When I was shopping for an mp3 player, I preferred Cowon iAudio X5L over iPods as it had much longer battery life and radio. Since then, podcasts became very popular and iTunes is one of the best out there. Of course, it only works with iPods :(
So today I started to look for non-iPod podcast software. That's when I saw AudioShell, which is
"a freeware MS Windows Explorer shell extension plugin which allows you to view and edit music file tags directly in Windows Explorer. AudioShell support all files and tags standards supported by Tag&Rename. AudioShell adds tag editor and viewer tabs to the music files properties menu (you can edit tags file by file or by groups), detailed music files hints with tag and file information, and additional columns in the Explorer files list. Full Unicode support. Great tool for mp3 players owners! You can fast and easy fix files tags in Explorer before uploading its to your iPod/Creative or any other mp3 player."
I am a big fan of Tag&Rename but this little utility seems to do a good job too.
My quest for ideal podcast application is still going on. I have tried a few apps like Juice (aka iPodder) and MyPodder from Podcast Ready but had issues with both. Still searching...