Top 12 Free Podcast Player Apps for 2020

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Podcasts are like RSS readers for multimedia files. These apps are known to collect your favorite audio files from the web such as music, news, radio shows or any other digital audio file and play them.

While podcasts are a perfect way to get full entertainment, they also help you grow personally and professionally. In fact, it can also help you learn new things about the topics that interest you. So how do you download podcasts? Well, you would need a reliable Podcast Manager or Podcast app that allows you to download offline audio files as well.



Here is a short list of some of the best podcast players for full entertainment.

An innovative venture from Amazon, this app is more like a podcast where you can read stories, books, watch talk shows, and learn life lessons. All you need is an account with Amazon. can

listen to your favorite podcasts as you go about daily chores like cooking, exercising or traveling, offering an unparalleled experience.

Features:

  • Upon registration, you receive the first 30 days and the first book for free which you can listen to at any time.
  • It offers the ability to download the app for free and listen to your favorite books on the go.
  • Despite the regular rates, members earn free credit for downloading and listening to books in both English and Hindi. Credit is awarded every month.

From suspense and thriller, romance or fiction to business or personal development advice, it has a large collection of books that are read to you. Best of all, you can access it anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Price: 30-day free trial; Priced at $ 2,78 at the end of the trial.



If you are a fan of Apple devices, you don't need an introduction to this app. It is the official media player for iOS that also offers a huge collection of music, movies, podcasts and more neatly organized in one place. It also includes TV programs, audio books or Internet radio. However, it also works on Android devices.

Features:

  • It is also a media library for Apple music that offers a huge pool of ad-free songs.
  • It allows you to download your favorite music which can also be played offline.
  • It offers handy help with any questions related to syncing, upgrading to a current version, or any content you want to purchase.
  • You can also download older versions of the app so that it can work with certain hardware and operating systems.
  • It presents a wide range of multimedia content in 4K for those who want to play the content on Apple 4K TV.
  • It sports a simplified interface in an organized format that makes navigation easier.

Whether it's a smartphone, tablet or laptop, you can stream content to a wide range of devices, regardless of whether it's iOS or Android platform. It allows you to easily sync your playlists, experience music with a 90-second preview before purchase, and share purchases with up to 6 family members.

Price: Free Download; Pay for the content

This app is a great find for music and podcast lovers. You can find the type of music you are looking for, at any time and on any device. It features a wide variety of tracks and episodes that can be useful for any occasion, for example, if you organize a party or just relax. It offers the freedom to make a selection of a song of your preference, or suggest the music from its end.



Features:

  • Whether you are streaming or downloading songs, it helps you to listen to songs with better quality.
  • It allows you to create playlist folders with the desktop version by dragging and dropping playlists into folders.
  • It helps you search for songs of your choice, add filters, or create a ranking for songs when you open a specific playlist or artist.
  • You can recover playlists that have been accidentally deleted or if you have changed your mind.
  • It has a Radio option that automatically creates a playlist with artists or songs that fall into the category you have listened to.

Furthermore, it allows you to keep your songs private to help you listen to them without anyone knowing and offers an option where the app creates a playlist for you with your possibly favorite music based on your listening activity.

Price: Free trial version available; The Premium version starts at $ 1,66 / month.

This is an innovative podcast app specially designed for news lovers. Stream live radio stations, podcasts and stories based on your choice of topics. Overall, it keeps you informed, involved and motivated at all times from all over the world.

Features:

  • Works with any device, allowing you to stream your favorite news or stories anywhere, on the go.
  • It offers a wide range of tools to personalize your listening experience such as liking stories or sharing them.
  • Synchronize the franchise brand using its programming which helps to get stories and news in one place while offering a special experience.
  • Engage listeners by sending a message from the native member station.
  • It offers the power to connect and record listener details to help you connect with new audiences.
  • It tracks parameters associated with audience listening behavior to help you identify what they prefer to hear.

Skipping or pausing a story, the option to donate to your favorite station, skip sections within the story or the option to search and play new episodes of any program, are among its main features.



Price: free

This media player hardly needs any introduction among current media players. It has been around for a while now and makes it one of the best media players for Windows 10. This is free and the open source media player plays most of the media files on all major platforms.

Features:

  • It also plays audio CDs, video CDs, DVDs and other streaming formats.
  • It allows you to play audio and video files, live, and you can also stream them.
  • It places all of its menu buttons, together, at the bottom, allowing plenty of screen space for playing files.
  • Offers the ability to add effects to audio and video files while a file is already running.
  • It supports a wide range of playlist formats and helps you with hands-free viewing.
  • It allows you to create playlists on the spot and even edit them on the spot.

In addition, it also offers a range of add-ons and extensions collected from around the web.

