About this list

This list, which I’ve maintained since 2002, represents diversity – giving users a chance to find the lesser known podcatchers and podcast software options in addition to the mainstream ones.

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I do NOT support these programs and will not reply to support requests.

[update: June 2020 – list is being flushed and revised – a podcatcher grid is in the works.)

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.

  • @Podder –  A free client designed for the visually impaired. Download files into your MP3 Player or Ipod.
  • Amarok – Open source, cross platform – Windows, MacOS and Linux versions – Lots of language translations
  • Audials – Find, record, download, convert and enjoy music, films, videos and Internet radios everywhere.
  • Clementine – Available for Windows, macOS, Linux.  No video support.  Open source.
  • CPod – A simple, beautiful podcast app for Windows, macOS, Linux
  • gPodder – Basic Features, RSS feads and BitTorrent podcasts
  • HermesPod – 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.
  • icePodder – Cross platform.  Works with Juice.  Macintosh, Windows, Linux versions.
  • iTunes – 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.
  • Juice – (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want
  • Miro – Available for Linux, MacOS, Windows, FreeBSD.  Simple, clean UX.
  • Miro – 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.
  • Replay AV – 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.
  • Ziepod – Ziepod+ is designed to keep you alive with audio and video content automatically retrieved from all over the Internet.
  • XiX – Available for Windows, Linux, macOS.  Has EQ, tagging, online radio playback and even Audio CD Ripping.
  • Pocketcasts – Very powerful cross-platform podcast software –  iOS, Android, macOS, Web, Windows
  • Amarok – Open source, cross platform – Windows, MacOS and Linux versions – Lots of language translations
  • Clementine – Available for Windows, macOS, Linux.  No video support.  Open source.
  • CPod – A simple, beautiful podcast app for Windows, macOS, Linux
  • icePodder – Cross platform.  Works with Juice.  Macintosh, Windows, Linux versions.
  • iTunes – Apple’s heavily commercialized tuner. Works well with iPHone, Nano, Ipod, Shuffle and other Apple products.
  • Juice – (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want [awesome]
  • Miro – Available for Linux, MacOS, Windows, FreeBSD.  Simple, clean UX.
  • Miro – 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.
  • XiX – Available for Windows, Linux, macOS.  Has EQ, tagging, online radio playback and even Audio CD Ripping.
  • Pocketcasts – Very powerful cross-platform podcast software –  iOS, Android, macOS, Web, Windows

MacOS Podcast Production Software

  • SoundStudio3 – record professional sounding Podcasts and other audio dialog. Link is now to Amazon but it is not an affiliate link.
  • Garageband – 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)
  • Clementine – Available for Windows, macOS, LInux.  No video support.  Open source.
  • CPod – A simple, beautiful podcast app for Windows, macOS, Linux
  • gPodder – 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.
  • Guayadeuqu – Open source, lightweight setup – plenty of features.
  • icePodder – Cross platform.  Works with Juice.  Macintosh, Windows, Linux versions.
  • Liferea – Basic Podcast app
  • Miro – Available for Linux, MacOS, Windows, FreeBSD.  Simple, clean UX.
  • PenguinTV – 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.
  • Podracer – 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.
  • Rythmbox – Open Source, Free.  Works with Gnome desktop environment and others.
  • Spotify for Linux – Full featured, free software.  Advertising depends on your account type.
  • VLC Media Player – Review coming
  • Vocal – Substantial Feature set – nice UX
  • XiX – Available for Windows, Linux, macOS.  Has EQ, tagging, online radio playback and even Audio CD Ripping.

Linux Command Line Podcast Software

  • Greg – super lightweight
  • PodFox – Python script for updating podcasts.
  • Podcatcher – Fast, light capable of large, fast downloads.
  • Podbeuter – Text based podcaster for Unix/Linux

IPhone

  • Breaker
  • Castbox – Nicely designed app with recommendations engine.
  • Downcast – iOS, Mac, Carplay and Apple Watch
  • Castro – Full featured iOS podcatcher.  Simple design.
  • Himalaya – big podcast network.  Includes unique “tipping” feature.
  • Luminary
  • Overcast – Free, simple, award-winning podcast player for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
  • Stitcher
  • Spotify

Comments / Updates for this List?