gPodder is a multiplatform free software that allows us to manage and download our favorite podcasts.
For those who do not know what is a podcast, it's like a radio program but podcasts usually are not broadcast live, and can be downloaded from the Internet at any time.
Actually there are a multitude variety of podcast channels. So it is only necessary to go to pages as www.ipodder.org and see the multitude of existing podcasts.
gPodder allows you to download and organize episodes/chapters of our favorite podcasts. The use of the program is very simple, so we just need to copy the URL of the podcast that we want to listen. For example if we want to download the chapters of the Podcast Veteran Gamers, we just need to enter the URL of podbean (http://o35s.podbean.com/) using the option “Subscriptions->Add podcast via URL” (Ctrl+L). Once this is done, we will see a list with the last 20 episodes of the podcast, which we can download to our PC. We will be able to select the episodes that we want to download, in such a way that it is not necessary to download all the episodes to our PC. At any time we will have access to the list of episodes, and we will be able to download those that are not yet in the hard disk.
We can also use the option of “Subscriptions->Discover new podcasts” (Ctrl+F). to find new podcasts. From this option, we will look for new programs on the database of gpodder.net, or even to subscribe to Soundcloud and Youtubechannels, or, if we know the URL of an OPML file, we will be able to enter it in this section and download the files associated with this file.
We need to know that this program only downloads the chapters of the podcast and organize them. The default media player of the system will be used to play the files.
If we make use of an iPod, we can configure the program to synchronize the episodes of the podcasts with the iPod, in such a way that we don't have to transfer or delete episodes manually.
The program has a number of extra functionality that can be activated by making use of the extensions (Edit->Preferences->Extensions). We will be able to change the name of the downloaded file automatically, normalize the volume, convert downloaded videos to mp4/avi/m4v, convert audio files to mp3/ogg, and more.
If we subscribe to many podcasts, the more likely it is that the space of our hard disk will be decreasing over time. With this software we can program the deletion of the episodes after X days since we have listened those episodes, so our hard drive does not fill up with all the downloaded podcasts files.
When we installed the program, it is possible that the program ask us to install python and pyGTK. We must not worry, as these two programs are needed to run this software and are not malicious. python is the programming language in which this software is developed, so these two packages are not more than the necessary python libraries and dependencies, to launch the software.