uPod 4.4

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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!

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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.