My, my, how fast time flies. The last State of the Station address was already a year and a half ago! Crazy, right? Anyways, here's a breakdown of Radio Hyrule's current status and future goals.
Things around the website have been pretty quiet in terms of updates and changes, but that's because everything has been running incredibly smoothly. With the recent success of our first mobile application, we've started looking at making a number of improvements we can make to the website (and apps) to offer a better experience.
- Track Requests: Austin and I have been working on creating a solution to better handle the growing number of track requests that we process on a daily basis. We're hoping to solve this problem as soon as we can, as we know it has a big impact on listening experience. We're looking at possibly adding a voting mechanism in order to cut back waiting times for requests to be aired.
- Upvote/Downvote System: Like the track that's currently playing? Give it an upvote. Hate the current track? Downvote. Not only will this help us provide better track popularity statistics, it will help flag tracks that aren't well-liked so we can possibly weed them out if necessary.
- Streamlined Layout: The website is due for a facelift, which looks like will be ready to go during the later portion of the year. Nothing huge, but we'd like to clean up some of the useless clutter and create something that's easier to use.
As you probably noticed, we launched a dedicated Radio Hyrule iOS app about 7 months ago and it's been a huge success. It's never been easier to listen to the music on the go and even request songs. Many thanks to all buyers for helping us maintain the app and station by purchasing the app. We've received a lot of positive feedback, and we're pretty proud of our 5-star rating we've been holding for a month in the US app store!
We will continue improving the app: A new social sharing feature was added in the latest version. Now you are able to post on social media about what you're listening to and what you like on Radio Hyrule!
We're also working on an Android version due to popular demand ;) Here's a sneak peek:
But please be aware that it's work in progress and it will take more time. Because even though it doesn't look too different, it's quite a different and more diverse environment than iOS, and we still want to deliver something to you that'll be fun to use.
So, what do you think?
Now is a great opportunity to share your own thoughts and ideas about Radio Hyrule. We really appreciate you listening to our radio station, and we would love to hear your suggestions.