A podcatcher, or podcast client, is a computer program used to download various media via an RSS or XML feed.[1][1][2]

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.

Although the core concepts had been developing since 2000, the first podcast client software was developed in late 2003,[3] and became popular in 2004.[4]

When Apple added podcatching to its iTunes software in June 2005, it almost immediately became the most popular client.[5][6]


The following is a list of noteworthy podcatchers or software with podcatching capability.[nb 1]

  • Miro: An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (cross-platform for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
  • iTunes has supported podcasts and automatic downloading since 2004. (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • Juice: A cross-platform podcatcher (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • Clementine: A cross-platform fork of Amarok.
  • Amarok: music app and podcast client (Linux, Unix)
  • Banshee: music player and podcast client (Linux, Unix)
  • Liferea: A news aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support. (Linux, Unix)
  • Rhythmbox: the music management application for GNOME (Linux, Unix)
  • NewsFire: A news reader and podcast client. (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • NetNewsWire: An RSS and Atom newsreader for Mac OS X. Its familiar three-paned interface—similar to Apple Mail—can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs, making it quick and easy to keep up with the latest news. (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • Feedbooks: Social networking client (Twitter and Google Buzz) with support for podcasts. (Windows)
  • Media Go: Like iTunes, except for the Sony PlayStation Portable. It offers a catalog of various podcasts as well as the ability to input a podcast URL.(Windows)
  • MediaMonkey: Media organizers with integrated podcatcher (Windows)
  • Winamp: Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts (Windows)
  • Zune: Similar to iTunes; added podcast support in version 2.2. Works with Windows 7 libraries starting with version 4.2. (Windows, Windows Phone 7)

See also



External links

  • Comprehensive list of podcatchers at podcastingnews.com
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