Podcasting is a curious digital artform that has changed the way audio (and sometimes visual) media is broadcasted. Episodic in nature and distributed via web feeds, one could argue that podcasts have become the ‘talk radio’ of the internet age. Great podcasts are addictive and can often be a nightmare organising subscriptions for these delectable audio morsels if your software isn’t up to scratch. That’s where AntennaPod comes in. Created by Daniel Oeh and hosted on GitHub, AntennaPod is a full-featured open source podcast manager that will bring out a smile from even the most ardent podcast listeners. AntennaPod’s developers have taken a meticulous approach in crafting the app as it contains arguably more features than many ‘paid’ podcast apps.
Some of its features include support for both audio and video playback, access to over 250,000 podcasts on iTunes and the gPodder directory, the ability to add subscriptions via RSS and Atom Feeds, OPML import/export, variable playback speeds and advanced download management features. The app is undoubtedly a triumph for “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS) and is a tangible step above the podcast management software provided by a certain fruit-flavoured corporate entity.
AntennaPod is published under the ‘MIT License’ and is available on both Google Play and F-Droid. You can download it for your Android device from the links below.