Google Listen

Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 31 comments

ctwilliams says:

Check out Doggcatcher...I have been using it for six months now and it is MUCH nicer than Listen...

(haha, it thought this was spam. I can see how though. If it matters, I have nothing to do with the doggcather people, but it is a good app.)

envoy510 says:

I have to second this. DC is good.

I found Listen one of the most frustrating Android apps I ever used. IMO Listen is a complete POS. An example. Every time I would FF it would reset back to the beginning of the program, even if the program was downloaded. Streaming and run out of stream? Back to the beginning. An app never made me want to break my phone before, but this one did.

buggyman says:

I have not found a better way to listen to podcast on Android. Kind of annoying actually. I like podcast, but Android falls way behind Apple in this area. I tried searching for free apps on the market that do it better then google listen (when it works) but have not found one.

netposer says:

I'm with you. I keep my 1st gen iPod Touch around just for podcasts (video and audio) because everything I've tried on Android is way too much work.

One would hope that adding the feed and setting the update frequency would be it (like iTunes) but that's not the case.

And I don't want to pay a dime for a podcast app until I can try it out. Like on the Blackberry all of them were bad and a few dollars were waisted. Oh well. :p

In the past, the developer for DoggCatcher has offered anyone to try it out as long as they like, and he'll issue a refund for it if it turns out to not fit their needs.

Check out the website at doggcatcher.com, and post on the forum that you'd like to try it out. He's always watching the forum and is quick to respond to both problems and new feature requests.

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and this dependence on syncing with ios and itunes is a big part of the reason I went android. I had to sync several times a day to stay up to date, which is a big problem if you aren't carrying around a computer everywhere.
A working google listen is far superior to ios podcasting, unless you need video podcasts. The only way to get new podcasts without a sync is to go into the itunes store and download it manually (even clunkier than what we're doing now with a broken google listen). There is no way to refresh and automatically update your podcasts without the help of of itunes.
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funkly says:

I agree with bugyman, this goes for audiobooks as well... I have been having issues with all mu google account items over th past week, grinding to a complete halt this past weekend, any onelese having this issue?

packy says:

Sounds like Google Listen has succumbed to bit rot.

As far as I know, Google Listen isn't getting application updates anymore. I gave up on it a couple months ago when I was having problems with it and noticed that it hadn't been updated in months. I figured that if the developer at Google wasn't going to keep up with bug fixes, I might as well shell out a few bucks for DoggCatcher.

I'm happy I did. Frequent updates, responsive developer.

icebike says:

It is getting updates. You can't say it isn't simply because you aren't paying attention.

weehooherod says:

Google Listen has so many problems.

icebike says:

I have AC podcast in my listen subscriptions. Admittedly I didn't find it from Google's catalog, but that't the beauty of Listen, You can subscribe to podcasts on your computer and they just sync to your phone OTA.

I haven't noticed the failure to update. I cleared queue items yesterday, and the new ones dutifully showed up in the queue.

Its already been posted:
"To those complaining that Listen has stopped syncing: just clear cache/data from it in Settings/Applications." It will then restart your queuing.

serpico says:

This is what I was doing but after the initial sync it went back to not updating. For me, I had to uninstall winamp to get it to work again. Listening to my android central podcasts is more important than winamp! I also changed the refresh rate from 2 hours to 1 hour. It's been working fine all day now on my nexus one.

ryaninc says:

Glad to hear it's not just me. I installed a Gingerbread ROM a few days ago and the next day Listen stopped updating. I have been assuming it was a 2.3 incompatibility issue, but it looks like it's just a coincidence. :-)

hindustani8 says:

I tried "clear cache/data" but no luck. If someone is looking for a free app try "Beyondpod". I really liked the simplicity of Listen

vasiliosm says:

Yea been down for a few days. Have to manually delete cache for it to update. Will only update once, however, before it shuts down again.

daveloft says:

I just keep uninstalling and reinstalling it everyday. It works once after a fresh install. It sucks big time and I hope it gets fixed. Maybe Google is about to release Watch & Listen.

