Best Podcast Software List

A list by Scott Clark

Podcast Software Directory (Since 2002!)

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Software for use in grabbing your favorite news, music, and other programs or producing your own. This list is organized around platforms, so some will work with smartphone OS, tablets, MP3 Players, iPods, Iphone. Other players allow you to simply subscribe and listen with your web browser and are ideal for times when you're using a computer other than your own, etc.

Choose Platform:

Windows Podcast Software

Macintosh Podcast Software

Linux Podcast Software

Smartphone Podcatcher software (apps and widgets) (pocket devices)

iPad and Tablet Podcasting software (tablets, etc.)

Cloud / Browser Based Podcasting Software

News about this list:

I'm also adding are software for producing and publishing podcasts, especially on tablet and browsers. If you see any broken links, or any defunct software, please do drop me a line.

I want this list to remain fresh. I know this list looks a bit janky and is not mobile friendly - but I'll be fixing that soon!

I do not provide support. This is just a directory. Please let me know if any of these programs proves problematic.

Windows Podcast Software

Name Type Intro
@Podder Catcher A free client designed for the visually impaired. Download files into your MP3 Player or Ipod.
Audials Catcher

Find, record, download, convert and enjoy music, films, videos and Internet radios everywhere.

iTunes Catcher Apple's heavily commercialized tuner. Works well with iPhone, ipod shuffle, ipod nano, and regular ipod or ipod video. Iphone and ITouch users can download podcasts directly to the device via Wifi and, if the podcast is <10mb, via 3G network.
gPodder Catcher Basic Features, RSS feads and BitTorrent podcasts
Happy Fish Catcher Requires Itunes.  HappyFish is an RSS reader that can also download RSS enclosures (podcasts, mp3's, videos, pics, apps, whatever) to your computer
HermesPod Catcher The Free HermesPod is a simplified podcatcher that offers a diliberately reduced feature set in favor of simplicity. Compatible with the "iTunes Music Transfer" and the "USB mass storage" protocols. Supports feed autodiscovery.
Juice  Catcher (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want [awesome]
MediaMonkey Catcher MediaMonkey catalogs CDs, AAC, OGG, WMA, FLAC, MP3 and other audio files such as audiobooks, podcasts, etc. It includes a CD ripper, CD/DVD Burner, and converter for saving music. It syncs tracks, playlists, and podcasts to portable audio devices such as iPhones, iPods, MP3 Phones, and other devices, and supports hundreds of scripts, plug-ins and visualizations to extend its functionality further.
Miro Catcher Miro recently introduced a multi-platform podcast support to its cool Miro Internet TV Software. The new setup has added an audio podcasts section to the software and a section for audio in the library.
NewzCrawler Catcher NewzCrawler is a rss/atom reader, news aggregator, browser and blog client for Windows which provides access to news content from various sources
Primetime Catcher Automated download scheduling, integrated media consumption, catch-up ability, sortable media library, bookmarking support, and integrated podcast directory from Podcast Alley.
RCFeedme Catcher Basic interface, not really designed for use with portable devices. Not an RSS reader.
Replay AV Catcher for Streaming Internet Radio Replay AV makes it easy to automatically record your favorite radio shows, so you can listen wherever and whenever you like. Recordings can be automatically transferred to your iPod or other MP3 Player, burned to a CD, or you can just listen on your PC. It's incredibly convenient.
Yamipod Catcher Freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Has an RSS/Podcast to iPod feature.
Ziepod Catcher Ziepod+ is designed to keep you alive with audio and video content automatically retrieved from all over the Internet.

iPod is a brand of portable digital media player designed and marketed by Apple Computer with simple user interface designed around a central scroll wheel. Most iPod models store media on a hard drive, while the smaller iPods use flash memory.

Macintosh Podcast Software

Name Type Intro
iTunes Catcher Apple's heavily commercialized tuner. Works well with iPHone, Nano, Ipod, Shuffle and other Apple products.
Juice Catcher (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want [awesome]
Playpod Catcher  designed exclusively for Mac OS X.
Yamipod Catcher  freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
Miro Catcher Miro recently introduced a multi-platform podcast support to its cool Miro Internet TV Software. The new setup has added an audio podcasts section to the software and a section for audio in the library.
Podcaster 4 Catcher Well-designed software with many features.
Podcast Producer 2 Producer Apple has released Podcast Producer 2 as a part of Snow Leopard Server. It's an end-to-end solution for encoding, publishing and uploading podcasts. Looks awesome.
Ubercaster Producer An end to end producing application for Macintosh. Has cool Skype connection for phone conversations/interviews and lots of great library management functions.
SoundStudio3 Producer record professional sounding Podcasts and other audio dialog. Link is now to Amazon but it is not an affiliate link.
Garageband Recording Tool Not really a full-end-to-end podcast software, but it's so good I'm including it for the recording capabilities. Full featured recording studio software that can do a bang-up job on voice podcasts, too. You'll need to do your own publishing/rss. (see also iPad version below)

