Rhythm box 3.4.5 Improves Its Support for Podcasts


A new version of open source music app Rhythm box has been released.

Rhythm box 3.4.5 includes major improvements to its podcast downloading, playback, and management capabilities.

For instance, devas rewrote the podcast downloader to offer better resume and retry; episode order is preserve if/when multiple podcasts episodes share the same publication date; and podcast episode GUIDs (globally unique identifier) are now used to handle episode URL changes.

Adding a podcast feeds with no episode no longer throws an ‘unhelpful’ error message; cancelling a podcast download is more reliable; and various fixes ensure podcast album art and feed descriptions shows up as intended.

Other notable changes include scrapping the Soundcloud plugin (it no longer works); making cross-fading work better with network streams, and ‘better reporting of progress when transferring to Android or MTP devices’.

Rhythm box is free, open source software. You can grab the latest source code from GitLab, and install a recent-is stable build from your distribution’s repos. Rhythm box is on Flat hub but this has not been updated to the latest version at the time I write this.

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