What Is the Best Podcast Manager For Windows?
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The tech world is obsessed with mobile apps and web-based software, but the reality is that many people — if not most people! — still use Windows most of the time. If you want to listen to podcasts while at your Windows PC, the best option is still a Windows desktop application that will play them for you. With these programs, you can listen to the MakeUseOf podcast and all your other favorite podcasts.

As with many things in life, there’s no one best podcast manager for everyone. If you have an iPod you want to sync your podcasts to, you’ll want iTunes. If you don’t have an iPod and don’t like how slow and heavy iTunes is, you’ll want another application instead. We’ve rounded up the best options here so you can find the best podcast manager for you.


No round-up of Windows podcast management programs would be complete without the media manager iTunes. It’s the most popular podcast manager for Windows, but that isn’t because iTunes is a well-loved application. No, many people — especially Windows users — believe iTunes is past its prime and has become too bloated and slow. If all you want is an application to download and listen to podcasts, iTunes will definitely be overkill. However, if you want to start listening to podcasts What Is a Podcast? How to Get Started Listening What Is a Podcast? How to Get Started Listening Learn everything about what a podcast is, where you can find podcasts worth listening to, and how to listen to podcasts. Read More on your iPod or already use iTunes, it may be the best option.

To subscribe to a podcast in iTunes, open the Store, select Podcasts, and search for your favorite podcast. Click the Subscribe button on the podcast and you’ll find new podcast episodes on the Podcasts section of your library.



Miro is a free and open-source media player that’s built for subscriptions. Whatever you want to subscribe to — an audio podcast, video podcast, or even a BitTorrent feed — Miro can do it. Miro is a solid, easy-to-use application, although it’s a bit overkill for simple audio podcasts. If you subscribe to video podcasts, you may like the integrated video features.

When installing Miro, be sure to uncheck the additional software that it tries to push on you. Miro’s installer seems to have become pushier over time.



There’s a good chance you already use VLC to watch videos and maybe even play music. But did you know that VLC has an integrated podcast-subscribing feature, among its other many hidden features 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player VLC should be your media player of choice. The cross-platform tool has a bag full of secret features you can use right now. Read More ?

To access this feature, open VLC, click the View menu, and select Playlist. Click the Internet dropdown menu, hover over Podcasts, and click the + button. You’ll be able to subscribe to a podcast by copy-pasting its URL into the window. You can now double-click an episode in the right pane to play it.

VLC isn’t the most user-friendly option for listening to podcasts — there’s no integrated search feature and VLC can’t automatically download new episodes so they’re cached offline. VLC just streams the episodes when you start playing them. Still, if you’re looking for something lightweight and don’t mind the limitations, this is a very good option — especially considering you probably already have VLC installed.



Juice stands out because it does so little. Unlock all the other options above, Juice doesn’t offer a million different features. It’s a simple, purpose-built option for subscribing to and automatically downloading podcasts. It doesn’t even have an integrated audio player — you’ll have to play your episodes in an external media player, although Juice can launch that player for you.

If you want a simple, lightweight, old-school application for managing your podcasts, give Juice a try.



So far, we’ve covered a mix of heavy media players with podcast features — iTunes and Miro — and feature-light podcast managers — VLC and Juice. Clementine sits at a sweet spot in between, offering a feature-rich media player that somehow feels lightweight instead of bogged down and heavy.

Clementine isn’t designed just for listening to podcasts, it’s a full local media player with a music library and other features. Subscribing to a podcast in Clementine is as simple as clicking the Music menu, selecting Add Podcast, and then entering the podcast’s address or searching for it. The podcast will then appear on the Internet tab, where you can listen to it.


Which Windows Podcast Manager Is The Best?

Well, that depends on the combination of features you prefer — many people prefer iTunes for its integration with iPods and other Apple devices, while other Windows users would flock to VLC for its minimal, lightweight approach to podcasts. Still other users would choose Clementine, which is lightweight but more full-featured, with integrated search features.

