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News for March 2011


At the bottom of the main site ( you’ll now see a small drop-down box that allows you to select the language you’d like to view in. Thanks to the sterling work of a whole host of dedicated translators we now have pretty complete translations for Esperanto, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Slovenian, Spanish and Welsh. If you’d like to help translate to support even more languages then simply visit our translations page, sign up for an account and get stuck in.

Google Summer of Code

This year we’re taking part in the Google Summer of Code under the umbrella of the GNU project. If you’re currently a university student and are interested in spending your summer working on GNU FM (the software behind and getting paid to do so, then drop by the IRC channel on and have a chat with us about how to apply. There’s only a few days left until the application deadline on the 8th of April, so don’t delay. Further details…


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Google Summer of Code 2011

This year GNU FM and 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 ( on 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 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

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 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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News for December 2010

We’ve been a bit remiss in keeping our news page up-to-date in the past, while news has always been released as it happens via our group and monthly in the podcast that isn’t especially obvious to people just finding out about the project. So from this point on each time a new podcast episode is released I’ll simultaneously post the development news in text form here as well. To kick things off here is the news from December, look out for January and February’s news soon (along with February’s podcast episode).

New radio stations

Once you’ve loved a few tracks on you’ll now be able to tune in to the mix and recommendation stations and have a selection of tracks that you might like played to you. You can access this by either visiting the “Radio Stations” tab on your user profile or by tuning in with your favourite desktop or mobile client.

User profile updates

User profile pages now also display a small selection of free artists that the user loves and artists we think they might like.

Artist page updates

When viewing an artist’s page we now provide a list of similar artists. This only works for artists that have been tagged, but it’s now even easier than ever to help tag artists and improve our recommendations. In addition to being able to tag songs as you hear them on the radio stream, there’s now a “tag” link at the top of artist pages making it possible to tag both free and non-free artists.

Scrobble forwarding to

For user’s of both and who’s scrobbling client only supports submitting to a single server we’ve got some good news, you can now connect your account with and we’ll automatically forward your scrobbles on to’s servers. Simply edit your profile and select “Connections to other services”, then click the “Connect to a account” link at the bottom of the page and configure your scrobbling client to submit to

Jamendo import updated

We’ve updated our import of songs from Jamendo, meaning that approximately 1200 new free artists and another 20,000 streamable tracks have been added to our database.

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Podcast Jingle Competition

Following the launch of our new t-shirts (European shop & American shop), we’re offering you the chance to win one for free. All you have to do is write an introductory jingle for the Podcast, anything after the first 10 seconds should be suitable for playing quietly underneath the podcast introduction. Entries must be licensed under either a CC-BY, CC-BY-SA or CC-0 license. Any material used in the entry that isn’t your own work must also be available under one of these licenses.

Entries should be sent via e-mail in ogg vorbis format (preferably 192kbps or higher) to before the 31st of August.
Shortly after this date all entries will be made publicly available for voting. The most popular jingle will be used at the start of future podcasts and the author of the jingle will receive a free t-shirt.
Note: The deadline has been extended to the 31st of August.

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