I really love Democracy Player, new way to subscribe to audio/video feeds

I’m starting to subscribe more and more to audiocasts and videocasts (formerly known as podcasts). But the usual clients suck. Yes, even iTunes. Especially for viewing video.

For the past few days I’ve been playing with Democracy Player and it sure is nice. Plays videos large. Cool and friendly UI.

What do you think? I also like FireAnt.tv, but its UI looks dated compared with Democracy Player. So does the new iTunes.

Oh, and Microsoft is surveying people about RSS. Should be interesting to see those results. I think the methodology is weird, though. Open Internet surveys are not accurate. To get that you need to do what Nielsen does with TV surveys: randomly call people. But, I filled it out anyway, only took a minute or so.

23 thoughts on “I really love Democracy Player, new way to subscribe to audio/video feeds

  1. Democracy also doesn’t appear to remember where in the video I was when interrupted, which is really annoying because I don’t usually get more than a few minutes at a time for it.

  2. Democracy also doesn’t appear to remember where in the video I was when interrupted, which is really annoying because I don’t usually get more than a few minutes at a time for it.

  3. Mm. The comment function sounds really nice. I’m just getting into podcasts (videocasts) and after watching a show on iTunes I have to navigate out to the original homepage to leave a comment. This could save me a lot of time leaving comments on your show Scoble ;)! I’m going to play around with both Democracy Player and FireAnt see which fits me the best.

    Is it easy to get your show added to such “players”? Or how does it work? I’m launching my own show next week you see…

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 Save André Hedetoft T-shirts so that I get to make my next movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

  4. Mm. The comment function sounds really nice. I’m just getting into podcasts (videocasts) and after watching a show on iTunes I have to navigate out to the original homepage to leave a comment. This could save me a lot of time leaving comments on your show Scoble ;)! I’m going to play around with both Democracy Player and FireAnt see which fits me the best.

    Is it easy to get your show added to such “players”? Or how does it work? I’m launching my own show next week you see…

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 Save André Hedetoft T-shirts so that I get to make my next movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

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  6. It does the job, but it’s a real memory hog on my 1Gb machine. Going by TaskManager it nabs 2-300 Mb for itself.

    So I’m still looking for that killer ***cast downloader that snaps into MCE.

  7. It does the job, but it’s a real memory hog on my 1Gb machine. Going by TaskManager it nabs 2-300 Mb for itself.

    So I’m still looking for that killer ***cast downloader that snaps into MCE.

  8. We at FireAnt applaud the great work the folks at Democracy have done to keep us on our toes.

    For our part, we’re nearing completion on an all new version of FireAnt to be released within the month. It preserves the great features that longtime users appreciate (thank you for the positive comments) wrapped inside a sleek new UI that is more approachable and intuitive. Longtime users will be happy to know we’ve fixed all the documented bugs and implemented enhancement requests like “human readable” file names (finally!).

    We will also be rolling out some new features that we think will be quite compelling to vloggers/bloggers and viewers alike. We will announce exact dates for the release and begin the “marketing” and education process in the next few weeks…

  9. We at FireAnt applaud the great work the folks at Democracy have done to keep us on our toes.

    For our part, we’re nearing completion on an all new version of FireAnt to be released within the month. It preserves the great features that longtime users appreciate (thank you for the positive comments) wrapped inside a sleek new UI that is more approachable and intuitive. Longtime users will be happy to know we’ve fixed all the documented bugs and implemented enhancement requests like “human readable” file names (finally!).

    We will also be rolling out some new features that we think will be quite compelling to vloggers/bloggers and viewers alike. We will announce exact dates for the release and begin the “marketing” and education process in the next few weeks…

  10. Democracy player has become my best friend. In fact it is taking over from tv time for me. I like it although I have heard some stories about the player causing video driver issues from friends of mine. Haven’t checked out fireant, but I will.

    Kevin

  11. Democracy player has become my best friend. In fact it is taking over from tv time for me. I like it although I have heard some stories about the player causing video driver issues from friends of mine. Haven’t checked out fireant, but I will.

    Kevin

  12. Hi Robert,
    I’ve used Democracy player, the developers are friends of mine, but Democracy is no FireAnt. ;-)

    The playlist looks nice and the feature where you can click to make it full screen is cool too.

    I’d prefer it if when viewing the playlist in full screen you could also view the video in it’s default size. I don’t like the pixelation that occurs when videos get stretched from their original upload size.

    Democracy player gives you no way to link back to the permalink of the post that the video comes from.

    It needs to have a way to get back to the blog to be able to leave comments and have a conversation.

    I’ve mentioned this to them.

    The short description doesn’t include live links from the blog post.

    Democracy might be a nice video player, but it lacks the features of FireAnt.

    Call me when it provides a link back, and a description that isn’t shortened and that includes live links.

    Thanks,
    –Steve

  13. Hi Robert,
    I’ve used Democracy player, the developers are friends of mine, but Democracy is no FireAnt. ;-)

    The playlist looks nice and the feature where you can click to make it full screen is cool too.

    I’d prefer it if when viewing the playlist in full screen you could also view the video in it’s default size. I don’t like the pixelation that occurs when videos get stretched from their original upload size.

    Democracy player gives you no way to link back to the permalink of the post that the video comes from.

    It needs to have a way to get back to the blog to be able to leave comments and have a conversation.

    I’ve mentioned this to them.

    The short description doesn’t include live links from the blog post.

    Democracy might be a nice video player, but it lacks the features of FireAnt.

    Call me when it provides a link back, and a description that isn’t shortened and that includes live links.

    Thanks,
    –Steve

  14. Agree. Being using Democracy for Mac for more than an year now and I can say it’s easier and better looking than iTunes for video (I think they’re on par for audiocasts or whatever you chose to call them). I love the feature of cancelling the videocast from your HD after a certain period of time unless you chose to keep it, very easy and convenient.
    Not having a video ipod I don’t know how easily it can connect to it (if it does at all), while I know from my friends FireAnt.it does this seamlessly.

  15. Agree. Being using Democracy for Mac for more than an year now and I can say it’s easier and better looking than iTunes for video (I think they’re on par for audiocasts or whatever you chose to call them). I love the feature of cancelling the videocast from your HD after a certain period of time unless you chose to keep it, very easy and convenient.
    Not having a video ipod I don’t know how easily it can connect to it (if it does at all), while I know from my friends FireAnt.it does this seamlessly.

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