List of podcatchers

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A podcatcher, or podcast client, is a computer program used to download various media via an RSS or XML feed.[1][1][2]

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.

Although the core concepts had been developing since 2000, the first podcast client software was developed in late 2003,[3] and became popular in 2004.[4]

When Apple added podcatching to its iTunes software in June 2005, it almost immediately became the most popular client.[5][6]


The following is a list of noteworthy podcatchers or software with podcatching capability.[nb 1]

Title Description Website License Operating System
Amarok Music player and podcast client website GPL v2 FreeBSD, Linux
Banshee Music player and podcast client website MIT Linux, OS X, Windows
Clementine A cross-platform fork of Amarok website GPL Linux, Windows, OS X
doubleTwist Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support. website Android
Feedbooks Social networking client with support for podcasts. website Windows
iTunes Music and podcaster client website Proprietary Windows, Mac OS X
Juice A cross-platform podcatcher website GPL Windows, Mac OS X
Liferea News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support website GPL Linux
Media Go Similar to iTunes for Sony PlayStation Portable website Proprietary Windows
MediaMonkey Media organizers with integrated podcatcher website Proprietary Windows
Miro An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities website GPL v2 Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
NetNewsWire An RSS and Atom newsreader website Proprietary Mac OS X
NewsFire A news reader and podcast client website Proprietary Mac OS X
Rhythmbox Default music management application for GNOME website GPL v2 Linux
VLC Cross-platform multimedia player and framework website GPL v2 Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Winamp Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts website Proprietary Windows
Zune Similar to iTunes Windows

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  1. ^ A podcatcher is presumed noteworthy if it has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the company and satisfies the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article.


  1. ^ a b Jack D. Herrington (2005). Podcasting Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-0-596-10066-7. 
  2. ^ Bryan O'Sullivan; John Goerzen; Donald Bruce Stewart (15 November 2008). Real World Haskell. O'Reilly Media, Inc. pp. 505–. ISBN 978-0-596-55430-9. 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 ... 
  3. ^ Lon Safko (17 April 2012). The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-1-118-28345-5. 
  4. ^ Jim Macnamara (2010). The 21st Century Media (r)evolution: Emergent Communication Practices. Peter Lang. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-1-4331-0936-2. 
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  6. ^ Linda W. Braun (January 2007). Listen Up!: Podcasting for Schools and Libraries. Information Today, Inc. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-1-57387-304-8. 

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