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  1. Zcherub

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    I just came over from iOS, and so far, I'm loving the customization available to me (had to jailbreak my Apple devices to do a lot of the stuff I've done in my first week of owning an Android).

    There is one area I'm a little frustrated with, and that is the music playback/podcast playback functionality. Essentially, I want to replicate what iOS does with music/podcasts because, frankly, for all their faults, Apple nailed that.

    I would like to keep my music and podcasts/audiobooks separate entirely. I'm okay with using separate apps to do this, but I HAVE to have the ability to pause and resume podcasts/books where I left off, and the ability to download/save podcasts (not just stream them) to save on data usage. I would also like the ability to delete podcasts when I'm done using the phone (without a PC).

    I would also like to keep whatever music player I use from playing ringtones and podcasts when I shuffle all of my songs. It's VERY annoying to have these play back in the middle of music. I've read up on the ".nomedia" file solution, but it appears that I have to go in and edit this file name each time to get the podcast player to be able to read the file when I want. Seems overly complicated to me.

    Long and short of it - how to I get my Android to handle audio media like iOS does without giving up the other flexibility the device offers?

    With a few pointers, I'm sure I can get what I'm after. Theres no way that there are this many Android users with frustrating audio media issues! Thanks for the help!
     

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  2. El Presidente

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    I'm not sure about audiobook apps, maybe someone else can help there.

    I know zplayer and N7 Player have options to specify media folders/playlists so you can omit folders which contain your ringtones. No messing about with .nomedia files etc. :)

    Looking about at podcast apps, Doggcatcher seems quite feature laden. I've linked to the free version, but there's a paid version too.
     
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    Thanks Presidente! Is it really as simple as using a PC to make sure my podcasts and audiobooks are in a different folder than my music?

    I have yet to hook the phone up to a PC to mess with the file system... I tried to use a file manager on the phone itself, but honestly, I couldn't find anything. Guess I have a long way to go...

    Thanks again!
     
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    Simple as that (or should be).

    I'm using Play Music now and that handles things slightly differently than most music apps but previously, I'd have a folder on my SD Card/Memory called Ringtones which contained my ringtones and a folder called Music which contained my music.

    I simply pointed zPlayer/N7 Player towards to the music folder and none of stuff I wanted to use for ringtones/notification tones appeared on any of my playlists.

    I'm not sure how it would work for podcasts (I've never actually used doggcatcher, just seen it recommended :eek:), but I imagine it would work in a similar way.

    If you want me to download and have a mess about, let me know.
     
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    Even without a pc, just use a file explorer on the phone to put the files in different folders :thumbup:
     
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    I see - thanks. Maybe that's the issue... I'm using the default "Play Music" app, and I don't see the option to point it to a sepcific folder, only "All Music" or "Playlists"... I'll play around with another music app and see if there are options that Play Music doesn't offer.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    Thanks! I'm using File Manager now, but I can't seem to locate most of what I'm looking for... Is there a better one, or do I just need to learn my way around the file directory better?
     

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