Too everyone for whom Podcatcher version 188.8.131.52 is crashing after updating: I do apologize for this inconvenience! I have tested upgrading Podcatcher from the previous version to version 184.108.40.206 before releasing it and also after it was released and once I started to get notices of issues. However, I have since been unable to duplicate this crash myself! I have also heard of people who have upgraded without issues. So while apologize to everyone who is facing issues with the upgrade, I cannot fix this issue at this moment as I am unable to replicate it myself.
The workaround to fix this issue is to uninstall Podcatcher and reinstall it again from the Marketplace. If you have a payed version of Podcatcher, you do not have to pay more than once for it!
Once again, my apologize to everyone suffering from this issue! I will try to fix it as soon as I have some ways of knowing what's going on and find a solution for it.
Podcast client comparison for Windows Phone on All About Windows Phone: "However, for podcast fans from other platforms (perhaps refugees from Symbian or Android), run, don't walk, and get Podcatcher.", Steve Litchfield, Podcatcher roundup: Podcatcher, Podcast Lounge, Podcast Bandit, and more...
"Heartily recommended, whichever mobile platform you're on. For Windows Phone, it's probably the leading application of its type.", Steve Litchfield, allaboutwindowsphone.com
"If you are in the market for a solid performer you should certainly give Podcatcher a spin, you might just like it.", Robert Brand, wpcentral.com
"The best podcast app for WP.", Deirdre 5/5
"Had been using Podcasts! But Podcatcher is far better. Works well with my Bluetooth car audio, in that it auto pauses and plays as the bluetooth disconnects and connects. Also has a much better user experience, presenting your subscription on startup then easily play what you want. Easily search and add podcasts, really great app!!!!", Andrew 5/5
Podcatcher is a podcast client for your Windows Phone smartphone. I've created a podcast client with the same name for the Nokia N9 smartphone. This is a complete rewrite of that application, but with the same goals in mind; to make consuming of podcasts as enjoyable and effortless as possible. To do this, Podcatcher for Windows Phone features some great functionality such as
- Live tile support.
- Find podcasts using the built-in search
- Subscribe to premium podcasts that require authentication
- Import subscriptions from your gPodder.net account
- Keep your subscriptions clean by specifying how many episodes to keep.
- Find podcasts among the popular ones on gPodder.net
- Export subscriptions in OPML format either via email or to SkyDrive
- Import subscriptions in OPML format from a web location.
- Built-in podcast player
- Resume functionality that remember last player position
- Continuous playback from one episode to the next.
- Control the audio playback from the lock screen or Bluetooth headset.
- Download and play episodes locally, or stream them immediately remotely
- Play history
- Intelligent maintenance and settings
- Automatically download new episodes to subscriptions.
- For automatic maintenance, set how many episodes to keep per subscription.
- Delete automatically listened episodes
- Download management
- Background file transfer even if Podcatcher is not running.
- Queue as many podcasts as you like for downloading.
- Respects platform download policies to save battery.
- Optimize memory consumption by scaling down images. No more crashes due to out of memory errors.
- Add a "Browse" view to browse through categories of podcasts when you add a new podcast
- Redo the layout for the "Add subscriptions" view.
- Replace "Recent" list with "Latest" list showing latest episodes within all subscriptions.
- Fix marking episodes as listened when tracks end. What a horrible kludge that is, so thank you Windows Phone 8.
- Update the play position in player view immediately when the view opens and not after a second.
- Launch performance improvements.
- Make podcasts from wizards.com work. Their "pubDate" is faulty.
- Fix: Don't add duplicate episodes even if the podcast stream says the pubDate has changed.
- Fix: Improve updating partially and unplayed episodes at startup.
- Relax on the required OPML file format: Don't require the "rss" attribute.
- Mark individual episodes as listened.
- Don't refresh subscriptions if we don't have Internet connection or if we are in flight mode.
- Fix bug: Crash if playing a video podcast.
- Bugs fixed:
- Save podcast play position more reliably.
- Reliably mark episodes as listened.
- Delete episodes when they are marked as listened, if the setting is enabled.
- Add episodes to play history when an episode is listened to in the background.
- Show player UI when we start episodes from the play queue.
- Show episodes as paused when restarting Podcatcher.
- Update play position to play history view also when episode is paused.
- Fix crash in player when asking for the current position.
- Introduce a play queue.
- All items from the subscription's downloaded view can be added to the play queue.
- Add single episode to play queue by long pressing on the episode.
- Add setting that gives the possibility to add all downloaded episodes automatically to the play queue.
- Sort the play queue with newest or oldest episode first.
- Change the layout of the episode listing to better utilize the whole screen.
- Change how the lock screen buttons work.
- If play queue is not empty, pressing next will take user to next episode.
- If play queue is empty, pressing next / prev will skip 30s forward/backwards.
- Remove Continuous playback option from the subscriptions settings.
- Play queue replaces that functionality.
- Added progress bar to recent items in the "Recents" view.
- Show downloading and queued episodes also in the "Downloaded" view of episode listing.
- Tap on the playing episode in episode listing to open the player.
- Improve memory management and caching of podcast logos.
- Fix/Change: Mark all episodes as listened to, even if they haven't yet been listened to at all.
- Fix many things in the podcast player.
- Fix marking of listened episodes really as listened.
- Refactoring of the podcast player code and other bug fixes.
- Continuous playback from one episode to the next one in a subscription.
- Skip to next episode in subscription from the lock screen (if continuous playback is enabled).
- Continue playback from saved position for streamed episodes.
- Cleanup options per subscription to keep just a number of podcast episodes in a subscription.
- Pin subscriptions to main view and show the number of new episodes in the live tile.
