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August 26, 2019 8:35 AM   Subscribe

"Given an ordered list of MP3 files hosted elsewhere on the web, Fourble serves them up as a podcast, with a frequency and start date of your choice. You can use Fourble to make a public or private podcast from audio files that you've found or uploaded somewhere else online—it's particularly well suited to mining the rich seams of archive.org at a manageable rate."

Fourble's been going for some time, so almost every classic radio show that's ever been featured on Metafilter is already on its grand list of public podcasts. Just copy and paste the proffered rss feed into your podcast app of choice.
-A Canticle for Liebowitz (previously)
-CBS Radio Mystery Theatre (previously)
-I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (previously)
-Mindwebs (previously)
-Nightfall (previously)
-Quiet, Please (previously)
-Suspense (previously)
-The Whistler (previously)
-X Minus One (previously)
And keep in mind that Fourble isn't limited to radio material. It can generate an rss feed from any collection of audio files on Internet Archive, including every audiobook ever published by Librivox.
posted by Iridic (17 comments total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is a great concept. Like I like it as a solution for archival radio and audiobook stuff, yeah, but I kind of love it for the more general take of treating "podcast" as a structure for an arbitrary mixtape rather than as a fairly hemmed in concept of medium and project.
posted by cortex at 9:20 AM on August 26 [4 favorites]


As someone who has homebrewed podcasts from archive.org content this is amazing!
posted by Going To Maine at 9:22 AM on August 26


This is very cool. Thanks.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 9:40 AM on August 26


Going to Maine, how did you do it? (Disclaimer: link to spouse's very relevant project.) "Podcast Roulette" picks a random episode of a random podcast (that is hosted on archive.org) every day and puts it into an RSS feed, creating a meta-podcast. To do this he wrote a bit of code for better interacting with the Internet Archive API.
posted by brainwane at 10:07 AM on August 26


Oh hey I know Kevan Davis, who made this! He also made Chore Wars, in case you've heard of that. In related feed inventiveness, he turned The Diary of a Nobody into a blog whose RSS feed you can subscribe to -- he wired it up so you can get one entry per day, starting at the beginning of the diary, starting the day you subscribe.

From the About page:

If a podcast's long description mentions any years between 1920 and 1959, then the icon appears in monochrome.

What a lovely touch.
posted by brainwane at 10:16 AM on August 26 [3 favorites]


So, uh... how do I get this onto my old iPod?
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:21 AM on August 26


how did you do it?

Speaking strictly for myself—you can turn any almost Archive query into an RSS feed. If you restrict your media type to audio, you've got yourself a podcast! (Of a very limited sort. The method works best for cases where you have one .mp3 to a page, like this radio show I posted about a while ago.)
posted by Iridic at 10:29 AM on August 26


Obligatory.
posted by doctornemo at 12:30 PM on August 26 [2 favorites]


um, this is the BEST OF THE WEB. Damn. I've written some scripts to do this kind of thing but they've been ad hoc. This service is stupendously good. This+huffduffer and you can make podcasts a whole nother thing.
posted by n9 at 1:23 PM on August 26 [1 favorite]


how did you do it?

Speaking strictly for myself—you can turn any almost Archive query into an RSS feed. If you restrict your media type to audio, you've got yourself a podcast! (Of a very limited sort. The method works best for cases where you have one .mp3 to a page, like this radio show I posted about a while ago.)

Yes, I’d say my process was roughly the same, though it’s been a while since I tried or thought about it. Scrape the page with python, pull out the data with BeautifulSoup, mash it into the appropriate RSS for a podcast, link to some decent free fake cover art, save the whole thing in a github gist, and then point my podcast app at that gist.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:25 PM on August 26


So, this is a streaming-only service? Not a "generate a podcast to download onto my audio device for offline listening" sort of situation?
posted by hippybear at 9:11 PM on August 26


Hm, I've been working on a podcast client, and these feeds don't seem to be compatible with it: there's no <channel> tag. I might can add special support for these, however.
posted by JHarris at 10:08 PM on August 26 [1 favorite]


Ah! I found out why, I used the wrong link. Never mind!
posted by JHarris at 10:53 PM on August 26 [1 favorite]


So, this is a streaming-only service? Not a "generate a podcast to download onto my audio device for offline listening" sort of situation?

Pretty much every podcast client or iTunes equivalent will have a way to import podcast feeds manually. (They hide it sometimes, so you may have to Google around for the method.) Usually you're looking for a dialog box or a search field.

On every show page on Fourble, you'll see an rss file name displayed in a white box--something like "https://fourble.co.uk/suspense1-190827-7.rss." Fiddle around with the parameters until you're happy, copy the file name, and paste it into the dialog box or search field in your client. It might take a minute to load, but you should end up with a podcast that looks and behaves much like any other, with episodes you can download for offline listening.
posted by Iridic at 2:19 AM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Going To Maine, I showed your comment to my spouse Leonard (who created and maintains Beautiful Soup) and he liked your innovation of using a GitHub gist -- thanks for the idea!
posted by brainwane at 7:35 AM on August 27 [3 favorites]


brainwane, thank you husband for me, for my client use BeautifulSoup for feed parsing!
posted by JHarris at 9:55 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


I baked a cake. Should we have cake? I love people loving each other. Let's all have cake!

This is going to come across wrong. Take it in the correct spirit. :D
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