After using Google Listen exclusively for the last year and a half I decided it was time for a change. Not that I experienced many issues but there were some minor annoyances. Podcasts would not always download automatically, resuming an incomplete download would somehow corrupt the file and not play it back correctly. Random times it would just stop playing the podcast I was listening to, just annoying to have to stop what I was doing to start it again. So I decided that along with my upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus from my Nexus One it was time to upgrade my podcatcher.
I tried all the popular podcast players; Doggcatcher, BeyondPod, Podkicker, etc,… and none of them I felt really at home at. I even purchased the podcast adding to Doubletwist without knowing what it was like just because I like their app so much. Most of the apps there was nothing really major about them that I didn’t like, it was always something small like they way the feeds are organized or the playlist sorting. Some were just not intuitive at all with too many buttons and busy interfaces.
Here is what I want in an app. Simple, clean interface, minimalistic even. An easy way to manage a playlist is a must, easy to re-arrange episodes in a queue. I decide what to listen to next based on my mood really so I move around episodes often. Google reader integration isn’t a must but would be excellent to have.
I will keep looking until I find my perfect podcatcher, until then I will put up with the small annoyances with Google Listen.