- Clean the main view listing to only show relevant information of the subscriptions.
- Show the cover art of the playing podcast in the Podcatcher live tile.
- Show usage information for downloaded episodes in the Settings view.
- Possibility to delete all downloaded episodes at once for a subscription.
- Possibility to delete all downloaded episodes for all subscriptions.
- Possibility to mark all podcast episodes as listened for a subscription.
- Improve the storing of playback position for playing episodes.
- Add a setting to specify how much of a podcast is listened after which it is considered to be 'listened'.
- Import podcasts from OPML file.
- Export feed information in OPML format.
- Fix icons and texts for light background color.
- Multiple fixes for crashes.
- Handle podcast icons better.
- Overall UI polish
- Import your subscriptions from gPodder.net.
- Subscribe to podcasts that require authentication.
- Improve player navigation UX so that back stepping history is not lost.
- Replace player pivot view with play history view for current and recent episodes.
- Tap now playing item to open player
- Tap recent item to open the subscription.
- Replace one action button in episodes with two separate buttons for play/stream and download.
- Do not lose download queue after restart.
- Make podcast episode list view more Windows Phone styles.
- Add pivot view to the subscritpion view to show all downloaded episodes.
- Show episode state next to the episode.
- Show download progress in the episode listings view.
- Improve audio handling when switching between Windows Phone apps.
- Compensate for lacking timestamp in feed; supported format is now also "Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:34"
- Fix: Don't lose bookmark when starting audio playback in some other app.
- Fix: Handle properly downloads that have been finished in the background.
- Fix: Support ESPN podcast episodes.
- Podcast episode description view with download button.
- Settings for:
- Auto-continue playback from last saved position.
- Automatically clean old played episodes.
- Try downloading using cellular data
- Add one-time popups to notify user about Windows Phone download policy when downloading (larger) episodes.
- If podcast feed announced wrong file size and D/L fails because of that, user can try again with TransferPreferences.None
- Windows Phone 8 crash fix: stop timer and screen update when the player is not visible.
- Change main view pivot headers to match Windows Phone style (so people understand it can be swiped).
- Bug fixes
- Add indication of play progress to episode listing.
- Hide toolbar for other than the first page.
- Fix Bluetooth audio handling.
- Fix handling of pause event when headphones are removed.
- Fix many crashes
- Improve overall stability
- Use default podcast icon if subscription's icon cannot be used
- Fix main view layout
- Fix a crash
- Improve on memory usage
- Audio and video podcast streaming.
- Support for video podcast download och playback.
- Podcast description in search results when tapping on one.
- Indicator for when podcasts are being refreshed.
- New icon.
The complete change log can be found here.
Podcatcher for Windows Phone is available in Windows Phone Marketplace!
- Please update with full WP 8 features. Add a SD-card support, re-sizable tile, support for larger resolution and more.
- Upcoming releases of Podcatcher will be WP8 specific. Thus, Windows Phone 8 features are now coming to Podcatcher.
- Podcatcher doesn't always remember the last played position, although it says it should. Why?
- In some cases Windows Phone doesn't provide the necessary information to Podcatcher for it to be able to save the position properly. This happens especially if some other audio source starts to play before a podcast is paused or stopped. It's something Podcatcher cannot help.
- Solution: Pause or stop playback before starting to listen to some other audio.
- Why do I get "Unsupported file type" when opening a subscription?
- Each podcast item declares its file type (with a MIME type). I add support for MIME types that I first verify on the device that they work. If you get this error it means I have not yet checked that that particular file type is support, or that in fact it is not supported. Please let me know the podcast feed that you are having problems with and I will check this for you.
- My episodes don't show up correctly / some episodes are missing / all my episodes are missing. Why?
- I will take a closer look at the feed if you send me the URL of the podcast feed. But most likely the time stamp format in the feed is invalid. For some reason, some podcast publishers invent their own way of displaying when the episode has been published instead of following the podcast time stamp standard that exists. When this happens, naturally Podcatcher can't guess what format the publisher is using and either parses the time wrong or simply ignores the episode. You should first contact the published to fix the time stamp. Or get back to me and wait for an update so I can compensate for their flawed feed in the client.
- Podcasts are not downloaded in the background although Podcatcher claims to download in the background.
- Downloading is done in the background for the current download that you initiated in Podcatcher before exiting it. It is not possible for 3rd party developers to start new downloads in the background as this has explicitly been prevented by Microsoft. Rest of your downloads are queued and will start downloading once you resume to Podcatcher.
- Podcatcher crashed! Help me, fix this!
- Sure, I will do that! Please send me the URLs to the podcasts that you are having problems with, and I will take a look. Contact information can be found below.
Please submit bugs that you find in Podcatcher here: https://github.com/kypeli/Podcatcher/issues
When you submit the bug, please include the following information:
- Version of Podcatcher that you are using when experiencing the issue.
- Model of the phone that you are using.
- Exact steps how to reproduce the issue. The more detailed you can be, the better. If I cannot reproduce the issue, the issue will not be fixed.
- Mention the expected outcome of the action and the actual outcome that you get.
Follow the development
If you like, you can follow the development plans, known bugs and ongoing tasks from my Podcatcher Trello board here: https://trello.com/b/kyGXaYZz/podcatcher-task-backlog
Podcatcher for Windows Phone is open source software and licensed under the GPLv2 license. Source code is available at https://github.com/kypeli/Podcatcher/tree/master/wp7.
If you have any questions about Podcatcher or if you've found a bug or a podcast that doesn't work with Podcatcher, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or on Twitter at @kypeli. For updates regarding the app, you can follow the Twitter account @PodcatcherWP.