Given that Internet broadcasters and LPFMs need to A. use LibreTime to manage their broadcasts and B. need to pass information back to WordPress regarding their show schedule, DJs, etc., I would say there certainly is a need. Now, I’m only one person with an opinion and no detailed market research, but it makes complete sense if you’re an independent station or webcaster with no web team, nor do you have the ability and resources to hire a team to develop this integration. There seems to be a lack of integration between automation software and WordPress. I’m going to assume it’s a resource issue and a knowledge issue, whereas there are no resources to throw at the problem and there is limited interest because the focus is on making the automation software better and not addressing distribution points for data outside of the core product.
And, LibreTime has no published API from which to pull data and get it into WordPress, so that makes LibreTime’s use with WordPress very limited, whereas I believe AirTime has some API calls to get data out and into WordPress.
So, yes, it certainly makes sense given how popular WordPress is (powers 32% of the entire web). Radio Station has a total of 67K downloads with about 250 active stations upgrading the plugin each time a new version is released.
The structure of Radio Station would certainly compliment a feed of data from LibreTime. So, part of the work is already done. Intergration with Radio Station as the preferred LibreTime plugin might be a path to consider, given that it’s already out there. But if LibreTime commiters chose to go down a path of an exclusive LibreTime open source WordPress plugin, that’s certainly a natural path to take.
Personally, I am not a developer. I’m a product manager, information architect, and lead user experience design in the WordPress universe. While I can read the code and understand functions, I just don’t have the time or bandwith to become a WordPress developer. It’s just not my core competency. I took over the plugin, as I see an opportunity to provide this resource to address a market need and keep it free. But I do have plans for a pro version too and like All in One SEO Pack or any good freemium plugin, I think free and pro is a model that serves all users. But if you cut it off - like any only Pro version, you don’t get the opportunity to introduce users to the plugin benefits and then move them into Pro at a later date.
So, in terms of what I can contribute is ideas, testing, and maybe documentation. But that’s as far as i can go given my personal situation at the moment. And, that’s extremely limiting right now. Just having these conversations is taking time away from monetizing my experience and taking care of my family. I’d love to have more time to dive into these things and help out, but I’m trying to solve client problems and just survive on a daily basis financially.
Taking over Radio Station is an attempt to find residual income beyond my agency model.