Juice a Podcast Receiver

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 8, 2006
Updated • May 12, 2013
Music and Video

Many Ghacks visitors come to the site from an RSS reader that they use to keep up to date and while it is mostly something that technical inclined users are using, it has reached a fairly significant share. The same cannot be said for podcasts, which you can best compare to radio shows that you can download and listen to at any time. I'm not sure why this is the case but tools like Juice Receiver may help bring podcasts to a larger audience. The variety of podcasts excel those of radio shows in my opinion although tech podcasts are more common than, lets say, podcasts about cooking or gardening. Podcasts are often broadcasted live initially and recorded at the same time so that they can be offered as downloads later on to all users who missed the live show or want to listen again to the show.

Juice Receiver is a freeware program available for Windows, Mac and Linux systems that contains a large list of podcasts that you can subscribe to right away. Just browse the directory of podcasts it makes available and subscribe to the ones you find most interesting in the process.

You can naturally add custom podcast addresses to the application to add shows not found in the directory to the application.

Podcast downloads are managed by the tool itself but it does not ship with playback options. The program can tap right into media players installed on the system, or if you prefer that, you can also use any other media player or move the files to another device entirely.

juice podcast receiver

Juice Receiver had some problems to connect to certain listings in the directory to receive a updated podcast listing, some were working, some not. This is most likely a temporary issue and should be resolved quickly.

If you are new to podcasts give this tool a try, it offers a good introduction to podcasts and suggest some very interesting ones.

To get started, click on Podcast directory in the program interface upon startup and start browsing the available listing. A search is unfortunately not available, and a couple of podcast directories listed by the application are no longer working.  You can add custom podcasts to the program as long as you have the feed url available that new episodes are published on.

The latest episodes are displayed in the main interface. Each episode is listed with its name, state, size in Megabyte and location. You can then select some or all episodes of the podcast for download. Note that some feeds only contain information about the latest podcasts and not all of them. You may need to download those no longer included in the podcast feed manually in this case.


  1. If you do not want Juice to run on startup, disable it by removing Juice from the start up directory of your system.
  2. Check out NPR for a website listing of podcasts that you can subscribe to.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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