with Twitter. How does this change affect me?

It won’t affect you at all.

I log into Player FM with the “classic” username/password mechanism. How does this change affect me?

It won’t affect you at all.

What are the technical details?

Instead of connecting via openID, the Google button will now connect via OAuth. They are both pretty similar for this purpose, but oAuth has become more popular and more recommended lately. Firstly, it allows users to give fine-grained permissions. Secondly, OpenID is very much a web protocol these days; oAuth works better when connecting from other systems.