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Top 6 Podcast Tools

Top 6 Podcast Tools

A podcast is a form of digital media consisting of an episodic program downloaded or streamed over the Internet using an XML protocol called RSS. Podcast episodes can be audio radio, video files, PDFs, or ePub files. These episodes can be viewed and listened to on a number of different devices including computers, portable media players, and smartphones.

The publisher or broadcaster podcasts the program by offering the episodes and the XML document to a web server. Whilst large media corporations are prominent publishers of podcasts, almost anyone can publish them, as often or as infrequent as they wish. Podcasts are a great way of keeping up to date with the latest news, reviews, banter, gossip, to deepen your understanding of the world we live in, and much more.

Podcasting lets listeners automatically receive the latest episodes of their chosen programmes as soon as they are released. This operation is made very simple by using the appropriate client software. The consumer can subscribe to the podcast and automatically check for and download new episodes, or download episodes of a podcast series individually.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality open source podcast tools that offer an excellent way to manage and download podcasts. The selection includes both graphical and console based tools, software which includes built-in podcast management, as well as standalone tools, so all tastes should be catered for here.

Now, let's explore the 6 podcast tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Podcasting Tools
Rhythmbox Integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes
gPodder Downloads and manages free audio and video content
Amarok KDE audio player offering a wealth of features, yet intuitive to use
hpodder Console tool to scan and download podcasts
Liferea Three-pane GNOME based news aggregator with podcasting
podget Console podcast aggregrator/downloader optimized for cron

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