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]

TitleDescriptionWebsiteLicense Latest release dateOperating system
AmarokMusic player and podcast clientwebsiteGPL v2 August 16, 2015 FreeBSD, Linux
AntennaPodPodcast manager for AndroidwebsiteMIT March 11, 2018 Android
BansheeMusic player and podcast clientwebsiteMIT March 18, 2014 Linux, macOS, Windows
ClementineA cross-platform fork of AmarokwebsiteGPL April 19, 2016 Linux, Windows, macOS
doubleTwistAndroid music player with podcast directory and podcast March 2007 Android
FeedbooksSocial networking client with support for April 2014 Windows
Foobar2000Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher componentPodcatcher ComponentDonationware April 7, 2017 Windows
gPodder[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]simple, open source podcast client written in PythonwebsiteGPL 3 February 19, 2018 Windows, Linux, macOS and others
ICNDJA podcast client for streaming and subscribing to podcasts onlinewebsite July 1, 2015 iOS, Windows, Linux
iTunesMusic and podcaster clientwebsiteProprietary March 21, 2017 Windows, macOS
iVooxPodcaster client and hosting platform for podcastswebsiteProprietary iOS & Android
Juice[17][18][19][20]A cross-platform podcatcher (discontinued)websiteGPL July 18, 2006Windows, macOS
Liferea[21]News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast supportwebsiteGPL December 27, 2016 Linux
Mallongigisimple, open source podcast client based on JREwebsiteAugust 10, 2018Windows, Linux, macOS
Media GoSimilar to iTunes for Sony PlayStation PortablewebsiteProprietary Windows
MediaMonkeyMedia organizers with integrated podcatcherwebsiteProprietary February 26, 2017 Windows
MiroAn integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (discontinued)websiteGPL v2 April 16, 2013 Windows, Linux, macOS
MusicBeeMusic player with integrated podcatcherwebsiteProprietary March 10, 2017 Windows
NetNewsWireAn RSS and Atom newsreaderwebsiteProprietary macOS
NewsFireA news reader and podcast client for MacOS X. There is no option for independent downloadwebsiteProprietary macOS
Overcast[22]A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhonewebsiteProprietary April 21, 2017 iOS, watchOS
RadioPublic Free podcast app for iPhone, Android and web website Proprietary October 13, 2017; Android, iOS, Web
Pcd simple, open source podcatcher written in Go website GPLv3 August 29, 2018; Linux, macOS, Windows
Pocket Casts Podcast app for Android, iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch; and as a webclient.[23] website Proprietary September 14, 2017 Android, iOS, WatchOS, Web
Podcast AddictManage all your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube & Twitch channels, Audiobooks and News feeds from your Android device website Proprietary January 10, 2013 Android
PoditA good free and intuitive podcast player for Windows 10 website Proprietary November 24, 2017 Windows 10
PodparadiseA podcast client for listening and subscribing to podcasts onlinewebsite October 1, 2016 iOS, Windows, Linux
PodSilo by MollieSoftA podcast client for subscribing to RSS feeds. Download episodes manually or on a time schedule. Manages disk space used by the downloaded July 12, 2017 Windows
PodwalkA podcast client for location-specific podcasts.websiteProprietary February 1, 2017 iOS
Radio UserLandA blogging tool and RSS newsreaderwebsiteProprietary September 6, 2005Windows, classic Mac OS, macOS
RhythmboxDefault music management application for GNOMEwebsiteGPL v2 September 10, 2016 Linux
Spotify[24] (Podcasts not yet available for most formats) A commercial music streaming service with podcast support website Proprietary Windows, Symbian, Windows Phone, Linux, BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, macOS, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Web
StitcherRadio station and podcast clientwebsiteProprietary Android, iOS, Web
VLC [25]Cross-platform multimedia player and frameworkwebsiteGPL v2 February 24, 2017 Windows, Linux, macOS
Wear CastsWorld's first standalone podcast player for Wear OSwebsiteProprietary August 25, 2017 Wear OS
WinampCommercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcastswebsiteProprietary December 12, 2013 Windows
ZuneMicrosoft Media player officially discontinued in June 2012Proprietary April 12, 2010 Windows

See also


  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. " — discover and track your podcasts". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. "Clients — documentation". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  15. "gPodder Downloads". SourceForge. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  16. 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.
  18. "IcePodder Podcatcher/RSS client". SourceForge. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  19. "Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  20. "Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  21. "Liferea - the Free News Aggregator on your Linux desktop". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  22. Summers, Nick. "Meet Overcast, a new iPhone podcast app from Instapaper founder Marco Arment". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  23. "All your podcasts, right here in the browser". Shifty Jelly. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  24. "Say hello to the most entertaining Spotify ever". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  25. "VLC subscribe to podcasts". 13 June 2015.
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