People who are particularly into video podcasts might prefer Miro and its interface that seems more designed for videos. And don’t forget that Spotify hosts tons of great podcasts as well.

Want to listen on the go as well? Check out the best podcast apps for Android The 8 Best Podcast Apps for Android The 8 Best Podcast Apps for Android Looking for the best podcast app for Android? We have you covered with apps that help you download, discover, listen, and more. Read More and the best podcast apps for iOS The Best Podcast App for iPhone and iPad: 7 Top Choices Compared The Best Podcast App for iPhone and iPad: 7 Top Choices Compared Looking for the best podcast app for iPhone and iPad? Enjoy your favorite podcasts with these great feature-filled podcast apps. Read More .

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  1. Mij
    January 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I've been using Juice for many years now, and it has worked flawlessly or most of that time, but recently, I have had trouble with two podcasts (out of a list of 67 that it checks each day, and finds four or five updated). The ones it is having difficulty with are...
    1. Someone Knows Something, from Canada'a CBC. This one is not being updated (by CBC) currently, but for the last several episodes, the titles were read out, which took 10-15 seconds, then the podcast ended.
    2. The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, an independent science podcast from the USA. They made some sort of change on Jan-01,2018, and Juice no longer sees the podcast. I have searched the Internet and the SGU forum, and apparently nobody else is having this difficulty.

    Juice is a bit long in the tooth these days, so maybe it's time for a new downloader.

  2. Alfonso
    November 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I still using Winamp as my RSS client for listen podcast and works fine.

  3. Ian
    April 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Podpuppy is THE best manager for podcasts on windows again.

    It turns out that the issue I had with feedburner was down to feedburner not PodPuppy.

    So if you want THE best software for Podcasts on a PC get PodPuppy.

  4. Ian
    April 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm


    Or it used to be until it stopped working the other day with feedburner podcasts.

    It's 1.3mb when installed and the killer feature, tags to automatically rename the downloaded files:

    Tag Tokens

    In order to help customize item tags and filenames, you can use the following special tokens in the tag and filename fields. These tokens will be replaced by the relevant text when the item is saved or tagged. Any text other than these tokens is copied unchanged to item filename or tag. Where required, the file type extension (e.g. .mp3) is added automatically.
    Token Will be replaced by...
    %t The title of the item.
    %p The title of the Podcast that the item belongs to.
    %d The publication date of the item, in the date format of your culture.
    %D The day of the publication date (00-31).
    %M The month of the publication date (01-12).
    %Y The year of the publication date.
    %n A number that can be used to order items by download time. Later items get higher numbers. If you use this as the first part of the filename or title tag then items will appear in order of download on most portable media players.
    %N A number that can be used to order items by download time. Later items get lower numbers. If you use this as the first part of the filename or title tag then items will appear in reverse order of download (latest first) on most portable media players.

    For example...

    %n %D.%M.%Y %p - %t

    Could become...

    001 16.12.2008 BBC News Podcast - 16th December Edition


    Podpuppy hasn't been developed for a few years now so it looks like it's the end of the road for it.

    The only reason I found this article was while trying to find an alternative.

  5. Sergio
    November 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I'm VERY happy with VLC but in case you want some options, just check Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_podcatchers

  6. mohammed ali
    February 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm


    I am using VLC

  7. GipsyJumper
    March 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    for russian podcasts i use podfm player

  8. Anonymous
    March 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Media Monkey is fantastic! Downloads subscriptions and syncs with your device. Can set options to only keep x number of podcasts both at the download and sync stages.

  9. Dan
    March 12, 2014 at 2:08 am

    my Itunes constantly keeps freezing and locking up anytime I use any kind of podcast, definitely don't recommend it, came here looking for something better.

  10. Emerson
    February 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I'm using Uhura(http://uhura.herokuapp.com/) because works online, I can listen my podcast everywhere

  11. Pakapala
    January 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    MediaMonkey to me seems to be the best option for now.

