PulpTunes version 2.1

May 05, 2014 ·

I'm pleased to announce the release of PulpTunes version 2.1. The main improvement for this release is the mobile interface, which let's you browse and listen to your music collection from iOS and Android devices through their web browser, no need to install any nasty app.

Also, I'm relaunching the forum at http://pulptunes.com/forum, to provide community support and for you gals and guys to chat about Pulptunes, and eventually provide direction for future development.

Alongside the forum, you'll see a section pointing to our Ideas and feedback section (powered by Uservoice), mostly to keep track of feature requests. Each user will be alloted with a number of votes, that he or she will be able to use for voting for its favorite features. This way we can better gauge what are the major pain points in Pulptunes and prioritize the development efforts accordingly.

Happy Streaming!

PulpTunes version 2.0

April 05, 2013 ·

It's alive!!

I'm pleased to announce the release of PulpTunes version 2.

This is a new paradigm for pulpTunes, that no longer requires you to get concerned about router configuration or stuff like that. It just works!

In order to use PulpTunes v2, you need to register an account with us, where you'll be asked for a subdomain, so your music is accessible through yoursubdomain.pulptunes.com
No more IP and ports madness.

With this new version PulpTunes stops being free, which is actually good news for you because I now have an incentive to keep the project going and you won't have to wait a gazillion years for another release.

If you have any questions or like to leave feedback, please use the widget to the right.

Happy Streaming!

pulpTunes 1.3.1 is out

September 13, 2010 ·

This is a small release, but it adds experimental support for Android, there where Flash is supported and installed (Android version 2.2 aka Froyo). As with the iPhone/iPod touch support, this is not a native app or mobile interface; it’s the same old pulpTunes web app you’ll find in your desktop browser. Not very mobile friendly, but it works, and you’ll still be able to listen to your music on the road!

Also, very important, is that the iPad is now recognized. Before this update you would have seen your typical “Flash not available” kinda error, but now it’ll behave just as with the iPhone. Still the same desktop browser interface, but on the iPad this is really nice. Although I’ll have to figure out for a future version a way to replace the functions accessed through the right-click context menu, which of course can’t be reached in these platforms.

Finally, I’ve installed some nice piece of software in the website to keep track of the bugs, feature requests and roadmap. Still empty at the moment though: http://pulptunes.com/tasks

Here’s the change log for this version:
New features:
- Added iPad and Android support.
- Updated Italian, German and Portuguese languages.
- Added support for pulpShuffle.

Bug fixes:
- In the iPhone, the initial song page wasn’t loading.

Enjoy!

pulpTunes 1.3.0 is available for download

June 02, 2010 ·

Howdy folks,

pulpTunes version 1.3.0 has been released. Please grab it from the link above for your OS.

Here’s the list of changes:

  • Added support for automatic router configuration for Apple routers (through Bonjour protocol)
  • Allow search through the URL so you can use the firefox bookmark keyword feature. More info here: http://www.pulptunes.com/support/index.php?fuse=knowledgebase&view=KB_viewArticle&articleId=13&public=1
  • Added ability to select initial playlist, in Settings.
  • Added ability to have the Shuffle or Repeat buttons be enabled from the start, in Settings. With this you’ll be able to listen to a random song each time you enter pulpTunes.
  • Added button to clear iTunes DJ playlist.

Enjoy!

Pulp Non-Fiction

January 27, 2010 ·

Nice composition from the guys at The Bagazine:

New Knowledge Base system

January 06, 2010 ·

Hi folks,

I hope you’re enjoying the latest release of pulpTunes, version 1.2.0

Just a quick post to let you know that we’ve replaced the “Frequently asked questions” forum, with a complete knowledge base system, located here. This allows for easy search, and the ability to comment and rate articles. It currently contains the same articles that the forum had, plus a few others I’ve just added answering some common questions, and a tip on how to download multiple songs at once.

Happy new year!

Version 1.2.0 final is out

December 27, 2009 ·

I’m pleased to announce version 1.2.0 is out. Just click on the Download Now button above to get it.

Here’s the complete list of changes since 1.1.2 (note for beta testers: this final release is almost identical to the previous beta3):

New features

  • Attempt automatic router configuration (through UPnP) to avoid having to manually add the port mapping in the router.
  • Added limited support for iPhone / iPod touch.
  • Added multiple languages support. So far English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese are supported.
  • Revamped player section: Longer progress line, bigger buttons.
  • Added Shuffle and Repeat buttons.
  • Added ability to download all songs from a playlist.
  • Added permissions to enable/disable download. It’ll be disabled by default.
  • Added advanced config setting to set timeout for starting to play a song before skipping it.
  • Under Mac, no longer show the pulpTunes icon in the dock, just in the menu bar.
  • Automatically scroll page back to the top after selecting a playlist. Useful for when you have lots of playlists.
  • Added credits in the About window.
  • New minimum java version 1.6 (a.k.a Java 6). This will allow us to work with some great Java 6 features.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed iTunes9 incompatibility: crashing when iTunes DJ is disabled in iTunes prefs.
  • Rating wasn’t working on Snow Leopard.
  • Some songs were not listed when sorting under some rare scenarios.
  • When using a port different than the default 1500O or when anonymous access was disabled, the connection instructions window was stating pulpTunes couldn’t receive connections from the outside, even if it really could.
  • Albums with the same name but different artists were showing the same cover art.
  • When running pulpTunes in Windows, songs in network locations outside the local machine couldn’t be loaded.
  • The tray menu was being partially hidden in Windows.
  • User Management popup wasn’t rendering properly under IE7

ENJOY!

