Hello again!

(Re)introduction

The last update to the iSub blog ended with “Then the next blog post should be an announcement of the submission to the App Store!”.

That was 6 months ago. But that’s not to say I haven’t been busy.

Of course, the iSub 3.0.5 update was, in fact, released shortly after that post. Then 3.0.6, 7, 8, and 9. Though they did get a mention on Twitter and Facebook.

Well this is the grand return of the iSub blog, as well as regular Twitter and Facebook postings.

iSub is developed, supported, and marketed by one person: me. So while I’m focusing on code and support (and most importantly listening to great music), sometimes the marketing part gets put off.

Video streaming!

As you may have seen on the social network feeds, there are a couple of big updates in the works.

First and foremost, video streaming! Thanks to the latest Subsonic update, it’s now possible to stream videos to iOS devices. That means that yes, the very next update to iSub, version 3.1, will include video streaming.

Due to some technical reasons, video caching will not be possible yet, but that will be coming in the future. However, due to the way this special streaming format works, it will likely never be possible to cache while streaming like we can do for music. But manual caching will be possible.

The iPhone 5 and goodbye to iOS 4

A lot of people have asked about iPhone 5 support. The next iSub update will also include full support for iPhone 5’s taller screen.

Unfortunately, to do this means dropping support for anything lower than iOS 4.3 as Apple has seen fit to not allow both iOS 4.2 and iPhone 5 support simultaneously. I’m aware that this means cutting support for all older iOS devices that cannot be upgraded past 4.2.1, and for that I apologize.

Just to give a quick look at the stats, as of the last week these are the iOS versions by percentage that iSub users are on:

iOS 6 - 41.4%, iOS 5 - 54.6%, iOS 4.3 - 0.8%, iOS 4.2 - 2.9%

As you can see, almost half of you are using iOS 6 already! And more than half of you are using iOS 5. So this won’t affect most of you.

Since targeting iOS 5 has major advantages, and the number of people still using iSub on 4.3 is very small, iSub will be dropping support for iOS 4 altogether rather than targeting the minimum of 4.3.

This means, if you have an iOS 4 device and you will not be updating or can not update to iOS 5 or above, make sure to back up iSub using iTunes. That is the only way you’ll be able to reinstall it if you need to restore your phone in the future as you won’t be able to install it from the App Store.

Big plans for this year

I’ll finish off by quickly mentioning the plans for iSub as we approach 2013. Assuming the world doesn’t end, there’s a huge iSub update in the works for the holidays. Free for all existing users of course.

iSub 4 will be the biggest update to iSub ever. The iSub 3.x updates mostly focused on internal things: namely a new audio engine with gapless playback and parametric equalizer, a major reengineering to allow iSub to continue to grow in the future, and now video streaming.

Well now it’s coming time to use all those nice new internals to power a much better user experience! iSub 4 is all about the interface and experience.

Every inch of the app has been careful rethought to organize all of the existing features plus a bunch of new ones into a cohesive whole. I’ll have more to show on that as progress is made over the coming months, so enough on that for now.

Wrap up

2012 is turning out to be the biggest year for iSub ever. First gapless playback and parametric equalizer, now video playback, and soon a huge rethinking of the whole iSub experience. I’m extremely excited that everything I’ve been working on and building up to this year will finally be coming to fruition!

I’ll have a lot more frequent updates to the blog going forward, so make sure to keep an eye out for new blog posts using either Twitter, Facebook, or the blog RSS feed.

5 Responses to “Hello again!”

  1. Gorman September 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi! Is replay gain support coming?

  2. Sam October 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi, great to hear about the developments. Just wondering, will the update also include support for starred songs? It’s supported by subsonic’s API since May 2012. It would be absolutely fabulous to see my favourite songs (starred songs) sorted per artist and album. Kind regards, Sam

  3. katudon October 11, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    good job!

  4. Ben Baron October 25, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Sorry, it’s been so long since blogging here that I forgot I needed to check the spam filter for messages!

    Replaygain support is not in the update but will be in iSub 4 later this year. I’ll have more info on that release once I get this update out.

  5. Ben Baron October 25, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    That is being factored into the iSub 4 redesign for later this year. This update is just to get video support and some needed Subsonic 4.7/iOS6/iPhone5 fixes out to everybody.

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