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listen seamlessly on doggcatcher and PC

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perler
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listen seamlessly on doggcatcher and PC

hi,

I wonder how you handle this problem, maybe someone has an idea:

usually you commute and listen to your favorite podcast, you come back home and want to continue listening to it while doing the laundry. problem: at home your listen on your stereo which is connected to your PC (in this case windows based), so you have the inconvenience, that you need to check the time, until which you listened in doggcatcher, and fast forward it on the PC, and when you do some shopping later and switch back to doggcatcher, you need to do this again.

is there already some kind of simple "listening time" sync between a PC podcast program and doggcatcher and wouldn't this be a nice idea?

PAT

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It is a nice idea

It is a nice idea. It was discussed in this thread at some length.

The final conclusion is that

  1. Doggcatcher would need to store the current position in some shared location in the cloud (google reader was floated as a possibility)
  2. A PC podcatcher would need to exist that would read the play position from that shared location and resume play at that location.

So far, nobody has come forward with a PC podcatcher that does this (save iTunes, and trying to figure out how to update undocumented information in the iTunes library is like trying to hit a moving target while wearing a blindfold--Apple doesn't want you doing it, and once they get wind that you've reverse-engineered it, they'll change the library format so your software breaks). If there's a podcatcher out there that you know of which takes care of the PC side of this, I'm sure Eric would gladly write the current play position of podcasts to a shared location to enable this feature.

packy
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One more thought...

And it occurs to me that iTunes isn't what we want, either, since it doesn't synchronize it's position/playcount information with the cloud. The only way my iPod gets its position/playcount information synced with my laptop is when I plug it into my laptop and iTunes pulls the information over.

So, if Doggcatcher were to sync with iTunes, it would need to have a desktop component that interacted both with your Android device and the iTunes library, either wirelessly or over a USB connection. It would be a cool feature, but there's a lot of groundwork that would need to be laid before it could be implemented.

perler
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thanks, i quickly asked in

thanks, i quickly asked in the support boards of the two players i use mainly:

http://www.activeobjects.no/subsonic/forum/viewtopic.php?p=18235#18235
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=69053&st=225&gop...

i'll send a reply here, when feedback arrives,

regards,

PAT

rigel
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I love doggcatcher, but this

I love doggcatcher, but this is annoying... currently I plug my phone into my pc with an aux cord, and pipe the audio from the aux in to my speakers. I've gotten spoiled by doggcatcher downloading podcasts wirelessly, and I'm not used to plugging my phone into the computer any more ;)

Anybody have a better solution yet?

(I'm also trying doubletwist, but the podcast support on android isn't great. It syncs from your pc to your phone, for instance, but apparently not back from the phone to the pc)

stryken
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Android / PC sync

Would love to be able to log into doggcatcher on the PC and resume my listening, seems like a feature that would be widely used. When working in my garage I often plug my PC speakers into my phone to listen, however I often need to use my phone. This would also be very valuable in an office setting, even better if it were somehow web based as to not have to install a separate program. But now I am getting greedy :) .

VespertineStar
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Seems like the easiest way to

Seems like the easiest way to do this would be for the guys to make a Doggcatcher program for the PC, yes?

Matt

ish
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This would be a sweet

This would be a sweet feature. I'm not sure the size of the dev team of doggcatcher, but just merly comng up with the file format and a cloud location for it - Google Reader, Dropbox API might be enough to get the ball rolling. And show it off with Doggcatcher doing sync between devices..

eric
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I don't think we'll be going

I don't think we'll be going down the path of a pc app but if we can can a way to provide a standard mechanism for syching across different players, we would probably pursue that. As you suggest, the greader api is most likely something that would be used.

Thanks for the feedback.

benyovo
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If you have a ROKU

You can use an app called 'Juice' . . . it basically broadcasts from your phone through the ROKU channel.