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BeyondPod gets stuck on "Preparing Stream" or "Connecting to..." when trying to start playback
Posted by Dev Support on 17 November 2011 09:16 AM

"Preparing stream", message indicates that the player is trying to access the podcast (audio) stream from either internet or local SD card folder. Usually, if the episode is already downloaded, this access is instantaneous, but if for some reason reading fails (for example if the SD card has errors) it my get stuck on that phase. 

If you encounter this issue with downloaded episodes, this is most likely caused by problems with the SD card itself - some cards tend to get corrupted over time and fail when you try to read from them.

In this case, the general solution is to (in this order):

1. Try restarting the phone  When phone is restarted,  at boot time, Android runs automatic SD card check and that check often fixes the corrupted portions of the SD card.
2. If this does not work, connect the phone to a PC, mount the card as an USB drive, copy all files from the card to a folder on your PC, reformat the card and copy the files back (this is 
3. Try different SD card (beware that there are many "fake", low quality SD cards, so make sure you get one purchased from a reputable source). Copy all files from the old SD card to the new one.
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