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The one

A little bit of a different topic today… My quest for a podcatcher that works for me.

Requirements:

  1. It has to support RSS
  2. It has to number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
  3. It has to give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?

 

My test-RSS is TotalBiscuits ” http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:35042463/sounds.rss

I will be awarding the podcatchers by the amount of requirements it fulfils. One point each.

FeedDeamon (1 point)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    No (exact case as described above)

Other than this, it seems like a fine reader. You can set the refresh rate down to 5 minutes, which I appreciate. It does force you set a delete-limit for your feed max is 2500 (If I want an RSS reader, I want to make it a monster over time. Saving EVERYTHING. Because local storage of news is paramount in this age of perpetual change)

I’ll see about whether it works as the reader of my “dreams” when I make the follow-up to this post.

Juice (1 point)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    No

Juice has been a downloader I’ve tried a couple of times before. Since it’s specifically made for this use case. I always end up discarding its use.

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Juice as a downloader, but it doesn’t give me the “advanced” options I require in this case, so we’ll see if I come back to it.

Banshee (N/A)

I NEVER GOT TO TRY BANSHEE, the current build of the podcatcher is in technical alpha. Meaning a critical bug that reffuses to boot the program on my system makes me not able to test it.

I’ll add this to a watch-list of things to test out when it is updated.

CatchUp Podcast Receiver (1.5 points)

IT’S MADE IN JAVA. This means ugly interface and strange GUI options. All from the strange hover-markup when you move your cursor above one of the items in the current stream. To when clicking an item, it won’t properly highlight the item clicked.

An experience of mine earlier with Java is slow startup times. I am no longer experiencing this, but I tend to think that comes down to a monster-machine and an SSD rather than Java actually improving. (this one boots quickly)

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  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes – ish (It leaves the file name that the rss provides, which is infinitely better than whatever Juice and FeedDeamon does)

Clementine (3 points)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    Yes
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes

All in all, this is currently the biggest contender. That said, I might have to change out of my Foobar2000 clothes. This is a full music player, an internet enabled one at that. I’ll have to consider that later. For now, it does actually download the podcasts, and name them in a proper fashion. I’m tempted to check if Welcome to Night Vale will be downloaded with the ugly underscores, or if it’ll be okay…

Anyways, I’ll be keeping this one around unless something even better comes along.

FeedBooks (N/A)

According to Wikipedia: “Social networking client with support for podcasts.” I found no such thing on their site. And google searches yielded no results.

gPodder (N/A)

I had some troubles installing this one, there was a bug that made it not boot, so I searched google. I ended up finding out that http://python.net/crew/mhammond/win32/ was missing, so I installed it.

Now it’s giving me this:

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This dialog hinders me from testing it out. It continues to pretend I need to install PyGTK so I can’t test it out.

HermesPod (1.5 points)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes – ish “totalb~700l8l3~29-Oct~174460972-TOTALBISCUIT-STEPHEN-TOTILO-OF-KOTAK.mp3”

THIS APPLICATION HAS ADVERTISEMENTS. I thought we were over this. I thought inapp advertisements were something of the past, but no.

I will be uninstalling this, though it is closer to what I want.. It’s not quite there. I’d like something between Clementines completely overwhelming interface, and this simplistic thing.

PS: The HermesPod website claims advanced features, I found none.

MediaGo (1 point)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    No – The same problem as described above 

MediaGo is a full music library manager/player, though the lacking podcatcher system makes me dismiss it.

MediaMonkey (2.5 points)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No – Well, ish. You can date them which is good enough for me.
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes

Initial results looked good, It produced the file “Causes.mp3” Which is better than the above example. Further prodding revealed that you can as I wanted (sort of) name the files yourself, right click the podcast subscription->Edit subscription->Global Podcast Options; Here you will find a beautifully overwhelming dialog. The important parts are the top two fields “Default lownload location:” and “Download podcasts to:”

I set both of those to “G:MediaPodcastsAutoMediaMonkey<Artist><Album><Date> <Title>” I know I later might not want to download podcasts, for now it is fine.

I like it, but I prefer Clementine. They both offer similar functionality, but MediaMonkey tried to steal music-playing rights from Foobar2000 by default.

Also, when I closed it I was met with:

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Which, you know, always brightens the day…

Zune (2 points)

  1. Support RSS
    Yes
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes 

Personally, I like this interface. If it wasn’t for the botched numbering, and me not finding any obvious way to have the files numbered in the folder. The app was responsive, unlike a couple of the other apps.

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iTunes (1 point)

  1. Support RSS
    No
  2. Number the episodes, even if this isn’t done by the author (because I want to just see in the folder which order things go)
    No
  3. Give sensible names to the files “antibullying.mp3” is not a valid name for “172592521-totalbiscuit-causes.mp3” If anything “Causes.mp3” is the right option wherever does it even get antibullying from?
    Yes 

iTunes isn’t my choice. I’ll make that clear. I found no legible support for RSS, sure they had the podcast (including my test-case). But I want RSS, that way I don’t have to rely upon the apple iStore. Interface is alright.

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Conclusion

My winner is Clementine, as it does all the three things I set upon finding one that did. If provided support on the ones that didn’t work, or suggested new ones, I will update this article.

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