Some new stuff at Music: play counts, flash player update, and pop-outs!
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 5:32 PM (56 comments total)
Today we started tracking the number of times a track is played over at Music. (You can read the original request here: Blind Musicians
.) You'll find the play count under the title, next to the date on a track detail page, like this: "- played x time(s)". If there's no count for a track, a play hasn't been recorded yet. A play is counted when someone listens for at least 60 seconds, and the play is stopped in a way that we can track. For example, listening to a single track all the way through, or tracking forward on a playlist will do the trick. Closing your browser window or clicking pause will not do the trick. So it's not perfect, but it should give some indication folks are listening.
As part of this process we moved to the new version of the Flash player (JW Media Player 3.13
), so the little Flash widget will look a bit different. Hopefully this will fix the tab/focus issues people have been having with the player.
If the player update doesn't fix the tab issue, you can now use the "pop-out" link under players to open that playlist in a new browser window. We were thinking about adding this as a fix for the tab/focus problems, but realized even with the new player this would be a handy feature.
Please report any problems with the updates here, thanks!