FlyCast has announced some welcome improvements to their streaming audio app that some of you will enjoy. Nothing crazy new for the BlackBerry but enough to really add some functionality.
The Desktop Player Widget
Beginning immediately, listeners can download a standalone desktop player that exactly mirrors the FlyCast mobile experience, with 1000 traditional stations plus 300 “personalized” stations with unlimited song skipping available. Dedicated versions of the player will also be available for the company’s webcast partners AccuRadio, 1.FM, 977 Music, 1Club.FM and radioIO. These widgets can be downloaded free from the company’s website at http://www.flycast.fm. Based on Adobe Air technology, FlyCast’s desktop players work on Mac or PC platforms.
A New Program Guide Plus Song-Skipping and StreamShift(TM) Enhancements
FlyCast listeners will now be able to instantly select their favorite broadcast program to listen to from the company’s new ‘What’s On Now” feature. FlyCast broadcast partners, including Entercom, FOX News, Sandusky and Cromwell Radio Groups, stream many of the most popular shows in the U.S., including programs hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingram, Sean Hannity and those featuring popular sports show hosts, including Jim Rome, Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Tirico & Van Pelt. With FlyCast’s StreamShift(TM) feature, listeners can tune in to a broadcast at any point, ensuring that they do not miss any part of their favorite shows. Additionally, over 300 stations have been enhanced with unlimited song-skipping functionality.
FlyCast has added support for Facebook Connect and Facebook feeds. Facebook Connect allows users to use their Facebook login for FlyCast, eliminating the need for a new user name and password. Facebook feeds will optionally allow users to post their listening interests to their Facebook profile automatically.
FlyCast has partnered with AccuWeather.com, “The World’s Weather Authority,” to provide its audience with instant weather forecasts and updates. When a user selects a city within FlyCast, they are presented with one-click access to AccuWeather’s local forecast information, including current conditions with sky conditions, high and low temperatures, patented RealFeel(R) temperature and three-day forecasts. Through FlyCast’s partnership with AccuWeather, users can easily check the weather wherever they are, wherever they are travelling, and wherever friends and family may be.
AAC+, Windows Media Support
FlyCast now offers support to broadcasters that have deployed their streams in AAC+ and Windows Media formats. The AAC+ codec offers higher quality at lower streaming bitrates, allowing broadcasters the ability to both save streaming costs and reach a larger audience that does not have access to more powerful 3G networks. The Windows Media codec provides similar quality and bitrate advantages, but is not natively supported by the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.