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What app do you lover people use? I just switch from a simple feed reader to antennapod, available at , and I am quite happy with it, but especially for searching new podcasts I'd like to know if there is something else you'd recommend.

'Morning fediverse!

@arteteco NOTHING compares to #AntennaPod 😅

I'm using it since long time ago (years?) and it's a very polished/mature app that makes what it has to do with many personalization settings

* choose how/when sync
* when (wifi) and where (external SD) store files
* sync with gpodder (for backup list)

I'm open to suggestions tho 👍

@xosem
Thanks, nice to know I am not the only one to find it so nice!

@arteteco
I currently use PocketCasts. Not FOSS, or even free, but quite good.

@arteteco I switched from an iOS podcast-feedreader to AntennaPod. Beside the missing adaptable speed it is the best pod-app i ever had. It is no problem to feed real RSS-feeds into it (like custom made collections people share via rss). And you have 3 pretty standard search options for podcasts.

@syndikalista @arteteco AntennaPod supports adapting playback speed. There's a button for that in the player activity.

@arteteco I've been very very happy with Pocket Casts.

Kinda perfect actually; exactly what i want out of a podcast app.

@arteteco

pro tip: turn youtube channels into podcasts using a service such as podsync.net (someone know any floss alternative?) and watch your favourite #youtube channels in antenna pod, just like a #podcast.

@uniq hi, well youtube offers rss feed, so you don't really need any tool to make a feed out of a channel.

For example, the feed for BBC Earth is

youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?c

@arteteco those are not podcast feeds, just RSS feeds containing links to youtubes website.

A podcast feed on the other hand has direct links to audio/video files. So pod-catchers can play the media content in a local madiaplayer app. eg antennapods built in video player.

@uniq
I see what you mean. I have youtube links to automatically play audio in background using newpipe, I really just have to press the link button and it plays, that's why I didn't catch the big difference.

@arteteco Oh that's great, no closed services involved there.

I frequently ride public transportation/longboard thuo. Downloading videos in advance and watching/listening them while being offline grew pretty dear to me.

@uniq if you can go on and have one tap more for the "Download audio" button in newpipe you are all set :)

But I can see how having a more integrated way of proceeding can be useful, sure thing.

@arteteco I've been using Poscast Addict for a few years now, haven't looked at alternatives in a while. It seems to have all the same features that reviewers like in podcast addict, and I haven't had any issues at all with playback it finding new podcasts or anything.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***