Due to some major server issues, trntbl has been unavailable for an unacceptable amount of time today. Rest assured that I’m trying to get it fixed as soon as possible, but I just wanted to write a quick note to say sorry about the downtime. Hopefully it’ll be back up and running soon!
Testing a New Version
On and off I’ve been working on a newer version of trntbl to hopefully address some of the major problems people have been experiencing. I’m looking for a few kind folks to help me test it and work out any remaning issues. If you’re interested, send me an email and include a link to your tumblelog… beaudet.alex [at] gmail.com.
Regarding Playlists Not Loading
I’ve been getting lots of messages lately regarding playlists not loading. Rather than emailing everyone individually concerning this issue, I figured it was best to publicly update everyone at once.
For the last several weeks, the Tumblr API has been experiencing all kinds of issues, the most common being very long bouts of downtime. It’s something that is fairly well-known, and it is a very real source of problems for people who do development with the Tumblr platform. Because trntbl creates playlists from your tumblelogs, it relies heavily on the Tumblr API. For the most part, when the Tumblr API is down, so is trntbl.
However, there have been instances lately where certain playlists will play, and others will not. I’ve investigated this issue extensively, and have come to the conclusion that it is another set of issues plaguing the Tumblr API that I cannot control. I’ve contacted support about the problems that you are having, but as of this moment, have not heard back from them. In the mean time, in addition to working on updates (which will hopefully be ready fairly soon), I’ve begun looking into ways that I can circumvent the problems we’re currently having with the API.
Before going, I just want to say thank you again for your patience and support.
I just pushed some more updates to trntbl and wanted to take a second to fill everyone in:
- Track seeking: You can now seek tracks by clicking on the progress bar.
- Universal actions: The links to reblog a post and permalinks have been moved to the main bar at the bottom of the page, as opposed being listed next to each track. They now link to the song that is currently selected.
- Volume control: Clicking the volume icon raises / lowers the volume incrementally. The key “m” still works for muting / unmuting.
- Title scrolling: The current track title scrolls into view, making it easier to locate, especially when you’re using shuffle.
- Purchase songs: There is now a button to let you purchase songs via iTunes or Amazon (disclosure: these are affiliate links, so I will receive something like 5 cents per song purchased).
So this is much later than expected, but there are finally some new recommended albums on the trntbl.me homepage! A huge, huge thank you to fluffed who helped me listen to the many, many recommendations received in order to pick some of the best. We decided to only add six new albums, but rest assured there are many more we wanted to add, and we will soon enough. But for now, enjoy the sounds of:
I just pushed some updates to trntbl and wanted to take a second to fill everyone in:
- New feature: As promised, the ability to shuffle a playlist is now an option as you’ll see when you fire up a trntbl.
- Bug fix: When using Safari on OSX, there is now continuous playback when trntbl is in a background tab. (thanks to ellens)
- Bug fix: When using the tt: tag, letters after apostrophes will no longer capitalize by default. (thanks to codysherman and belikeotherpeople)
- Bug fix: When no meta data is provided, rows will be empty but will now remain the same height. (thanks to roberto)
- Bug fix: Using tt:aa will update your background image more quickly due to a caching fix.
I’ve also received the following questions a fair number of times, so I figure I might as well answer them in one place in case others have the same questions going forward:
- How do I sign up for / set up a trntbl account? You don’t, really. All you need to do is create a Tumblr account and post music. Then visit trntbl.me/[your Tumblr username] and you’re all set.
- Do track plays on trntbl affect play counts on Tumblr? Yep.
Week 1 Update
First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for the continued support of trntbl. It’s been one week and over 30,000 people have listened to over 74,000 playlists! Needless to say, I’m completely blown away.
I’m still busy listening to all of the recommended music (keep sending it in!) and I will make some additions to the homepage, probably during the course of this week. The most requested feature has been the ability to shuffle, and I’m working on that as well.
Finally, be sure to check out these great playlists that have used the tag tt:aa to add great backgrounds to their page: biancarocksout, harharhar, alexseder, chcnut, syin, ayaros, and kottur. If you haven’t done it yet and would like to, you can change the background of your trntbl by adding the tag tt:aa to any photo post with a high resolution version.