Vocal Beta Released, Daily PPA Now Available

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The first public development release of Vocal is now available!

Please keep in mind that this is a preview release. Vocal is still a work in progress. You should only use it at this point if you are comfortable running into unexpected problems and crashes.

That warning aside, I have been using it for a while now and I believe that it is starting to feel fairly stable. Your mileage may vary (and if it does, please let me know).

Most of the features of the final release are implemented in this beta, with the only major exception being embedded video support.You can manage video podcasts, and technically you can play them in Vocal, but the experience is not what I want it to be yet. Proper video playback will be added over the next few weeks and will be included in the 1.0 release, following a period of additional testing and bug fixing.

If you’re brave enough to give it a go you can add the daily (unstable) PPA by entering the below commands into a terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathandyer/vocal-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vocal

Vocal will only work on elementary OS Freya.* The best course of action is to wait until the Freya Beta is released before trying out Vocal. For the impatient among you, however, you should be able to run it either on a copy of Freya you have built yourself, or on Ubuntu Trusy or Utopic after installing elementary-desktop from the elementary Daily PPA.

Get Involved

Please report any bugs you come across at the project’s Launchpad page:


If you enjoy using Vocal, and you want to continue to see cool stuff being added, please consider a donation here. Even small donations can have a HUGE impact on the project.

Keep in Touch

Let me know what you think! If you give the beta a try I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me in several different ways:

I hope you enjoy Vocal!

3 thoughts on “Vocal Beta Released, Daily PPA Now Available

  1. A shame that I’ll have to wait, I’ve actually been pretty excited for this program. I’m a huge podcast fan, and I listen to maybe 10 or so podcasts, but every music program that i’ve tried for linux has been fairly terrible at managing and syncing podcasts to my mp3 player (ipod 6th gen). most of the time, they crash while syncing or says everything is synced then when i go out to use my ipod they arent there. This is annoying since listening to podcasts at work makes the shift much easier to endure. Thats to say nothing of cumbersome/overly complex interfaces as well. I was kind of annoyed that elementary’s music program didnt support podcasts since it’s otherwise perfect, and that felt like a glaring omission to me.

    anyways, when I saw this program I was delighted that somone out there not only has the same complaints about linux based music/podcast programs and has the skills to actually do somthing about it.

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