Jerseytodd says:

Any podcast can be heard in Google Listen. Just cut and past the RSS feed for the podcast into Google Reader, and move it to the Listen Subscriptions folder in Reader. It actually works quite nicely with the good stuff over at podiobooks.com.

palmwebosfan says:

Google Listen is a piece of junk. I use it all of the time, but it is by far the worst podcasting experience I have ever had.

1. Searching for podcasts is horrible- You must enter a url to find anything decent
2. No video capability

itunes for my ipod and Dr. Podder for Web OS are much easier to use.

uaw602 says:

i've had the same problems thank you android central for bringing light to this issue unfortunatly its these little things that makes iphone appealing to alot of people

Alcibiades says:

A working google listen is far superior to ios podcasting, unless you need video podcasts. The only way to get new podcasts without a sync is to go into the itunes store and download it manually (even clunkier than what we're doing now with a broken google listen). There is no way to refresh and automatically update your podcasts without the help of of itunes.

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and this dependence on syncing with ios and itunes is a big part of the reason I went android. I had to sync several times a day to stay up to date, which is a big problem if you aren't carrying around a computer everywhere.

acjif98 says:

This may have something to do with that new Google Music app ready to be rolled out with 2.3. Just a thought. At first I didn't like listen, but the more I used it I actually loved it. Simple, always over the air updates. I actually was iTunes trained and realized that for podcasts, this Google Reader format was great. I hope they continue to support it.

Seriously, check out doggcatcher on the market. The best 6.00 i have spent on an app. Never had a problem with it missing an update. Love that i can set it to auto update and have my favorite podcasts ready before i wake up. Rom flashers will also love the backup and restore feature. Can backup the feeds and settings to sd card, wipe and install a new rom, and restore your settings. Even keeps your place in the middle of the podcast. Tried listen for several months, but the missed updates, errors, and stupid seek bar at the bottom of the app casued me to switch. Never looked back. This coming from someone who listens to like 15 hours a week of podcasts.

ardensdrunk says:

i'm glad that AC picked this up ... i was worried that it might not get the attention of those that can fix it.

Google listen isnt perfect, but its a labs product ... you cant expect perfection ..

i personally love google listen .. i'm not trying to pay 7 bucks for dog catcher ...

i'm sure its something simple that needs to be tweaked ...

glacher says:

I also have this error it is driving me mad I hope Google can fix this as quick as possible I have just started to use doubleTwis so I can download my podcasts

Clear Listen cache then go into applications manager. Select Google listen and clear data then force stop. Start Listen again, let it rebuild your subscription list and then go to listen items and refresh. Worked for me.

sandtiger says:

it worked for me for the initial update. but after that i have to do the clear data restart.

jpoutre says:

I had noticed this problem this weekend and this was the straw that broke the back. I also hated how Listen keep losing where I left off and would start over.

So, I spent the $6 and got Doggcatcher. And it's awesome so far. Worth the money for sure. Crazy not to spend the money, it works, remembers where I left off even if I am in the middle of a couple at one time. Kind of happy Listen failed to push me to do this.

dcreed says:

I've never had its auto-update work right and had to search for the same thing to get it to update. As such, stopped using it a while back.

c5karl says:

I'm kind of surprised someone else hasn't posted this yet: You won't regret spending $8 on Podtrapper. Like a lot of former Blackberry users, I got hooked on Podtrapper on my old phone, and it was the first Android app I installed on my new phone.

I haven't tried Doggcatcher, so I can't compare & contrast.

Alcibiades says:

Mine just started working again. I didn't reinstall or clear settings. I just now refreshed twice in a row, so it's going for real now. Thank goodness. You don't realize how much you rely on these simple functions until they're gone.

uaw602 says:

Mine to score thanks android central for bringing this to light!