Fundraising for CuteSoma (Soma.fm mobile client) development

Developing CuteSoma and maintaining it for three different platforms (Nokia N9, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10) is really taking me a lot of time. I’ve many features in mind to add but I can’t dedicate much spare time to them and to do it I should take time from other paid projects. I’ve also discarded the idea to make CuteSoma a paid app, because it’s been always free (except the Windows Phone one that was non-free for just a month, but only 6 people “SIX” bought the app).

So I decided to open a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo that is a service like KickStarter, but it’s available all around the world (not just in USA and UK like Kickstarter).

What do I Need & What You Get

I would like to raise at least 5.000€ to be able to keep maintaining the existing features and to implement new one. Developing for 3 different platforms really takes a lot of time. I also need to find a way to get a Windows Phone 8 device because at the moment I cannot test some features using just the emulator.

What the application currently does:

  • You can view the list of Soma.fm channels
  • You can listen any channel

Features I would like to add:

  • Scrobbling song to Last.fm
  • Write a new MediaSource for Windows Phone (the default one is quite bugged and I need to implement one from scratch)
  • Port the BlackBerry10 version to the native CascadesUI

The Impact

Funding the development of CuteSoma you will make thousands of people really happy, because they will be able to listen to Soma.fm on their Nokia N9, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices. You will also make me feel apreciated for all the hours I’m spending to write the code 🙂

Completly Opensource

Yes. CuteSoma is completly opensource. I keep my source code on GitHub and BitBucket and it’s always updated. All the CuteSoma versions are released under the GPL license.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you want to contribute but you can’t or you don’t want to send money, you could help me in the following ways:

1) Download and use the application:

2) Tweet/Blog about this fund raising campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cutesoma-soma-fm-client/x/2353169

The Windows Phone Emulator wasn’t able to connect to the Windows Phone operating system: how to fix it

This morning when I started my Windows Phone 8 emulator to test an application, the emulator refused to work, giving me this error “The Windows Phone Emulator wasn’t able to connect to the Windows Phone operating system“. Luckly it’s very easy to fix. It’s caused by the virtual network interface that has been disabled for some reason (well… in my case it must depend on the other day when I tryed to trick WP7 firmware upgrade and used the disconnect trick, but this is another story).

I searched on Google for a solution and I landed on this page http://pauliom.com/2012/12/20/the-windows-phone-emulator-wasnt-able-to-connect-to-the-windows-phone-operating-system/

All you have to do is going to “Network and Internet –> Network Connections“, right click on “vEthernet (Internal Ethernet Port) Windows Phone Emulator” and Enable it.

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CuteSoma (Soma.fm client) for Windows Phone available

It’s a pleasure for me to announce the first public release of CuteSoma for Windows Phone (WP7 and WP8). CuteSoma is a mobile client for the amazing Soma.fm radio a listener-supported, commercial-free, underground, alternative radio broadcasting over 20 unique channels from San Francisco. This is my first application for WP platform, and unlike the N9 version that was completly free of charge, I’ve decided to release this version in two ways: a free trial version with just 3 (and other 3 coming with the next imminent upgrade) radio channels available and a full version with all Soma.fm channels for just 0.99 €. I don’t think it’s too expensive, right? Consider all the time I’ve spent coding it and if you like the trial version, please support the development of this application and purchase the full one.

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Install CuteSoma

1) Press Search button on your Nokia Lumia (or any other Windows Phone) and tap vision button

2) Scan the following QrCode

CuteSomaWP_QrCode

 

3) Tap on the link when it appears on the screen

4) Install the application from the Windows Phone Store

5) Enjoy!

Please consider also donating to Soma.fm if you like their music: Soma.fm is donation supported and they need your “love” to pay their bills 🙂