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Regarding Fire.fm

Fire.fm is a project that a friend and I began in order to compete in the Extend Firefox 3 competition, particularly to participate in the Best Music Add-on, which was being sponsored by Last.fm. I was a big fan of Last.fm at the time, given that it offered free online radio all around the world.  Sadly, that ended somewhat abruptly.

Anyway, at the time we were pretty excited about it, and we spent a great deal of time and effort making Fire.fm a sure winner. And we won! We won the Best Music Add-on category, and I think we weren’t allowed to win in others, because I think we should have won the general competition as well ;) . Needless to say, we were super happy with this, and we have been actively maintaining the add-on in our spare time.

Fire.fm is, in a nutshell, a Last.fm radio player. It used to be a very easy way to tune into Last.fm radio without having to be on top of the website all day long. Our users loved it, and shortly we were in the AMO Recommended List.

Sadly, Last.fm cut off their free radio service to most of the world shortly afterward, so at least I lost a lot of the motivation I initially had to continue making it grow. Still, I don’t want to abandon a project that still has much to be fixed, so I’ll certainly won’t quit until all the annoying bugs are solved. Most users have a very smooth experience with Fire.fm, but there are a few unlucky ones that have some serious problems, like not being able to listen to stations at all… New features in Fire.fm are probably going to be very rare from version 1.2.3 and later.

Xulforge was already in my mind when we began working on Fire.fm, so I always kinda saw it as a Xulforge project. Xulforge was put on hold until very recently, so it feels weird trying to associate the two. I’ll keep Fire.fm in my project list, though, because I it was one of my first independent projects, and also because it has been very successful and I’m very proud of it.

Fire.fm is open source, BSD-licensed (more on that in another post). So, if you want to take a look into our code, you’re more than welcome. See the Fire.fm Sourceforge Project Page for more information.

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{ 2 } Comments

  1. Rachel MacLaren | 2009/09/30 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

    you’re right, fire.fm was great and i enjoyed using it. Unfortunately, I can no longer get it to work on my Firefox as it just seys ‘communication failed.
    I have uninstalled and reinstalled to no avail.
    Is this a result of what you mentioned in your blog?

  2. jorge | 2009/09/30 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

    Read the note at the top of this page: http://firefm.sourceforge.net/help/. This is a new issue, in fact, but it’s the same problem… Now you need to log in in order to use it.

    Jorge

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