Xcast
Xcast 1.0b23
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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 reason why it failed)
    • and more...
  • [FIXED] When the main app's window is hidden (closed or minimized), clicking the Xcast icon in the Dock will reopen it. This has also been fixed in case the main window is closed and you add a new feed from an external application via a one-click subscription link (a URL that starts with "xcast://" or even "http://" and "feed://" if you set Xcast to be your Default RSS Reader).
  • [FIXED] In some cases downloaded enclosures failed to be added to iTunes with an annoying message "This item already appears to be located inside you iTunes Music folder". The issue should now be fixed.
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 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Dx7 commented on 27 Aug 2010
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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niugnep commented on 03 Feb 2008
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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fearmeat reviewed on 10 Oct 2006
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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BumbleB commented on 09 Oct 2006
(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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zeze replied on 09 Oct 2006
- 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.
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BumbleB replied on 10 Oct 2006
;-)

Thank you for explaining
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JeffDM replied on 26 May 2007
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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chiefted reviewed on 13 Sep 2006
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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pimMA reviewed on 02 Sep 2006
Really addictive: 5 stars!
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pimMA commented on 02 Sep 2006
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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Reconfigger had trouble on 29 Jan 2013
It seems that the developer URL for this app has changed to http://www.xcast.ch/
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Downloads:4,922
Version Downloads:4,106
Type:Internet : Newsreaders
License:Free
Date:09 Oct 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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