There has been a problem that Android users have suffered from since Android’s start. That problem being to quote Rob Walsh, “Google is not a podcasters Friend”. That is because Google doesn’t make it easy for podcast listeners to subscribe.
Normally a podcast listener on Android opens their podcatcher of their choice searcher for the podcast show they are interested in subscribing to. If they are not able to find it because of whatever reason. Then they have to do the multi-step trial of patients. Most podcast listeners give up before they even try these following steps. This is one of the reasons I do believe Google has failed their platform and not even tried to rectify the issue. This could also be the reason why listening to podcasts is predominantly Apples field and not more Android listeners.
The Traditional Steps were
- Find the website for the show
- Look to see if the RSS feed link is visible on the front page. If not, then the podcast listener may keep looking around till they find the rss feed’s address
- Once they have the RSS feeds address, the listener then copies the URL and pastes it into their Podcast manager.
These are way too many steps. The incredibly smart guys over at Blubrry have come up with a solution, and this solution is pretty innovative. The folks over at Blubrry have created the necessary protocols for podcast manager developers to add to their apps for the simple one click Subscribe on Android.
What it means for the Podcast Listener
How it works is easy. If your podcast player supports the Subscribe on Android, and you come across a podcast that has either the Subscribe on Android logo or uses the PowerPress WordPress plugin then when you click on the link, the podcast show will instantly subscribe in your podcatcher. Cuts out the hard work, by making it easier for you, the listener to subscribe to a show.
What it means for the Podcast Producer
Podcast Producers how you can help is by going to SubscribeOnAndroid.com and place your shows RSS Feed Url into the textbox press the “Subscribe on Android” button. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you will see Embed. Place that logo somewhere on your site, preferably in the same area as your other subscription buttons.. Even if you already use PowerPress. This will help the podcast listeners know that the podcast community is trying to help them by making it easier to consume podcasts.
Who supports the Subscribe on Android
As of the 10th of April Podcast Addict Version 3 is the only app that has the needed protocols but more will follow.
If you are a podcast manager developer
Then Subscribe on Android has the needed information for your app development so you can easily implement it into your app and help your listeners not have to work so hard. That information can be found under the For Developers section they lay out all of the needed details and by the looks of it it is only about 10 lines of code.
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We are still looking for the best podcast manager a beginner could use that would prove to be easy for them to learn how to use and make downloading the podcasts they listen to eay. I find myself looking at an app through the eyes of a person who is subscribed to almost 100 different shows. Now granted many of the shows I am subscribed to have pod faded but still it makes finding a Podcatcher very challenging. I look for an app that downloads automatically so I don’t have to think about it. I want my shows to, just be there. I believe that many new podcast users want that same convenience. I would like to be able to easily manage my shows so that they are in what ever playlist I choose.
Podcast Addict is a solid podcast player but it is not easy to use. you have Categories and they are the categories that the show is found under. You can put shows under different categories if you choose. This is good especially when you consume lots of podcasts.
You are able to get auto-download and configure many key points.For example, you can only download over wifi orif you want to stream your podcast you can do that only over wifi too. Though I was not able to get the Podcast Addict to auto download the three test shows I used. Now that could be because there was no “New” episode to download. The download was good. The playback sound was as expected.
A great little feature that I was able to find was that you can search through the iTunes catalog of podcasts and retrieve all of the popular shows. because many time many of the big celebrities don’t realize that there are people who don’t use iPhones and that podcasts are consumed else where than in the iOS ecosystem. Not many, but a few. This Podcast manager allows for android users to expand their field of shows.
Many podcast managers these days offer the ability to automatically clean up any listen to shows after you have taken in all the great information they share. Podcast Addict is no different. You can actually set it to delete shows you have listen to unless they are marked as favorite. because there is always those couple of shows that you have to share with all of your friends at nauseum
There is one big draw back and that is in the area of play lists. There is a play list but there is only one though this will work for a new podcast user, but for an avid podcast consumer You are not able to break the podcasts into different play lists.you only have the one and you can rearrange the list so you have your favorites first but I like to listen to one play list that is centered aroudn a spacific topic at a time.
This podcatcher is good, but it could be a little easier to use. some of the features are not as straight forward as they could be while some features are very welcome. Not a bad podcast mamager for the field of free.
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