Player FM on Amazon Appstore

I’m pleased to announce Player FM is now available on Amazon’s Appstore for Android. We decided to list on Amazon as we’d received requests from users who don’t have Play on their devices and, well, asking people to install APKs gets tired quickly! This includes owners of Kindle Fire and BlackBerry 10. Additionally, being on…

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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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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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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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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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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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