Blubrry Releases Updated Podcast Plugin For WordPress

Nov 28th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Story, Podcasting Software

Blubrry has announced that they’ve released version .5.0 of their Powerpress podcasting plugin for WordPress. The latest version incorporates a number of bug fixes as well as some minor enhancements. 

Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • Options to report media duration and file size next to download links.
  • Added and to header portion of podcast feeds by default.
  • Added to post items by default.
  • Quotes and extra spaces are no longer removed from from the fields.
  • Player auto-play bug fixed when quicktime media mixed with non-quicktime media.
  • Added option to ping iTunes in a new browser window in settings.
  • Verify flash player check added. The check is only necessary if your in-page player no longer appears on your site after upgrading Blubrry Powerpress. (WordPress built in plugin update may corrupt the flash player. This bug in WordPress is fixed in the soon to be released version 2.7)
  • Media URL now displays a warning if the URL contains characters which may cause problem for some applications.

The addition of the Media URL warning was in response to issues many podcasters have been having when they publish episodes with file names that contain spaces and other special characters. Spaces and special characters such as apostrophes, # and ? may prevent some web sites and podcasting applications from downloading the media. We recommend only using letters, numbers, dashes and underscores for your file names for maximum compatibility. Users may ignore the warning message if they so desire.

If you’re a PodPress user, let Todd and Angelo know what you think of it.

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No Responses to “Blubrry Releases Updated Podcast Plugin For WordPress”

  1. Has anybody out there switched from PodPress on WordPress to PowerPress? Is it worth the effort?

  2. I would like to propose a question to readers. Those who have used any of the three WordPress Podcast Plugins, what are your likes, dislikes, desires, and needs when it comes to these plugins and podcast publishing workflows? I’m curious to know your feelings. I’ll check back in to see if any comments are left and if someone would like to send me a direct response send me an e-mail at

  3. Anon says:

    I’m wondering the same thing about switching. Do the stats work? Can they be made private (even from Blubrry)??

  4. Dgold says:

    I’m still very happy with PodPress in WP 2.6+ with the simple post revisions fix.

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