Version 1.2 beta3 is out

December 18, 2009 ·

If there are no surprises, this should be the last beta release before the real deal. The most important fix with respect to beta2 is the improvement over iPhone support. The media support provided by the iPhone in Mobile Safari still isn’t great yet, but we did our best.

These are the links to grab the release:

This is the detailed list of changes since the beta2:

New features:

  • Automatically scroll page back to the top after selecting a playlist. Useful for when you have lots of playlists.

Bug fixes:

  • Improved a little tray/menu bar icons for Linux and Mac. Reverted to the colored icon in mac.
  • User Management popup wasn’t rendering properly under IE7.
  • Fixed volume issue.
  • Fixed client-side form layout problems (specially with non-English translations with long strings).
  • Improved iPhone playback. Now supports real streaming and seeking to any point in the song.

Version 1.2 beta2 is out

December 04, 2009 ·

This release addresses some bugs from the previous beta, the most critical being problems when installing pulpTunes on an OS with a language different than English or Spanish. I also realized the rating feature has never worked on Snow Leopard, so this got fixed as well.

Also of greater importance is the drop of Java 1.5 (a.k.a Java 5) support, which will allow us to use some great Java 6 features.

Finally, a couple of enhancements have been added, and now we have translations for German, Italian, Portuguese and French, courtesy of Paolo Fehlmann, Fábio Daniel Azevedo Dias and Jean Pierre Callut.

This being a beta, the homepage will still hold the link for the older stable release, and the windows updater facility won’t grab this one, so you have to get it directly from these links:

I also want to thank Chris Farmer for his kind donation. This is very much appreciated! :)

This is the list of changes since the beta1:

New Features:

  • Added German, French, Italian and Portuguese translations.
  • On the iPhone, play songs on a separate browser window to avoid loosing the current location and reverting to the default “All Music” library after finishing with the song.
  • When pressing the rewind button, restart the song if it has played more than 2 secs. Otherwise go to the previous song.
  • Added credits in the About window.
  • New minimum java version 1.6 (a.k.a Java 6)

Bug fixes:

  • The Web page had problems when the server’s OS language was not English or Spanish.
  • Rating wasn’t working on Snow Leopard.
  • The profile section was returning an error.
  • When anonymous access was disabled, the connection instructions were stating that the server couldn’t receive requests from outside the network, even if it really could.
  • The tray menu was being partially hidden in Windows. Also now we use a standard black menu icon in Mac.
  • The “next” link was getting hidden a bit when paginating through large playlists.
  • Fixed misalignments in the Groups form and some layout issues in the server-side windows.
  • Albums dropdown wasn’t being shown under some circumstances on the iPhone

Version 1.2 beta is out

November 19, 2009 ·

The beta for the next major version is ready for you to test out. Among the major new features are automatic router config, iPhone support, multiple languages support, shuffle/repeat buttons and the ability to download all the songs from a playlist at once.

This being a beta, the homepage will still hold the link for the older stable release, and the windows updater facility won’t grab this one, so you have to get it directly from these links:

Please post your bug reports or comments as usual at the Quick Help Forum, without forgetting to mention you’re using the beta.

Automatic router configuration
You know that to be able to access pulpTunes from outside the network where it’s installed, you needed to manually configure your router to forward port 15000 to the machine where pulpTunes is running. In this new version, pulpTunes will try to do that automatically for you, using a router featured called UPnP. Such feature is enabled by default in newer routers, and if not, you have to turn it on through your router configuration. Unfortunately Apple routers don’t support this. If you can’t or don’t want to use UPnP, you still can manually configure the port forwarding as usual.

iPhone / iPod touch support
Because of the lack of Flash support in the iPhone, pulpTunes was inoperable in that platform. Now, we’ve bypassed that limitation by providing a slightly modified interface when browsing pulpTunes through Mobile Safari, that simply provides direct links to the songs for the iPhone’s Quicktime to play. This also offers the nice capability of opening other iPhone apps while still having the music playing in the background. Nevertheless, it’s not the best solution yet because you can’t change songs from within Quicktime and the pulpTunes web interface is not well adapted for the iPhone’s small screen. This will be addressed through a future iPhone app that is in the works, that will provide an iPhone iTunes-like experience.

Multiple languages support
With this new version you’ll be able to switch the language in the settings section. Currently only English and Spanish are supported. Please send me a private message through the forums if you’d like to contribute with another language so that I can include it in the final version. Making a translation is pretty easy as you’ll only need to translate two files that I’ll provide you.

Other new features and bug fixes:

New features:

  • Revamped player section: Longer progress line, bigger buttons.
  • Added Shuffle and Repeat buttons.
  • Added ability to download all songs from a playlist.
  • Added permissions to enable/disable download. It’ll be disabled by default.
  • Added advanced config setting to set timeout for starting to play a song before skipping it.
  • Under Mac, no longer show the pulpTunes icon in the dock, just in the menu bar.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed iTunes9 incompatibility: crashing when iTunes DJ is disabled in iTunes prefs.
  • Some songs were missing when sorting under some rare scenarios.
  • When using a port different than the default 1500O, the connection instructions window was stating pulpTunes couldn’t receive connections from the outside, even if it really could.
  • Albums with the same name but different artists were showing the same cover art.

ENJOY!