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Xcast is a free, simple, yet powerful Podcast client with unique features like full integration with the iTunes Podcasts section, smart relocation of downloaded enclosures, iTunes Podcasts cleaner, ....

What's New

Version 1.0b23:
  • [NEW] Growl support. Be sure to install Growl so that you can decide to be notified when:
    • an enclosure could (or could not) be added to the iTunes Library
    • an enclosure could (or could not) be added to iTunes as Podcast
    • an enclosure is removed from iTunes
    • a download completed
    • a feed refresh failed (you'll get the more...

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Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Reconfigger Member IconComment+0
Reconfigger
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It seems that the developer URL for this app has changed to http://www.xcast.ch/

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Version 1.0b23
Dx7 Member IconComment+3
Dx7
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I just can´t believe it !!!!!!

No more itunes podcast chaos.
Now organized with pefect previews of every podcast.

Brilliant.
Nothing more to add.

Thank You Very Much !

Marc

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Version 1.0b23
niugnep Member IconComment+0
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I just wanted to say that the reason this program is superior for some users to itunes podcast/rss feed subscriptions is because itunes makes it more difficult for people with limited hard disk capacity to backup their podcasts, the podcasts are hidden in a weird directory structure and no automatic archive (that I am aware of) is offered. I run out of space too often, having the ability to download where I want, when I want, and then move them to an archive area, is important to me. I just use itunes to synch with my iphone, I'd rather have this little app downloading podcasts for me to the directory I chose and add them to itunes automatically.

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Version 1.0b23
fearmeat Member IconReview+0
fearmeat
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This software is nicely designed but keeps on crashing on my machine. It is beta though, so hopefully the bugs get squashed soon.

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Version 1.0b23
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(I've tested Xcast and watched the screencast)

Not to throw sand into the machinery here, really, but can I ask some of you Xcast fans: What is it Xcast can do that I'm not already doing with iTunes for Podcasts, and NetNewsWire Lite for regular RSS feeds?

This seems like reinventing the wheel and introducing another step in a simple process.

But I'm curious, I might have missed something.

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Version 1.0b23
zeze
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- With iTunes you don't get the whole podcast feed, but only the entries with an enclosure attached.
- iTunes video player sucks (although it has been improved a lot in iTunes 7), in Xcast opening videos with your favorite player is "one click away"
- Better smart groups implementation for filtering enclosures
- "Podcasts Cleaner"
- iTunes doesn't support all types of enclosures
- Downlading Podcasts with NNW is awful experience. Downloaded files won't be properly integrated into the iTunes Podcasts list, they won't sync properly to the ipod (podcasts will be mixed to standard music) and you'll probably end up with duplicate files.

that's said, if you don't have "geek-requirements", iTunes 7 remains a great Podcast client and you should stick with it.

BumbleB
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;-)

Thank you for explaining

JeffDM
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I think it's great that iTunes podcast feature works fine for you.

The reason I'm trying Xcast is that iTunes sometimes fails with fetching podcasts, it would try for fifteen seconds and just fail. It might have something to do with my DirecWay ISP, but I've checked all my settings and all my other Internet activities work fine. Also, Juice fetches the feed enclosures just fine.

I am trying to replace Juice because it doesn't do any sort of automatated daily or regular feed check for updated podcasts. Xcast might be the one, but I will have to wait to see if it's recurring feed check works.

Anyway, the lesson here is that there is no "one size fits all" or "one program serves everyone". I am glad that there is some software diversity in this respect. I still use iTunes for everything else, but I needed something that works for fetching podcasts.

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Well I have played with Xcast for about the last 15 minutes and I can tell you right now that...

It will be replacing iPodderX (aka Transistr) on my system and will make a serious run at Juice.

First any developer who takes the time to make a screen cast of how his product works is one step ahead of the game. I even used this screen cast to solve a problem vice using the help menu (I had forgotten how to automatically have the downloaded feeds appear in iTunes).

It was simple to set up, has smart lists (the best one being a downloading smart list), intergration with iTunes 7 (so it was ahead of the curve) and has a feature to clean out podcasts/video podcasts that you have listened to.

I hope Zeno doesn't decide to charge for this but if he ever put up a donation button I would gladly send him 20 buck for this.

I can't recommend this piece of software enough.

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Version 1.0b21
pimMA Member IconReview+0
pimMA
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Really addictive: 5 stars!

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Version 1.0b21
pimMA Member IconComment+0
pimMA
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It is now a couple of days that I use Xcast and I'm still very satisfied: user-friendly application that makes podcasting "easy for the rest of us".
The only comment I can think about is that all the podcasters should give Xcast a try. But be careful, I have the impression this application is highly addictive ;-)
Thanks Zeno to make this happens. Excellent job.

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Version 1.0b21
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Date 09 Oct 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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