While podcatchers are most known for downloading podcasts (generally audio files in MP3 format), many are also capable of downloading video, newsfeeds, text, and pictures. Some podcatchers can also automate the transfer of received audio files to a portable media player. Although many include a directory of high-profile podcasts, they generally allow users to manually subscribe directly to a feed by providing the URL.
The following is a list of noteworthy podcatchers or software with podcatching capability.[nb 1]
|Title||Description||Website||License||Latest Release Date||Operating System|
|Amarok||Music player and podcast client||website||GPL v2||August 16, 2015||FreeBSD, Linux|
|AntennaPod||Podcast manager for Android||website||MIT||March 11, 2018||Android|
|Banshee||Music player and podcast client||website||MIT||March 18, 2014||Linux, macOS, Windows|
|Castbox||A Podcast client||website||iOS & Android|
|Clementine||A cross-platform fork of Amarok||website||GPL||April 19, 2016||Linux, Windows, macOS|
|doubleTwist||Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support.||website||March 2007||Android|
|Feedbooks||Social networking client with support for podcasts.||website||April 2014||Windows|
|Foobar2000||Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher component||Podcatcher Component||Donationware||April 7, 2017||Windows|
|gPodder||simple, open source podcast client written in Python||website||GPL 3||February 19, 2018||Windows, Linux, macOS and others|
|iTunes||Music and podcaster client||website||Proprietary||March 21, 2017||Windows, macOS|
|iVoox||Podcaster client and hosting platform for podcasts||website||Proprietary||iOS & Android|
|Juice||A cross-platform podcatcher (discontinued)||website||GPL||July 18, 2006||Windows, macOS|
|Liferea||News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support||website||GPL||December 27, 2016||Linux|
|Media Go||Similar to iTunes for Sony PlayStation Portable||website||Proprietary||Windows|
|MediaMonkey||Media organizers with integrated podcatcher||website||Proprietary||February 26, 2017||Windows|
|Miro||An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (discontinued)||website||GPL v2||April 16, 2013||Windows, Linux, macOS|
|MusicBee||Music player with integrated podcatcher||website||Proprietary||March 10, 2017||Windows|
|NetNewsWire||An RSS and Atom newsreader||website||Proprietary||macOS|
|NewsFire||A news reader and podcast client for MacOS X. There is no option for independent download||website||Proprietary||macOS|
|Overcast||A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone||website||Proprietary||April 21, 2017||iOS, watchOS|
|RadioPublic||Free podcast app for iPhone, Android and web||website||Proprietary||October 13, 2017;||Android, iOS, Web|
|Pocket Casts||Podcast app for Android, iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch; and as a webclient.||website||Proprietary||September 14, 2017||Android, iOS, WatchOS, Web|
|Podcast Addict||Manage all your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube & Twitch channels, Audiobooks and News feeds from your Android device||website||Proprietary||January 10, 2013||Android|
|Podit||A good free and intuitive podcast player for Windows 10||website||Proprietary||November 24, 2017||Windows 10|
|Podparadise||A podcast client for listening and subscribing to podcasts online||website||October 1, 2016||iOS, Windows, Linux|
|PodSilo by MollieSoft||A podcast client for subscribing to RSS feeds. Download episodes manually or on a time schedule. Manages disk space used by the downloaded episodes.||website||July 12, 2017||Windows|
|Podwalk||A podcast client for location-specific podcasts.||website||Proprietary||February 1, 2017||iOS|
|Radio UserLand||A blogging tool and RSS newsreader||website||Proprietary||September 6, 2005||Windows, classic Mac OS, macOS|
|Rhythmbox||Default music management application for GNOME||website||GPL v2||September 10, 2016||Linux|
|Spotify||(Podcasts not yet available for most formats) A commercial music streaming service with podcast support||website||Proprietary||Windows, Symbian, Windows Phone, Linux, BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, macOS, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Web|
|Stitcher||Radio station and podcast client||website||Proprietary||Android, iOS, Web|
|VLC ||Cross-platform multimedia player and framework||website||GPL v2||February 24, 2017||Windows, Linux, macOS|
|Winamp||Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts||website||Proprietary||December 12, 2013||Windows|
|Zune||Microsoft Media player officially discontinued in June 2012||Proprietary||April 12, 2010||Windows|
The idea of a podcatcher is simple. It is given a list of URLs to process. Downloading each of these URLs results in an XML file in the RSS format. Inside this ...
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