I'm using Gnome's Rhythmbox to listen to Podcasts. Some Podcasts don't provide an rss feed for downloading the episodes but only a itms:// link for iTunes.

Now I'd like to download them via a "normal" RSS reader/podfetcher.
How can I accomplish this?

  • People answering are ignoring the itms:// part of your question and assuming you're referring to normal iTunes links. Those are two different types of links. See my answer for a direct response to your question. – Michael Khalili Jun 24 '15 at 1:48

You should first subscribe to the Podcast using iTunes, then open your iTunes library.

If you go to your Podcasts listing in your iTunes library, you will see a list of the Podcasts you subscribe to. Right-click on the Podcast you want to copy the URL of and select "Copy Podcast URL". This will copy the URL to the RSS feed of the Podcast into your clipboard. You can then paste that link into whatever other application you are using.

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    Thanks for the hint. Is there a possibility without using iTunes? – guerda Dec 7 '09 at 7:30
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    I have not found a way to get the feed URL without using iTunes (and assuming the site doesn't publish the feed URL anywhere). Often it's so time-consuming to search/guess at what the URL would be that it's easier to just open up iTunes and do it that way. I sympathize with the desire to bypass iTunes entirely and will watch this thread to see if anyone comes up with a way to do that. – shawnr Dec 11 '09 at 21:01
  • Thanks for your research. I will post my information too, if I found sth new. – guerda Dec 16 '09 at 10:16
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    Is Apple literally trying to break the web!? – HaveAGuess Mar 16 '15 at 22:41
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    HaveAGuess... Apple is trying to BREAK EVERYTHING! – Papa De Beau Aug 26 '15 at 21:51

I am late but i found a way. Extract the Id from the link with a regex or somethin else

EX: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/state-trance-official-podcast/id260190086

load this link with the ID https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?id=260190086&entity=podcast

Get the "feedUrl" from this json file.

The &entity=podcast is not necessary but it may help

Demo Jsfiddle

  • This is not related to ITMS links. You're answering "How to extract the RSS feed from a normal iTunes link?" but that's not what OP asked. – Michael Khalili Jun 24 '15 at 1:47
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    This helped me a lot. Found this page while searching for itunes podcast rss url, so this answer is still relevant. – aexl Jul 2 '15 at 12:30
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    Doesn't work anymore. ex: itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/how-to-program-with-java/… – DummyBeginner May 2 '16 at 17:51
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    It worked for me (audio podcast). The one you posted Dummy looks like a video podcast (iTunes U), maybe you need a different format. – Michael Butler May 31 '16 at 2:33
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    This trick worked for me just now. – thomasrutter Sep 5 '18 at 3:37

This works also: http://picklemonkey.net/feedflipper-home/ You can even see the original iTunes feed when you open the generated feed in your browser.

  • This is really the best solution without installing and running iTunes.. more so now that I am on Ubuntu... – Antony Dec 30 '14 at 14:36
  • This is a good one. Took me literally less than 1 minute to get the direct RSS feed link. Thanks so much! – aexl Feb 3 '15 at 14:56
  • The link seems dead now. – cic Apr 6 '15 at 21:52
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    Also, http://picklemonkey.net/feedflipper-home/ will do the trick. Thanks, @senarvi! – George May 3 '15 at 8:19
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    It's not obvious, but the old not-working link reported above was replaced with a working one in an edit. – aexl Feb 11 '17 at 22:16

I believe all the existing answers are mistaken. The itms protocol is used when a podcast is not listed on iTunes at all. It's used as a shortcut to subscribe a regular RSS feed that isn't on iTunes. It's a way to allow someone to subscribe to iTunes without having the feed listed in the directory.

It works simply by replacing the http:// protocol prefix of an RSS feed URL with itms:// So, if you'd like to get the regular RSS feed of a show that's linking to itms, just replace the itms with http.

Here's an example: A show I help produce is called Keith and The Girl. Their RSS feed is http://www.keithandthegirl.com/rss Their iTunes link listing is https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/keith-girl-comedy-talk-show/id253167631?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

However, you can subscribe to the RSS feed directly by replacing the http in the RSS feed url with ITMS like so itms://www.keithandthegirl.com/rss (SE won't let me make that link clickable but you get the idea)

So, now you see that ITMS and HTTP are interchangeable. Whenever you encounter an ITMS link, just replace it with HTTP.

  • Doesn't work for me. Simply sends me back to the iTunes page from which I got the original ITMSS link. @Gino's solution, however, works fine. It gives me a URL I can put into my RSS feed reader and forget about. – George May 3 '15 at 8:13
  • Great but @Gino is answering a question that wasn't asked. Gino is answering "How do I get the RSS link from a typical iTunes podcast link?" The original question is related to "ITMS://" links. My answer specifically addresses the original question. Gino addresses a different question related to RSS feeds and iTunes. It has nothing to do with ITMS links. – Michael Khalili Jun 24 '15 at 1:45

iTunes Podcast Feed Extractor is an online tool I've created for reliably extracting an RSS url from an iTunes podcast link (so any podcast/rss app can be used). https://votable.net/tools/itunes.php


  • Copy and paste the relevant URL into the input field on the page. (The URL protocol doesn't matter e.g. "https", "itms," etc.)
  • Click the submit button
  • The extracted RSS URL should appear in below the form (along with the title and a thumbnail). If the feed could not be extracted, you will see an error message in the same area.
  • Now you can use the real RSS URL in your desired podcast/RSS app.

While searching for a way to do this, I found Find out the RSS feed for an iTunes podcast. The guy created a bookmarklet to reveal the true RSS podcast URL/content feed, when you are on an iTunes podcast page.


It should be noted that the bookmarklet redirects to https://cdn.rawgit.com/djm/uncover-itunes-rss-bookmarklet/master/bookmarklet.js. It looks innocuous enough but the script could be changed at any time, including by a malicious hacker, so be forewarned.

He did publish it on GitHub––djm/uncover-itunes-rss-bookmarklet: Javascript bookmarklet to reveal actual RSS URL on a iTunes podcast page.

It works. e.g., when on https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/burnt-toast/id969524107?mt=2, the bookmarklet gave me http://feeds.feedburner.com/food52burnttoast. This opened perfectly in my feed reader.

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