23
Oct
beyondpod

We already know that TeslaCoil loves to throw secret menus into its apps like Nova and WidgetLocker, but it turns out they're not the only developers using this sort of hidden functionality. Popular podcatching app BeyondPod also has a hidden menu, and it's chock-full of useful features.

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First things first - how do you access this super top-secret place of magic? Pretty easily, actually. Start up BeyondPod, and hit the menu button > More... > About BeyondPod; from there, just tap and hold the BeyondPod version label for 1-2 seconds. The Advanced Settings will appear just below (first screenshot).

While there are a slew of good options in here, a few options are particularly noteworthy. For starters, those on ICS and above can enable enhanced notifications, which will give you playback controls in the shade (!) - this is a godsend for most of us. What's probably even more important than that, though, is the option to change the default download location. If you don't want to save podcasts to the local storage area, you can change that to the SD card. Brilliant!

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That's just the tip of the iceberg, too - you can also toggle fade-ins, scrobble episodes, mark items as "played" once they've been marked as "read," change the user agent, and a lot more.

If there was ever any doubt that BeyondPod is one of the most full-featured podcatchers available for Android, this hidden menu should remove all doubt. If you listen to podcasts and haven't been using BeyondPod, it's definitely worth a look. Hit the widget to give it a shot.

Thanks for the tip, Rami!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Levi Wallach

    Beyondpod is by far my favorite Android app. I used it when it was a Windows Mobile app as well. They are constantly updating it to make it better. The latest adds a Jelly-bean like feature that works in ICS - player controls within the notification window. Amazing! So configurable, and powerful!

  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    I <3 BeyondPod and the new playback notification controls. It's probably my most important app, having played probably over a thousand hours of podcasts for me...audio on my phone while I drive or video on my tablet at night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    You are welcome Cameron ;)

    Now I just need a new device with ICS....

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Fantastic tip, @facebook-100003243120131:disqus!

    I'm psyched about notification controls, the ability to finally turn off fading, and setting a custom download path (to the physical SD card rather than internal one). Plus, now when paused, it keeps the notification icon there so you can resume, which I don't think it used to.

    Just great.

    My only wish now is an ability to ignore notification sounds and keep playing through them rather than pausing briefly (though, of course, still respect that for phone calls).

  • Djones

    This has actually always been much easier to access through settings. Hit the menu key while in settings and a menu with the option for "advanced settings" comes up. Not sure if this works on devices with touchscreen control buttons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      You are right, but when going to a Settings menu, I don't expect it to have another settings menu.

      • Djones

        It's definitely weird behavior, and I have no idea how I managed to come across it by accident. On the other hand, it feels a lot less like an Easter egg hunt.

  • Jake

    Has BeyondPod fixed the problem it had with variable speed (Presto)? I tried BP earlier this year, and I loved how BP synced with Google Reader; that allowed me to keep by podcasts and RSS feeds in sync across all of my devices (phone, tablets, computer, Google TV). However, it kept crashing and having major problems with variable speed playback, so I had to ditch it and go back to DoggCatcher.

    • Jake

      I just tried BeyondPod again a few minutes ago, and that I had before still exists. The problem isn't just with variable speed audio, it's with bluetooth headset controls (play/pause) with variable speed play enabled. At a certain point BP would stop responding to the pause command on a bluetooth device and audio would continue playing. If you re-opened BP and pressed the pause button, two overlapping audio tracks would play simultaneously. I had to force close BP and/or Presto Sound Manager to get the audio to stop playing.

      • helix

        I had similar problem. With ROM update it became much better (SGSII, Android 4.0.4). Pocket Casts is more glitching.

  • http://jefflarkin.com/ jefflarkin

    Why on earth is the custom location a hidden setting??? It drove me nuts when I upgraded from ICS to JB BeyondPod would no longer find the location I'd been using on my external SD card. That just got fixed, but now I know what to do if the path ever changes again.

  • http://www.huntinggearguy.com/ Adriel

    Has anyone tried Beyondpod and Pocket Casts? I've got Pocket Casts right now and like it, but would switch if another podcast manager worked a bit more automated.

    • silaslenz

      Pocket cast is still more awesome :) At least for me.
      But why don't you try, it's free for a week.

      • Allen ‘Gramps’ Sandifer

        Looked a Play Store and didn't see a trial version

    • http://twitter.com/daoster Brian Dao

      Only thing I like more from Pocket Casts is the ability to automatically add downloaded episodes to the Playlist. Can't seem to figure out that option on Beyondpod, where you have to add episodes to playlists manually.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

        BeyondPod has SmartPlay playlists, where you can select in which order you want your Playlist to be created automatically, such as put most 2 episodes of podcast 1, then 1 recent episode of podcast 2, then then then....

        This SmartPlay is really cool, check it...

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I understand hiding easter eggs and experimental features (the kind that really aren't ready for prime-time); both are time-honored traditions and they make sense. Why on earth would you hide away settings that are really good and substantially improve the experience?!?!

  • Mag

    This is why I find beyondpod frustrating, too many options and menus! I just want to listen to my feeds, are there any easy podcast program for this??

    It took me a long time to figure out how to make it download the episodes not just update the feed.. Options within options bleh

    I miss google listen (except the missing sleep timer)

  • helix

    Here is a better way: Menu > More > Settings > Menu > Advanced Settings

  • gooner13

    always used DoggCather...anyone have any comparisons or thoughts on which they prefer? thanks!

  • mpinter

    The new look and features are AWESOME. My favorite, though, is that you can control that it will pause for 2 seconds during notifications so the notification sound doesn't drown out the podcast, and there is a setting where if a phone call interrupts, you can have it go back 5 sec, 15 sec or more to help you remember where you left off when it resumes.

    It also seems to stream podcasts while it is downloading (you can start listening before the download is complete). Is that new? I don't remember it before.

  • manudinovi

    I look for beyondpod for PC : is there something ?

  • JimBob Walton

    When I try moving the episode download location to /mnt/sdcard, it takes it ok and then pops up a message saying to move the BeyondPod directory manually to the sd card. I did this but when ever I start it up again, it recreates the folders on the internal memory.

    Any ideas? I will soon run out of space using internal memory.

  • Khalid

    I got tons of podcasts in my pc that I downloaded via iTunes. I recently bought Galaxy S4 and I downloaded this app. I transferred some of those podcasts to the SD card, but I don't know how to get them played via Beyondpod.

  • Decembermouse

    Holy cow, thank you for posting this! I've been looking for a way to move my podcasts from my internal storage (which is only 8GB, RAZR M) to my 32GB SD card!