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Recent problem: Some feeds won't play.

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MTHead
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Recent problem: Some feeds won't play.

I've been a happy DoggCatcher user for ages and across several phones. Love it!

However, in the past few days some of my feeds download but won't play. When I press ► (play), there is no sound; occasionally the ► turns to ‖ (pause) momentarily, but usually nothing happens at all. Autoplay refuses to move on; I have to either long-press the Skip button or tap an episode further down the list.

It affects some feeds (LSE Lectures, all of my feeds from Wondery and Acast) but not others. No error appears in the log or on the screen. I've deleted the audio files and re-downloaded them, and deleted the feeds and re-subscribed to them. I've re-downloaded episodes I listened to a month ago - they won't play now. I even backed up my settings and uninstalled/reinstalled DoggCatcher. I'm out of ideas - can anybody suggest anything?

Nokia 6.2
Android 9
DoggCatcher 1.2.4154
32GB SD card, 822MB used

WayneC
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Try switching to Google’s

Try switching to Google’s Android experimental media player , see the "Audio playback problems" post under "Playback Issues" http://www.doggcatcher.com/AudioPlaybackProblems

MTHead
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"file://epi.mp3 exposed beyond app through Intent.getData()"

This is the error I get (substitute the actual path/filename for "epi" above) whenever I try to "Play in external player"- and this includes episodes that play just fine through DoggCatcher. I think this is an unrelated problem, however; when Googling the error message I found this: "Since Android 7.0 Nougat you can’t expose a file:/// URI with an Intent outside your package domain, but don’t worry: here’s how you can fix it."
https://proandroiddev.com/sharing-files-though-intents-are-you-ready-for...
I'm on Android 9, so that sounds like the explanation for this particular error; for my original problem, not so much.

However, I DID exit DoggCatcher and navigate to the EpisodeEnclosures folder and try to play the episodes from there, in the default Music player; the episodes that won't play in DoggCatcher wouldn't play that way either, and the ones that do, do - so apparently it's an issue with the feeds, not DoggCatcher. Finally, I downloaded PodcastGuru and subscribed to LSE Lectures and The Siécle; they wouldn't play through PG either. Then I subscribed to The Bugle and it did play. I'm satisfied that whatever the heck is causing this, it isn't DoggCatcher. (I uninstalled PodcastGuru, by the way. I wish DoggCatcher were still being actively developed, but even two years out it's still better than the competition.)
I guess my next move is to transfer the episode files to my PC and see whether there's something funky about the file format/encoding/whatever. I could understand this happening to one feed, but several? I'm puzzled.

WayneC
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Try VLC for Android and see

Try VLC for Android and see if the media files can be playback.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

MTHead
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Yes, they work in VLC.

I knew VLC was awesome on the PC, but till now I'd never run into files that the default Android media player wouldn't play but VLC for Android could.
Here's the info for one of the LSE Lectures files:
File size 35MiB
Bitrate: 64KB/s
Codec: MPEG Audio Layer 1/2
2 channels
Sample rate: 24000 Hz

This file DOES play in VLC for Android, but not in DoggCatcher/PodcastGuru/default Android music player.

I am baffled.

WayneC
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Contact the publisher and let

Contact the publisher and let them know about the problem, maybe they can resolve it or offer another feed URL with media files that are encoded differently and supported by Android

Supported media formats
https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/media/media-formats