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Way to keep podcasts/audiobooks from playing in the music app?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by lady3jane, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. lady3jane

    lady3jane Active Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 11, 2009
    hi all -

    i don't think i'm using the right search terms or else no one else cares about this and it's just me :)

    i use doggcatcher for my podcasts. when i want to listen to music, i use the music app. but i have play all random, it pulls from the entire SD card, not just the music folder where i have the music. basically, it's just annoying to have the random music playing and then all of sudden a chapter from an audio book or a podcast starts playing, esp when i'm driving. i don't like having to mess with it then.

    i have also used it to sync with mediamonkey, but if i have more than one playlist that syncs (i have "favorites" and "recently added"), then i can only pick one playlist at a time to listen to.

    i can't figure out a way to make a smart playlist or anything like that on the eris. i even downloaded that cube 3 or whatever that was on Lifehacker recently - but that doesn't have anything either.




  2. DaWeav

    DaWeav Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    Lemoore, CA
    I haven't noticed this, but I use Google Listen for Podcast which doesn't save Podcast media files with media file extensions on the sdcard. I guess that is probably why I have not experienced this.
  3. Ziani

    Ziani Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Norfolk, UK
    Hide non-music audio files, videos, images from appearing in App

    On your computer, open Notepad or any other text editor
    OR download an App called 'Text edit' then you can do this from your phone
    Save the blank file as “.nomedia”
    Make sure that the Save as type is set as “All Files” instead of “Text documents”
    Copy that file to the folder on your SD card containing audio files you don’t want to show up.
    (Example: If you want to block CoPilot sound files from coming up, place the .nomedia file in the sdcard/copilot folder)
    Reboot your phone and the files should no longer be viewable
    This same trick works for folders containing images or videos that you don’t want to appear in the Gallery app.

    NB Make sure you only put this .nomedia file in the appropiate folder that you want and suggest you backup your SDcard to your comp just in case you come across any probs.
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  4. RyanB

    RyanB Guest

    Well, you COULD do all that, or you could just use Acast. The UI isn't exactly stellar, but it comes with an option you can toggle that will hide your podcasts from being found by a music player (which I use and it works flawlessly).

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  5. dhinged

    dhinged Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Using .nomedia seems like a great workaround, but it's not really an answer. With all the folders different apps create, this can be a very time-consuming task trying to hunt down and add this file whenever you install a new app or the app does something different.

    An ideal solution would be to be able to specify in Android or in your media player which folder is for music (for instance, the Music folder which Android creates by default), which is for podcasts (a Podcasts folder which Android can recognize like the Pictures folder because it's capitalized), etc. For instance, Winamp lets you designate a folder for music on Windows (but not in Android unfortunately). It seems like this is half-implemented in Android, and they just haven't finished fleshing out what seems like a great way to separate your media.
  6. darkuni

    darkuni Well-Known Member

    It works with subfolders too ...


    ... also blocks ...


    .. etc

    How many TOP LEVEL folders do you have in root that MIGHT have music/audio in there? 10? Less?

    Doesn't seem like THAT poorly implemented of a solution.
  7. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Jun 30, 2011
    The easy way? Get a different music app like PlayerPro or PowerAmp, then set the folder where it looks for music, and move your podcasts to a different folder than that.
  8. Goreygirl

    Goreygirl Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Occupational Health Advisor
    Kildare, Ireland
    I use PowerAmp for this purpose and it works great. Also easy to switch source folders when I do want to listen to an audio book when driving etc

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