List of podcatchers
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 following is a list of noteworthy podcatchers or software with podcatching capability.[nb 1]
|Title||Description||License||Latest update||Operating system|
|Amarok||Music player and podcast client||GPL||7 March 2018||FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows|
|AntennaPod||Podcast manager for Android||MIT||13 December 2020||Android|
|Apple Podcasts||Official Apple podcast software||Proprietary||7 October 2019||iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS|
|Castbox||A podcast distribution network and player||Proprietary||22 December 2020||Android, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS|
|Clementine||A cross-platform fork of Amarok||GPL||19 April 2016||Linux, macOS, Windows|
|CPod||A multi-platform desktop podcast player||Apache||6 April 2019||Linux, macOS, Windows|
|doubleTwist||Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support.||Proprietary||11 September 2020||Android|
|Escapepod||A simple, lightweight minimalistic podcast app||MIT||7 October 2020||Android|
|Foobar2000||Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher component||Donationware||22 October 2020||Android, iOS, macOS, Windows|
|Google Podcasts||Official Google podcast software||Proprietary||4 December 2020||Android, iOS|
|gPodder||Simple, open source podcast client written in Python using GTK+||GPL||23 November 2020||FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Sailfish OS, Windows|
|Hypercatcher||An interactive podcast app||Proprietary||20 December 2020||iOS|
|iTunes||Music and podcaster client||Proprietary||25 March 2019||macOS, Windows|
|Liferea||News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support||GPL||28 August 2020||FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris|
|MediaMonkey||Media organizers with integrated podcatcher||Proprietary||5 October 2020||Android, Windows|
|MusicBee||Music player with integrated podcatcher||Proprietary||7 July 2020||Windows|
|NetNewsWire||An RSS and Atom newsreader||MIT||10 November 2020||iOS, macOS|
|Overcast||A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone||Proprietary||13 October 2020||iOS, iPadOS, watchOS|
|Player FM||A podcast discovery and offline player||Proprietary||21 December 2020||Android, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, Web|
|Pocket Casts||A cross-platform podcast client||Proprietary||13 December 2020||Android, iOS, macOS, watchOS, Web, Windows|
|Podcast Addict||Android podcast, audiobook and radio app||Proprietary||8 December 2020||Android|
|Podcast Guru||A mobile and web podcast player||Proprietary||9 December 2020||Android, Web|
|Poddr||A free desktop podcast player||GPL||23 May 2019||Linux, macOS, Windows|
|Podfriend||A desktop and browser podcast player||Proprietary||6 December 2020||Web, Windows|
|Rhythmbox||Default music management application for GNOME||GPL||4 January 2020||Linux|
|Stitcher||Radio station and podcast client||Proprietary||18 December 2020||Android, iOS, iPadOS, Web|
|Trebble||A free mobile application podcast client||Proprietary||22 January 2021||Android, iOS, iPadOS, Web|
|VLC||Cross-platform multimedia player and framework, includes a podcast subscription feature||GPL||16 May 2020||Linux, macOS, Windows|
|Winamp||Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts||Proprietary||19 October 2018||Windows|
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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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