Thank you and goodbye
After more than five exciting years it's time to say "Goodbye".
The uPod servers will be shut down by the end of 2018.
The main reason for this hard decision is, that uPod never got the traction I wanted it to have. But also other reasons played an important role:
- The support efforts where much too high, mainly due to invalid feeds from podcast providers. This forced me to continuously build time consuming workarounds to parse even invalid RSS stuff.
- I'm still a big fan of uPod's inbox concept. But it seems that it was too complicated for many users who tried it, as it isn't what they expect from a podcast player.
- I finally moved into the Apple universe and are not using Android anymore.
If you like uPod and if you are an Android and Scala developer you might want to continue to develop and maintain uPod. To make this possible I've published its source code on github.
Unfortunately I cannot provide you any suggestion for a good replacement of uPod on Android, as I don't know about another podcast player implementing the inbox workfow. But if you are switching to iOS I can strongly recommend Castro — though I don't like there subscription based payment model, the app itself is supberb and implements the inbox workflow in the best possible way.
I thank all of you for your trust in uPod and your continuos feedback over the years.
Berlin, November 2018