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Rompr 0.73

0.73 contains a few bugfixes and a couple of new features, including the oft-requested search box in the National Radio panel that I said I'd never do :) There's also an updated German translation from Frank Schraven. Thanks, Frank. :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-09-19

Rompr 0.71 - The Rapid Bugfix

0.71 fixes a few bugs that inevitably cropped up immediately after releasing 0.70. Seeing as I was also working on other things there is a new collection sort option and this version should use a little less memory and load faster than the previous one.

Whatever you do, do it funky.

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-09-04

Rompr 0.70 - The Return of Mopidy

Mopidy support continues!

Rompr 0.70 is a major update and contains important changes. These have been prompted by recent changes to Mopidy and also my desire to make the code easier to maintain.

Mopidy is still supported, however Rompr now uses Mopidy's MPD frontend. Support for the HTTP frontend has been removed.
The way the Music Collection is built has been completely rewritten, and is actually better now. You can choose which backends you want to build your collection from and it uses far less memory - Low Memory Mode is no longer required.
Mopidy 1.1 or later is required.... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-08-22

Important Update

Due to recent changes in Mopidy's API I can no longer guarantee correct operation of Rompr with Mopidy. Your Music Collection may fail to build. Other functions should continue to work for the time being but over the course of time, Music Collection support and Playlist support will fail, certainly by the time Mopidy 2.0 is released, and probably before.
Much discussion with the Mopidy developers has failed to resolve this problem. ... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-05-24

Rompr 0.62

A few fixes following a couple of regressions following Mopidy's update to version 1.0.0

This version is also (finally) able to extract track names from radio streams with Mopidy, now that mopidy supports that.

NOTE: The PPA release of this version will be delayed - and may never happen. PPA users who really need this release might prefer to update from here from now on.

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-04-04

Rompr 0.61

A few bugfixes, and an updated Italian translation by Luca Morisi. Thanks Luca!

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-03-03

Rompr 0.60

A new release with a whole swathe of improvements and new features. The docs will get updated over the next few days but here's a summary

New themes, new icons, better looking interface
Updated mobile version is now faster and easier to use
Spotify info panel which for Mopidy users allows browsing of albums and artists, and tracks to be added directly into the current tracklist.
Loads of new Smart Radio options - favourite tracks, favourite artists, favourite albums, spotify reccomendations etc.
Much improved performance, especially with Mopidy
SQLite is now supported as the default Collection backend, meaning everyone can use tagging and rating without having to set up a MySQL server.
'Composer' tags can now be used to sort the Collection
The collection can be displayed by Artist or by Album
The Artists which appear at the top of the collection (previously 'Various Artists') can be configured
The prefixes to ignore when sorting (previously 'The') can be configured, which will make non-English speakers able to sort their collections the way they like
Collection updates are now performed 'in the background' - meaning you can continue adding tracks even while the update is going on
Collection updates can be automated using a cron job
The 'Now Playing' area can show Composer and Performer information as well as just 'Artist', if your tracks have those tags.
Improved Podcasts display
People using the mopidy-podcasts backends will be able to subscribe to new podcasts directly from Rompr
Much better support for some of the more recent mopidy extensions (eg Bassdrive, Internet Archive) which didn't work in rompr 0.52
Loads more keyboard shortcuts

Posted by Fat German Productions 2015-02-02

Rompr 0.52

A minor update with a couple of bugfixes.

Added an option to fade in the alarm clock (Mopidy only, sorry mpd people)
Added an option to ignore unplayable tracks when building the Music Collection (only relevant to Mopidy)
Added a German translation by Frank Schraven. Thanks Frank :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2014-09-28

Rompr 0.51

A minor update with a new feature and a couple of bugfixes

  1. Fix bug where users of MPD 0.18 could find their Music Collection has strange corrupted entries. If you've suffered from this problem you must delete your rompr database and start again if you're using the SQL backend I'm afraid.
  2. The return of the 'Hide Info Panel' option
  3. A Rating manager, in the same vein as the tag manager
  4. Updated French translation
  5. Italian translation by Luca Morisi... read more
Posted by Fat German Productions 2014-05-13

RompR 0.50 - Half Way.

Loads of new stuff this time around.

