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Marshall Stokes
Posted on Aug 19, 2010 - 8:15 by Marshall Stokes
As many of you probably already know (or suspect), things aren't happening quickly these days at Uvumi HQ. It takes us weeks to prepare and launch updates to the site, and we haven't had a major feature release in months.

I think it's important to mention that without you, without the community that has cropped up around this project, we would have thrown in the towel long ago. The enthusiasm and positivity of Uvumi's many members is what keeps us motivated to stick with this project, and we want to sincerely thank all of you for that, it means a lot to us.

There are a number of things slowing us down these days, but what it ultimately comes down to is that we are feeling pretty burnt out. We have worked on this project non-stop for nearly three years, and at this point it's hard to make time for the daunting design and programming tasks that we have planned, particularly because we also work full time at our day jobs. But knowing that there are so many dedicated Uvumi users out there, and based on so many encouraging and sincere comments from artists using the service, we have no intention of giving up on this!

So, we're taking some time off. Starting now. Team Uvumi needs to step back and take a break from this project for a while, in order to gather our thoughts and prepare for the future.

And what is that future? Well, lately we have spent much of our free time designing and planning new features and improvements. Things like song recommendations for listeners, a way for artists to easily sell song downloads, Last.fm scrobbling, and upgrades to the entire song management system. There are more, but I won't go into excessive detail right now.

I hope you will all stick with us even though we're taking a break, and at least subscribe to our RSS feed, Twitter feed, or our Facebook page so you can be notified of our status when we start moving forward with Uvumi.com improvements :)

Thanks to everyone for all the support, and for being part of Uvumi, it means a lot to us and it keeps us motivated!

-Marshall

Older Post: Uvumi.com Updates, August 18, 2010 Newer Post: Minor Updates Released Today

Comments (11)

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    Left by Unregistered User, on Aug 27, 2010 - 7:56
    Solid performance, Uvumi team. I've only been a member for a little while, but I am psyched to use the site every single day.

    Hope your break involves some serious vegging out, with a huge emphasis on letting your brains turn to mush. Best remedy out there.
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    Left by Digdug, on Aug 26, 2010 - 5:34
    Have a well-deserved break and keep on keeping us posted :)
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  • Left by Rafael, on Aug 20, 2010 - 13:24
    Thank you Marshall and your team for all the amazing job. Take a very well deserved break and come back with full power anytime in future. You know where to find you. :)
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    Left by redshift9, on Aug 20, 2010 - 13:07
    Uvumi has impressed me since the day I found it. Kick back and relax.
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  • Sally's picture
    Left by Sally, on Aug 20, 2010 - 12:29
    Thanks as always for the info. More thanks for all the hard work already put into the site and sincerely wishing all of you a well-earned enjoyable rest!
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    Left by Serin, on Aug 20, 2010 - 6:54
    Everyone needs a break sometime!

    You mentioned signing up for various feeds to be notified of any status changes. I assume the daily Uvumi e-mail will do the same thing? I only ask because I'm a square and don't use Facebook or Twitter. :)
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  • Left by Craigmire, on Aug 19, 2010 - 16:15
    Right on Marshall, thanks for letting us know! Go hit up some drinks on the beach! ...well, if ya live by one 8)
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  • geronimodeleon's picture
    Left by geronimodeleon, on Aug 19, 2010 - 12:31
    Thanks again for the transparency.
    I agree with PhoenixWright, you do need a break.
    Thanks for your hard work, and your ongoing committment.

    Sans improvements there is much still to accomplish on the site as listener and artist.

    It sounds like the features your're contemplating are on target; especially as it pertains to the enabling of artists to offer downloads for sale or voluntary contribution.
    Blessings, and God-speed!
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  • Left by Unregistered User, on Aug 19, 2010 - 11:58
    Well understood Marshall. Good luck and we'll look forward to hearing from you after your break.
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    Left by PhoenixWright, on Aug 19, 2010 - 11:02
    Marshall thanks as always for keeping us posted. You guys definitely deserve a break!
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