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Welcome to the New Mysterious Universe

The day has finally arrived! The new Mysterious Universe is here bringing a new design and more importantly, major upgrades to our Plus+ membership.

Here’s a quick list of all the changes. Read on for more details and don’t forget to check out our FAQ if you have any questions.

Veteran Plus+ members: You can still access our old membership site but we highly recommend you login to our new Plus+ dashboard soon so you can change to the new RSS feed and start benefiting from all the great updates to your membership.

Important: Veteran Plus+ members will need to log into the new Dashboard and add the new feed to iTunes (or their preferred Podcast app). Your old unique RSS feeds will not be updated with new shows and you will need to start using the new feed.

Changes to Plus+

  • New 6 Month and 12 month Plus+ memberships
  • Direct to Credit Card Billing (alternative to PayPal)
  • Brand New HQ 320kbps Plus+ RSS feed option
  • Unified Plus+ RSS feeds protected by your Username and Password
  • Plus+ RSS feeds now fully supported in all major iOS and Android Apps
  • Your Plus+ Dashboard is now integrated with our main site

Details on Changes:

New 6 Month and 12 month Plus+ memberships & Direct to Credit Card Billing

Over the years many Plus+ members have shown interest in purchasing their memberships upfront. We’ve also had countless requests for alternatives to PayPal.

We are now excited to be offering 6 and 12 month memberships (these can also be purchased as gift memberships!). These are non-renewing one off purchases and you can checkout via PayPal or 2checkout. Unfortunately 2checkout only supports VISA at this stage but they are working around the clock to bring their Mastercard facilities back online. (It is important to note for these one off memberships you do not need a PayPal account login even if you use the PayPal checkout option.)

IMPORTANT: Veteran Plus+ subscribers must cancel their existing PayPal subscription before signing up for 6/12 month memberships.

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Brand New HQ 320kbps Plus+ RSS feed option

As you probably know we are perfectionists when it comes to the quality of our recordings. We’ve experimented for years to find the best variable bit rate for our shows and we’ve found a nice compromise of quality vs file size. For those of us who hate compromise when it comes to sound we now have an alternative Plus+ feed available which contains HQ 320kbps mp3 files of all our shows. You’ll find it on your dashboard along with the regular SQ (standard quality) Plus+ RSS feed.

If you’re unsure of the difference we recommend sticking with the SQ feed. The HQ feed is a much larger file size and is only recommended for use with high quality headphones/speakers.

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Unified Plus+ RSS feeds protected by your Username and Password

With our old Plus+ system each user would receive a unique RSS feed. With the New Plus+ we now have a unified RSS that every Plus+ member can use. To access the content within the RSS feed your client (iTunes, Downcast, Doggcatcher etc) will now prompt you for your Plus+ username and password. For veteran Plus+ members your username is your email address.

Veteran Plus+ members will need to log into the new Dashboard and add the new feed to iTunes (or their preferred Podcast app). Your old unique RSS feeds will not be updated with new shows and you will need to start using the new feed.

Plus+ RSS feeds now fully supported in all major iOS and Android Apps (Our in-house app is coming soon!)

Our old Plus+ RSS feeds had bugs in regards to displaying dates correctly, reporting incorrect file sizes, and not displaying artwork. All of these bugs have been resolved with the New Plus+ feeds.

This now means that your Plus+ RSS feeds will work perfectly with popular iOS and Android apps such as Downcast and Doggcatcher.

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Your Plus+ Dashboard is now integrated with our main site

The old site is still available for veteran subscribers and access will be slowly phased out over the coming months. New Plus+ subscribers can sign in instantly on the new site which features a new integrated Plus+ dashboard.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries that are beyond the scope of the FAQ.

We hope you enjoy the new site and our upgrades to Plus+. We’ve got a lot more coming this year so keep an eye out for news of the upcoming iOS and Android apps as well as the nearly complete MU Store.

  • BlazeHedgehog

    Well done, this looks really swank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lamb.sq Rachael Lamb

    Oh Thank God you fixed the artwork! That made me so insane!

