Most are either loaded down with a pile of video and shopping features I don't want (Miro/iTunes); are ghastly to look at (gPodder); have a pile of additional stuff (i.e. garbage) that doesn't do much for improving the podcast listening experience (Ziepod); or are beginning to show speed & reliability issues because they haven't been updated in years (Juice).
What I'm looking for is:
- the ability to stream podcasts (i.e. not be required to download and save them first)
- the ability to selectively download and play podcasts
- the ability to subscribe to a podcast feed
- some rudimentary folder organization functions
- an intuitive and logical interface
- bullet proof reliability running under Windows 7 64-bit
and that's it .
I DO NOT want it to provide:
- video capabilities
- crowdsourced recommendations
- suggestions for 'similar' podcasts
- rating systems
- preconfigured "channels"
- "social" anything (i.e. "likes", tweets, etc.)
- a dog-ugly interface
Right now I'm reaching the conclusion that iTunes just might be doing it better than anything else out there.
And I hope I'm very wrong on that score.
So...does anybody have any recommendations?