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Is it possible to search for podcasts without using iTunes? I’m running Fedora so I would prefer not to have to install iTunes in Wine.

Is there an application or plugin to RhythmBox that allows you to search for podcasts the same way as iTunes does? Maybe even connect to the same repository/listings of podcasts?

There are some podcasts I subscribe to that aren’t hosted on websites, so unless I can access them in an iTunes-like fashion, I can’t easilly get to them.

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iTunes is poorly supported in wine, so I agree that that's a lousy solution. Can you give examples of podcasts that are in iTunes but not available online? That might help with searching for a solution. It sounds like you already know this, but just in case, podcasts are generally implemented using XML feeds (example: iTunes-specific links seem to work the same way, but hide the XML file location from you. – Miss Cellanie Nov 21 '09 at 19:03
Some more feed format info, directly from Apple: – Miss Cellanie Nov 21 '09 at 19:04
An example is a podcast by some friends,, they don't have it on their site but its in the iTunes podcast section. Can't find it on Podcast Alley either. – user155695 Nov 21 '09 at 20:29
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Podcast Alley lets you search for podcasts and provides you with the feeds.

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Raven, thats a brilliant link, thanks for that. Although it doesn't seem to have "everything" that iTunes does, but certainly worth bookmarking ;) – user155695 Nov 21 '09 at 23:29

Tunesviewer will let you search, browse, and download iTunes podcasts.

TunesViewer is a small, easy to use program to access itunes-university media and podcasts in Linux.


  • Direct searching, browsing, and downloading.
  • Supports itunes-University login, to download students-and-staff-only media.
  • Reveals the standard rss-podcast-feed of the itunes-podcasts, for use in any podcast software.
  • Includes the option to set itself as default protocol handler, to go directly from the "loading itunes-U..." page to viewing with TunesViewer.
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The latest Rhythmbox actually searches iTunes when you go to the podcast section and search.

On the left, just select Podcasts, add, and then enter search terms.

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