Linux Podcast Software

Name Type Intro
BPConf Catcher BPConf is a simple KDE configuration frontend for BashPodder by Linc Fessenden. BPConf contains BashPodder so you don't require anything else.
CastPodder Catcher Now morphed into Icepodder below
gPodder Catcher gPodder is a Podcast receiver/catcher written in Python, using GTK. It manages podcast feeds for you and automatically downloads all podcasts from as many feeds as you like.
Icepodder Catcher IcePodder is a podcatcher (RSS client) for Linux conceived as a replacement for CastPodder.  IcePodder is written in python, and requires python 2.4 or later, and pyGTK.  The goal of this project is to provide Linux users with a dedicated client to download podcasts, with an emphasis on reliability and stability.
Liferea Catcher Liferea is an aggregator for online news feeds. There are many other news readers available, but these others are not available for Linux or require many extra libraries to be installed. Liferea tries to fill this gap by creating a fast, easy to use, easy to install news aggregator for GTK/GNOME. This is more complex than most, but has more configurability and power.
Miro Catcher Miro recently introduced a multi-platform podcast support to its cool Miro Internet TV Software. The new setup has added an audio podcasts section to the software and a section for audio in the library.
Peapod Catcher Peapod is a powerful and easy to use command-line tool for downloading podcasts. It’s written in Python and uses Mark Pilgrim’s excellent feedparser library to understand atom and RSS feeds. While Peapod has primarily been developed on linux it should work on any unix-like operating system.
PenguinTV Catcher PenguinTV is not just another RSS feed reader. It is designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with podcasts and video blogs, allowing you to easily enjoy the audio, music, and video published around the web in RSS format.
PodGrid Catcher  personal internet radio news receiver, receiver.
Podracer Catcher Podracer is a podcast downloader. It takes a file with the URLs to all your podcast rss feeds and goes and gets the mp3s and stores them in a specified location. It is a BASH script with an internal BitTorrent downloader written in Python.
Rhythmbox Catcher Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.
StreamTuned Catcher StreamTuned plays and records audio and video streams using mplayer as backend. It also reads stream url's and related information from playlists, webpages or XML/RSS feeds. Streamtuned can act as Podcast client and allows for local and remote (webservice) access to the repositories containing your stream url's.
Straw Catcher Straw is a feed reader aimed for users using the GNOME desktop. You subscribe to news, blogs, and podcast feeds and read the feeds in the comfort of your desktop, with or without online access.
Yamipod Catcher YamiPod is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation. Take a look at the feature list to find out what it can do and feel free to suggest anything that might be missing.

Smartphone Podcast Software (Android, iOS, Windows Mobile)

Note: with the explosion of widgets for Android, I have likely missed some good ones. But I'm trying them all out as fast as I can. Your suggestions are welcome!

Cinch iOS / Android Producer Impressive app aimed at corporate webcasts and podcasts. Tied into conference recording approach. Cinchcast enables you to cost-effectively enhance internal and external communications. With Cinchcast’s integrated webcasting and conferencing solution, you can easily host a town hall, departmental meeting or live corporate event at a fraction of the cost of traditional conferencing or alternative web event solutions.
Apple Podcast App iOS / iPad Catcher Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 
AudioBoo iOS /Android Producer Podcast publisher for iPhone / Android - 5 minute limit perplexes me.
BeyondPod Android/Win Catcher

Free trial. Big directory of shows.

DoggCatcher Android Catcher Supports audio and video podcasts - variable speed playback and more features. Paid app.
Downcast iOS Catcher Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes. Background enabled, smart playlists and variable retention times.
Google Listen Android Catcher this has been killed by Google.
Instacast iOS Catcher One of my favorites. Cool iOs catcher looks through your device to find podcasts and auto detects wifi... $1.99 and worth every penny. Background play supported.
iTunes iOS Catcher Iphone and ITouch users can download podcasts directly to the device via Wifi. IPhone/Iphone3g/s can also download over 3G network if the podcast is <10mb.
Pocket Casts Android Catcher This widget based podcatcher provides sophisticated syncing support, smart playlists, variable speed playback and backup.
Podcast Player Android Catcher Very simple, free software - Minimalist. Has a neat "skip forward" feature that you can adjust (rather than the usual 30 seconds, etc.)
PodTrapper Blackberry, Android Catcher Allows you to leave the iPhone at home. A very basic podcatcher. Nothing fancy, but does the trick. It grabs new podcasts over Wi-Fi or Cell network. A bit dated looking.
Podkicker Pro Android Catcher Developed by a Sweedish developer, this popular player plays video and audio - has a search engine.
Stitcher iOS, Android, Blackberry, Palm Catcher One of my favorites. Feature allows you to listen off-line by only connecting occasionally to the network, making this great for those of us using planes and subways occasionally. Nice features for organizing podcasts, sharing and more.
Podkicker Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
BeyondPod Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
IPP Podcast Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
OneCast Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
Podcast HD Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
Podcast Addict Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.
RSS Deamon Android Catcher Info Coming Soon, not yet tested, listed because user reviews are strong.

Browser Podcast Software

HuffDuffer Web Browser Producer

Have you ever wanted to put together a podcast of audio files that you’ve discovered on the web? That's what this is about. You just point to the files you want and it does the RSS grunt work.

PodShifter

Web Browser Catcher

Voice podcasts can be sped up, much like the iPhone/iPod Touch Allow. Nice for news podcasts. A great tool for PC-based listening without hassles. Nice for busy people.

AudioBoo Web Producer Podcast publisher for the web (as well as iPhone and Android)- 5 minute limit perplexes me. Apparently the limit is on the free version only? discussion
PodcastPeople Web Browser Producer, Analytics, Ad Engine Audio, Video, Photos and Blog Posts from a single website.
Soundcloud Web Browser Sharing Software Create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family. Includes how-to guide to podcast using this setup

Tablet Podcast Software

(only those with no viable (ur substandard) smartphone version... this list may go away)

Garage Band for iPad iOS Producer

Record awesome voice podcasts with the built-in mic on the iPad and master multiple tracks. This is a sound producer only, this does not provide what you'll need to publish your podcast and RSS feed. Note tutorials also, as well as this article.

Publising from GarageBand to iTunes Tutorial

Another tutorial for producing podcasts with Garageband