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Full featured Podcast Manager (podcatcher) and RSS feed reader Subscribe to RSS/Atom feeds, download, listen or watch podcasts directly on your device. Google Reader integration, flexible download scheduler and many more. This is a "Lite" version with 7 day full feature trial! ___________________________________________ A TABLET version of BeyondPod is also available in the Android Market. See 'BeyondPod for Honeycomb' under 'More from developer' section or search the Market for 'BeyondPod for Honeycomb'. ___________________________________________ * Sophisticated podcast download engine gives you complete control of how many podcasts to download and how long to keep the old versions. Downloads new content in the background, so you spend more time enjoying you feeds, and less time waiting on them. * BeyondPod provides full control over what is being downloaded over your data connection. Update a single feed, feeds in a given category, or all feeds. Download a single podcast, the latest podcasts, or all podcasts for a given feed. Nothing happens without your knowledge. Podcast downloads can be scheduled to occur at a specific time, only when connected to WiFi, or only when the phone is charging. BeyondPod also offers an option to automatically (1) Turn WiFi on, (2) Update your feeds, (3) Turn WiFi back off. * BeyondPod's integrated podcast player tracks what podcasts you have listened to, and supports automatically deleting podcasts at the end of playback to save space. There is also a configurable TiVo style "commercial skip" that lets you easily skip over content that you are not interested in. * BeyondPod's Smart Playlist automatically generates playlists based on your listening preferences. (For example: First play the 2 newest podcasts of feed A, Then play the oldest podcast of Feed B. etc.). If you follow multiple podcasts Smart Playlist is an excellent way to always listen to what you want. * BeyondPod's Home Screen Widget gives you one-button access to your podcasts, SmartPlay, and SmartPlay updates directly from your phone's Home screen. * Integration with Google Reader allows you to easily import your Reader subscriptions. BeyondPod will also synchronize the "Read" and "Starred" status of individual posts so you can read the same feed on both PC or Phone. * Assign feeds to various categories (such as News, Sports, or Technology) for convenient filtering by topic. * Use BeyondPod to discover new podcasts and RSS feeds. Search for feeds, import feeds from a variety of popular directories, from Google Reader, or from external OPML files. * Import any local files (music, audio books, voice notes etc) and make them playable in BeyondPod audio/video player as if they were podcasts. * BeyondPod supports both wired headsets and Bluetooth receiver (via the AVRC profile). * Use the Sleep feature to automatically turn the podcast playback off after predetermined period of time. * Supports Atom, RSS 2.0, RDF and OPML feeds. Recent changes: * Added a support for Variable Speed Playback (1x, 2x...) using the Presto plug-in. Each feed can also have a "preferred" playback speed configurable in the feed properties. * Widgets background (dark or transparent) and the 'Next' button (Next, Skip forward/back) can now be configured. * Added an option to automatically restart SmartPlay when the current playlist ends. * Category list can now be reordered. * Multiple videos can now be queued for playback on the playlist. Content rating: Medium Maturity... Read More

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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BeyondPod Podcast Manager: Hands down the best podcast player for Android

I tried many of the podcast players out there, but this has some features that are unique and helpful (see items with * below). Though the paid version is expensive ($7 at this time), if you have lots of feeds, it is very very worth it.

PROS:
  1. Customizable Categories* - the ability to put feeds into customized catageories if a must have if you have lots of podcasts. Even better, you can put each feed into up to two categories - so I have a Favorites category which is a nice cross-section of my other feeds. I don't think ANY of the competitors, not even Doggcatcher, has this (I could be wrong).
  2. Import/Export feeds - you can add a feed by one of three methods - search, input URL, or import from .opml. The last one is nicely implemented, in that you don't have to import the whole .opml, but can choose individual feeds from it.
  3. Auto Features - auto refresh/update (or on schedule), auto download the latest X episodes, max number to keep for each feed, auto delete upon completion.
  4. Informative List Views - each view has slightly different data available, but they are very informative. Views include (a) list all shows in feed (b) show only Unread, (c) Show all dowloaded for this feed, this category, or all (d) show/manage download queue (available from status bar). The design is very efficient and informative.
  5. Car-friendly landscape view - put it in your car holder, it gets big buttons in landscape (even just in your hand, doesn't require dock).
  6. Headset control - this only works when the app is in focus, but it works. Stop, forwards, backwards.
  7. Playlists - both manual and Smart
  8. Commercial skip* - allows you to set time for skip intervals
  9. Video - does not have its own video player, but allows you to choose which to use
  10. Scrobble support - whatever that is ;)
  11. Share - share with any of your social media services
  12. High configurability - the defaults are smart, but everytying is configurable, at the global, category, and feed levels. Very nice.
  13. Responsive Developer - the dev is helpful, responsive, and always adding features.
  14. Full-featured trial - what got me to buy was using the trial version for 7 days. I was hooked! That's long enough to decide if you want to buy it.

CONS:
Compared to the other players out there, I have few complaints. I've asked the Dev to add adjust playback speed, which he said is often requested - he says that as soon as Android allows for that, he'll add it. The recent update (6/10/10) fixed most of my previous feature requests, so there are few things left to 'fix.' Here's my stretch at trying to think of some cons:
  • Price - at $6.99, kinda high, but trying the rest made me realize that this was the one to have.
  • High configurability - this is not really a bug, but the high number of options means that you can have one setting override another without knowing it. For example, you have defaults, like max number of shows per feed. If you don't realize that you only allow 3 shows max as default (the most is 20 as a default), you may find your downloads disappearing because you've hit the cap. Of course, for an individual feed, you can up that number to say 200 or more, and stop the autodelete of files beyond the deafult cap. But you might not see that right away. I hasten to add, though, the defaults are very smartly set for the basic user, and for the advanced user, there's lots of room to set things the way you want.
  • Limited themes - it has one dark, one light theme. The dark works fine for me, and i could care less about skinning it, the colors work great.

CONCLUSION:
If you are serious about your podcast listening, and need to categorize your feeds because you have quite a few, look no further. I love this app.

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I saw this after posting a question on Podcast players in a different thread, so apologies up from about a quasi double post.

Agree the cost of this one listed above is a bit much for something I think should be free or at least cheaper, but it's not about price actually, just features.

From the list above #4 comes closest to what I want (and what my Nokia used to give me) - just a way to list Recently downloaded and flags for Not listened to yet / Listened to but not finished / already listened to.

I'm assuming most or all of these players remembers the point you were at in the podcast or song if you leave it to hear another song or podcast and go back to it later.

Any apps out there which covers all of these?
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Also can it work from the audio library on my SD card and not need to download? Like the way WinAmp imports your library and present it to the app.

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I saw this after posting a question on Podcast players in a different thread, so apologies up from about a quasi double post.

Agree the cost of this one listed above is a bit much for something I think should be free or at least cheaper, but it's not about price actually, just features.

From the list above #4 comes closest to what I want (and what my Nokia used to give me) - just a way to list Recently downloaded and flags for Not listened to yet / Listened to but not finished / already listened to.

I'm assuming most or all of these players remembers the point you were at in the podcast or song if you leave it to hear another song or podcast and go back to it later.

Any apps out there which covers all of these?
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