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    Default Podcatching app that starts on reboot

    Hey guys, I'm an android newb, so perhaps you can help me out.

    I'l looking for an app to automatically download podcasts when new episodes are available. I've tried beyondpod, doggcatcher, google listen, hapi podcast, etc. All seem to have an option to check for new episodes on an interval, and download when available. The problem is that not one of these apps seem to function automatically if I have to reboot the device. If I reboot, the app or background service doesn't start on its own until I physicall launch the app again. After that everything works in the background as it should, unless I have to reboot the device again for whatever reason (firmware update, etc.)

    Is there something I'm missing, or is this just how Android works? I downloaded an app that keeps vibrating the device on intervals if you have a missed SMS, call, etc. and that works fine after reboots. I don't have to reopen the app to get it to work again.

    Does anyone know if this is some sort of limitation of these apps, or is there something I'm completely missing? Like I said, all of the podcasting apps I've tried work fine after I open them and close them, but they don't seem to do anything automatically if I don't do that first. Any help is appreciated.

    **Note that I have tasker and have been currently automating it that way, but I still have to click back out of the apps manually after the device reboots to get them to close, but stay running. Once Root is available I should be able to automate the back button as well, which will solve that problem, but it would still be nice to know why I can't find a single podcast downloader that actually downloads stuff automatically without needing me to open the app first.

    THANKS!
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    i would like to know this as well. in case nobody has an answer however, i would like to know which app you think is best so far?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jc3 View Post
    i would like to know this as well. in case nobody has an answer however, i would like to know which app you think is best so far?
    Doggcatcher is really, really nice, but $7. Probably worth it, but I wish the downloader would kick in automatically. Otherwise I've been using hapi podcast. It's realy simplistic and does basically what I want. Check for new podcasts on an interval, and download them. And it's free. If only it would kick in automatically after a reboot, it would be perfect! Note that if you do try it out, you should go in an delete the default podcasts that come loaded with it. Hapi is nice too because it will dump your feeds to an XML file on your SD card, in case you ever have to reload your phone. Makes it really nice to restore them in a snap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backlund View Post
    Doggcatcher is really, really nice, but $7. Probably worth it, but I wish the downloader would kick in automatically. Otherwise I've been using hapi podcast. It's realy simplistic and does basically what I want. Check for new podcasts on an interval, and download them. And it's free. If only it would kick in automatically after a reboot, it would be perfect! Note that if you do try it out, you should go in an delete the default podcasts that come loaded with it. Hapi is nice too because it will dump your feeds to an XML file on your SD card, in case you ever have to reload your phone. Makes it really nice to restore them in a snap.
    i noticed an app called pocket casts when i logged into amazon apps store was free so i wend a head and downloaded it. looks pretty nice, have yet to do more than look around it however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jc3 View Post
    i noticed an app called pocket casts when i logged into amazon apps store was free so i wend a head and downloaded it. looks pretty nice, have yet to do more than look around it however.
    Well, I'm a dumbass. Doggcatcher does do this, but the setting is under a different menu. Its under preferences - miscellaneous - start on boot. I never dug deep enough in to the menus to find it as I assumed that just setting the feed update interval would kick it in automatically.

    I also recommend setting the "keep alive" setting to "always" under the advanced menu. This makes sure you don't accidentally shut it down from running in the background. Note that that setting will keep an icon visible in your notifications at all times. I'll deal with it because my podcasts are now downloading automatically even after a reboot. Win.

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