April 20th, 2011 → 9:22 am @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
Thanks to backgrounding, you can listen to the Public Radio Player *and* do other things on your iPhone. Lots of other things… but how to sift through the 350,000 apps now in the App Store? You need picks from the experts – us!
Check out what we like on the iPhone and Android and tell us your own faves in the comments. (I couldn’t resist making an obvious plug for the Player; in truth, all of us PRXers with iOS devices use it regularly. For real.)
You’ve always been able to listen to This American Life, one of public radio’s most popular shows, on the Public Radio Player. It’s been there since the Player first launched. But some shows make you want to dive in for a more complete experience – full archives, fun extras. That’s why lots of you also have the dedicated This American Life app for iPhone, developed by PRX.
When the iPad came along, the folks at This American Life saw they could invite you in even deeper, by taking advantage of the tablet’s unique user experience possibilities. So PRX partnered with them again… and voilà! An iPad app that truly befits a marvelous show and a marvelous device.
February 3rd, 2011 → 6:13 pm @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
If you’re a media organization trying to figure out where to launch or grow your mobile presence — mobile web or native app? iOS or Android (or BlackBerry or Windows or…)? — we’ve got some thoughts for you.
Now, we’re well aware that the Player is iPhone-only, but we’re also well aware that needs to change. (And it will. Soon. We promise.) PRX, which develops the Player, also develops apps for public radio and TV organizations on iPhone, Android, and iPad.
Rarely, if ever, does someone come to us and say, ‘We need an iPhone/Android/iPad app, let’s move.’ Instead, they say, ‘We want to be on mobile, where should we start?’
After countless such conversations, we think we know a bit about mobile strategy. On the PBS MediaShift blog, PRX’s CEO Jake Shapiro has the first of a two-part series on mobile strategy for media organizations.
When you launch the Public Radio Player, the first thing you see after the welcome screen is a list of Featured Live Stations. We put it there to keep your head from exploding by not showing you all 500 station streams at once. (If you actually want to try to explode your head, just tap the State button at the top of the screen for the full list.)
The latest list features music stations playing many genres, including rock, hip-hop, indie, jazz, bluegrass, classical, and folk. There’s news from stations large and small from East, West, North, and South. There’s a Spanish-language station, a Native American station, and a couple of community radio stations, too. And, of course, there’s our beloved REMIX Radio stream of particularly interesting public radio pieces.
So check out the newest arrivals to the Featured Live Stations spotlight. And let us know who you want included in future rotations.
(By the way, if you want to find a station that was previously featured, look them up by State. If you don’t know the state, post a comment and we’ll help.)
January 19th, 2011 → 6:05 pm @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
It’s been a nice day here at Public Radio Player headquarters. First, this lovely blog post came to our attention.
…The BEST app hands-down is this one a free app that lets me access live streaming content from hundreds of public radio stations 24/7, with a user-friendly interface that shows me what’s playing wherever, whenever, like the Jazz With Bob Parlocha that I’m listening to right now.
And cool features like a sleep timer and an alarm clock, so that I can drift off and wake-up to the perfect set of tunes. Truly, my one and only app, which reminds me….. enjoy
Then, we learned from TechCrunch that the Player is one of the top free iPhone apps of all time. Yes, there we are on Page Two of the 586-page list, higher than Pizza Hut, Moviefone, Wikipedia, Yahoo, CNN, and MSNBC.
We’ll take it! We’re not even trying to beat Page-One hits like The Bible, nor would it have occurred to us to compete with a toilet paper game (ok, maybe that one hurt a little). But we’ll gladly keep company with Yo Mama anytime.
We’ve had our days in the sun – we’ve done time as a #1 free app, and even more time as a top free music app. Just this past holiday season, the Player had 40,000 unique downloads between Christmas and New Year’s. So we’re happy to bask in our current status.
December 23rd, 2010 → 2:28 pm @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
Yes, we’re AirPlay enabled.
This year the Public Radio Player made a great leap to multitasking and retinal display. We caught our breaths, and made another leap – into your entire house. Our developer, Andrew, opened his Christmas present early and behold: an Apple TV.
We think he was pretty excited about it, but he sounds even more excited by the fact that the Player is AirPlay enabled, and now he’s listening to his favorite public radio through his TV. Those would be REMIX Radio from PRX in the Featured Live section, and The Moth in Featured On Demand (great taste, Andrew!).
If you have iOS 4.2 installed on your iPhone/iPad/iPod, then you too can listen to the Player through your other AirPlay devices.
If you don’t have the gear, well… you’ve got one more day to add it to your gift list. Happy holidays, everyone.
So many of you have asked how to donate to your favorite stations from within the Player, and unfortunately the answer is still, ‘Apple doesn’t allow it.’
We last wrote about this in June. Maybe because it’s now the season of giving, but more people are calling on Apple to change its no-donation policy.
On the PRX blog, we describe our dream scenario:
PRX’s Public Radio Player iPhone app is a great example of what such a change could mean. The app has had over 2 million unique downloads. Nearly 500 noncommercial stations across the U.S. have a page in the app. Imagine if each page had a Donate button that, with two or three taps, let you send money to the station.
Nonprofits need donations, and mobile giving could be a real breakthrough for them. The folks at Care2, who care about nonprofits, set up a petition. Please consider signing it. Thanks!
Update: The New York Times just reported on this issue, interviewing PRX CEO Jake Shapiro among others. The petition now has over 2000 signatures… be sure to add yours!
November 24th, 2010 → 2:03 pm @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
If these Northeast travel stats are any indication, the travelers among you will have a lot of time to fill this weekend. We encourage you to use the Player’s Local feature to tune into the stations of your departure and destination for travel updates.
If you start to sense that the security line/highway traffic won’t be moving for quite some time, check out our content recommendations for ways to cope.
Please, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands of traveling Public Radio Player users out there, share your listening ideas in the comments below.
You’ll get there eventually, or the guests will come to you. That’s when we suggest you *turn off* the Player and turn a microphone on your loved ones (or the less-loved interesting ones). Friday, November 26, is the National Day of Listening. The event’s organizer, StoryCorps, wants you to interview the people around you to get to know them better and record their thoughts for posterity.
Get inspired by listening to the StoryCorps podcast on the Public Radio Player, where it’s listed on the Featured page of On Demand.
Right on the heels of version 2.1.3, known to historians as “The Multitasking Version”, comes version 2.1.4. When you install this latest update, here’s what you’ll get:
Plus a few other bug fixes and improvements. With each version, we aim to make the app better and better. So be sure to download those updates to get the full benefit of the Public Radio Player.
October 18th, 2010 → 1:15 pm @ Rekha at PRX // Comments Off
We know, with thousands of listening options on the Public Radio Player, you haven’t run out yet. But you should move this one to the top of the list.
We’re proud to announce a whole new kind of public radio listening, now available on the Player. It’s called REMIX Radio. It’s also from PRX.
REMIX Radio is “a 24-hour semi-formatless remix of the best public radio stories, amazing podcasts, fascinating interviews, found tape and intriguing sounds.” When host/DJ/Remixer-in-chief Roman Mars finds something interesting, it truly is. You see, public radio has a bit of an indie scene to it, believe it or not. And Roman lives there. Well, actually, he lives in Oakland, but he lives virtually in a world where public radio is hip, edgy, gripping, and revealing.
Until recently, you needed a satellite radio to catch REMIX on XM 136. In Spokane, WA, you could tune in on broadcast station KPBZ. Now, thanks to the Player, anyone with an Apple mobile device can hear REMIX.