The 6 Best Podcast Managers for Your Windows PC
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Podcasts are surging in popularity. And why not? They give you new ideas, expand your horizons in personal and professional growth, and allow you to learn new things in your areas of interest.

Many people listen to podcasts on mobile. If you use a Windows PC and want to listen to podcasts, then your best option is to use a desktop client. Here are some of the best podcast managers for Windows 10 and every kind of audiophile.

1. iTunes

podcast section of iTunes app

iTunes is a popular podcast manager for Windows. The iTunes Store has an extraordinary selection of podcasts in every category, including news, sports, philosophy, technology, and more. Its vast catalog and intuitive podcast management features make the app invaluable.

To see the catalog of podcasts, choose Podcasts in the Media Picker and click Store in the navigation bar. Find the podcast page in the Store, then click the Subscribe button located just below the icon.

iTunes will periodically check for updates and notify you when new episodes are available. As you start listening, you’ll find better recommendations, new podcasts, or you can browse for the top podcasts if you’re getting started.

Pros

  • There is a vast collection of teaching and learning resources. You can subscribe to podcasts in your language, listen to language courses for free, learn grammar, and practice for IELTS or TOEFL.
  • iTunes offers you many options to manage and display episodes from the podcast. You can sort episodes, download or delete played items automatically, and more.
  • You can create a podcast station to group different types of podcasts or a separate station for video podcasts. By default, iTunes includes only the most recent episodes, but you can tweak this.

Cons

  • If you don’t own any iOS devices, using iTunes just for podcasts is overkill. It consumes too much CPU and RAM.
  • The smart playlist option for iTunes automatically chooses songs based on your conditions and trigger. Unfortunately, it’s not available for podcasts. You can only create simple/custom playlists.

Download: iTunes from Apple Website or Microsoft Store (Free)

2. Grover Podcast

Grover podcast app for windows

Grover Podcast is a full-featured podcast player for Windows 10. The app features a standard split-view menu which allows quick access between multiple options, including My Podcasts, Playlist, Unplayed, and Downloaded.

To subscribe, click the +Feed button and paste the valid podcast feed URL. Or, click the Get podcast in Store button and access an extensive library online. The app uses the iTunes API as its search engine.

Go to Settings and toggle the Online Search to enable this feature. It also comes with basic playlists support, which lets you organize the order you want to play your podcasts.

Pros

  • If you subscribe to any premium podcast, then check +Feed > Requires user authentication and enter the user name and password.
  • You can bulk import or export podcast feeds through OPML. Navigate to Settings and click Import OPML file.
  • The app lets you choose a custom folder to save episodes. You can automatically download new episodes and delete the ones you played.
  • There’s also a speed button and Cast to device feature. You can cast it to Roku or Xbox One.

Cons

  • Grover podcast supports both light and dark themes. Unfortunately, the dark theme is not optimized. It’s difficult to see the episode number.
  • The blue playback control is barely visible in the light theme. You must buy the Pro version to get more options.

Download: Grover Podcast (Free) | Grover Pro ($3)

3. CPod

CPod podcast appCPod is an open source podcast manager for Windows PC. The app features two large panels to display podcast contents and playback controls. A small bar on the left side of the screen gives you access to multiple options.

Click the Explore button and type in the podcast name in the search bar. CPod uses the iTunes API to search its database. Then click the +Subscribe button to subscribe. The Subscriptions tab shows all the podcasts you subscribed.

The Home tab shows a chronological list of all items. From here, you can download the episode, queue them, or mark them as played.

Pros

  • Cpod supports keyboard shortcuts to control the playback. You can customize it as per your needs.
  • You can bulk import or export podcast feeds as OPML. Go to the Settings section and scroll down to see this option.
  • Cpod supports gpodder.net. If you this web service in other computers, your podcast and episode actions sync with all machines.
  • You can sort subscriptions based on length, date, download status, and play progress.

Cons

  • CPod is an Electron app. The CPU usage while listening is pretty high. But the developer releases periodic updates.
  • If you use a Bluetooth earphone and if you minimize the app, then you might hear crackling sounds.

Download: CPod (Free)

4. MusicBee

musicbee podcast client

MusicBee is both a music manager and podcast player for Windows 10. On launch, the interface looks a bit text-heavy, but it’s configurable. There are plenty of skins to change its look and feel. By default, the left panel includes the list of podcasts you subscribed while the main view consists of episodes.

To subscribe, right-click the Unplayed Episodes option and choose Add Subscription Link. From the dialog box that opens, paste the feed URL and authentication details if any.