  • David Orth

    Yay, $99 a year! That’s a big help as far as keeping track of finances and whatnot.

  • Forest Lake

    when are you going to fix the podcast dates ? this is the 3rd year in a row i have asked you this !

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    It gives me great pleasure to tell you… “It’s fixed”. Thanks for hanging in there for so long. We’ve wanted to fix these issues for years but it required building a whole new system to do it. This day has been a long time coming as you well know :)

  • Forest Lake

    woo hoo ! excellent news man !

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefer.williams.5 Kiefer Williams

    This is a really excellent change, guys. Not only does the website look and function about 100x better, but we get all kinds of improvements like the 320 Kbps audio and proper RSS function. I think everyone who’s a Plus+ member will appreciate these changes. I’m glad you guys are always attempting to make my favorite podcast a little bit better. Thank you!

  • Amanda Morse

    How long until the store opens?? I can’t wait to purchase & rock my MU t-shirt! :)

  • Joshua Lycan

    Great job guys! Looking forward to the app!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jestin.sallas Jestin Sallas

    I haven’t looked at anything on the new site yet… but I love it.

  • Dereck Clark

    I am loving the new website guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.dunn.583 Joshua Dunn

    I love the new site guys! You’ve out done your selves yet again, continually finding new and ingeniuous ways to bring us the latest and greatest news from this Mysterius Universe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ether.stars Nikki Dierolf Ackerman

    Love the new site! …. now just to save up the $99 for the back catalog too. :) I love to re-listen to old episodes when I am at the gym. You guys are my black poder. tee hee

  • Bill “the Doctor”

    This is sexy. And yes, the times, dates, and show notes are now on the podcast files! Hooray! However, I will not get to enjoy Season 9 as I’m on Season 8 (+ ep 608 to be exact). Too many podcasts and not enough time. I had to purge most of season 7 as I just couldn’t keep up.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Waitiminite… where’s the Voguing section???

  • [email protected]

    Did Elliott do all this????? Great job! Can’t wait for the app!

  • tonyinvc

    Give Elliot a raise.

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    We hired Dairien Boyd for the original design work which Elliot then did an amazing job of iterating and polishing along with integrating into our Plus+ membership system. Coding was done by the good people at http://htmlburger.com/

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    Thanks a lot Kiefer. Means a lot to us to hear that kind of feedback :)

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    Wait until we get our cameras setup ;)

  • http://nicholascharleswright.blogspot.com Nick Wright

    Loving the new site – looks very business like. -Do you have to unsubscribe from the SQ feed in itunes to use the new 320kbps feed? – I`m hitting the button but nothings happening.& the existing episode mp3s seem to be VBR, not 128kbps.

  • http://nicholascharleswright.blogspot.com Nick Wright

    Oh! – and are there any plans for an android app? (pretty please…)

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    You can use either the SQ or the HQ feed (or even both if you like). If the iTunes button is not working for you then simply copy the RSS feed and paste it into iTunes with the File > Subscribe to Podcast.. menu option.

  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org Benjamin Grundy

    iOS is the lead platform. After that’s finished we’ll start looking at the Android version.

  • [email protected]

    Are the free podcasts from earlier seasons now only available to Plus members?

  • azzwright

    The current free season is available. The back catalogue will be available in the store soon.

  • Elliot Birch

    That Elliot guy is pretty amazing. Let’s give him a raise!

  • azzwright

    Don’t tell him, but now we have what we need, we are going to sack him in humiliating circumstances. Shhhhh

  • http://nicholascharleswright.blogspot.com Nick Wright

    Brilliant!, Thanks.

  • http://nicholascharleswright.blogspot.com Nick Wright

    Thank you.

  • Scott

    Well done chaps… Looks great, sounds great, much Kudos to the great and powerful Elliot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/saschamaj saschamaj

    If Elliott is the guy responsible for this awesome re-design, it’s about time you let him on the show so he can shit on you guys! At least for a bit, come on, he so deserves it after this.