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List of podcatchers

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 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 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; 3 years ago (2015-08-16) FreeBSD, Linux
AntennaPod Podcast manager for Android MIT March 11, 2018; 9 months ago (2018-03-11) Android
Banshee Music player and podcast client MIT March 18, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-03-18) Linux, macOS, Windows
Clementine A cross-platform fork of Amarok GPL April 19, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-04-19) Linux, Windows, macOS
doubleTwist Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support. March 2007; 11 years ago (2007-03) Android
Feedbooks Social networking client with support for podcasts. April 2014; 4 years ago (2014-04) Windows
Foobar2000 Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher component Donationware April 7, 2017; 19 months ago (2017-04-07) Windows
gPodder [fr][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] simple, open source podcast client written in Python GPL 3 February 19, 2018; 9 months ago (2018-02-19) Windows, Linux, macOS and others
iTunes Music and podcaster client Proprietary March 21, 2017; 20 months ago (2017-03-21) Windows, macOS
Juice[15][16][17][18] A cross-platform podcatcher (discontinued) GPL July 18, 2006; 12 years ago (2006-07-18) Windows, macOS
Liferea[19] News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support GPL December 27, 2016; 23 months 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; 21 months ago (2017-02-26) Windows
Miro An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (discontinued) GPL v2 April 16, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-04-16) Windows, Linux, macOS
MusicBee Music player with integrated podcatcher Proprietary March 10, 2017; 20 months ago (2017-03-10) Windows
NetNewsWire An RSS and Atom newsreader Proprietary macOS
NewsFire A news reader and podcast client for MacOS X. There is no option for independent download Proprietary macOS
Overcast[20] A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone Proprietary April 21, 2017; 19 months ago (2017-04-21) iOS, watchOS
Podwalk A podcast client for location-specific podcasts. Proprietary February 1, 2017; 22 months ago (2017-02-01) iOS
Radio UserLand A blogging tool and RSS newsreader Proprietary September 6, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-09-06) Windows, classic Mac OS, macOS
Rhythmbox Default music management application for GNOME GPL v2 September 10, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-09-10) Linux
Spotify[21] (Podcasts not yet available for most formats) A commercial music streaming service with podcast support 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 Proprietary Android, iOS, Web
VLC[22] Cross-platform multimedia player and framework GPL v2 February 24, 2017; 21 months ago (2017-02-24) Windows, Linux, macOS
Winamp Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts Proprietary December 12, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-12-12) Windows
Zune Microsoft Media player officially discontinued in June 2012 Proprietary April 12, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-04-12) Windows

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "The gPodder User Manual". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Archiv:GPodder Meetup – Metalab". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  11. ^ "gPodder's no plodder when it comes to podcasts". - The source for Linux information. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Find And Listen To Your Favourite Podcasts Using Linux". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Clients — documentation". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. ^ Negus, Christopher (3 June 2010). "Linux Bible 2010 Edition: Boot Up to Ubuntu, Fedora, KNOPPIX, Debian, openSUSE, and 13 Other Distributions". John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved 9 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "IcePodder Podcatcher/RSS client". SourceForge. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Liferea - the Free News Aggregator on your Linux desktop". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  20. ^ Summers, Nick. "Meet Overcast, a new iPhone podcast app from Instapaper founder Marco Arment". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Say hello to the most entertaining Spotify ever". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  22. ^ "VLC subscribe to podcasts". 13 June 2015.

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