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 Website License Operating System
Amarok Music player and podcast client website GPL v2 FreeBSD, Linux
AntennaPod Podcast manager for Android website MIT Android
Banshee Music player and podcast client website MIT Linux, macOS, Windows
Clementine A cross-platform fork of Amarok website GPL Linux, Windows, macOS
doubleTwist Android music player with podcast directory and podcast support. website Android
BeyondPod An Android podcast manager. website Proprietary Android
Downcast A podcast player for iOS, Mac & Apple Watch. website Proprietary iOS, macOS, watchOS
Feedbooks Social networking client with support for podcasts. website Windows
Foobar2000 Versatile audio player with separate podcatcher component Podcatcher Component Donationware Windows
iTunes Music and podcaster client website Proprietary Windows, macOS
Juice A cross-platform podcatcher website GPL Windows, macOS
Liferea News aggregator for online news feeds, features podcast support website GPL Linux
Media Go Similar to iTunes for Sony PlayStation Portable website Proprietary Windows
MediaMonkey Media organizers with integrated podcatcher website Proprietary Windows
Miro An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities website GPL v2 Windows, Linux, macOS
MusicBee Music player with integrated podcatcher website Proprietary Windows
NetNewsWire An RSS and Atom newsreader website Proprietary macOS
NewsFire A news reader and podcast client website Proprietary macOS
Overcast[7] A free podcast client for Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone website Proprietary iOS, watchOS
Podwalk A podcast client for location-specific podcasts. website Proprietary iOS,
Radio UserLand A blogging tool and RSS newsreader website Proprietary Windows, classic Mac OS, macOS
Rhythmbox Default music management application for GNOME website GPL v2 Linux
Spotify[8] (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
Stitcher Radio station and podcast client website Proprietary Android, iOS, Web
Uhura Podcast client based on cloud website Donationware Web, Android
VLC [9] Cross-platform multimedia player and framework website GPL v2 Windows, Linux, macOS
Winamp Commercial audio player with free Lite option, supports podcasts website Proprietary Windows
Zune Similar to iTunes 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. Summers, Nick. "Meet Overcast, a new iPhone podcast app from Instapaper founder Marco Arment". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  8. "Say hello to the most entertaining Spotify ever". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  9. "VLC subscribe to podcasts". 13 June 2015.

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