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Changes:

  • Remove code required for Adobe InMarket licensing and update checker (saved about 0.5MB!)
  • Added BBC World Service (English News) live stream and metadata
  • Added link to this page to ‘check for updates’.
  • Tooltip added – hover over the update icon, and you’ll see the current installed version you have.

Go to the Downloads page to find out how to install the latest version.

Adobe InMarket closes

In August 2011 Adobe announced the end of their InMarket brand – which is how Adobe suggested to Air developers should upload their applications in one location and then it would be syndicated between several app markets – at the time this was Adobe’s own ‘MarketPlace’ and Intel’s ‘AppUp’ platform. Adobe has ended support.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/inmarket.html

What this means to the RadioPlayer app: nothing! Except that I need to pull out the Adobe license code and the application update cycle stops working (so the app checks to see if it’s the latest version by requesting info from Adobe servers – if there is a later version, it will offer an update to you). That all goes, now I have to manually do that – I may not bother, depends… as not many updates are likely (not because I don’t plan to update it, but because little changes regarding APIs into BBC Radio services)

Firstly a quick reminder – RadioPlayerApp in Air (either downloaded from Adobe Air MarketPlace or Intel AppUp) does not communicate any private information when it gathers stats. The Adobe Market keeps stats on downloads, Intel AppUp is powered by the Adobe Market so those stats are gathered there also. The App itself only communicates once each time it’s opened with Google Analytics – again no personal information tracked. If you use the social sharing buttons (Facebook, Twitter, etc) there is a link through the AddThis service which aggregates statistics about general information on sharing – again, no personal information there. It’s all pretty private really.

With that said here are a couple of examples of the current stats.

Firstly from Adobe MarketPlace (InMarket Portal) – over the last month or so the app has regularly been downloaded each day by people visiting Adobe Air Market Place and Intel App Up. I believe that initial spike was the app being featured on the markets.

Here are some interesting views of the Add This social stats:

Not many tracks on the AddThis portal – but it’s interesting to see users actually using the feature on the App. Interestingly – you can share without tracking through AddThis, it’s fairly easy to get around it (should you want to be more private – but I’d ask you to reconsider as this sort of shared statistics is really interesting and might be useful for other features in the future).

Now the app has been published onto the Intel AppUp platform

So – after approximately 2 years, it’s finally been published on the Air Marketplace. Heavens!

Twitter account added.

Added a twitter account for the App.

So – I originally began working on this application (using the Adobe AIR frameworks – for PC, Mac and Linux) a couple of years ago.

The main reason for doing so was that I wanted a simple way to listen to BBC Radio (specifically) without having to load my Web Browser and visit their website. It was also a way of seeing just how much data the BBC publishes around their programmes, and how (relatively) easy it is to weave what is available publicly into a more simple offering.

I haven’t previously launched the app to the public – I did it for myself, and some of my friends. Some of which loved it so much that they’ve encouraged me to make it available to everyone.

Over the next few days I hope I’ll be able to publish a link to allow you to install the app yourself.