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There are numerous ways to get the podcast feed for standard iTunes podcasts like this or this, however, neither of these methods work on the podcast feeds in iTunes U.

I don't want to use iTunes, how can I find the alternative xml podcast feed? Here's one for example:

How can I subscribe to this feed outside of iTunes? I have tried emailing the publisher ( numerous times but they never respond.

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What do you use as an alternative pod-catcher? I'm trying to shake iTunes as a pod-catcher but yet to have found a good catcher. – Mcradle Jan 26 '11 at 20:56
I haven't found a good iTunes alternative for a PC based podcatcher, but I have an Android phone and primarily use this so the only podcatcher I use is BeyondPod. I use Google reader to manage all my podcasts, and on the rare occasion that I listen at the computer I stream them directly from Google Reader. This is no good for the podcasts that only give you access to the last podcast. Ideally I'd like to find a cloud based podcatcher. – matt Jan 26 '11 at 21:07
I'm also in a quest to find a cloud podcatcher. I'm considering to write my own. – Mcradle Feb 10 '11 at 10:30
@mcradle: If you do, let me know, or post a link here: – matt Feb 10 '11 at 13:31

Here is a service that is doing exactly what you want:

Hope it works for you.

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If your other reader supports enclosures then simply add the URL to the reader. The server lies about the content type, but the reader should be able to ignore that.

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The only problem with that is that the iTunes server will only accept file request from the iTunes user agent, so I can see the podcasts, but get errors when I download. – matt Dec 30 '10 at 3:27
So then tell your reader or player to fake their user agent. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 30 '10 at 3:30
I wouldn't even know where to begin to know how to do that. – matt Dec 30 '10 at 4:21

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