New design & new features!

December 2014

I’ve teased the 1.2.0 update of Denied in a few previous posts and I’m super stoked to tell you that it’s finally here!

Add songs from the Now Playing info

To start of this off, let’s list everything that’s new or changed in this huge update.
Denied now lets you:

  • Skip songs that contain explicit lyrics.
  • Skip songs that you’ve heard before in the past few hours.
  • See which song is currently playing and..
  • Add rules straight from the Now Playing information.

Also:

  • The rules adding/editing interface has been completely revised.
  • Cool animations have been added.
  • Bugs have been fixed and things tweaked.

The best animation is probably the one you’ll never see. It happens when you pause or un-pause your music player.

Animations in the latest build of Denied

The gif above also shows the flow of adding a new rule based on the song that’s currently playing. The final version shows the amount of rules you’ve setup. Pretty neat.

Skipping repeating songs and tracks that contains explicit content are the two major new features. Both are disabled by default, but introduce powerful new methods to passively skip over music you don’t want to hear.

With the repeating song feature, you can set a timeout (between 30 minutes and 24 hours) and Denied will automatically skip over songs that have been played before in the set amount of time. I love this option when I listen to some Spotify Radio stations that have a limited amount of tracks.

Automatically skip repeating songs

The explicit content filter checks if songs are labeled as containing explicit lyrics. If you’re listening with kids, or other sensitive ears, this feature will surely come in handy. Note that while it works with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, the song has to be available in Spotify’s library and you need to be connected to the internet.

Automatically skip explicit songs

Making it move

December 2014

I’ve added some animations to the latest build of Denied.

Animations in the latest build of Denied

Rammstein on Spotify

November 2014

Some bands you hope to never hear again and some bands you’d love to listen to, but then they aren’t available on your favorite streaming platform.

Starting today Rammstein’s no longer part of that last group; Spotify has added six absolutely fabulous Rammstein albums to its collection.

I am pretty stoked about this.

Rammstein on Spotify

Source: Spotify

A new Nickelback album

November 2014

I almost forgot to write about this, but Nickelback came out with a new album this month!

The latest release from our Canadian rock friends is called “No Fixed Address” and while there’s no doubt you’re still listening to Nickelback, some of the eleven tracks actually sound a bit different.

After sitting through the entire album, I found “Miss You” the most cringeworthy song and “Get ‘M Up” quite enjoyable. The rap by Flo Rida on “Got Me Runnin’ Around” was the biggest surprise of the experience.

Verdict: “No Fixed Address” probably won’t make you a Nickelback fan if you weren’t already and I’m not removing my Nickelback-rule in Denied just yet.

Nickelback - No Fixed Address

Taylor Swift & Spotify

November 2014

Taylor Swift pulled all her songs from Spotify the other day. The reason being that she feels music streaming services are still a big experiment and her music deserves a platform that values her work more.

Although I personally don’t mind Taylor Swift pulling her songs, Spotify itself does. They’ve written a lengthy reply and shared a few pretty cool statistics.

During its existence Spotify has paid over two billion Dollars (that’s $2,000,000,000) to artists. They also mention that there are over 50 million active Spotify users, of which 12.5 million are subscribers. In the rest of the article Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek debunks a few persistent myths about music streaming services. Definitely worth a read.