Monthly Archives: March 2011

Google Summer of Code 2011

This year GNU FM and Libre.fm are proud to be taking part in the Google Summer of Code under the GNU banner. Interested students can find a list of our suggested ideas here:

Naturally we’re also interested in hearing your own ideas as well. 

To increase chances of acceptance we strongly recommended that students pop on to our IRC channel (#libre.fm on irc.freenode.net) and discuss their planned projects with us prior to submitting applications. In addition to this providing some patches for existing bugs/feature improvements can help us to judge ability levels more accurately (as well as helping you to get to grips with our code-base and community a little in advance).
After 19:00 UTC today (28th March) it should be possible to start working on your application at:
The deadline for applications is 12:00 UTC on the 8th of April.

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News for February 2011

Improved artist tools

It’s now possible for artists to add their tracks directly to Libre.fm themselves, rather than having to rely upon our imports from other services.

More artist images

A lot more artist pages should now also show a picture of the artist in question.

Improved scrobbling

A number of bug fixes have been made which should result in even more robust scrobbling, with better support for very long track names and improved support for forwarding scrobbles on to Last.fm.

Flattr support

The largest change recently has been the addition of support for flattr, a micro-donation service that makes it very simple to “tip” your favourite artists. Artists can easily associate a flattr username with their Libre.fm account, after which flattr buttons will automatically appear on both their artist page and on each individual song page.

Additionally the html5 audio player will now display an appropriate flattr button whenever a flattrable artist is played on our radio streams.

You can see an example of this in action on the page for paniq’s song ‘Heavy Working Robot’ which was featured in this month’s podcast.

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