DoggCatcher Podcast Player

DoggCatcher Podcast Player

$2.99

(5 stars)

(10K)


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100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Podcasts and news feeds together
  • Broad search options
  • Loaded with personalization features
  • DoggCatcher community
  • Chromecast support
Cons
  • Interface is a little cluttered
  • So many options are a little confusing
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Expert's Review
7.8
Great

"DoggCatcher the PodCatcher"

Reviewed by / May 12, 2015

An old dog with ever new tricks, DoggCatcher is the king of podcast customization

THE VERDICT

DoggCatcher is an oldie but still a goodie, presenting a robust tool for keeping your podcasts and news feeds together, all in one app. Android's first podcatcher has got a ton of options for finding podcasts, including support for RSS feeds and a bunch of podcast directories, giving you plenty of options to find and get what you're looking for.

The interface can seem a bit daunting to the untrained at first, but if you love have total control over every aspect of your feeds, then you will find customization options here unparalleled by over podcast apps.

THE PROS

Adding feeds is simple, and you can add video options as well as audio. Users can manually add a Web site URL, search by podcast name, browse by category, or let the app make recommendations.

There are numerous personalization features as well, including a sleep timer, automatic sync and download, notifications, and playback order. Once you've got your feeds set up, you can export your settings as a saved file. This way, installing the podcast on another device becomes a one-step process. You can also import existing feeds from Google Reader or an OPML file.

DogCatcher also boasts an activity community of users, so you can chat with other users and muse about what you've seen and heard.

THE CONS

The interface is perhaps a little dated compared to other podcasters on the market, and DoggCatcher is so customizable that the interface can also look a little cluttered, and be a bit of a puzzle to navigate around when you first get going.

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Developer's original description available here
Manage your podcasts and news feeds with the first Android Podcatcher.

Testimonials
-Lifehacker finds DoggCatcher to be "The Best Podcast Manager for Android"
-Android Central's Editors' Choice podcatcher of the year
-Android Central's Readers' Choice runner up podcatcher of the year

Highlights
-ChromeCast support
-Easy to subscribe new podcasts
-Auto download and cleanup of media files
-Offline playback of audio and video podcasts
-Customizable audio playlists
-Supports devices of all sizes
-Highly configurable
-Build in variable speed playback
-Home screen widget for easy access to playback controls
-Podcast categorization

Automation
-Automatically updates podcasts on your schedule
-Automatically download new media
-Automatically deletes media

Add podcasts by
-Browsing Top 100 DoggCatcher podcasts
-Personalized recommendations
-Searching podcast and news directories
-Importing from OPML

Integrated Audio/Video Player
-Plays downloaded audio/video
-Streams audio over network (wifi/cell)
-Remembers play position of media file
-Plays video formats supported by Android - http://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html

Playlists
-Audio playlist for continuous playback of new media
-Video/News playlists for easy navigation of new media

Community and support
-Frequently updated - http://mantis.doggcatcher.com/changelog_page.php
-Very active user community in forums - http://www.doggcatcher.com/forum
-Support via forums and email

Other
-Battery/data plan friendly - can limit downloads based on network/power connections
-Media download queue can be viewed and managed
-Bluetooth support (A2DP/AVRCP)
-Supports authenticated feeds (username/password)

For any questions about application permissions, please see http://www.doggcatcher.com/permissions

Community and support at doggcatcher.com

Recently changed in this version

1.2.4101/1.2.3098
Display confirmation when multi-selecting episodes for media file delete
Increase the size of the 3-dot button so it's harder to miss it
Allow bulk operations on episodes on the feed screen
Fix: unable to launch videos in the external player

1.2.4100/1.2.3097
Enable multi select operations for episodes on the audio/video/news tabs

1.2.4099/1.2.3096
Improved episode context menus in preparation for performing actions on multiple episodes at once


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Comments and ratings for DoggCatcher Podcast Player
  • (72)

    by jt7775 on 09/08/2011

    Larry, try outlook express numbnuts.

  • (72)

    by S T Chupack on 26/05/2015

    Update: 5/26/2015: I would love to add a star or two. But dev/s seem to work on features they want to implement, which is fine, that's their prerogative. I've made two feature requests that I think would greatly improve functionality. 1) Option to sort feeds alphabetically 2) ability to search episode titles and descriptions across all your feeds. No response from the DC folks. That's fine, but ev

  • (72)

    by Justin Mosebach on 25/05/2015

    When an epiaode ends, I want it to start playing the next episode from the same podcast. It doesn't. And the "next" button doesn't start playing the next episode.

  • (72)

    by Ca Br on 25/05/2015

    I see from your responses to similar complaints regarding the long press change that you plan to implement multiple ep downloads soon. Not sure why there is an idea that multi episode download is a feature that warrants implementation at a priority and "ease of access" that long press provides, as opposed to making THAT feature an option under the 3 hamburger dot menu. For that matter, downloading

  • (72)

    by Biff Smythington on 22/05/2015

    I am tired of developers who remove long used features in a never ending series of updates. For over 3 years, I have used a long click to access the context menu. Removing this feature is not an improvement, nor is adding a larger menu button a replacement for the long click. The long click works well because it makes it difficult to accidentally start an episode when attempting to access the cont

  • (72)

    by Kenneth Friberg on 21/05/2015

    Please bring back context menu for episodes instead of clicking the button on the episode. Thanks!

  • (72)

    by Jeremy Jewell on 21/05/2015

    Great podcast app. Please bring back the long-press on episodes to bring up the options!

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