Do people still listen to podcasts? I seem to remember podcasts being all the rage about 10 years ago, but I don’t hear so much about them now. Perhaps I am just not paying attention. 😐
Regardless, podget — as you might infer — does the job of yanking podcasts from servers, and managing them for you.
I haven’t seen many tools like this, but podget was quite easy to manage and set up. I seem to remember another one from a while ago that wasn’t so … cooperative.
Set up a server list at .podget/serverlist — or shamelessly steal the one included on the man page, like I did — declare a “library” (which is just a download target) and voila! You’re in business.
As I understand it (because I didn’t wrangle through all the little details) podget is also clever enough to clear out old files and retain only a number of recent files. It also arranges them in a nice tree. 🙂
And both the Debian and AUR descriptions suggest it’s intended to work from within cron, so it’s designed as a fire-and-forget background tool.
I can appreciate that, although I’d have to add that I don’t know of many tools that don’t play well with cron, unless they are just too blabby.
All of this boils down to:
- If you know what a podcast is, and
- if you listen to a lot of them, and
- if you need a tool to download them, and
- if you need a tool to clear them out periodically, and
- if you want that tool to arrange them nicely, and
- if you want that tool to play well with cron,
then podget might be the thing for you. Logical, yes?