Price: free and open source.

This is yet another open source media player that supports both audio and video formats through an attractive interface. It supports all major media formats and offers thousands of video podcasts and Internet TV shows for free.

Features:

  • It comes with a simple yet attractive interface suitable for full screen HD videos.
  • Once downloaded, you can access the videos, anywhere, on the go.
  • The built-in help gives you access from a pool of free HD video shows.
  • Quickly download videos and save them to your local computer for high quality streaming.

From being able to subscribe to its BitTorrent RSS feed (automatically downloads new episodes) to playing video files in AVI, WMV, MPEG and more, it offers a wealth of features.

Price: free

Compatible with all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS and Linux, this podcast app is based on Electron. Receive many podcasts directly to your computer desktop.

Features:

  • A simple yet advanced-looking app lets you explore and listen to the latest podcasts.
  • A simple toolbar at the left end of the main panel provides access to its critical functions and sections.
  • Displays a Subscription Manager that offers a look at the latest podcasts, a queue area, a search utility, and more.
  • It allows you to download and play episodes without downloading.
  • View details about podcasts and episodes.
  • It offers the possibility to search every podcast episode.
  • It provides keyboard shortcuts, supports different languages, dark mode, automatically detects new episodes as soon as the app is launched, and more.

A work of art based on each episode and a normal, fully functional media player through which you can access the volume and skip sections in podcasts, are among its other significant features.

Price: free

One of the best known podcast players on the list, this app allows you to play all your favorite podcasts. It is one of the most powerful yet easy to use platforms that offers an advanced listening experience. It also lets you search for podcasts and exploration tools.

Features:

  • It offers specially selected podcast suggestions collected by the professions.
  • It provides robust filters that deliver the same episodes you are looking for, no matter the situation.
  • Auto creates a playlist from your favorite shows.
  • It syncs perfectly with popular wireless home audio systems to deliver some great podcasts.
  • Automatically searches for podcasts, offers episode search, plays your podcasts in your car, offers the option to cut silence, and more.

Among its other main features are, it allows you to change volume or skip content to go forward on your Apple Watch, it offers the ability to play your podcasts via Airplay and Chromecast, it allows you to jump directly to your favorite topics, theme extra dark, self-archiving and more.

Price: free

If you are looking for an efficient podcast manager then this could be it. This app makes your life easier by letting you manage, search and play music on your system, effortlessly. From podcasts or internet radio stations to syncing with SoundCloud, it supports everything.

Features:

  • A simple and robust application that offers fast performance.
  • It allows you to play your type of and convert your system into a jukebox.
  • Allows you to use automatic tagging to clean up the clogged library.
  • It helps you to play certain WASAPI and ASIO based podcasts using advanced sound cards.
  • By default, it plays podcasts without interruption and downloads albums of illustrations and paintings by missing artists.
  • Automatically organizes music files, creates playlists that play automatically, and syncs music lists and tracks on Android-based devices.

In addition, it also offers the ReplayGain function which automatically adjusts the volume for playbacks, offers many WinAmp plugins for a fantastic music experience, and supports a wide range of music file formats which include MP3, MP4, WavPak and more.

Price: free

This simple app allows you to download and manage your podcast subscriptions and find new content. For those who use multiple devices, you can sync your subscriptions and your listening pace.

Features:

  • It is open source and written in Python with the help of GTK +.
  • It supports music formats like MP3 and plays on mobile devices.
  • Easy to use interface for immediate use after downloading and opening.
  • It can also pull feeds from Atom, RSS, SoundCloud and YouTube.
  • It also gives you a built-in list of the best podcasts to help you browse them for unique ideas or build a list of your own.

Additionally, it offers a range of configuration choices to optimize its behavior which includes download management, guides on how to play podcasts, and other similar options.

Price: free.

If it comes to managing podcasts, this may be the solution. It is easy to install and allows you to access your favorite content, effortlessly,

Features:

  • It helps you to stream podcasts directly from the app.
  • Search and subscribe to podcasts via the search box.
  • It offers the choice of deleting podcasts you've finished listening to, by default, to display system alerts for new podcasts, and to download the latest podcasts, by default.

Additionally, you can also re-order the podcast catalog using drag and drop and use themes like Light and Dark.

Price: Priced at $ 2,99

This is another great app where you can explore music, curate playlists, and stream audio, hassle-free.

It offers features such as seamless music playback, speed control for playback, sleep timer, playlist management using drag and drop, and more.

Price: free.

Conclusion

Whether you want to sync your podcasts to an iOS device using iTunes, or you choose a compact and delicate media player like VLC, the podcast managers listed above offer the best way to listen to your favorite audio files. In the end, it depends on how you want to listen to your podcasts and based on that you make your selection.

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