Rhythmbox and podcasts

Brian Fahrlander brian at fahrlander.net
Tue Jan 23 14:44:51 UTC 2007

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Andy wrote:
> Hi

    This is related to the podcast url:
http://podcast.oneplace.com/bam/3021336.xml which only seems to work one
time, and our attempts to make it work "like normal".

> I follow up, sorry about the delay, been busy last week.

    Quite alright; I'm pretty sure you and I are the only ones working
on this problem right now, and I appreciate any help I can get!

> On 15/01/07, Andy <stude.list at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> If I get time I may set up my own feed to test things out a bit. The
>> problem with someone else's feed is you have to wait for it to update.
> OK I have now managed to set up my own private feed to test this and I
> am now almost certain that it is caused by a date issue.
> I setup a feed with an invalid date field and added it Rhythmbox, it
> happily downloaded the feed and then downloaded a test file.
> Right clicking on the feed itself and choosing properties showed me
> that it was last updated 1970 Jan 01 (Unix Epoch i think).
> After that point it refused to ever add any new podcasts for that
> feed, even after I corrected the error.
> When using correct dates it worked, but only after reading the feed so
> that the first feed it loaded was correct.
> The only difference I made between the non-working files and the
> working files was a change to the <pubDate> field making it a valid
> date according to RFC-822
> You have a number of options if you want to listen to that feed.
> 1) File a bug report about Rhythmbox and await a fix. (not sure its
> Rhythmbox's fault the file is not conformant to standards).

    I won't bother; far, FAR simpler problems like requesting it NOT
play the same song, twice in a row, has gone untouched for almost two
years, now.  I don't expect anything from RB.  I'm only using it
because, on an NFS filesystem, Banshee won't work either.  :/

> 2) Use a different Podcast client

    I might; I've been looking at the do-it-all forms, but maybe there's
just a podcast-getter, one that's coming along nicely and will one day
be the libraries for all other music players?  :)  (I can dream, can't
I?)  I'm guessing it might be called an "aggregator"?  Got any pointers?
What do you use?

> 3) Ask the feed creator to correct his feed (probably the best option, IMHO)

    I copied this message into their web-form; maybe we'll here back,
but I won't hold my breath.  Thanks for all the help, aye?
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