I really like coming home after work and listening to a podcast to help me decompress after a long day. Sometimes in the evening when I'm fiddling with my old Mac's I like to stick on a long episode of something and listen and work.
I've being using my iPhone but heck, why not do it with my 68K Macintoshes? Well turns out you can with a bit of programming knowledge and an Apache webserver with PHP and ffmpeg.
|Server:||Target Machine (What I tested on):|
Some sort of webserver running PHP 7 or higher (I'm using Apache)
imagemagick (to run the mogrify command)
36MB RAM (32MB 72Pin DRAM SIMM, 4 MB Onboard RAM)
16GB SCSI2SD HDD
Mac OS 7.6.1
10/T PDS Ethernet Card
Internet Explorer 4.0.1
3. So what do I do with this to get my stories?
a) Open the Podcasts App
b) Tap and hold the icon of your favourite podcast
c) Tap Copy Link
d) Open up this site: http://www.getrssfeed.com and paste in what you just copied.
e) After pressing search, you'll see the logo of your podcast along with a blue button for RSS. Click RSS
f) There you go! This URL you're now visiting is your RSS feed.
ffmpeg -i yourinputfilename.mp3 -acodec pcm_s16le -ac 1 -ar 16000 youroutputfilename.wav
a) Create a new folder on your webserver and paste the files from the ZIP file into this directory.
$SubscriptonsFileto be the appropriate relative path.
$MediaDirectoryTo the appropriate absolute path. This file will be processed by a
cronjob in Linux.
$subscriptionsFileto be the appropriate relative path.
process.phpas often as you wish... I used the following by running
crontab -eto run
f) You can now browse to
0 * * * * php /absolute/path/to/process.php
index.phpon your old mac and take a listen! You may wish to manually run
process.phpto get your initial downloads loaded.
Last Updated: November 17, 2019