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How Web Technologies Helped Build a Cross-Platform Desktop App

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Spreaker’s first incarnation of its recording and streaming tool was the web-based, browser console, and though it is the oldest piece of software in our ecosystem, it still continues to serve many podcasters to this day.

However, since then Spreaker has continued to evolve. In fact, just last year we decided to build Spreaker Studio for Desktop, a downloadable desktop app that brings a whole new look and feel to Spreaker’s podcasting tools.

So why the need for the update? The answer is simple: every piece of software has an expiration date…well, sort of. It doesn’t mean that one day that software will just stop working, but that technology moves so fast that the line between impossible and possible constantly shifts.
One of our missions is to give podcasters tools that are intuitive as well as feature-complete, so that the only thing they’ll ever have to worry about is creating great content. It’s up to us to provide state of art of technology.

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Welcome to Our Spreaker API

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Spreaker is known for its easy to use yet powerful service for both podcasters and listeners. Every day, millions of people across the globe listen to podcasts hosted on the platform, either through the website, the mobile apps, or the widget.

As an engineer, it’s amazing to see how many different ways people use Spreaker. And yet, while the level of flexibility and customization we provide to podcasters satisfies most of these uses, we’ve recently seen a surge in demand for more advanced integrations.

We want to help our most demanding customers build their own custom integrations themselves, and so we’re excited to announce that Spreaker has launched a public API.

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Meet the Team Volume 8 #Ced

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Our Front End Developer loves his job, and isn’t shy about divulging his passion for comics and music. Meet Marco (we usually call him Ced) the man of the hour in this week’s feature of Meet the Team!

Hi Ced! Thank you for doing this interview with us and taking time out of your busy schedule. How are you?

Fine and running, thanks. Spreaker is growing fast and there’s a lot to do.

Can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?

I’m Marco, I write HTML code for food, and that’s what I do at Spreaker. To tell you the truth, I do more than that: I am a Frontend Developer, I work side by side with Marco Pracucci and Rocco in making the website faster, more usable, and work better. To sum up my role in the team: I’m the guy to blame if our service seems broken. I live in Bologna with my partner and our two kids, and in my spare time I like to share what I’ve learned by organizing and speaking in Front End Conferences.

We don’t plan on letting you starve anytime soon. How did you start your job at Spreaker?

I met Rocco at a dev meet up, and we chatted a while about nerd stuff (Javascript and test driven development). After a few weeks he asked me if I would consider joining him at Spreaker. At first it had not been an easy choice: I was working with a large e-commerce corporation and my job was nice, but after 5 years there I felt like I needed to Rock’n’Roll. I don’t regret it at all.

Rock’n’Roll is the perfect way to put it. Which Spreaker feature do you like the most?

I love the ability to stream what I’m listening to on my Mac with Nicecast.

Can you give us a few reasons why it’s great working at Spreaker?

Ever since my first day at Spreaker, I’m always learning new stuff even if I have years of experience in my field. I love it: working at Spreaker is challenging as a developer, and I don’t like jobs where I cannot learn.

Do you have any fun memories that you would like to share?

The dev team used to play darts during our lunch break. We keep the scores logged so we can choose the playing order for the next game. I usually work from home, so when I’m at dev headquarters I’m always the last one playing (that’s bad because the winner is first to earn points). Today I found out they changed the rules: now everyone throws one dart at the start of every game to define the playing order. I don’t have any excuses anymore.

Oh no! Practice makes perfect. What are your favourite podcasts on Spreaker?

I don’t really have a favorite: I listen to almost everything while working. I do like the music on Cloud and Roba Da Rocker.

What are you crazy about?

My kids and mate, music and comics.

Where can we find you on the internet?

You can find me as cedmax on almost every social network (twitter, facebook…) or you can head to my website and reach me everywhere. Fromthefront.it is the website of the conference I organize.

Thanks again Ced!

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Meet the Team Volume 1 #Marco

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Hi! Thank you for doing this interview with us, and taking time out of your busy schedule.

How are you?

I’m excited! I’m about to give the first interview for “Meet the Team!”

First, can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?

I’m the co-founder and CTO: I spend my days (and sometimes nights) developing, debugging, and monitoring Spreaker’s infrastructure. In my spare time I like to relax on the couch with a mug of tea, and am also a bit of a photographer. In the past I was also a juggler ;).

How did you start your job at Spreaker?

“It was a cold winter night…” On the night of my birthday, three years ago, I received a phone call from @thebask who said: “we have an idea and need you to help us out.” A few months later I left my job and started developing a Spreaker prototype. I’d actually like to give a special thanks to my wife and @roccozanni who, in their own ways, have helped and come along this adventure with me since the first day.

Which Spreaker feature do you like the most?

I love the DJ console. Even though it was developed over two years ago, I still consider it a gem of an application. We’re also working on revolutionizing broadcasting once again for 2012: stay tuned!

Can you give us a few reasons why it’s great working at Spreaker?

I love working at Spreaker because it’s like a big family, united by a love for technology and the desire to create a unique service. It’s fun, too. Each day at lunch we challenge each other at darts, the boss won’t fire me if I listen to music during working hours, and our office is just a few steps away from the beach!

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