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Project Notebook: Download My Podcasts

December 04, 2013 | In tech

Thanksgiving was so restful that by Sunday I was in the mood to write some Python.

Yoga Journal offers a series of 25 minute podcasts, a perfect length for weekdays. I lost my saved episodes to OS upgrades and synching experiments. iTunes gave an error when I re-download them, and I regretted not saving them as real files.

Python to the rescue. Armed with the RSS feed I wrote a script to download the MP3s once and for all and tag them so they'll sort nicely in iTunes. Some are truly no longer available, but I salvaged a dozen episodes.