Category Archives: Features

Boxee and Blubrry: It’s a Beautiful Thing!



Atteeeention! Without further ado, (drum roll goes here) “Introducing Blubrry on Boxee!” Oh, heck yeah, we’re a little “over the top” and excited and here’s why: Blubrry has an application that runs on the Boxee platform, which downloads movies, television shows and your digital media from the Internet onto your TV. That’s right! We’re providing our digital media creators, listeners and viewers yet another avenue to be seen and heard! And we all love a little — or even a lot more — attention.

Boxee will have hardware available in your favorite electronics stores in the coming months. But if you don’t want to wait, all you have to do is install the free software on your computer and connect it to your TV with an HDMI or DVI cord (depending on the computer you use). You can use an Apple remote or one of several PC remotes available to navigate to Boxee. So, what’re you waiting for? Give Boxee a try, seek out your favorite shows, and let us know what you think!

Yup. As always, RawVoice and Blubrry are out there on the leading edge of media technology looking out for your best interests. This is just one more step in the evolution of alternative distribution capabilities for RawVoice and our family of media sites. Stay tuned. There’s a lot more coming up!

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Roku Like a Hurricane!



Exciting news Blubrry Podcasters! Blubrry is proud to announce the launch of the Blubrry Channel on Roku. The channel is live with 200 shows and we’ll be adding more shows throughout the coming weeks as we qualify your podcasts.

The Roku Digital Video Player offers your shows unprecedented exposure — seen and/or heard directly on your audiences’ television sets. Sit back in your Lazy Boy and watch your favorite video podcast or clean the house and listen to your favorite audio podcast directly through the exclusive Blubrry Channel on Roku.

And, trust us, that’s only the start. This year marks an apex in the evolution of alternative distribution capabilities for RawVoice and our family of podcasting sites. Keep an eye out: We plan to launch other alternative distribution applications in the coming weeks and throughout the year.

Are you ready to Roku? We’re thinking yes! Let us know what you think!

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Tracking all iPads!



With Apple’s iPad now arriving in the hands of hundreds of thousands of media consumers, it is destined to be a highly popular media consumption device. We have added the iPad to the list of devices we track in our podcast media statistics service, ensuring that your media — no matter what platform it is seen or heard on — is being counted.

Our basic statistics service is free, so sign up now and add your show to Blubrry to make sure all your downloads are being tracked, including those from the iPad. Need a bit more than the basics? Check out our Podcast Statistics Premium.

This is only the beginning. Our team has been working hard on some awesome stuff, so keep your eyes peeled! We have a number of exciting announcements to make in the coming days.

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PowerPress 1.0.4 Released: Added ‘Find Replace’ Media Tool and Plugin Podcasting Support



PowerPress
Take a look at this! Blubrry PowerPress1.0.4 is now available. This latest version is packed with new and useful features and is completely compatible with the latest release of WordPress 2.9.

Support for Plugin ‘Podcasting’

After the announcement that plugin “Podcasting” was coming to a close we reached out to Spiral Web Consulting to see how we could help. They helped us help users ease the transition to PowerPress from plugin Podcasting.  Through their consultation we now include support for episodes created in Podcasting. If you are a Podcasting plugin user considering switching to PowerPress, check out our note near the bottom of this post for additional details.

Find and Replace for Episode URLs

Blubrry PowerPress now includes a tool found under the PowerPress menu “Tools” page titled “Find and Replace Episode URLs.” This lets you quickly find and replace portions of your episode media URLs.

Because the feature verifies each URL and will stop the conversion if the new address URL is invalid, we recommend you back up your database before using this tool. The feature is perfect for users moving their media hosting to a new web site  or service such as Blubrry’s media hosting.

WordPress 2.6 Support

We only maintain support for the latest three major releases of WordPress, ensuring that our plugin remains innovative and up-to-date. Because of this, support for WordPress 2.6 will be dropped in the next release of PowerPress. If you are using PowerPress with WordPress 2.6, be sure to upgrade WordPress to support future releases of PowerPress.

Note to Plugin ‘Podcasting’ users

PowerPress and Podcasting have been for the most part interchangeable. Episodes created by both plugins are stored the same way. The only difference between the two plugins was how the iTunes duration (time in seconds) was stored. PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes this value from plugin Podcasting as well.

PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes an import plugin Podcasting settings option found under the Tools page. This option will import the key settings from plugin Podcasting to PowerPress.

For Podcasting users who are using the custom formats feature, PowerPress has a similar feature called “Podcast Channels” that will allow you to add multiple media files to one blog post.

The feeds for Podcast Channels in PowerPress are formatted differently than those found in plugin Podcasting. When you do make the conversion, you might need to notify your subscribers of the feed changes. If you need assistance re-mapping your old custom format feed to a PowerPress Channel Feed, feel free to contact us so we can assist you. Include the current feed URL and a link to your blog in your contact submission.

So there ya have it! Lots of new information and we know you’ll benefit from all our latest innovations!

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PowerPress 1.0 Now Available: All Key PodPress Features Included



powerpressVersion 1.0 of Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin for WordPress is now available. The latest version includes a number of new features/options as well as a settings pages redesign based on user feedback. With this update, PowerPress now includes all of the key features found in PodPress.

The latest version can be downloaded here.

