Just a few short days ago we asked you to list your favorite Android podcatcher and, boy howdy, did you folks answer. In fact, we're going to wrap this up a couple days early, declare a winner and give one lucky a reader their pick of cases from the AndroidCentral Store. And the winner is ...

For the most part, all of the podcatcher apps you named have fairly similar features, so user interface plays a big part in popularity, we believe. Join us after the break as we learn your choice for best Android podcatcher.

No. 1: Google Listen

Google Listen

It's tough to beat a free app, and Google's Listen app was your overwhelming choice. It features large, easy-to-use controls and has the ability to stream podcasts as well as download over your wireless connection, or WiFi.

Listen's secret power: In addition to adding and managing your subscriptions on your phone, you can do so with Google Reader on your desktop. Very cool. [Market link]

Honorable mention: BeyondPod

A powerful RSS reader in addition to podcatcher (oh, and it does video, too), BeyondPod has a free seven-day trial version, and the Pro unlocker costs $6.99. You have full control over when and what you download, and there's plenty of Google Reader or OMPL integration. There's a handy home screen widget, too.

Honorable Mention: ACast

Again, there's Google Reader integration, scheduled downloading and the like. The free version of the app is advertising-supported, and a $2.99 unlock frees you from that. [Market link]


Honorable mention: DoggCatcher

This paid app ($6.99) is chock-full of features, such as in-line image support, streams as well as downloads and recommends podcasts based on your subscriptions. [Market link]


Honorable mention: dPod

Last but not least, one of the new kids on the block, and it's free, to boot. dPod featuers auto-downloads, a choice of media players and has a number of new features in the works. [Market link]




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But when is Google Listen going to have video support? I understand it's called "Listen" and not "Watch" but still so many podcasts are video.

It's easy to vote for Listen because it's free. Most people aren't even going to try something else, because they aren't willing to shell out the cash.

It would be interesting to see what the results are when you take the freebies out of the equation. Chances are, you'd get a more accurate representation of what the "best" podcatcher really is. Free is nice, and for a lot of folks it's probably enough, but if you want something that's really better, it's usually going to cost you.

That argument doesn't hold water. A paid app isn't necessarily better. I've tried a few of the paid apps for podcasting and eventually settled on Listen simply because it is the best of the bunch.

On what criteria are you basing your decision about Listen being superior?

I agree that paid isn't always better. However, in the case of podcasting apps, there are definitely better options than Listen. Overall, Listen is a really stripped down app, that only allows for basic podcatching. If you want to actually manage your podcast feeds, Listen is not a good option.

I agree, many of those who voted for Listen probably have never tried anything else - though it does have some unique UI features, I don't think that they are good. Having tried all of the podcatchers mentioned (except DC), I think Listen is probably the worst of the lot.

Now, the difference between acast and dpod is harder to determine, they are both pretty decent.

One thing I want to reiterate about BeyondPod - it is the ONLY podcatcher that has categories for your feeds, which is fantastic. This alone made it worth the higher price.