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Hide/Configure podcast download directory

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deevoc
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Hide/Configure podcast download directory

Unfortunately Android's media player pulls in EVERYTHING it finds on the sd card including podcasts downloaded by DoggCatcher. Ideally I'd like to just set my media play to random and let it run through my music mp3s, but every once in a while it hits a 40min podcast. I believe the media player will ignore any hidden dirs, for instance if the default dir could be renamed to .DoggCatcher instead. If you could make a "hidden" checkbox or have the download directory be user configurable that would be great. Thanks eric.

mcamou
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Careful with this

I see this problem also with Rings Extended but it would have to be implemented very carefully.

The card is formatted in FAT32, not Unix, so adding a dot at the beginning is not an option. I seem to recall there is a "hidden" flag in FAT32. The problem I see with that is if for any reason you have to manually manage DC's files. In my case there was an unfortunate series of circumstances where I ended up with a directory full of podcast episodes that DC had no knowledge of, so I had to manually go in and blow them away. So, if you implement this it would be great to put in an option to turn it off.

eric
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Configurable DL dir

We already have a configurable download directory on the future list. It may or may not work to hide the dirs, I'm not sure. I know that android scans the sd card whenever it's mounted. I ran into a similar problem when android was scanning the feed thumbnails into the pictures app.

What would be ideal if android let you drop a metadata file in a directory that told android to not scan the directory. Windows explorer has something similar where you can place a file in a dir that indicate special ways to handle the contents of the directory.

dr who
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beyondpod seemed to be able to do this...

from my brief usage of beyondpod (before i saw the light, err, doggcatcher) i seem to remember that they somehow manage to hide the podcasts from music player.

eric
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There's a preference to do this

There's a preference to do this...it's all the way at the bottom. Something like 'hide media from android player'.

weiyin
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.nomedia file

It's possible to flag any directory as having no media that the android media player and gallery should use. The trick is to create a file called ".nomedia" in that directory. Then, the default android apps will not search in that directory (or any subdirectories).

This is also the way beyondpod hides its downloaded files when you choose that option.

eric
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That preference exists

It's called something like hide from from android music player...I think it's at the bottom of the list.