I have a HTC Desire HD running stock 2.2

When using the HTC supplied headphones, the play/pause/nav controls only work with Meridian. I don't remember explicitly setting it up as such, although I may have missed it. I'd like to be able to use them with BeyondPod instead, as I'm about 10x more likely to be listening to a podcast than music.

Is there a way to change the default app for these buttons?

  • Similar problem but with different music apps android.stackexchange.com/questions/5994/… are there any similar options in Meridian?
    – GAThrawn
    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:56
  • So I had this page open on another tab for ages before I saw I hadn't saved the comment. Probably would've been more helpful before you found the answer yourself!
    – GAThrawn
    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:58

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A bit more playing around led me to a (if not THE) solution. I found an "enable headset buttons" check box in Meridian, which prompted me to dig further into BeyondPod, where a found a similar setting.

Everything works as I'd like now.

I've since gone back and checked a couple of things though, which are not quite as I expected. I thought if you re-enabled the controls within one app, it might disable the other. This isn't quite what happened. When I re-enabled Meridian, it responded to the controls, although BeyondPod still showed it as supposedly responding, which it didn't. Once I'd disabled Meridian again, I had to go back into BeyondPod, disable and re-enable it's control in order to have it respond again.

My main gripe was that if I were listening a podcast, and bumped the headphone controls, the music would start playing over the top of my podcast audio. While it may be a cute multi-tasking demo, it's not a particularly practical use of this feature, IMH(BC)O.

  • To clarify: You disabled Meridian from receiving headset actions, and enabled BeyondPod. And you're now using your headset to only control BeyondPod, not both Meridian and BeyondPod? Sep 19, 2011 at 8:33
  • Yes, that's correct.
    – John T
    Nov 28, 2011 at 11:37

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