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    Feedback for BeyondPod

    I've been a user of BeyondPod for many years. For the most part I've been happy with it, but I hear of other podcast players that have features that sound great, but they are not included with BP. Specifically recently I tried switching to Pocket Casts because to the high rating on Lifehacker. I tried it for 2+ weeks and here's my feedback for BP after trying what the other app has to offer...

    I listen to or watch 50 or so podcasts. I really like BP's ability to set a specific play rate for each podcast. Some podcasts i need to hear every word or due to the way a person speaks they are difficult to hear at 1.5 which is my normal default speed. Thank you for this feature.

    I like the way BP will play a list of podcasts in a list without having to specifically add them to some special play list which requires several button taps. Hard to do in a car while driving. Your app just is simple. Thank you!

    In Pocket Casts it has the ability to skip blank space when playing back a podcast. Why does BP not have this? This was one of the features that made me want to try out PC.

    I play podcasts thru my car stereo using Bluetooth. It's a Pioneer AV4100. For some reason when I tap the double arrows at the right, BP will skip to the next podcast. I like that ability to do that. With PC when using the same phone and in dash receiver, the double arrows will skip 30 seconds forward in the podcast. That I also like, because it gives me the ability to skip commercials within a podcast. Is there any way for BP to incorporate BOTH features into the functionality of playback in the car?

    I will be switching back to BP, because I just find your interface much easier to use, but if you could address the above 2 items it would be much appreciated! I look forward to hearing more from BP and what your further development direction is going to take you. Thank you!

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    Thank you for your feedback.

    To answer your specific questions:

    BeyondPod uses the built-in player on your device, so can only do what the player's programmatic interface allows. I believe PocketCasts has its own player, so has tighter control. Rewriting BP to have its own player would be a mammoth task. As far as I am aware, there is no way to instruct the built-in player to skip over blank space.

    BeyondPod allows you both types of skip buttons (on the phone), but when connected to a bluetooth player, it is limited to simulated button presses on a Bluetooth headset, and these are usually more restricted than on the phone. So you can choose to have Skip to End or Skip forward <n> seconds, but not both, because Android can only send BP a (real or simulated) button press. However, you can choose WHICH button does what action in Settings | Player Settings | Headset Button actions). So, if you are willing to give up the ability to rewind, for instance, you could potentially (and unintuitively) choose to make the rewind button into a Skip to Next button, for instance.

    HTH
    Julie

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    Thanks Julie. The button help is perfect. I'll test it out this evening.
    I also wanted to include that your integration with Feedly is excellent. Appreciate that.

    I see 3 player options within BP settings. Sonic Player, Mpg123 Player and Presto. Will any of those skip blank space?

    Thanks Again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
    I see 3 player options within BP settings. Sonic Player, Mpg123 Player and Presto. Will any of those skip blank space?
    I wouldn't touch Presto with a bargepole. It hasn't been updated for years, and was always flaky even when it was the only available option for speed adjustment. (In fact, I suggested we remove it, but I was overruled.) It was the reason for introducing a setting to only use speed adjustment (i.e. Presto at the time) when a podcast had a default speed set that's not x1.

    The other two are two variants on instructions to the internal player for speed and volume adjustment (Sonic being newer; MPG123 is really only a fallback for older versions of Android), but I don't think they are capable of blank detection and skipping, and even if they were, BP won't be instructing them to do it.

    Julie

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