Remember the current episode position
If I can't listen an entire episode, I would like to just close the window and then reopen it in a later time, resuming the episode I was listening to.
Satellite BR commented
+1 for syncing position between devices!
Phil Peartree commented
I'd very much like this, and syncing position between devices!
Robert Gerhart commented
... and sync position among devices please.
Richard Ogden commented
Yep! No brainer
Chris Lacy commented
I'd gladly pay for the app/web to sync position. Only thing keeping me with Pocket Casts on my androids.
We launched this a couple weeks ago with Player FM 1.1 on Android. I'll leave this open as it should work on the web too.
Just an update - this is coming to Android soon!
Thanks for your comments.
David - a listening queue or "save for later" feature is definitely something I want to, especially after search was introduced. I first need to introduce a playlist feature, which it would be built on, and also the "already listened" feature mentioned by Nathan and Matt in order to make it useful.
I've been working on the Android app recently and once it's ready and stabilised, these are the kinds of features I plan to introduce.
Just to +1 the already listened feature, it would be great if the user stream could exclude podcasts I have already heard, would get me deeper into the back log when I do take a listen :)
Wondering if this should really be a different idea in here...
David Eckersley commented
Just adding on from Matt's comment, I'd like a playlist style function that allows me to list and play through new (un-played) podcasts in chronological order (i.e. oldest first) that effectively helps me keep track of what I've already listened to and what I should be listening to next (to help keep everything in the released ordered). This would obviously rely on a 'finished listening' flag and would be enhanced by current play back position tracking.
Hope you can squeeze this functionality in sometime soon.
Also, making this data available via the api and taking updates from third party players would be pretty cool also.
Interesting that this isn't a feature - it's essentially the only reason I'd use an app like this, and was the reason I sought it out.
Andrea - on current episode position, I did some work a while ago to improve the streaming experience, but unfortunately a lot of podcasts still take a long time to jump to a deep position in the MP3, because the servers don't support "random access", ie browser has to load up everything until that point. It needs some more experimentation, but this is the biggest challenge for re-opening to a certain point. The buffering time could be a minute or longer in some cases.
Matt - Agree this is certainly valuable. The challenge here is I'd really like to get this right by syncing this in the cloud, but I might just experiment with a local storage version initially (which would work only on one browser). I have to complete some other work right now around channel curation, as we're making it easy to find local content, but I will look at doing some experimenting with play tracking after that.
Matt Henkel commented
Once a podcast has been played I'd also like to see it flagged as such (and playback should skip those tracks unless they're specifically selected to be played).