  1. Tracks can be tagged and rated. Mopidy users can add ratings and tags to tracks from any backend - including Spotify and SoundCloud; those tracks will show up in the Music Collection along with your local files. This requires installing an SQL server, see the updated installation instructions.
  2. For Mopidy users, all enabled backends are now used to create the Music Collection - thus tracks that are in Spotify playlists will now appear there along with Local files, Google Play Music, etc.
  3. /rompr/?setup has ben extended to allow SQL server parameters to be configured. Also you can now configure a proxy server.
  4. Two new themes and the ability to choose fonts and font sizes keep RompR looking fresh.
  5. If you enable tagging and rating you can import your tags and ratings from your Last.FM library. For Mopidy users, doing this will search for tracks on Spotify (as well as locally) and add them to your Music Collection.
  6. A major code refactor has neatened everything up. Performance should be improved, especially on mobile devices.
  7. File browsing is now supported for Mopidy users, meaning that you can once again use SoundCloud, amongst other things. Note that there is no search facility in Mopidy's browse function, so there is no search box in the files list for Mopidy users.
  8. Mopidy users no longer need to have the MPD frontend enabled in Mopidy.
  9. Sadly, Last.FM are discontinuing their subscription radio service, so all Last.FM radio functionality has been removed from RompR.
  10. Images will no longer be displayed on the Discogs info panel page, since Discogs have now blocked all my nefarious methods of downloading them.
  11. Lyrics support has been improved - if your local files are tagged with lyrics then RompR should be able to display them.
  12. A French translation has been kindly provided by SourceForge user 'zargloub'.
  13. There is an alarm clock which will make RompR start playing at a preset time.
  14. Due to some necessary changes to the way favourite radio stations work, you may find you have to delete and re-add some favourite stations. Sorry about that.
  15. A few other things too. I'll get around to documenting it all at some point but for now I need a break and just wanted to get this release out.
Posted by Fat German Productions 2014-04-06

RompR 0.42 - International!

Lots of good new stuff in this one.

Non-english speakers have a lot to thank Vitaly Ignatov for:

1) Vitaly provided a patch that allowed RompR to use the browser's default language for getting Last.FM info. This set me off on making Wikipedia do it too.

2) Vitaly suggested I make RompR translatable, so I did.

Vitaly also contributed the patches that have finally permitted me to add custom scrollbars to replace the awful old browser default ones, and to make the playlist scroll to the current track.... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2014-01-05

Call for help - translators needed!

The next version of RompR will support translations - the interface can be translated into any language. So we're in need of people who can help out, since I only speak English and I'm not even very good at that.. :)

If you'd like to help out, please read the wiki post:


Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-12-23

RompR 0.40

It's been a while but RompR 0.40 is ready.

The docs will be updated in due course but until then here's a summary of the changes:

  1. New information panels to get info from MusicBrainz and Discogs, and also a File Information panel.
  2. Rewritten album art manager now allows drag-and-drop, and will search Last.FM, MusicBrainz, Discogs, and Spotify.
  3. Mobile version now has a volume control.
  4. Mopidy Users: SoundCloud information panel gets information about the current SoundCloud track (when used with the Mopidy-SoundCloud backend)
  5. Users of Mopidy-Beets backend can create an albums list using this backend. This permits RompR to use album art downloaded by Beets, and also to display song lyrics.
  6. Support for Mopidy's HTTP frontend - which gives better playlist management and much improved search capabilities (enable by accessing /rompr?setup)
  7. Albums can be sorted by Date - but note that date tagging may not produce the results you expect unless you use 'Original Release Date' as your 'Date' tag (Beets can do this for you)
  8. Podcast support - stream and download podcast epsiodes. Automatic removal of expired episodes, automatic updating of podcasts, all kinds of stuff.
  9. Probably loads of other stuff I've forgotten about
Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-10-30

RompR 0.32

Small bugfix - the search function wasn't working in the Files list. Hopefully it should now. I don't think there are any other changes.

Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-07-29

RompR 0.31

A Small Update

Fixed a small bug in the search

Added the ability to use albumart stored in your local album folders. Simply add the path to your local music in the new field in the preferences panel, and your music folders can be searched for images. I'll update the Wiki with a fuller explanation.

The download is up here on, Ubuntu users might have to wait some time for me to updates the PPA because I can't be bothered with Linux all that much any more :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-04-28

RompR 0.30 - Faster, Leaner, Mobiler!

RompR goes mobile! Version 0.30 now has a fully-functional mobile client!

The mobile client will be selected automatically if you access rompr from a mobile phone. I've decided that tablet devices run rompr quite well in normal mode and so these should display the normal rompr.
To force the mobile version just go to /rompr/?mobile=phone
To disable the mobile version just go to /rompr/?mobile=no
All the features of rompr are present in the mobile version - this is not a slimmed down 'lite' version, but a fully functional one that has been tweaked for small screens and touch interfaces.... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-03-10

RompR 0.21.5

Some updates and new features. This may well be the last release for the time being.

  • There are now options to hide individual members of the sources panel - eg the files list or the albums list. This can save a lot of browser memory, which will be useful on mobile devices.
  • Saved radio stations can be re-ordered by dragging
  • Pressing enter in inputs will now work
  • New play control - stop after current track
  • Fix bug where album and track playcounts were not displayed in Last.FM Info
  • The crossfade duration can be configured
  • Full artist bio can be scraped from Last.FM. It always used to be, but then Last.FM changed their API so they only return the first 300 characters of an artist's biography, which is crap. So There is a new bit of code in RompR that goes and grabs the complete bio from the website and displays it. There's a new option to switch this off (it's enabled by default) just in case Last.FM change their website structure and it breaks.
Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-02-23

RompR 0.21

Some incremental changes from the previous release.

