A no-frills tool for fetching your podcasts.
Work in progress, but I've been using it exclusively for six months without any major issues.
I've found very few podcast tools that aren't either horribly bloated (I don't want my downloader to also be a half-assed media player), decent-but-fragile (shell scripts; tries too hard to make sense of hopelessly broken feeds), or inflexible (insists on performing the download itself; wants to know filename patterns and directories).
I've used greg for years now, but that project is more-or-less dead, and I don't like a few of its design choices, so this is a replacement of sorts.
It's for me. This will not get lots of extraneous features like playback or tagging; don't @ me.
Podchamp keeps a record of feeds and previously-downloaded episodes in a small database. When checking for new episodes, podchamp downloads the feed xml, parses it, and launches downloads for any episodes it doesn't remember downloading previously.
You add a feed like this:
$ podchamp add mbmbam 'https://feeds.simplecast.com/wjQvYtdl'
and then fetch new episodes like so:
$ podchamp fetch Fetching mbmbam
If there are new episodes of MBMBaM, podchamp launches
PODCHAMP_DOWNLOADER with the download link
as an argument. By default this is just wget, which is not super-useful; it's intended that you
write your own script that does whatever you feel is appropriate. For example, here's a simplified
version of mine:
#!/usr/bin/fish set dir "$HOME/podcasts/$PODCHAMP_FEED" mkdir -p "$dir" cd "$dir" wget -q "$PODCAST_URI" -O - | \ nice ffmpeg -y \ -i pipe:0 -c:a libopus -b:a 64k \ -metadata title="$PODCHAMP_DATE - $PODCHAMP_TITLE" \ -metadata artist="$PODCHAMP_FEED" \ "$PODCHAMP_DATE - $PODCHAMP_TITLE.opus"
Normally, when you add a new feed, it has a backlog of 1. This means it will download only the most recent episode the first time you fetch, and every episode newer than it subsequently. If you want more to be going on with, you can set a larger backlog:
$ podchamp add -n 10 streetfight 'http://feeds.feedburner.com/streetfightradio'
or, if you added it already (or reset the feed) you can change the backlog:
$ podchamp mod streetfight backlog 10
This will download the 10 most recent episodes the first time you fetch, and every episode newer than the oldest of those subequently.
Currently there's no way to download particular episodes, but I'll implement it eventually.
If you decide you don't like a podcast and want podchamp to stop fetching it, you can remove its feed:
# to hell with bean dad $ podchamp rm roderickontheline
In case you want to re-download previous episodes of a podcast (say, you lost the files, or want fresh copies to transcode them differently), you can reset the feed:
$ podchamp reset guaranteedaudio
This will be considered done (i.e. 1.0) when I'm happy with it.
On linux, definitely. On windows or other platforms, possibly, but you're on your own; please don't ask for support.
guid; this might be improvable without undue work.
All code here is MIT licensed.