Simple mode, subscription settings and stars

Written by sven. Posted in features

There are some fea­tures which I’ve imple­ment­ed in the serv­er a long time ago (in spring) but which haven’t made it into the uPod user inter­face … until today! Some of you who only have a hand­ful of pod­casts and lis­ten to each and every episode asked for a »sim­ple mode« where new episodes are added direct­ly to the library and the inbox is no longer avail­able. Well, here it is: Sim­ply dis­able the »Inbox mode« in the »User Inter­face« set­tings and all new episodes will be deliv­ered direct­ly to your library and the inbox sec­tion will be hid­den. Chang­ing the inbox mode on one device will apply it to all of your devices.

A real­ly pow­er­ful fea­ture are the sub­scrip­tion spe­cif­ic set­tings (see first screen­shot below). These allow you to edit the fol­low­ing set­tings spe­cif­ic for each of your sub­scribed pod­casts:

  • Add to library: If enabled, new episodes for this pod­cast will be deliv­ered direct­ly to your library instead of your inbox (not avail­able if you dis­abled the inbox mode).
  • Max kept episodes: Espe­cial­ly use­ful in con­junc­tion with the pre­vi­ous set­ting, this one allows you to con­fig­ure the max­i­mum num­ber of episodes of this pod­cast to keep in your library — old­er ones will auto­mat­i­cal­ly be delet­ed (unless they are starred — see below). I use this with a num­ber of one for my dai­ly news pod­cast, so that I always have the lat­est episode of the pod­cast in my library ready for lis­ten­ing. I am nev­er inter­est­ed in the news of yes­ter­day, so it’s OK, that old­er episodes are delet­ed.
  • Auto down­load: If enabled, episodes of this pod­cast will be added to the down­load queue as soon as they are added to the library. This option is dis­abled if you already con­fig­ured uPod to auto­mat­i­cal­ly add all library episodes to your down­load queue.

As every­thing else in uPod these set­tings are stored in the cloud and will affect all of your devices.

As the »Max kept episodes« set­ting men­tioned above will auto­mat­i­cal­ly delete episodes from your library you need a way to tell uPod to keep inter­est­ing episodes. This is where the new star­ring fea­ture comes onto the scene (see sec­ond screen­shot below): Starred episodes will nev­er be auto­mat­i­cal­ly delet­ed by uPod. So star­ring is a sim­ple and great way for col­lect­ing inter­est­ing stuff and — guess what — the star­ring state is synced across all of your devices.
Subscription settingsStarred episode