Shipped an update!

July 2018

Denied has been my favorite project since it first came out in 2014. Still, it took a while for this update to arrive. The main reason for the gap in releases is that Denied has been working really, really well for me (and quite a few of you!). It’s been stable (more on that in a bit) and feature-wise it was hard to work on anything new without overhauling the app. I’m commited to change that, though! (The part about not wanting to overhaul the app, obviously. Keeping it stable would be nice.)

Maybe you’ve heard of Apple’s latest iteration of macOS called Mojave, due for release this fall. Besides a lot of behind-the-scenes upgrades, it comes with a brand new Dark Mode. I’m stoked about making Denied look awesome with it enabled.

Keynote in macOS Mojave's Dark Mode

The update I just released also addresses a bug that could cause Denied to crash. According to my information this was the only one in the app and I’m happy that it’s resolved. A side effect is that there’s now a new option: “Pause When Filter Fails” which is off by default. This preference let’s you indicate if you want to pause playback if Denied is unable to execute a filter. Currently, this only applies to the ‘Skip explicit songs’ filter as it could fail to retrieve the information from the internet.

That’s it for now. Contact me on Twitter via @deniedapp for comments, questions or feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

Oh, one last thing: it would be great if you could review Denied on the App Store. Reviews really help me spread the word about Denied. Thanks!

Got a new domain name

May 2018

Google recently announced it would start selling .app domain names. Of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to register denied.app.

I like it so much that I’ve changed it to be the default. So, if you tell your friends to check out Denied, you can just direct them to Denied dot app. 👌

Import and export rules

December 2016

I’ve always wanted for Denied to become a way to share your distate for certain bands, artists, songs and musical genres.

Last week I released Denied v1.4.0 which adds the option to export your existing rules and import those in any other copy of Denied. With this being the Holiday season, it might be the perfect time to compile your list of worst Christmas songs and share them with your friends and family.

The process is as easy as launching Denied, clicking the menu bar icon, selecting “Manage Rules” and then clicking either “Export Rules…” or “Import Rules…”.

Export rules with Denied v1.4.0

After you export your rule sets, you end with with .deniedrules files. You can either go through the menus or just double-click the file to import the rules contained in them. The process could not be more straightforward.

A bunch of .deniedrules files

You can even import multiple sets at once and Denied will ask if you’re absolutely sure. So considerate!

Importing rule sets

I’m a big fan of this feature personally. Stay tuned for more news on cleverly managing rule sets and sharing them with your friends.

Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos

December 2016

I talked about this in the lat post, but the feature has finally been rolled out to all users: you can stream to Sonos directly from the Spotify app!

This is huge for every Sonos owner out there and opens the door for wirelessly streaming songs while still being able to skip songs that you dislike using Denied.

Sonos, Spotify and Denied

August 2016

Sonos came out with some interesting news today: they’ve partnered with Spotify to enable control over Sonos speakers directly from Spotify’s mobile and desktop apps.

For Denied, this is great news as the official Sonos app is not supported and horrendous songs can reign freely over anyone using a Sonos setup. This future updates should put and end to that.

It’s not entirely clear when you can expect this option to land in Spotify’s apps, only that it will be in beta this October.

Source: The Next Web