New Features and Options

  • Added 4 new MP3 flash players: 1 Pixel Out Audio Player, MP3 Player Maxi, Simple Flash MP3 Player and AudioPlay player
  • Added “Verify” media option next to Media URL box to check entered URL and detect file size/duration information
  • Added PodPress Stats Archive view
  • Added Password Protect option for Custom Podcast Channels, which allows for Premium Content

Improvements

  • Relabeled “Custom Podcast Feeds” to “Custom Podcast Channels” to avoid confusion
  • Reorganized settings pages into tabbed sections
  • Added new “Video Scale” setting — users can choose between “scale,” “tofit,” or enter a custom scale value such as 1.5
  • Added new “E-Book PDF” label for download links of PDF files

All of the key features in PodPress included in PowerPress

The new Password Protection for the Custom Podcast Channels feature is a replacement for the PodPress Premium Content feature.  Unlike PodPress’ Premium Content feature, Blubrry PowerPress Password Protection for Custom Podcast Channels has no limit. You can create as many custom podcast channels with password protection as you want (each with its own RSS feed).

The new “Verify” button is an enhanced replacement of the “Detect” buttons found in PodPress. The Verify button goes beyond detecting only the file size and duration, it also confirms that the Media URL entered is formatted correctly and is valid. The new Verify button does all this with only one click.

PowerPress now includes the highly requested 1 Pixel Out Audio Player used by PodPress. PowerPress includes the latest version, which features volume control.

Suggestions and Feedback

We are committed to providing a well developed and mature podcasting plugin for WordPress. Please let us know what you think, leave any feature suggestions in a comment below and/or let us know directly with our contact us form.

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PowerPress 0.9 Released: Someone Ask for More Options?



powerpressThe Blubrry PowerPress plugin for WordPress version 0.9.2 is now available. The latest version includes a large number of new features/options as well as a small number of bug fixes. The latest version can be downloaded here.

New Features and Options

  • Embed player within blog posts with [powerpress] shortcode. (learn more about PowerPress shortcode)
  • Add embed code from sites such as YouTube, Viddler and blip.tv
  • Custom entry box settings for entering customized iTunes keywords, subtitles and summaries and no player option
  • iTunes URL setting for custom and category podcast feeds (These iTunes listings can be pinged as well)
  • Courtesy functions added for custom themes. See note below

Improvements and Fixes

  • iTunes ping logic improved to support scheduled posts
  • latest iTunes ping result displayed below the iTunes URL setting
  • Fixed bug with `require_once()` calls on some servers displaying a fatal error
  • Fixed scheduled posts deleting podcast episode bug in WordPress 2.8+
  • Completely revamped the “on page” and new window players
  • Removed the “play in page” option as it was a source of confusion
  • Relabeled Redirect Feed URL to FeedBurner Feed URL to clear up confusion
  • Added m4b and m4r to list of detected audio formats

Courtesy Functions for Themes

We added courtesy functions for theme developers to use in the event they are stripping the player from the page content or excerpt. To use the functions, add the following code to your theme template where you would like to display the PowerPress players and links.

<?php if( function_exists(‘the_powerpress_content’) ) the_powerpress_content(); ?>

Suggestions and Feedback

We are committed to providing a well developed and mature podcasting plugin for WordPress. Please let us know what you think and/or leave any feature suggestions in a comment below, or let us know directly with our contact us form.

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Introducing the Blubrry API



We are proud to announce the availability of the new Blubrry API. The Blubrry API extends our commitment to the community by allowing 3rd party applications and web sites to work with our services.

The new Blubrry API allows developers to build  applications to interface with our media hosting and statistics services. Applications can delete, upload and list media files as well as retrieve media statistics information.

The Blubrry API is a hybrid of the RESTful implementation found at Twitter and WebDAV. More technical details may be found on the Blubrry Help site under the section titled Blubrry API.

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Blubrry Uploader makes a ‘drag’ something pretty cool



Media UploaderWe know we’re tools . . . in a good way. That’s why you come to us. We’re always looking out for you and bringing you the most advanced applications in podcasting. That’s why you know that when we say the Blubrry Uploader Blog Posting Tool, the latest innovation for our hosting clients, is a drag . . . we mean it in a good way. It’s pretty self explanatory, really, and the tool itself  is way easy to install just:
  • Click this link for the media uploader
  • Hit “Run” (not to be confused with hit n’ run)
  • Agree to the terms (we know you’ll read every word)
  • Enter your Blubrry username and password, and there ya go!
Our new Windows application allows you to upload media to your Blubrry hosting account  by just dragging and dropping. Pretty cool, eh? Let us know how you like it!  After all, at RawVoice, we continue to make all aspects of podcasting easier and we’re proud to be your favorite podcasting tool.
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Tell us what you think…really



Being the podcasting gurus that we are, you guys might think we know it all . . . and a lot of times we’d probably like to think so as well. But, know what? We don’t. You all have a lot of critical information and amazing insights that will help us improve Blubrry.com. So right here, right now, we’re asking you to take a second or two, ponder a few questions, make a few suggestions and help us to make Blubrry.com more compelling and inclusive than ever.

Thank you for your input.
Click the link below to take our brief survey (it’s only 10 questions)
Take The Survey

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Login to Blubrry.com with OpenID



Blu-open-idYes that’s correct you can now login to Blubrry.com with an OpenID account. Users that already have accounts will be able to associate there OpenID logins with their existing accounts. We wanted to make Blubrry even more accessible to listeners that are looking to find new content.

Login with OpenID today and let us know what you think of the implementation.

So far as we know Blubrry.com is the first podcasting site to implement the OpenID standard and quite frankly we are pretty proud of this accomplishment.

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