uPod 4.4

Written by sven. Posted in Uncategorized

Until now uPod used the episode’s down­load URL to unique­ly iden­ti­fy an episode. For some pod­casts this result­ed in false new episodes, mean­ing that episodes appeared as new though you’ve already marked them as fin­ished. This was the case, when­ev­er the pod­cast pub­lish­er updat­ed the pod­cast feed and the down­load URL of old episodes changed.

Start­ing with uPod 4.4 episodes are iden­ti­fied by their GUID (glob­al unique iden­ti­fi­er), if the pub­lish­er assigns one and if the GUID is unique with­in the feed (which — unfor­tu­nate­ly — isn’t the case for all feeds). So episodes should no longer appear as new if you’ve already marked them as fin­ished.

This was a quite heavy change and the upgrade from the old mech­a­nism to the new one is a lit­tle bit tricky — espe­cial­ly in con­junc­tion with the cloud sync. That’s why — once you’ve updat­ed your first device — your oth­er devices still run­ning ver­sion 4.3 or ear­li­er will not be syn­chro­nized with your uPod cloud data, until you also update them.

Fur­ther on the new ver­sion brings a wiz­ard when start­ing uPod after the instal­la­tion which eas­i­ly allows you to restore your data from the uPod cloud if you are a pre­mi­um user. So migrat­ing to new devices is eas­i­er now.

And final­ly I’ve fixed the sync of the pod­cast vol­ume gain set­tings which has been reset to 0dB in pre­vi­ous releas­es.

Hap­py lis­ten­ing!

Immediate Cross Device Sync

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The pre­mi­um users among you with mul­ti­ple uPod devices in use will be hap­py to hear, that uPod now pro­vides imme­di­ate cross-device syn­chro­niza­tion. About a minute after you’ve made your lat­est change on one device, all oth­er devices will start a quick sync and fetch only the stuff nec­es­sary to get in sync with the orig­i­nal device, which in most cas­es is just a mat­ter of sec­onds. So you no longer need to trig­ger long-run­ning sync man­u­al­ly to bring your device up-to-date.

Fur­ther on the lat­est release final­ly makes the but­tons of Blue­Tooth head­sets work on Lol­lipop — includ­ing the option to exchange the func­tion­al­i­ty of the skip/back but­ton with the fast forward/rewind but­tons.

Ensure that you have uPod 4.3 installed, to ben­e­fit from these changes.

Hap­py Lis­ten­ing!

Happy Birthday uPod!

Written by sven. Posted in Uncategorized

It was exact­ly on March 31 2013 where I’ve announced uPod on Twit­ter and Google+ and com­mit­ted the first lines of code. In Octo­ber 2013 the beta phase start­ed and sice Jan­u­ary 1 2014 uPod is avail­able at Google play.