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Audio stopping randomly. Wont start playing again for awhile.

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fizgig10
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Audio stopping randomly. Wont start playing again for awhile.

Doggcatcher Version: 1.2.4154
Device: Pixel 3A
Android Build: QQ3A.200705.002

Problem: I'll be listening to any of my podcasts (many different feeds) and the audio will stop playing at random times. I open the phone and the app is non-responsive. I wont be able to start the audio back up for a bit until the app starts responding to finger presses again which might be thirty or more seconds. This happens if I'm using bluetooth, the phone's speaker or the headphone jack.

Per searching the forum I've enabled the other media player in the advanced section and that has not made a difference. Also tried clearing the cache of the app.
Anything else I can try to get it back to normal?

WayneC
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See the "Audio playback

See the "Audio playback problems" post under "Playback Issues" http://www.doggcatcher.com/AudioPlaybackProblems and switch to Google’s Android experimental media player for 6.0+/7.0+/8.0 and up devices.

Then reboot your device.

fizgig10
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I did that (see original post

I did that (see original post))

WayneC
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Did you switch the media

Did you switch the media player?

fizgig10
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I did. I found that post and

I did. I found that post and did exactly as it said. I've been using the new player for awhile now.

This seems to have started after the latest Android update but I'm not positive about the timing of that.

WayneC
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What's probably happening is

What's probably happening is the app is losing audio focus from another app, either by notification or playing audio in the background.

To verify, right after you experience the problem again, check the app's event log (DC Navigation Menu>More>Event Log) The audio focus loss should be listed, unfortunately the current versions of Android won't allow the listing of the other app causing the problem.

Since the latest Android update, uninstall any app you've installed one at a time to figure out which is causing the issue.

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It just happened and the log

It just happened and the log shows that it was a feed update sequence (started, finished) that occurred. I'll keep listening and see if a feed update causes the next stoppage.

WayneC
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A feed update wouldn't cause

A feed update wouldn't cause playback to stop, another app requesting audio focus or an issue with the player

fizgig10
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It happened again. Only

It happened again. Only thing on the log was an update feed.

WayneC
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Is the app minimized...

Is the app minimized....playing back media files in the background, while you're using another app in the foreground?

If so, then it could be the OS is killing the app due to device memory issues......on Pixel 3A devices, limit the amount of apps running at the same time

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That makes sense but I will

That makes sense but I will add that the last few pauses I've had, I have immediately gone to the event log and, sure enough, there is a feed update started with the exact same timestamp as the current time (which is when the pause happened - or 5 seconds prior to that).

So, as an experiment I disabled auto feed updates (set it to "Never") wondering if that would stop the problem. I then got another audio stoppage a few minutes later so I went in and could tell doggcatcher was doing a feed update and the log confirmed it. Why was it doing a feed update when it was set to "Never"?

In other news, I also uninstalled doggcatcher, deleted the download directory, and reinstalled it. It remembered my feed subscriptions and redownloaded everything and I still have the audio stoppage problem.

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Well, I think it's time to

Well, I think it's time to move on to another app. Got many years out of this one. Oh well.

WayneC
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DoggCatcher Podcast Player Playback Issue

This is probably what is causing the playback issue > See Pastshelfdate's posted solution http://www.doggcatcher.com/comment/17652#comment-17652