As we gear up for our upcoming 2010 fundraising marathon, we are very pleased to announce that version 2.0 of the free WFMU iphone app has just hit the iTunes store. Grab it right here.
The new version of our app is a complete re-write and in addition to our 128k and 32k streams also includes all of our alternate web-only streams:
- Ichiban Rock 'n' Soul (an oldies station you actually WANT to listen to)
- UbuWeb Radio (avant garde gems as selected by Kenny G, proprietor of the great ubu.com)
- Do or DIY (sound collage, found audio and pop culture relics as curated by Ms. Vicki Bennett / People Like Us)
In addition to our live streams, v2.0 is packed with all of WFMU's on demand offerings including recent archives of your favorite shows and our full slate of podcasts. For shows where the DJ keeps a real time playlist, you will be able to view track and artist information in time with our archives.
Perhaps the most requested feature we've received since v1.0 of our app launched is the ability to play audio in the background... Version 2.0 of our app will allow you to play both live streams and archives in the background via Safari so you can do other things on your phone while listening.
There are many other new features packed into the app. Some highlights:
- You can now favorite songs within the app and purchase them directly from iTunes.
- View our Twitter feed, station news, upcoming specials, schedule information and Beware of the Blog from within the app
- Adjustable buffer settings to help even out AT&T's wonderful service in the tri-state area
- DVR-esque functionality for the live streams. If you hear something you like, you can rewind the stream a few minutes without losing any new audio
While we've packed a lot into this version we still have some fun things planned for future upgrades so say tuned. Special thanks go out to Brian, our awesome developer.
Last but not least: an Android version of this app is almost ready and should be hitting the marketplace real soon.
Let us know what you think in the comments... Happy streaming.