Two weeks ago we kicked off the 2010 marathon by releasing v2 of the WFMU iPhone app and before we wrap things up this weekend we're pleased to announce that Android users now have an app of their own.
Version 1 of the WFMU Android app has just hit the marketplace. You can grab it here.
For our initial release we are including all of our live streams (including "Ichiban Rock n' Soul", "UbuWeb Radio" and "Do or DIY"), all of our Archives and Podcasts as well as Station News from our homepage. We will be adding playlist functionality and some other more advanced features in the coming months.
Artwork by Nick Bertozzi
Initially we had hoped to make use of our mobile friendly 64k AAC+V2 mp4 archives (also used by the pop-up player on our site) for this app but found that some older versions of Android do not support AAC.
To ensure compatibility for everyone, we are instead using our less mobile friendly MP3 archives and have found that your mileage over 3G may vary a bit with these. In version 1.1 of our app we will likely allow toggling between lower bit rate mp4s (for Android 2 users) and higher bit rate mp3s (for phones that can't handle AAC or people on WIFI).
Likewise we've found that some of the sliding and tapping functionality on the app does not always behave as nicely as we'd like on the Nexus One, though research abounds that this is likely a problem with the phone itself.
In short, because we have found that performance varies quite a bit from phone to phone please let us know in the comments if there is a problem with your model and OS version.