We’ve just hit our release candidate milestone on our most significant update of Podcast Lounge to date. Expect to see it hit the store in the coming days with full coverage in all of the major Windows Phone news sites.
New in this update:
- Added Smart Playlists support
- Lots of improvements & fixes
- Backup/restore functionality
- New player screen with scrubbing support
- Revamped settings area
- Added share status via Email
- Support for HTML podcast show notes
- Block auto-sync of specific favourites
- Lots of fixes and other small features
We’re really excited that this development phase is drawing to a close and we’re looking forward to getting the version in the hands of our loyal users.
Whilst the GDR2 update is quite a subtle refresh for Windows Phone 8.0, it does address many quirks of the underlying operating system. All things considered, Microsoft’s transition from Windows Phone 7.x and the old Windows CE kernel to the PC Windows NT kernel on Windows Phone 8.0 was nothing short of astounding with many industry pundits likening the move to changing the wheels of a car whilst driving at 70mph.
We had the pleasure to be invited to join Andrew Johnstone over at the Podcast Squared podcast for an episode focussed on Windows Phone and our Podcast Lounge app. Andrew does a weekly podcast focussing on podcasting in general: suggesting great new content worth listening to, interviewing the developers behind the apps and of course the all-important content providers. We’ve been enjoying his programme ever since we discovered it.
The early adopters of the new Windows Phone 7.8 update (build 8858) who use our Radio Lounge apps will notice that streaming support appears to have broken since the upgrade. The apps report buffering, but eventually fail with a “crikey” message. Our investigations have concluded that the new OS update is missing some of the vital components required for WMA streaming which our radio apps need to stream correctly .
We are pleased to announce the rebranding and future expansion of the popular BBC Radio Player app for Windows Phone to Radio Lounge. The app will retain all of its existing functionality, however changing the name allows us the ability to offer a much broader catalogue of radio stations. Continue reading
It is with much regret that we have to announce the planned withdrawal of our free BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 apps from the Windows Phone Store. Continue reading
It’s just gone 2013 and we’re excited to announce a fresh update to the UK Windows Phone Store’s most popular Podcast app.
We’re fortunate that we have a lot of people who are fans of what we do. We’ve been delighted about the recent press coverage and we thought we would post some links to our favourites.
We’re taking a break from coding this evening to catch up with emails from our users, but also to tell you a little more about what’s brewing in our labs.
The latest version of the BBC Podcast Lounge has just hit the Windows Phone Marketplace and it now carries one of the most requested features: offline playback.
Users can now download single or multiple episodes for future playback directly from the programme episode section. The app also features a download area where you can view everything that’s available offline. Downloads are handled by one of the new services in Windows Phone 7.5 so even if you close the app, the download will still continue in the background and be ready for you next time you load it up.
As warned from the very start, the app has now gone paid/trial from its previous status. However as a gesture of goodwill, the app is free to upgrade for any existing user who supported us through the earlier versions. All we ask is that you tell your friends about the app and why you like it so we can spread the word to new users.
That’s all for now. We’re off to continue building some more features in for the next release.