This version of the 24 Hour Kirtan Radio app was built in radio-only mode without the playlist feature, because we decided to focus on the basic functionality first. It has no new features, but updated assets and config, as well as fixed music controls.
We’re currently working on redesigning the app with the help of Dhyanacandra prabhu from Slovenia. Here are some early mockups in which direction we’re heading.
When we started development of the app at the beginning of 2016, the underlying framework to build amazing native and progressive web apps, Ionic, was still at version 1. Ionic v2 was released beginning of 2017 and now at the beginning of 2018 we’re already at Ionic v3.9.2. If we want to upgrade to the latest v3 we basically have to build everything from scratch, which is exactly what we’re planning to do in 2018. A lot of work, but we’re very excited.
We have not yet decided if the redesign should still be done with Ionic v1 or if we go straight to v3 and implement the redesign there. Maybe we’ll do a redesign light with the current version and release it as 1.0.0, so that it can be finally made available on the Apple App Store without the need to install via TestFlight.
In any case, we’re going to keep you posted. Happy New Year!
If you want to help with development or testing, you’re always welcome to get in touch.
The new playlist feature has been on GitHub since June 9 and now we finally released alpha 0.8.4 for iOS via Test Flight and Android directly via Google Play Store.
It is now possible to not only listen to the radio stream, but also to browse audio files, listen to them straight away and create custom playlists. This is a very exciting new feature, so please install the new version and play around with it.
Currently, only a small fraction of Kirtans are available for the beta apps, but we’re going to add more over the next days and weeks. Once we’re coming out of beta, the full range of publicly available Kirtans from 24hourkirtan.fm will be fully available to browse and create custom playlists.
If you’re building your own app based on this project, you can of course add your own range of audio files via the Audio Streaming APIs.
On June 1, 2016 we released version 1.0.0-alpha6 of our audio streaming APIs.
Updated indexer to add dpath key for Google Storage bucket. Allows app to download and play selected mp3 files
Added new released key
On June 4, 2016 we also released version 0.8.3-alpha of our audio streaming app which now supports iOS 8. This will enable users who have not yet upgraded to iOS 9 to also use our app.
The 0.8 releases support default streaming mode which which is a similar listening experience as you know from radio streaming apps like TuneIn.
As indicated on our roadmap we’re working towards releasing a new major version of the audio streaming app which also supports custom streaming mode. This will allow listeners to stream their custom playlist based on their favorite tracks, albums or artists.
The API endpoints provided are completely stand alone. They can be attached to and used to manipulate the database by any client including CURL.
Currently the endpoints service the Ionic audio-streaming-app found on GitHub. The app can be downloaded on the App (currently only through TestFlight) and Play Stores.
Here’s an overview of the release notes.
Initial alpha release. Endpoints for db collections (ACCOUNTS, PLAYLISTS, MP3S, LOGS).
All endpoints can be executed using CURL see the documentation for instructions.
Added dynamic port assignemnt
New endpoint GET /mp3s/key/:key
Temp patch for invalid artist ID3 tag
Jingles indexer and endpoint GET /jingle/random
All mp3s endpoints work with and without auth, auth required to access restricted MP3s
New restricted key for mp3s collection
Artist tag in jingles generates error in ID3 parser
Some MP3 files have tag ID3 tag issues
POST /mp3s/ids endpoint
Added CORS support
Artist tag in jingles generates error in ID3 parser, now logged to db.log for intervention
Some MP3 files have tag ID3 tag issues
Uncaughtexception now logs to db.logs
Added POST /mp3/file/:id endpoint – to directly download MP3 file
Added new key for selfLink – this is a virtual link tot he google storage for MP3 playback
Artist tag in jingles may generate error in ID3 parser, now logged to db.log for intervention
Some MP3 files have tag ID3 tag issues, now logged to db.log for intervention
Our Icecast streaming Kirtan server is currently running on Google Compute Engine on a g1-small machine with 1 vCPU and 1.7 GB memory, which is enough to serve 70 simultaneous listeners. On average we have almost 10’000 unique listeners per month. This is of course manually scalable by using bigger machine types, but as the devops community is completely hooked on Docker we also wanted to learn about this new technology.
This will not only give us more flexibilty with deployment and scalability, but also make onboarding of new developers very light weight, because they can install Icecast and Liquidsoap on their local machines for testing and developing new components, such as our new mobile apps and the RESTful APIs.
You could build a new image based on that Dockerfile or you can simply
docker pull kirtan/icecast
docker run -p 8000:8000 kirtan/icecast
It’s currently not yet possible to pass custom credentials to docker run, but once the Liquidsoap container is ready and both components work together properly, we will work on that, too.
As we’re new to docker we took inspiration from moul’s Icecast Docker file, but as he’s building from the official sources.list, you will end up with Icecast 2.3 instead of the latest 2.4 if you’re using his build.
We’re very excited to announce the first alpha release of our audio streaming app based on Ionic hybrid mobile app framework. The first release was planned for February 19, but due to David’s and Warren’s focus, we were able to already release it yesterday on February 13, which happened to also be World Radio Day 2016.
This early release shows basic functionality of the player. Further development will be adding more features in the coming weeks. Access to the Android APK file is available on the project’s GitHub release page.
Here’s how it looks like on an HTC One after pressing the play button on the bottom of the page. It will extract the now playing information from the Icecast server and display it. On some devices there’s a pretty long delay before the audio starts playing, but please remember, it’s alpha.