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mcamou
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Downloading now. Just one comment regarding the new features:

AWEsome!!!! Thanks!!!!

I'll test exhaustively. I've retired my iPod Touch+iTunes as my podcast-listening platform.

ukchris
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I agree, this app is getting

I agree, this app is getting better all of the time. I hope the development continues and I will be happy to pay once it comes out of beta.

It must be frustrating that older reviews of 1 star or so will never be reviewed in accordance with the updates. I wonder if Google should consider "retiring" ratings if sufficient updates and time period has passed. It just seems unfair.

Just one question for you mcamou, what was the "winning" feature/reason you switched from iTunes/iPod? I'm considering buying a Nano only because the G1's battery length just does not cut it. I'm charging multiple times every day and it's driving me mad. I would like to know if a Nano might be a suitable additional gadget for my podcasts. Thanks!

eric
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Yep, I'm not sure how it's going to transition from beta. Hopefully we'll get some details from google soon. It's possible we'll need to create a new app, so I started working on a mechanism to migrate the podcasts from one app to another. If this is the case, the ratings will start back over from 0.

If you are having battery problems, I would recommend setting the podcast update frequency to as long as you can tolerate. It has a more significant impact than you would think to wake up the phone and chatter on the net for a bit. Also, keeping gps off helps.

Btw, it's only getting better because of users like yourself who spend a lot of time using the app and letting us know what the experience is like.

mcamou
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Reasons...

I guess my change came about for a few reasons:

1. Over-the-air updating of podcasts. I have 3 different computers (2 at home, one at work) and iTunes works fine for syncing with an iPod as long as you sync it with a single iTunes. I used my work laptop for syncing and during the week I usually synced at the office and at home over the weekend by taking the laptop with me, but if there was a new episode of a podcast I really wanted to listen to and I didn't have the laptop where I was it was a big bother.

2. Missed calls. Many times I was listening to a podcast during my commute and missed calls because of not hearing the phone or feeling the vibrate. With DoggCatcher that doesn't happen :)

3. A single gadget to carry around instead of two.

The way I've dealt with the battery issue is, I purchased a battery pack from fommy.co.uk (I'm in Spain) that takes 4 AA batteries. I use rechargeables in it and plug in whenever the phone needs a charge. I also got from them (or it might have been gpsforless.co.uk?) an adapter that plugs into the HTC Dream port and has a split connection. It has a standard mini-USB port for charging, and then a cord with a built-in microphone to which you plug in your earphones /earbuds (I can't use any sort of standard earbud for any length of time, I have a pair of Sony over-the-ear earbuds which are much more comfortable for me). That way I can charge on-the-go and even while listening to podcasts. I've also turned off the GPS and the 3G, I use GPRS most of the time and if I *REALLY* need to start 3G I can do it via Power Manager.

ukchris
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Thanks for all of the info

Thanks for all of the info and tips.