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][2][3]

While podcatchers are best known for downloading podcasts (generally audio files in MP3 format or similar), many are also capable of downloading video, newsfeeds, text, and pictures. Some of these 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 core concepts had been developing since 2000, the first commercial podcast client software was developed in 2001,[4] and podcasting became popular in 2004.[5]

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


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

Title Description License Latest release date Operating system
Amarok Music player and podcast client GPL v2 August 16, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-08-16) FreeBSD, Linux
AntennaPod Podcast manager for Android MIT February 12, 2020; 5 months ago (2020-02-12) Android
Banshee Music player and podcast client MIT March 18, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-03-18) Linux, macOS, Windows
Clementine A cross-platform fork of Amarok GPL April 19, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-04-19) Linux, Windows, macOS
doubleTwist Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support. March 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03) Android
Feedbooks Social networking client with support for podcasts. April 2014; 6 years ago (2014-04) Windows
Foobar2000 Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher component Donationware April 7, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-04-07) Windows
Google Podcasts Proprietary Android
gPodder [fr][7][8][9][10] Simple, open source podcast client written in Python GPL 3 April 15, 2020; 3 months ago (2020-04-15) Windows, Linux, macOS and others
iTunes Music and podcaster client Proprietary March 25, 2019; 16 months ago (2019-03-25) Windows, macOS
Juice[11][12] A cross-platform podcatcher (discontinued) GPL July 18, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-07-18) Windows, macOS
Liferea[13] News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support GPL December 27, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-12-27) Linux
Media Go Similar to iTunes for Sony PlayStation Portable Proprietary Windows
MediaMonkey Media organizers with integrated podcatcher Proprietary February 26, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-02-26) Windows
Miro An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (discontinued) GPL v2 April 16, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-04-16) Windows, Linux, macOS
MusicBee Music player with integrated podcatcher Proprietary March 10, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-03-10) Windows
NetNewsWire An RSS and Atom newsreader Proprietary macOS, iOS
NewsFire A news reader and podcast client for MacOS X. There is no option for independent download Proprietary macOS
Overcast[14] A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone Proprietary July 21, 2019; 12 months ago (2019-07-21) iOS, watchOS
Pocket Casts[15][16] A cross-platform podcast client Proprietary May 16, 2019; 14 months ago (2019-05-16) iOS, Android, watchOS, Windows, macOS and Web
Podwalk A podcast client for location-specific podcasts. Proprietary February 1, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-02-01) iOS
Radio UserLand A blogging tool and RSS newsreader Proprietary September 6, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-09-06) Windows, classic Mac OS, macOS
Rhythmbox Default music management application for GNOME GPL v2 September 10, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-09-10) Linux
Spotify[17] (Podcasts not yet available for most formats) A commercial music streaming service with podcast support Proprietary Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, macOS, Sony PlayStation, and Web
Stitcher Radio station and podcast client Proprietary Android, iOS, Web
VLC[18] Cross-platform multimedia player and framework, includes a podcast subscription feature GPL v2 January 10, 2019; 18 months ago (2019-01-10) Windows, Linux, macOS
Winamp Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts Proprietary December 12, 2013; 6 years ago (2013-12-12) Windows
Zune Microsoft Media player officially discontinued in June 2012 Proprietary April 12, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-04-12) Windows

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Herrington, Jack D. (2005). Podcasting Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-596-10066-7.
  2. ^ Herrington, Jack D. (2005). Podcasting Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-596-10066-7.
  3. ^ O'Sullivan, Bryan; Goerzen, John; Stewart, Donald Bruce (15 November 2008). Real World Haskell. O'Reilly Media, Inc. p. 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 ...
  4. ^ Ciccarelli, Stephanie. "History of Podcasting". Interactive Voices, Inc. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ Macnamara, Jim (2010). The 21st Century Media (r)evolution: Emergent Communication Practices. Lang, Peter. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4331-0936-2.
  6. ^ Braun, Linda W. (January 2007). Listen Up!: Podcasting for Schools and Libraries. Information Today, Inc. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-57387-304-8.
  7. ^ "gPodder – A Full Featured Podcast Client for Linux". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  8. ^ "FLOSS Weekly 272 gPodder - TWiT.TV". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Find And Listen To Your Favourite Podcasts Using Linux". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "gPodder Project Page". Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  11. ^ "CastPodder - A Linux podcast agregrator". 2006-03-02. Archived from the original on 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  12. ^ "IcePodder Podcatcher/RSS client". SourceForge. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Liferea - the Free News Aggregator on your Linux desktop". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. ^ Summers, Nick. "Meet Overcast, a new iPhone podcast app from Instapaper founder Marco Arment". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. ^ Pierce, David. "Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs". Wired. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  16. ^ Welch, Chris. "One of the best podcast apps, Pocket Casts, just got a big redesign". The Verge. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Say hello to the most entertaining Spotify ever". Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  18. ^ "VLC subscribe to podcasts". 13 June 2015.

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