Or, if you choose Search Podcast Directory, you can directly search iTunes Store, Digital Podcasts, and NPR Podcasts. Click the episode name in your main panel and start playing.

Pros

  • You can directly import the OPML file from other podcast apps. Choose Configure Layout > Main Panel > Import/Export.
  • You can move panels around and switch to compact view, theater mode, or mini player. Navigate to the View menu and choose your preferred style.
  • It also lets you customize the folder structure and naming template for podcasts. Head to Preferences > Library and use the reorganize button to apply changes for already-downloaded podcasts.
  • You can download new items automatically, clean played episodes, and create custom playlists for podcast episodes.

Cons

  • Many podcast related options are not discoverable in the first place. You’ll find it scattered everywhere. Also, the location of the menu items is not obvious.
  • There is no sorting option available and does not support variable speed while playing an episode.

Download: MusicBee from Microsoft Store | Website (Free)

5. VLC Media Player

subscribe to podcast with VLC media player

VLC is an all-in-one media player to watch videos and listen to music. But did you know that it has an integrated podcast-subscribing feature among its 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 subscribe, open the app and choose View > Playlist (Ctrl + L) to activate the playlist interface.

In the left panel, scroll to Internet > Podcasts. Click on the Plus (+) button to open a new Subscribe box. Enter the feed URL of your podcast and click OK. Wait for a few moments to retrieve the list of episodes. To unsubscribe, click the Minus (-) sign next to the podcast title.

Pros

  • If you already use VLC for all media-related activities, it makes sense to use the podcast feature.
  • You can download the episode for offline playing. Right-click the item and choose Save. From the dialog box that opens, select Dump raw input.

Cons

  • VLC isn’t the most user-friendly option for listening to podcasts. There’s no integrated search feature, and it doesn’t automatically download new episodes.
  • It just streams the episode when you start playing them. In some cases, VLC doesn’t show you the artwork of podcasts.

Download: VLC Media Player (Free)

6. gPodder

gpodder app for windows

gPodder is a simple, open source podcast client for Windows 10. With this app, you can play audio and video files from RSS, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Vimeo. The left panel consists of audio and video feeds. And the main view displays a summary, file size, and release date of the episode.

To subscribe, navigate to the Subscriptions tab and paste the URL of your feed. Alternatively, you can import an OPML file from other podcast apps or click Discover new podcasts. gPodder uses its own database and search engine. Right-click an item to stream or download for offline playing.

Pros

  • If you own multiple PC’s, then gPodder.net keeps your subscriptions and playback progress in sync.
  • The app also supports password protected feeds. From the left panel, right-click the podcast name and choose Podcast settings. Under the Advanced tab, enter your credentials.
  • You can download new podcasts automatically, or cleanup played episodes. Go to Preferences > Updating to configure actions.
  • If you own a portable media device (except iPod), you can choose a mount point and synchronize media files without any effort.
  • gPodder extensions provide you some useful options. Check the Desktop Integration to show download progress on the taskbar. You can also stream podcasts to Sonos speakers.

Cons

  • The gPodder catalog does not have the variety of shows when you compare it with iTunes.
  • The app has lots of options. If you’re getting started, then dedicate a separate time to set up this application.

Download: gPodder (Free)

More Podcast Players to Check Out

Ultimately, your decision on how to listen to podcasts will help choose the podcast manager. Many people prefer iTunes for its integration with the iOS device and rich database. Some people may like VLC for its minimal and lightweight approach to podcasts.

And if you don’t want to install anything, then there are these free online podcast players 6 Free Online Podcast Players You Can Use in Any Browser 6 Free Online Podcast Players You Can Use in Any Browser Sometimes you want to listen to podcasts on your desktop. Here are the best podcast players that you can play in any browser. Read More too you can pick from.

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  1. Davin Peterson
    July 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    iTunes is bulky, so if you don't use Apple devices, then don't use iTunes

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

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

    Podpuppy

    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

    UNFORTUNATELY

    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.

  6. 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

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

    Hi

    I am using VLC

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

    for russian podcasts i use podfm player
    http://podfm.ru/blog/1825/

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

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

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

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

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

  20. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013 at 1:20 am
  21. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

    You forget include GPODDER, a free, open source and multiplatform nice software:
    http://gpodder.org/

    It is my favourite! ;)

    • WorknMan
      October 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

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

      Fail.

  27. 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:
      http://www.webbie.org.uk/juice/
      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.