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 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[7][8][9][10] 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[11] 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[12] 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[13][14] 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[15] 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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  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. ^ "Liferea - the Free News Aggregator on your Linux desktop". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  12. ^ Summers, Nick. "Meet Overcast, a new iPhone podcast app from Instapaper founder Marco Arment". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  13. ^ Pierce, David. "Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs". Wired. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  14. ^ Welch, Chris. "One of the best podcast apps, Pocket Casts, just got a big redesign". The Verge. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  15. ^ "VLC subscribe to podcasts". 13 June 2015.

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