We gave gPodder a quick mention a while ago, but it has improved greatly over the last couple of months. Here’s a quick rundown of gPodder’s most important features.

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Channel browser
newitemYou can quickly navigate through your channels by using the channel browser on the left side of the screen. When new episodes are available for download, the number of new episodes will be shown next to the channel’s name. You can also set a channel cover for each RSS feed, either by letting gPodder fetch it or by pointing the application to an image on your hard disk.

synchronizationMP3 player and iPod synchronization
gPodder is among the first Linux applications that fully supports podcast synchronization with iPods (except for the new ones, read this article for details). People with directory-based MP3 players can use gPodder’s synchronization functionality too though.

Bandwidth throttling
throttling I for one like to do other stuff on the internet while gPodder is taking care of my podcasts. If you’re like me, you might want to limit the number of simultaneous downloads and the download rate in Preferences so that it doesn’t consume all your bandwidth.

BitTorrent feed support
If you’re one of the few people who has heard of BitTorrent feeds, you’ll be happy to know that gPodder can handle BitTorrent feeds to some extent. I haven’t tried it, but it’s there.

Drawbacks
Although gPodder is among the best Linux podcast clients I’ve ever seen, it does have some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that if you delete a podcast in gPodder, it doesn’t remove it from your iPod during the next synchronization. This means that you’ll have to do it manually using a tool such as gtkpod. The developer of gPodder is aware of this issue, but a fix for this annoyance has yet to be released.

Windows version?
A Windows port(?) of gPodder is in the works. Unlike the Linux version, it doesn’t support iPod synchronization because the piece of software it relies on to synchronize podcasts to your iPod is currently only available for Linux. There’s no word yet on when and if gPodder for Windows will ever get out of testing phase. You can read this post on the developer’s blog for more details.

How to install
Ubuntu users can download version 0.9.4 (which is not the current version) from the Ubuntu repositories by going to Applications > Add/Remove. If you’re not an Ubuntu user, check out the download page for instructions. The latest greatest gPodder version can be installed from its source. Just extract the package, open a terminal, navigate to the directory where you extracted the package (using ‘cd /path/to/the/directory‘) and finally execute ‘sudo make install‘. If you’re going to install gPodder from its source, make sure that all dependencies have been installed on your system.

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  1. I tried switching primarily over to linux and using these types of tools for managing my iPod. But it just isn’t the same experience as with Windows or Mac. Congratulations to the people developing these tools, although my feeling is that they need to be a bit more developed before they can be used by the general population.

  2. I think this program seems promising, and I’m excited to see a podcasting alternative to iTunes. I have given up on listening to podcasts because I strongly dislike iTunes, and this sounds like a nice option for me.

  3. are there any good podcast clients for windows, other than iTunes?

  4. @harto: You should check out Ziepod. It doesn’t support iPod synchronization, but the interface is pretty sweet.

    Link: [ziepod.com]

  5. Update: I should clarify that Ziepod does support iPod synchronization to some extent but it’s just not that great as it fails to make use of the ‘Podcasts’ menu on your iPod. Instead, the application treats your podcasts like regular songs. And that’s probably not what you want your podcast client to do. Aside from that, Ziepod requires you to install iTunes if you want it to be able to communicate with your iPod.

    Ziepod is a great podcast client, but its iPod synchronization support is just horrible.

  6. Well I tried to use a borrowed iPod touch to see how it behaves with my Linux before buying an iPhone, but as there is a lock for us the Linux users to not use it, then I’ll buy an Android. Thanks for helping me make my decision easier Mr. Jobs!

  7. It creates way too many directories for my liking – one per RSS feed – I’d rather they all go into the same directory no matter where they come from. Also some basic configurations changes need to be done by changing Environment Variables, and not possible in GUI = UGLY !!!

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