Meet “Vocal” – a new Podcasts app developed for Linux

Podcasts as you all probably know, are a way to distribute either audio or video [and also text such as PDF] throughout the Internet using online streaming technology for the most part.

Updated Mar 14, 2017Apps

Up until now, if you wanted to listen to a Podcast on Linux, you would usually do so by using your web-browser or some music player app, since most podcasts concentrated apps out there, also known as “podcatchers”, are mostly lacking the beauty and sexiness of their music-players counterparts.

Here are some examples for current podcatchers apps available for Linux: BashPodder, gPodder, PenguinTV.

Say hello to Vocal

The reason I say “up until now” is because it seems this is just about to change soon enough. Nathan Dyer is a developer who admits he listens to podcasts for nearly a decade now.

But he also admits he’s been very disappointed “with the podcast managers available for Linux” nowadays, thus he decided to develop a great looking podcatcher called Vocal.


Vocal’s goal is to be better than other existing podcatching apps, by removing their clunkiness, bloat, unnecessarily complicatedness, or lack of features for a daily use.

The main distro Nathan is targeting Vocal for is currently elementary OS (but that’s probably going to expand in the future), and it seems that eOS team is already willing to embrace the project into, perhaps, upcoming release of eOS codenamed Isis.

Vocal first release features

  • Video and audio podcast support
  • Streaming and downloading
  • Automatic checking/downloading new episodes
  • elementary OS system integration
  • Importing/exporting subscriptions

The app uses the open source GPL V3 license, and is writen in Vala.

No download found

Unfortunately, although Nathan mentions the image above is not a mockup but an actual coded app, I couldn’t find any reference pointing to a download link of the released app, or a testing snapshot of it as well.