DoggCatcher For Android, Best Pod Casting App?

I’ve got a pretty long commute to work and one of the must have functionalities for me is something that would allow me to kill the time.  That’s why Im a huge pod cast buff.  In my opinion, a good pod cast player is difficult to come by these days.  For quite some time, it appeared that Apple has cornered the market with their pod cast integration on iTunes.  And while there are several apps available today on the Android Market for listening to your favorite pod casts, like Google Listen and aCast, I thought it might be worth while to mention another contender that I have been using seamlessly for my pod casting amusement.  DoggCatcher, an excellent pod cast player, is available on the market and is arguably one of the best pod cast players around for the Android platform.  

I had no difficulty at all finding my favorite feeds and uploading them.  Unfortunately, it’s going to run you $7 bucks on the market, but it’s worth it and I’ll tell you why.  I’m of the opinion that some times you just have to spend a couple of extra bucks to obtain true quality.  As your grandpa might have told you before, you get what you pay for.  You can stream or download the pod cast directly to your device’s SD card over the network or over WiFi.  And while Google Listen has great integration with Google Reader, I still found it was difficult to find some of the favorite feeds I’ve always enjoyed, they just weren’t available on the app.  It was rather limited in my opinion.  With DoggCatcher, I’ve been able to grab all of my favorite feeds instantly, like our Talk Android Info Bytes pod cast.  In addition to audio, the app also supports news and RSS feeds, making the app your one stop shop for all things news.  And as most Android applications have, DoggCatcher integrates a great widget for your desktop.

One of the nicer touches to get you started with the app, are the several tech feeds already built in to the “Add Feed” section of the app.  If you’re not sure where to begin, this is a great place to start for discovering new content, such as the Twit network, Revision 3, NPR, BBC and more.  So if you’re still looking for that dream pod cast player and just haven’t found the right one yet, then head on over to our database or hit it up in the market.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • Tunafish

    BeyondPod is also worthy of consideration – my preferred Podcasting-App on Android. I switched from Google Listen, frustrated by its shortcomings.

    Does everything it should, looks nice – value for value in the Market, I can highly recommend BeyondPod:

  • Did you give carcast a try? It is simple, but I’ve found it effective.

  • John

    I use STITCHER and its free. You can make recommendations and they try to add your favorites.

  • curse

    Looks good and all, but with Googles 15 min return policy, it’s not like I’m gonna test it for $7.

    I wonder how much app sales have gone down since they changed 24h to 15min, who without people with too much money test an app just to see if it does what you want it too for $7, because there is no chance you can test any of the mentioned features in 15 min.

    They say it’s to protect developers against people returning their stuff, mainly talking about makers of small games that you play in less then a day and then return.

    I say it’s killing app sales for serious developers, only way for me to test a $7 app is to find a pirated version. And if I find it good, will I bother buy the legit version, who knows, since I already have the app.

  • brianadfl

    I use doggcatcher and have to say its the best podcaster ive had. The add feed section is worth the money. You can search for podcasts in the app either by google through the app. Ive tried google listen,beyondpod, sticher, all the ones mentioned snd this app is the best.

  • Rob Funk

    Bah! This review continues the frustrating tendency of Market reviewers of podcast and ebook apps to review what new content app gives obvious access to rather than how it is in everyday use. Every podcast I listen to has a website with an RSS link. As long as I can put that link into the podcast program I’m good. (Though OPML and/or Google Reader support is a bonus.) But what’s the experience like after that? You don’t talk about that at all.

  • Brian Rubin

    I tried a lot of podcast apps for Android, and Doggcatcher is totally worth the $7.

  • Alex Castlejohn

    I have been using Doggcatcher for about 2 years after searching for an alternative to the heavily flawed Google Listen. I use it every day and it simply works and works well! I use it exclusively for video and audio podcasts, so I can’t really say much about news or RSS feeds. It is also frequently improved and updated. Well worth the money (although I think it cost less when I bought it).

  • pete

    Well worth the $7.

    A feature missed by the author relating to getting feed URLs. Doggcatcher can import from your Google reader list.

  • this application was *just* updated. The new version has tons of new features and a new UI… check it out!

  • Patrick

    After having used Google Listen for some time, I finally downloaded DoggCatcher and have been using it for several days. I understand how power users would appreciate the abundance of options that DoggCatcher offers, but to me it seems complicated and not terribly user-friendly.

    I’ve had no problems finding any feeds that I want on Listen, and DoggCatcher was pretty much the same. But one podcast in particular was very difficult to get to load properly… DoggCatcher tech support (friendly enough, but pretty brisk) finally helped me to figure that out, but it was still an issue I had not experienced with either iTunes or Listen.

    Listen does something which I really like too. It finds the available podcasts (as does DoggCatcher), and once I select a podcast Listen will stream it while it downloads in the background. I would imagine that DoggCatcher will allow me to do the same, but first I need to play with the global settings, arrange the order, tell it how many to hold on to at once.

    Again, while I understand the appeal of something powerful, Listen always simply worked without me thinking about it. DoggCatcher is taking a lot of my attention and still not working as I’d like.

  • Nightshade

    For me the only thing missing from Doggcatcher is a web interface. For $7, I would like to have a Doggcatcher web account where I could subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds and let Doggcatcher get the updated subscription information from the website rather then me having to do it on the phone.

    This would be especially nice for more obscure podcasts that search doesn’t find and I have to enter the URL manually.