Recommend Me Something Other Than iTunes and the Apple Podcast App

On iOS, I used iCatcher, after finding Instacast, Downcast, and Pocket Casts all too limiting. Downcast was pretty good, but slow.

On Android, I use BeyondPod. My favorite podcatcher yet.

Not sure if this will help, but for all of my music and podcasts I use Subsonic. http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp

Basically if you've got a home music server, this can do all the downloading for you and you can stream from it using the I-Sub app. It takes a bit of time to set up, but it's pretty nifty once you do. You can basically listen to all your music/podcasts anywhere. It really helps when you're on the road a lot, and since I drive up to Maine or NH from Boston fairly often for work, I am.

il dottore wrote:

Waiting with bated breath for overcast.fm, the upcoming podcatcher from Marco Arment.

This was totally not on my radar. As much as I love Downcast, I'll definitely be checking this out.

muraii wrote:

Dragging my heels on iOS 7 but sharing one Apple ID across two iTunes instances has become just crazy enough that using iTunes to sync podcasts is over for me.

Has anything changed substantively since the thread trailed off to recommend between Downcast and Pocket Casts? The latter's screenshots look nicer, but it requires iOS 7. I like where iOS 6 is on my 4S but might upgrade if Pocket Casts is that much better.

I know: so much hand-wringing over an inexpensive something to play free content.

I moved to iOS 7 and mostly like it, though there are things I see as regressions. For instance, I used to double-tap the home button when logged into the phone, scroll the bottom row left and see playback buttons no matter which screen I was on. This is no longer available, meaning that I need to scroll to the Podcasts app itself now. I've adjusted. Overall, I have switched to Apple's Podcasts and no longer sync podcasts with iTunes but subscribe in-app. It works just fine for what I need.

*Legion* wrote:

On iOS, I used iCatcher, after finding Instacast, Downcast, and Pocket Casts all too limiting. Downcast was pretty good, but slow.

I'll second the vote for iCatcher on iOS. I also switched from Downcast, which although great, kept getting slower with every update.

muraii wrote:

I moved to iOS 7 and mostly like it, though there are things I see as regressions. For instance, I used to double-tap the home button when logged into the phone, scroll the bottom row left and see playback buttons no matter which screen I was on. This is no longer available, meaning that I need to scroll to the Podcasts app itself now. I've adjusted.

You should be able to control playback through the "swipe up" control center menu.

ruhk wrote:
muraii wrote:

I moved to iOS 7 and mostly like it, though there are things I see as regressions. For instance, I used to double-tap the home button when logged into the phone, scroll the bottom row left and see playback buttons no matter which screen I was on. This is no longer available, meaning that I need to scroll to the Podcasts app itself now. I've adjusted.

You should be able to control playback through the "swipe up" control center menu.

Great point. I forgot about that.

*Legion* wrote:

On iOS, I used iCatcher, after finding Instacast, Downcast, and Pocket Casts all too limiting. Downcast was pretty good, but slow.

On Android, I use BeyondPod. My favorite podcatcher yet.

On the strength of this note I installed BeyondPod when I switched to Android. So far it feels uneven and makes usage assumptions I don't get. To wit: I just want to play episodes of this single podcast, not by default having episodes subsumed by a/the playlist.

Gonna keep trying but it seems either chaotic or overpowered.

I'm necromancing this thread because I'm looking for a new podcatcher on Windows (desktop).

I tried gPodder but it's a bit oldfashioned looking for my tastes, it's visually a step down from what I was using before (Ziepod, sadly no longer updated). I've just installed subsonic but I don't like the way it neglects to mention it's only a trial and after 30 days you must subscribe for $1 a month. A small amount, but I'm not so keen on a subscription right now.

Any other suggestions? No iTunes or mobile apps please.