Driving by the Android Dashboard Lights

IMAG0004This past week my iPod Classic finally bit the dust. I knew this was going to happen as it had been clicking lately which is usually an advanced warning that the hard drive is about to take a dirt nap. While I have used either the mT3G or my G1 for a PMP, I was finally forced to really use it for a primary MP3 player. As you can see in the above picture, I mount it to my windshield with a detachable GPS bracket–so it’s always in a convenient place in my car. Disclaimer: I use/used my iPod and the G1 as a device for listening to podcasts so I won’t be covering too much music use here. While it is more than capable, it just takes some time for setup.

The two apps that helped me out the most here are DoggCatcher and Google Listen.  These are great for downloading podcasts but the reason I use both is that I often listen to gadget podcasts (who knew?). Sometimes they’ll be found on one service and not the other, so I’ll routinely check the RSS feed in both just to make sure I can find it first.  Then I can download podcasts directly to the G1 via WiFi without once having to sync it to a PC.  Take that iTunes!   But if that’s your bag then you can always use doubleTwist and it will recognize your HTC device.  Incidentally, the AndroidGuys podcast was easily found in both DoggCatcher and Google Listen so I encourage you to become a listener if you are not already.

But the killer app here is the often maligned HTC dongle for the miniUSB-to-3.5mm headphone converter.  Anytime I need to pause/resume audio I just click the inline button and do not have to worry about trying to wake the screen back up and find the appropriate control all the while driving in rush hour traffic (which happened often with my old iPod Touch and iPhone).  And speaking of the miniUSB port, I do not have to carry around other power paraphernalia with me just to support my iPod.  I can still use the PC cable and the wall charger that I use with my mT3G.  As we all know, less is more when hitting the open road.

  • racelife

    That’s cool I have the same mount.

    • Chrees

      Who manufactures the mount? It looks like it's able to rotate the phone 90 degrees, and I'd really like to get one!

    • TractorNipples

      I'd like to know who makes that mount too!

    • meister

      I've been looking for a car mount for what feels like forever – this looks very cool! Please let us know where it's from… pretty please?!

  • Everyone needs to check out Beyondpod, I have been using it since the early days. It just keeps getting better, more and more features… very good for listening to podcasts while driving. I haven't tried any other app for this, because it is so feature rich I don't believe I need to, IMHO.

  • Another podcast option: Mediafly Mobile. The app integrates with the Mediafly.com service and syncs across iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and a bunch of other devices (e.g. Roku, Logitech). I use it on both the iPod Touch and my G1, and it works great. The integrated search feature is quite nice (though I wouldn't recommend using it while driving..).

  • Pete

    This just becomes a lot more cool when you have a car stereo with the possibility to stream A2DP directly to it.

    One thing I do miss however is the possibility to either be able to jump to a specific time in the podcast or even better to be able to set a marker in the podcast to be able to resume it when you get the chance continues where you left off (sometimes days later).