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How do I download iTunes podcasts with hpodder or other software?

There is a bunch of free courses available on the net. But a lot of them are available only through iTunes, even if they are free, including one that interests me. There is no way I install iTunes on my computer (not that I can't, but I won't). Is there a workaround (ex : user-agent?) to download the files anyway?

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Use Tunesviewer, see my answer here askubuntu.com/questions/169613/… –  user76204 Sep 21 '12 at 15:56
    
I don't think that there is a way. You can always install itunes, download them and save the files somewhere else and delete the program. But what exactly are you trying to download? Is it a video or audio? perhaps if you specify exactly which course you are trying to download someone can find a workaround. –  Kosmic Genesis Sep 21 '12 at 16:13
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In Ubuntu 12.10, Rhythmbox lets you search and subscribe iTunes podcasts. (Podcasts -> Add) Unfortunately it doesn't search iTunesu, and crashes often. Hope it's fixed before final release :) –  NoBugs Sep 22 '12 at 1:07

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  1. Currently, iTunes will not work, not properly at least, with Wine or Playonlinux or Crossover (it used to work a while ago). What will work, though, is to install Windows in VirtualBox, and install iTunes on top of that installation. This is a bit of an overkill for iTunes, but if you have Windows installed in a vbox anyways then it does not cost you too much trouble.

  2. iTunes is absolutely required to access iTunes if you want to buy music. No alternatives exist. However, as I was informed in a comment -- other software exists to access free contents.

  3. For some type of the media, there are alternatives to iTunes. For example, you can buy music from Ubuntu One music store or Amazon. I am well aware that this will not replace iTunes Music Store, but you can get music from the Big Four in these stores as well.

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A program called Tunesviewer allows you to access free material from Itunes U or any of the free podcasts. The op refers to free material in his question- he means podcasts rather than music. –  user76204 Sep 21 '12 at 16:41
    
That's cool! I didn't know that. –  January Sep 21 '12 at 16:49

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