As most of you guys know, I've been working on a new version of Pony.fm. This new version is the launching point for the next era of features that will be implemented.
This project is a rewrite of the existing platform. The main reason this had to be done was to support the most asked for feature - the ability to play music while browsing the website. I'm happy to say that Pony.fm now behaves more like an application rather than just a website; and this embodies the directi
Have you ever wanted an Android Application where you're able to listen to music from Pony.fm easily? Well wonder no more! We've been doing just that!
For the past couple of weeks @Hypereddie and I have been working on just that, an android version of Pony.fm. We are pleased to announce the alpha for it will be available very soon!
When the Alpha launches only the basic features will be available: List of Latest and Popular Tracks, and the ability to play music!
I'm just writing this to make people aware of a couple of new features that have been implemented since the last blog post.
How Far We've Come:
The two major new features are: comment replies and custom avatars.
Now, when you reply to a comment (via the "reply" link), the user who posted that comment will get notified of the reply. In addition, you can click on referenced comments to see them inline without having to scroll. Cool, huh?
In direct response to user feedback, I've implemented the ability to disable track downloads. Just click the slick new switch in the track editor, and your track's downloads will be blocked off!
Tracks that have their downloads disabled will, as you'd expect, be excluded from playlist and album downloads as well. So, if you download an album that has a "gap" in it, this is why.
There are plenty of good reasons to both allow and bar artists from disabling downloads if you read t
Pony.fm opened to the general public about two days ago, with a mass email I sent to the 1000+ people who signed up to be notified when the site was ready to roll.
HTML email... it can be pretty, but horribly messy to make it so. The table layouts and inline CSS make me want to skin a furry critter.
The site isn't even 48 hours into beta yet, and the reception has been excellent. The Pony.fm forum - fed by the on-site feedback system - has exploded with activity, with lots o
It's impossible to overestimate just how important feedback is for me as Pony.fm's lead developer.
While I do have a certain vision in mind for Pony.fm, at the end of the day, I'm building a site for an entire fandom to use. The alpha testing program has proven hugely successful so far, with feedback coming in through the Pony.fm forum and Skype group.
However, the Skype group won't scale once Pony.fm hits open beta (sorry! I have no interest in another encore of the "large community cha
Pony.fm has a beautiful genre index.
But, while randomly selected track covers are certainly nice to look at, they lack... flair. The QA team agreed that a consistent cover to represent each genre would ultimately create a more uniform branding.
Now, a few days ago, Dawn Rider put forth the idea of getting an offical Pony.fm mascot, which received a lot of support from the rest of the team. But when the question became whether one pony could possibly encompass the diversity of
Pony.fm is more than just a place for artists to dump their music for download hosting. It is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan site, and as such, poni is baked right into the core design of the site's functionality.
Today, I'll take you through some of Pony.fm's taxonomies. As pony fan music is the only kind of music allowed on Pony.fm, cataloguing and organizing it all for easy retrieval and discovery is a unique and interesting challenge. In a more generic music site like SoundClo
Let's be honest with ourselves: 24-hour days suck.
So, now that I'm off of school for spring break, I've moved onto a highly productive 31-hour schedule. Booyeah! Progress on Pony.fm has been lightning-fast as a result, and the main reason you haven't seen me blogging much about it lately is because I've been so focused on pushing out all the code I can.
Today, I'd like to take some time between the coding to talk about a fundamental Pony.fm feature you'll run into a lot: the user profil
Being able to upload tracks and share them all over the ponynet with features like an embedded player and fun stat tracking is pretty sweet.
But you know what's sweeter? Being able to organize all these tracks into albums. By popular demand from the alpha testing team, I've enabled the album code on Pony.fm and have gotten to work polishing the feature to be as useful as possible. Let me give you a short tour!
Here's an example album, compiled by .
Each track in the album get
It is now possible to Pony.fm track in a post right here on MLP Forums! This is how it looks:
Much like the rest of the site, the embedded player is not in its final design. It will be redesigned along with the rest of the site once the site is a bit closer to beta. But hey, it works!
Artists, you're welcome to share your Pony.fm uploads here on MLP Forums in Octavia's Hall or anywhere else using the embedded player. Using it functions exactly like
One of Pony.fm's key features is that it will share accounts with MLP Forums - meaning, your username and password on MLP Forums will double as a Pony.fm account. Pretty awesome, no?
I'm pleased to announce that this functionality is now fully functional! If you head over to http://pony.fm/ right now, you will be able to log in using your MLP Forums credentials and come to the screen above. If you change your password, Pony.fm will be aware of this and will use the new password as
I'm looking to build a dedicated quality assurance (QA) team to be Pony.fm's alpha testers and shape the site's direction in its earliest stages.
At this time, I'm looking for people who:
create (or have created) MLP:FiM fan music
are interested in uploading their fan music to Pony.fm
will report bugs they run into
will provide feedback on what's good, what isn't, and what's missing
enjoy trying new things!
QA staff will have access to a private forum where they can communicate
The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom is pretty amazing, if for no other reason than that it creates stuff. A lot of stuff.
Paintings and plushies, applications and animation, stories and stained-glass windows, comics and conventions, websites and whatnot - you name it, we make it.
All this content needs to go somewhere, of course. But not everyone can put a website together or have the resources available to keep their work online should it ever become popular. That's where Saa