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iTunes University on Android
December 3, 2010 8:29 AM   Subscribe

Has anyone had success in subscribing to iTunes University podcasts on their Android device?

I have tried to use Google Listen, Beyond Pod, and Doggcatcher, yet all three of these programs are not able to interpret the itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/...../.... links that iTunes directs you to when you select "copy link" from the iTunes software interface.

I suppose alternatively, is there a way to form the iTunes URL to be a valid feed that any of these podcast programs can interpret? I am on Android 2.1, Samsung Galaxy.
posted by yoyoceramic to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The problem is the link you get from the "copy link" is a link to the iTunes web page that outlines the course/topic/etc, and not an actual atom or rss feed.
posted by thewalledcity at 8:44 AM on December 3, 2010


Is there a way to extract the actual rss feed?
posted by yoyoceramic at 9:02 AM on December 3, 2010


It's been a while since I've messed with itunesU, but I don't think they are true podcasts, from what I could tell it seemed to be proprietary itunes only type thing.

If you are at the university you're trying to subscribe to, let the tech/web people know, cause 1) they need to hear that its not meeting your needs and 2) there may be a more standard, accessible type feed or direct download page (and there are several ways to make a static page into a podcast feed, like feed43).
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 9:10 AM on December 3, 2010


I haven't tried it with iTunesU content, but Feed Flipper might help. They have another service for building feeds with SoundCloud content that works perfectly.
posted by bcwinters at 9:27 AM on December 3, 2010


Yeah, feedflipper was a negative with iTunes U :(
posted by yoyoceramic at 9:55 AM on December 3, 2010


Have you tried subscribing on your computer, then right click on the podcast in iTunes, and get the RSS/XML feed from the properties, then email it to your phone, and copy-and-paste it into your prefered Podcast app?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:25 AM on December 3, 2010


I get songs onto my android device using isyncr, which syncs with itunes playlists. If you had your podcasts in a playlist, this could work. It's not free, and the wireless sync is an extra dollar, but I'm happy with it.
posted by garlic at 6:06 PM on December 4, 2010


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