Audio Streaming 1.0.5 (Beta) Released

Today, v1.0.5 (beta) of our Kirtan mobile app for iOS (via Apple TestFlight) and Android (via Google Play) was released which introduces two new intro screens and a new channel selection screen with preview of the singer’s name.

Not sure why we skipped v1.0.4, but I still wanted to mention it for the record. Looks like there will be at least one more release before we drop the beta label and push the app to the official app stores.

If you haven’t installed the app yet and would like to test on iOS (Apple), please send us an email with your Apple ID email address requesting a TestFlight invite. Android users can install or update directly via the Google Play Store.

Audio Streaming 1.0.3 (Beta) Released

Yesterday, we released v1.0.3 (beta) of our Kirtan mobile app for iOS (via Apple TestFlight) and Android (via Google Play) which addresses the recent issues on Github such as the blinking photo gallery and scrolling singer and song info. Please update to the latest version and provide feedback by email or directly via Github.

If you haven’t installed the app yet and would like to test on iOS (Apple), please send us an email with your Apple ID email address requesting a TestFlight invite. Android users can install or update directly via the Google Play Store.

Next thing on the roadmap are two new intro and a new channel selection screen.

We didn’t mention the release of v1.0.1 here on our developer blog and for some reason skipped v1.0.2, that’s why were now at v1.0.3. The new intro screens and the new channel selection which already shows what’s playing will be released as v1.0.4. As soon as this version has been tested, we will prepare for leaving beta and finally submitting the app to the regular Apple app store. Stay tuned!

 

Audio Streaming 1.0.0 (Beta) Released

Today a new version of our audio streaming app was released for iOS which is still considered beta and is available via Test Flight. Please send a message to info@24hourkirtan.fm if you would like to receive an invite.

A new version for Android was also released which is also still marked beta, but directly available via the Google Play Store. Please report any bugs on Github. so that we can finally leave beta behind us and make it available to a wider audience.

This version has been rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up. It is based on Ionic v3. The beautiful redesign was done by Dhyanacandra Prabhu from Slovenia, the app was developed by David Li.

You can now listen to a wide and always fresh range of traditional Vaishnava Kirtan from 24hourkirtan.fm as well as contemporary Vaishnava music productions from our new channel raydiokirtan.fm. The new version now also has 4 different galleries with pictures of Srila Prabhupada, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Vishnu and Krishna.

As this is an open source project you can of course still use the code for your own Internet radio station and fork it on Github in order to adapt it to your needs. If you’re implementing any general features, we would really appreciate if you create a pull request. If you’re a developer and find bugs, you’re also welcome to send patches as pull requests.

Here are some screenshots to give you a first impression.

 

Audio Streaming Beta 0.9.0

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.

Please contact info@24hourkirtan.fm if you want to test on iOS via Test Flight. If you’re using an Android based device, please install directly via Google Play Store.

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.

Audio Streaming Alpha 0.8.4 for iOS and Android

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.

New Alpha Versions of Audio Streaming App and 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.

Audio Streaming Alpha 0.8.2 for iOS

Finally, 3 days ago a working alpha version for iOS was released on the App Store through TestFlight. Version 0.8.2 is now also available through the Android Play Store using an open test release.

Features

  • Lock screen controls
  • Android loading spinner

Please contact dev@24hourkirtan.fm for more information if you would like to test the release.

iOS Lock Screen

Ionic Audio Streaming Alpha 0.8.0

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.

Ionic Audio Streaming Alpha 0.8.0