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    FWIW I really like Overcast, an independent mobile podcatcher (iOS/web) https://overcast.fm

    Anyone else have a podcatcher they recommend?

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      I use antennapod. I’m a heavy podcast listener, 3h of traffic everyday, 100 hours a month.
      The application doesn’t limit itself to itune you can also search on https://www.gpodder.net/ and others, or still add your own RSS feeds. It’s open source, so no ads and only good features that the people use.

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        +1 for Antennapod. It has its bugs, but the UI is simple but still functional enough for me.

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        I really like PocketCasts.

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          I’ve used them all and for IOS Overcast is the clear winner IMO. I wish they’d polish their web player a bit but other than that it’s totally fab.

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          Educating the public is also important if only because there is a generation of users (be they younger/not on the earlier Internet) that aren’t used to decentralization as the default.

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            Here’s my issue with this article. The author posits that most podcatchers will remove the ability to subscribe via a URL.

            This makes no sense to me at all. There are many cases where people might want to listen to podcasts not offered through GOOG or APPL.

            Every podcatcher I have access to still supports and explicitly provides options for this.

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              Op here,

              I’m saying “I won’t be surprised if these apps gradually and silently remove this feature”. Of course, I can’t know this, but this is what I’m afraid of. And I don’t think it’s that crazy to imagine.

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                It’s a valid concern. I guess I feel like as long as there’s any kind of application ecosystem on a given device, there will always be a podcatcher that allows subscriptions via bog standard RSS URL.

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                I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds, including podcasts and there’s been a worrying trend over the last year or two where new podcasts don’t even provide a direct RSS/Atom feed.

                You have to visit their site to download the mp3 manually like some kind of animal. Or worse still, they make some stupid javascript widget or expect you to use a 3rd party app, or they proudly say it’s on itunes - which doesn’t expose the RSS feed - I had to write a scraper to get the RSS feed from the itunes page myself.

                Same with blogs too. So many blogs now don’t have a feed. You’re expected to go to the site to check for new content.

                The slow demise of RSS/Atom is a really worrying situation fo me and very few people seem to care.

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                  That is disappointing, and surprising given that there are companies like Feedly and Flipboard among others whose sole business relies on consuming RSS-ish feeds.

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                  How was the author saying that? Sounded like they were saying the other way around, if a podcaster posts just over RSS on their site then users on just Apple won’t see it on Apple by default.

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                    I think you’re conflating two things.

                    There are two problems here:

                    1. Unless you take explicit steps, merely publishing an RSS URL will not get your podcast into iTunes/Google Play
                    2. The author is worried that podcatchers (which now all provide this feature, if perhaps in an undocumented way for some) will remove the capability of subscribing to podcast RSS feeds via URL.
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                      Oh you said podcatcher. I read that as podcaster because I never heard of it called a podcatcher but that makes sense now.