Meet Vocal, A GTK+ Podcast Client For Elementary OS 0.3 Freya

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Elementary OS developers have started work for their new Linux system a while ago, Elementary OS 0.3, which will be based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LTS. Recently, the developers have decided to change the codename of Elementary OS 0.3 from Isis to Freya, so that the system will not be associated with the ISIS terrorist group.

Despite the fact that there isn’t much information about Elementary OS 0.3, a demo video of the Elementary OS 0.3 work-in-progress  has been released, highlighting some of the changes and new features.

Also, as I have previously mentioned, the Elementary OS developers have created Vocal, an open-source application developed in GTK+3 for managing podcasts. New information about this new app is now available.

Meet Vocal, A GTK+ Podcast Client For Elementary OS 0.3 Freya

The new application is based on GStreamer and allows the users to easily download audio and video podcasts, find the podcast covers and notify the users when new podcasts are available. Also, there is an option for automatically starting the download of new episodes, in a a directory set by the users.

For more information, see the Vocal demo video:

Vocal is still under development, but it is available via some third party PPA, containing daily builds. Also, add the Elementary OS Daily PPA, so you don’t have dependency issues.

To install Vocal on Elementary OS 0.3 Freya (daily builds), Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Ubuntu 14.10 (daily builds), you have to add the needed PPAs to your system, update the local repository index and install the vocal package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathandyer/vocal-daily
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/testing
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vocal

Optional, to revert the changes, do:

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo ppa-purge ppa:elementary-os/testing
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:nathandyer/vocal-daily

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