The Unix Ideal
From the time I started listening to podcasts until about two months ago, I had been using Rhythmbox to manage my podcasts. When I first started using a Linux music application, Banshee ran hideously slow on my computer. (As did most mono-based products) As time has passed I’ve acquired a more powerful Linux computer and the mono code has been made more efficient. But it was too late, I was already ingrained into Rhythmbox and it had all my music rated. So I continued to use it. On Linux Outlaws they kept mentioning how much they loved gPodder. I checked out an early version and I didn’t see the point. But after upgrading to Fedora 11, I decided to check it out.
It is so much better for managing podcasts than Rhythmbox and that goes to the Unix ideal – have your program do only one thing and do it well. Banshee, by the way, is the opposite of that. It seems to be moving in a Windows Media Player direction, recently gaining the ability to play videos as well. So, here’s a comparison of Rhythmbox and gPodder and you’ll be able to easily see why I switched. First, here’s the podcast interface for Rhythmbox.