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PodNova: the simple Windows podcast client

I've used Doppler as my podcast client (AKA podcatcher or podcast aggregator) on Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista Business 64-bit. It works, but in Vista it often stops responding and causes DEP errors even though I created a DEP exception for it. Then, it stopped downloading CNET podcasts since they changed their feeds in February 2008.

I googled for Windows podcast clients and ran across PodNova, HappyFish, FeedDemon, Nimiq, RSSRadio, and Juice (which I've used in Windows and Linux in the past).

I began to evaluate these clients with the first one I found: PodNova. I especially like PodNova's web-based approach; you create a PodNova account, import your existing feeds (or add them from scratch), and all your subscriptions are stored on their servers. You no longer need to manage local OPML files. And if tomorrow you convert from Windows to Linux or Mac, PodNova has a client for all 3 platforms.

The client interface is clean and simple. Each day, I launch the PodNova client, then click Download. A single progress bar shows the client scan my feeds and download new episodes.

So far, I've been satisfied enough with PodNova that I've stopped searching for another client. PodNova has taken the place of Doppler in my podcast management scheme. See my post Sync podcasts to an MP3 player with Doppler and Windows Media Player for more information.


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