Search for the holy Grail: A reliable podcatcher for Ubuntu or Linux in general
I've had a similar issue, not in finding podcatchers-- there are a few, but in finding a good one, that is not a behind the scenes resource hog/backdoor into your computer.
Back in Windows I used an older version of ziepod, which was just perfect for subscribing to, downloading AND listening while downloading podcatcher. Just fantastic. Newer version, not so much. But older .89 version (I believe)just fantastic.
Unfortunately since moving to Ubuntu over a year ago, while I've found great linux alternatives to almost every thing I could do windows, one of the two exceptions is a great podcatcher.
My needs are relatively simple, I'd like something that:
1/ grabs podcasts,
2/ is stable and reliable,
3/ not a resource hog(usually related to behind the scenes bittorrenting and phoning home)and
4/ does not use or rely on bittorrent, but rather just uses HTTP to provide you your podcasts.
Unfortunately none of the numerous podcatchers I've tried, gpodder, hpodder, exhaile, icepodder, miro, listen, kitty, penguintv, rhythmbox, have been able to meet those 4 simple requirements. I run a firewall so I can always tell when programs are generating traffic, phoning home, or generally downloading when I'm not explicitly telling it to.
Anyone if anyone has a recommendation, for a simple, not bit-torrent integrated podcatcher. Please post it. Thanks!