  • GUI operation - you can choose the way you add items to the playlist:
    • The default is to double-click to add, click to select
    • There is now an option for single-click to add, which disables selecting. This is for users on mobile devices where double-click zooms the page
  • A big speedup in playlist generation, which will be noticeable for people who have very large playlists.
  • MPD audio outputs can be enabled and disabled on the fly using the GUI
  • Some GUI settings are now stored locally in the browser. Different layouts work better on different devices, and you want the layout to be fixed to the browser. So, the following settings will now be set on a per-browser basis:
    • Hiding of the info panel, playlist, and chooser panel
    • Info panel information source (
    • Width of the chooser panel and playlist
    • Music click/double-click mode
  • There is now an option to select your country - this is used only (currently) when you click on the 'Buy This Album' or 'Buy This Track' links. You will receive prices in your local currency.... read more
Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-02-15

RompR 0.20.1

You test and you test and you test and then you find a bug the day after your release :)

In 0.20, RompR will crash if you enable 'Don't Scrobble Radio Tracks' and then play... some radio tracks :) 0.20.1 fixes this. There are no other changes.

Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-01-08

Rompr 0.20

Phew, what a lot of work.
What started as a little bug hunt turned into a host of major changes - some necessary, some just because...
This version has some major changes to the way the pages are laid out. You won't notice any difference but it is now a lot more efficient. However this comes at a price - you will require a modern browser (i.e. a recent version of Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Opera, or Safari). Internet Explorer definitely won't work now, but I don't think it ever did :)
What else is new?... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2013-01-06

RompR 0.16.3

My pseudo-random version number system continues!
There isn't much new in this release. I've made a few minor tweaks and bugfixes and a couple of speedup improvements.
But the biggest change is that the music Collection is now cached, which massively speeds up loading the albums list and the files list.
There is a new option in the Configuration to make RompR update the Collection every time you load the page - enabling this option basically reverts RompR to the old behaviour. Additionally there are new buttons to force a Collection update and to force a complete Rescan of the entire collection.
People running mpd/apache on slow machines (eg Intel Atom/Raspberry Pi/hacked NAS devices) might find this update to their liking.
Enjoy the music :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2012-11-18

RompR Version 0.16

Version 0.16 has been released.
Yes I know the previous version was 0.12 - I had some problems with Ubuntu's Launchpad service which entailed bumping the version number every time it went wrong.
Anyway, good stuff in this release:
Drag and drop from the sources list to the playlist is now supported. This entailed a change - you must now double-click to add things to the playlist. A single click will select things, You can make multiple selections with Ctrl-click (Cmd-click on Mac OS).
The playlist panel and sources panel can be resized.
Last.FM radio has had another overhaul and should now work even more reliably than before.
Any radio stream can now be added to the 'Your Radio Stations' panel
Probably lost of other things I've forgotten about :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2012-09-27

Rompr Ubuntu PPA

I've created an Ubuntu PPA to give Ubuntu users an easier way to install RompR.
The deb file from there will probably work on other deb based distributions too.

This has bumped the version number up to 0.16, simply because Launchpad is a bit rubbish and it took me several goes to make it work. 0.16 will be uploaded to SourceForge as soon as I've calmed down :)

Posted by Fat German Productions 2012-09-27

RompR version 0.12

Well, it seems have changed the layout again and all the useful links have vanished. I'm looking for a host with a more reliable and better laid out user interface. If anybody knows of one I'd be interested.

Anyway, RompR version 0.12 is here. This version has a load of improvements. Many of them are behind the scenes but the major changes are:

1) Rewrite of the information panel so that it now has a full history menu and back/forward buttons. The panel will not update automatically if you've gone 'back' to read something.
2) Much improved internet radio stream handling. All of the icons for internet radio stations have been moved to one panel and I've added a new feature where you can enter the URL of any internet radio stream or playlist and have mpd play it (providing your copy of mpd supports the stream type). Stations you've added in this way will be remembered by RompR.
3) Albums or radio stations in the playlist can be 'rolled up' by clicking on the album icon.
4) Last.FM radio support has been further improved to get rid of some annoying bugs that have been in there for a while.
5) Many minor UI look and feel improvements
6) Last.FM login process has been improved so that the popup window no longer gets blocked by your browser (because it gets opened as the result of a mouse click)
7) The information panel can be hidden
8) The drop-down menus for saved playlists, etc, have a fixed maximum height which means they now get scrollbars when they go over that height
9) Many internal bugfixes and performance improvements.... read more

Posted by Fat German Productions 2012-08-11

Rompr 0.11

A couple of minor bugfixes from 0.10
Now sorts albums in alphabetical order in the albums list
An attempt to prevent tracks being shown as 'Unknown Stream' in the playlist
Album art uploads should now work on Linux and MacOS

Posted by Fat German Productions 2012-07-19