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 16 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 stand-alone tools, so all tastes should be catered for here.
Let’s explore the 16 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.
|Cantata||Feature-rich client for Music Player Daemon|
|Kasts||Convergent podcast software|
|castero||Command-line podcast player written in Python|
|CPod||Simple and elegant free podcast player built with web technologies|
|Rhythmbox||Integrated music management application|
|Amarok||KDE audio player offering a wealth of features, yet intuitive to use|
|gPodder||Downloads and manages free audio and video content|
|Vocal||Modern Vala podcast player|
|Poddr||Podcast client built with Electron and Angular|
|GNOME Podcasts||Podcast client for the GNOME desktop|
|Shellcaster||Terminal-based podcast manager written in Rust|
|Liferea||Three-pane GNOME based news aggregator with podcasting|
|hpodder||Console tool to scan and download podcasts|
|Goggles Music Manager||Music collection manager and player with podcast support|
|Winds||RSS and podcast software created using React / Redux / Node|
|podget||Console podcast aggregrator/downloader optimized for cron|
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