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I wish to have a software that:

  1. Downloads new podcast episodes to my computer.
  2. Syncs the files with my iPod whenever I connect it

I don't want the software to be iTunes.

After searching, I see the "songbird"'s iPod extension is not in development anymore. I also see the "Juice" is not being developed anymore (although a bunch of people say they might take on the project).

Can anyone propose to me a good solution. I would prefer a free open source solution (if it is possible)

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iTunes has the feature build-in, which is why development slowed on these add-ons. What does/doesn't iTunes do that you don't like? – Force Flow Aug 23 '10 at 22:04
    
Thanks for replying. Honestly - it's not OSS. When I can, I'd rather use that. – Tal Galili Aug 23 '10 at 22:42
    
You're going to be hard pressed to find something. Apple, by its nature, is very proprietary. Heck, even Winamp doesn't support iPods. You can try some of the tools here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_podcatchers , but if you really want OSS, you're going to have to ditch that iPod and go with something else. – Force Flow Aug 24 '10 at 13:13
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On second thought, Songbird is the go-to OSS replacement for iTunes, so that might be your best bet for something that's kept up-to-date. getsongbird.com en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songbird_%28software%29 – Force Flow Aug 24 '10 at 13:17
    
Thanks force flow. – Tal Galili Aug 24 '10 at 13:47
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Oh, so then you need to have an iPhone, iPad or at least an iPod touch.

I don't know of any other podcast downloading app that works with an iPod. Why don't you use iTunes? I love it.

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