  12. David Steadson
    December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    gPodder only supports authenticated feeds. It does not support actual authenticated podcasts (ie the audio files are secured, not just the xml)

  13. JaKoe
    November 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I agree there is no good software for podcasts. I don't want it to add music from my pc. I just want audio, video, and search for podcasts. Itunes just gets worse and worse, but has the best list layout and search, plus I want to see the description of each podcast episode. I am going back to an old version of iTunes because none of these are very good.

  14. David Steadson
    November 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    The comments above about their being no decent podcast manager are correct. I need to subscribe to several authenticated podcasts and simply can't get a solution.

    Of those suggested above,

    Juice - claims to support authenticated podcasts, but doesn't work
    Miro - doesn't support authenticated podcasts
    iTunes - can only support one authenticated podcast per podcast server
    gPodder - doesn't support authenticated podcasts
    hermespod - doesn't support authenticated podcasts
    Clementine - doesn't support authenticated podcasts
    VLAN - doesn't support authenticated podcasts

    Right now my only option appears to be running multiple copies of iTunes in multiple virtual or physical machines! :(

    • rtechie
      December 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      gPodder supports authenticated podcasts. It's buried in the individual podcasts. Right click on the subscribed podcast, select "Podcast settings" select the "Advanced" tab.

  15. Noah A
    October 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I like iTunes the best because I have an iPod Touch.

  16. Erik
    October 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I have tried several podcatchers and I have settled on HermesPod (http://hermespod.com), at least for now.
    It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it is faster and easier to use than the ones i have used before.

  17. Hbarnwheeler
    October 2, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I have tried them all and found ziepod to be the best.

  18. Tug R
    October 1, 2013 at 7:22 am

    If I'm going to listen to a podcast on my computer, I use MusicBee.

  19. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013 at 1:20 am
  20. Rodrigo G
    September 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I love Miro! But it has some bugs.....

    I also love VLC but never used the Podcast option....

    • D. Fisher
      January 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Don't like Miro - "home" page defaults to a chick pick up site which sort of doesn't fit for me.

  21. Alexei
    September 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    http://gpodder.org/ - The best for me.

  22. Alek Davis
    September 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    The point of a podcast manager is -- in addition to retrieving podcasts -- to sync with your device, whether it's a smart phone or a media player. It should know which podcasts you listened to, so you do not have to manually check the ones you have already heard. This is most likely impossible to do without device integration. For Windows devices (legacy Zune, Windows Phones), Zune has been working relatively well. I assume for Apple devices, iTunes should work. I'm not sure how Android devices work in this respect.

    • Brett
      November 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I agree Alek. I am after a Windows based podcast manager that will synch with my Android. I have been using iTunes with a 3rd party app to synch but iTunes has got too buggy.

  23. Jumo
    September 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    People still use podcasts? LOL.

    • BasisLoaded
      February 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

      I bet you really did laugh out loud at that zinger.

  24. Avi Dey
    September 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I use an RSS reader (the digg rss reader now that google reader is dead and feedly is too...heavy) as a podcast manager. Best if you want to stream instead of download.

  25. jEsuSdA 8)
    September 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    You forget include GPODDER, a free, open source and multiplatform nice software:

    It is my favourite! ;)

    • WorknMan
      October 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Tried it on Windows, and it apparently needs Python to run.


  26. WorknMan
    September 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    As far as I know, there are no decent podcast managers for Windows. By that, I mean something that's very lightweight, that I actually wouldn't mind running in the background to check for new podcasts. Juice is probably as good as it gets, but that app is kind of buggy, and I don't think it's been updated in 6+ years.

    • George
      January 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      My experience with Juice over the past 6 years is that has worked very well for me. I originally had it on Windows XP, then on Vista. I was unsuccessful in installing it on Windows 8 (64 bit), but found an installer that worked flawlessly:
      Juice isn't perfect, but it beats itunes any day. It quietly downloads daily and weekly podcast subscriptions, and files them appropriately under the subscription name. All this happens in the middle of the night at my specified time while I sleep.