Windows Media Player 11 Beta is available here for download.
Even though it is beta, you should check it out, but only if you have Windows XP. It works well with Xbox 360 and any Windows Media Centers too! It kind of has a iTunes feel to it. Just has a little more graphic side to it and easy drop down nav bars for you to rip, burn, and sync. You can also manage your pictures, videos, and recorded TV shows with it too!!
But there isn't a feature for podcasts yet. Not sure if there will because that is more of an Apple thang..