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If you read this blog every now or then you know I like to listen to couple of podcasts. Show have number of different distribution methods and file formats. The only combination that is missing is the one I would like to use: that's XML feed with BitTorrent enclosures pointing to M4B/AAC/iPod files.

Since all three are produced by Carl Franklin I wrote to him the other day in order to ask him why is that and hoping he would add the missing feed. But he has a point - AAC is typically downloaded using iTunes and iTunes don't support BitTorrent enclosures. Having a link on a page would probably confuse fair share of iTunes users. So Carl decided not to offer such a feed. (Mind that dnrTV feeds work out of the box (out of the site?) since the iTunes dilemma is not there with video files!)

So I had to create those feeds myself.

I created a new .NEt project, added a single class with code that’s replacing a string in original MP3 feeds with M4B and made sure this class implements IHttpHandler interfac. Then I registered the HttpHandler in web.config and voila!

Here are iPod Torrent links of all Carl Franklin / Pwop shows:

Now you can get yourself a BitTorrent client (the best BitTorrent client in my opinion is uTorrent) and subscribe to the feeds!

Here is a short manual how you accomplish that in uTorrent:


Add feeds. You can give them a nice name in other places if you add in format <name>|<feed_url> as can be seen above.


You have to create a favorites filter and specify where you want files to be saved. A nice thing to do is to label new torrents so you know that they were automatically added.


This is how it looks if everything works.

Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2006 10:05 PM | Filed under: Software Developement Blogging |

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# re: iPod/M4B/AAC Torrent feeds for Carl Franklins shows 3/13/2006 4:31 PM Mare
Če te Carl ne omeni v naslednji oddaji, ga neham poslušat :)

# re: iPod/M4B/AAC Torrent feeds for Carl Franklins shows 3/13/2006 10:57 PM CypherBit
Nice, very nice.

I actually use iTunes for my podcasting needs, but I like your approach.
And yes µTorrent is great.

# Complete RSS feeds of AAC torrents for Pwop podcasts (HanselMinutes, .NET Rocks!, RunAs Radio, Mondays) 1/9/2008 9:23 PM Bite my bytes
Complete RSS feeds of AAC torrents for Pwop podcasts (HanselMinutes, .NET Rocks!, RunAs Radio, Mondays)

# re: iPod/M4B/AAC Torrent feeds for Carl Franklins shows 8/29/2008 3:45 PM cgfh
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