Feedburner’s URL switch

[Update on the morning after (Dec 4) 2014: Feedburner has now rolled this change back. Nevertheless, it remains a valid thing for any feed to do, if unusual, so something podcast apps should be prepared to handle.] Today I noticed Tim Pritlove tweet about an important Feedburner change in how episode URLs are published, which…

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Player FM on the new Samsung Gear S

Here’s Player FM’s newest device integration. The Samsung Gear S smartwatch rolls out to the public today and the lucky new owners will be able to integrate with Player FM from the get-go. If you have Player for Android installed, the connected watch will notify you of your favorite new episodes and let you play…

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Player FM Website Updates

Here are some recent tweaks to make episode browsing easier and bring in functionality that’s been on Android for a while now. Channels now have a floating control bar to put all actions together in one place, with each section upgraded. Episodes may now be sorted by newest, oldest, shortest, longest and random (shuffle), as…

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Player FM 2.0 for Android

Just ahead of Player FM’s appearance at Google IO this week, we’ve gone 2.0! The app’s been brewing away in the beta community for some months now and I’m glad it’s finally out there in the hands and ears of all users. The app is a major user-interface upgrade as well as several important new…

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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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Website Update, May 2014

A website update today makes Player FM faster and easier to navigate. Let’s start with the desktop version … The first thing eagle-eyed readers will notice is the new logo. Hope you like it :). Beyond that, what you can see is the new side menu, a simple list of categories and sub-categories. No more…

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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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Get your cast on: Player FM 1.5 does Chromecast

Bit exciting to announce Chromecast support for Player FM’s Android app. Go yoink Player FM now from Play and get casting As I mentioned the other day, I was skeptical about how much value TV playback has for audio podcasts, but there was substantial demand and after testing this for several weeks, it gets solid…

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New Channels on Player FM

If you visit Player FM today, you’ll find a number of enhancements to the channel organisation. As always, channel organisation updates are motivated by helping users find shows on their favorite topics. Better organisation also means a simpler out-of-the-box experience when the app suggests topics to new users. Not all shows are discovered via the…

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