First off, I want to extend my congratulations to all the elementary developers and contributors on a fantastic beta release! As most of you know, Vocal has been designed and developed from day one to work seamlessly with Freya. Unfortunately, that meant that it was unavailable for the majority of people to test until now (unless you were
impatient determined enough to ahead and build your own unofficial, franken-Freya).
With so many new users trying Vocal for the first time I just want to say, welcome! I hope you enjoy using it! Please keep in mind that it is still in beta, so you will almost certainly run into problems every now and again (and when you do please report them here). That said, it should be fairly usable at this point.
Add the Vocal daily PPA and install it by typing or copying/pasting these commands in a terminal (in this case it’s safe, but fair warning- always be careful when a site tells you to type something into your terminal):
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathandyer/vocal-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vocal
A vastly improved episode browsing experience:
Tons of improvements under the hood, including a simpler and more robust media playback backend, better offline support, faster imports, and much more.
Soon Vocal will pick up exactly where you leave off, by remembering which episode you’re listening to after you quit and how far you make it in each episode. A new cleanup system that automatically removes old downloaded episodes is also planned.
After that development will primarily be focused on more polish and bug fixes. Once I feel that it’s close to being ready I will announce a release candidate. I’ll fix any remaining issues after that, at which point it will go stable with version 1.0.
As for version 2.0 and on, I have lots of exciting new features in the works. I don’t want to officially announce anything yet, but I am confident that you will all absolutely love it. But for now,
How Do I Get Involved?
If you enjoy using Vocal I would encourage you to consider a donation. Vocal is entirely open source and 100% free to download, and always will be, but it takes a surprising amount of money to create free software. Any donation, even $1, makes a big difference.
Visit this link to donate (and yes, we take bitcoin).
If you are bilingual, translations are fantastic way to get involved. Just visit the Launchpad Translations page for Vocal to get started.
If you run into any bugs, have would like to suggest an improvement or new feature, please report that here at Vocal’s bug tracker on Launchpad.
Let Me Know What You Think!
If you use Vocal I would love to hear your thoughts about it (both good and bad)! You can contact me: