Monday, June 17, 2013

Alpha update: more views, Jamendo, YouTube playlists

Time for another update to the alpha version of Stoffi.

The biggest of the new features in this update is the additional view mode. You can now select to view your songs as icons, content tiles, a simple list, or the old detailed list. It works just like in Windows Explorer except we don't support arbitrary icon sizes (yet). Hopefully this will make it a bit easier to browse your music.

Speaking of music, I've added more. This time the source is Jamendo. I haven't had time to really dig into Jamendo myself yet but it seems to be a bit different than what's available on SoundCloud. Also, the meta data seems to be much better at Jamendo.

The last big new feature is the ability to import YouTube playlists. Right now you can do this by selecting to add a playlist from YouTube in the context menu and then pasting the URL into the text box. Later I will do some magical connection between your YouTube account and Stoffi so your playlists can be automatically imported into Stoffi and synchronized back to YouTube.

As usual, there's also all the latest bug fixes coming in from the beta version of Stoffi as well. But you still shouldn't expect any stability in the alpha. Most of these new features are really untested and may crash a lot. But if you want to see the direction I'm taking Stoffi in for the next upcoming releases you can download the alpha and try it out. If you want to help out testing new stuff and send bug reports you should focus on the beta, though.

Have a great day!