Why does Google Listen suck, and what are some better podcast apps?
September 2, 2010 8:01 AM Subscribe
I think that Google Listen, as far as a podcast app for Droid goes, is the suckiest bunch of suck that ever sucked. Is anyone else able to make it work for them? Or can you recommend a better podcast app for my Droid?
posted by windbox to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if this happens to anyone else with Google Listen, but even when I let a podcast buffer for a few minutes and load to about halfway, it will play for about 10 or 15 minutes before completely (and almost seamlessly) restarting from the beginning, so podcasts sound like this a few minutes in:
"...and what was interesting about the lizards is that while they slept, their brainwaves were - Hey everyone, this is Jad from Radiolab. On today's episode..."
Even worse is that when I try to fast forward back to where I left off, it...doesn't even fast forward, it just keeps restarting. Matter of fact, if I so much as mess with the play bar (slider thingy), it just restarts. Slide it to the middle, it starts from the beginning. After a few tries of restarting it and letting it re-buffer, I can finally listen to the episode all the way through, though 15 or 20 minutes after I originally intended to start listening. Worst part is, this always happens while I'm driving so I end up fidgeting with (and screaming at) my droid while I'm on the road and I'm pretty sure this is how I'm going to die.
I guess my questions are - does this happen to you if you use Google Listen, or am I doing something wrong? Also, any other podcast app recommendations? Google Listen appears to be the highest rated for some reason, and while I downloaded a fourstared app called Podkast, it does not appear to have the same capabilities as Listen as far as being able to find and subscribe to whatever I want as well as organize them into neat little rss feeds. Thanks all.