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Downloading all episodes of a podcast

Not a biggie but in case it helps anyone.

I wanted to download all episodes of the excellent “My Dad Wrote a Porno” podcast for posterity. I couldn’t find any way of doing this so here’s what I ended up doing.

First I found the RSS feed. I noticed that it contains the actual audio file in enclosure tags.

Cool, so I just need to read these for a start. I can do that via curl.

This gives me all the links thus:

I was able to extract just the URL via a modification to the above snippet to match the beginning double quotes:

Now all I needed to do was download these and also rename the “media.mp3” to be the directory name from the path. The following did that:

I use sed to strip out the domain name and also do the word “media”. What remains is the part of the path I am interested in.

PowerShell as wget/ curl

I needed to download OneGet for the previous post. I had the URL, but rather than open a browser as I would usually do I used PowerShell to download the file:

Nifty, eh! If you omit the -OutFile you get the headers and such:

Lastly, just for kicks, to get all elements of a certain tag from a website:

Got to love it when you can do such cool things with Windows/ PowerShell so easily! A few years ago I could have barely imagined such a thing would be possible on Windows.

Update: While I am at it, here’s how you can quickly download a bunch of files from a website. In this case I want to download all mp3 files from a music website (for example purposes!). Through trial and error I know the links have the text “download” in them, so I can filter for such links and then download each of these to an appropriate file:

Or a variant:

If you use a different site you’ll have to modify the filters accordingly, but it’s pretty straight-forward …