[bct] Re: podiobooks

  • From: Tim Cross <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 08:49:48 +1100

I would second the point about problems likely to be due to the RSS
feeds rather than juice/ipodder. WHile writing my own aggregator, I
was quite surprised about the number of badly formed RSS feeds out
there - in fact, so many I stopped parsing the RSS file as an XML file
and now just do a (rather inefficient, but more reliable, regexp match
for the enclosure tag and extract the url of the podcast from that.

I have noticed on some 'dynamic' rss feed sites that the same podcast
will show up with a slightly different url. This is a problem for
programs like juice as it cannot tell the podcast itself is the same
(though it may be a good heuristic to track and match on the mp3
filename and size rather than the url). 


Kitty Litter writes:
 > If you don't mind downloading the actual rss or xml file and pasting in the 
 > url for each file you want then the answer is no, you don't need a 
 > podcatcher. But that would be really a stupid thing to do in my opinion.
 > There probably is nothing wrong with juice. The problem may be in the way 
 > the rss file is constructed. I don't care enough to figure it out. I 
 > recommend installing juice but not automatically downloading podcasts. You 
 > can go through each subscription and manually select the episodes you want 
 > to download. 

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