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get_iplayer is command line program which is able to interface with the BBC’s iPlayer service, return a play list of ALL available content, and fetch any particular files/shows that are requested. its probably in your repo, if not head over to and grab it now!

This software is a celebration for all who believe in open source and freedom on the internet. However, sadly the BBC has closed the door on get_iplayer from streaming programs directly (without first downloading)… forcing people to install and use the ghastly flash player for direct streaming.

Invoke the program without arguments and get_iplayer will print a list of hundreds of available files.

$ get_iplayer

But it would be easier to read it if it was saved to a text file…

$ get_iplayer > ~/iplayer.txt

What about radio content?

$ get_iplayer --type radio > ~/iplayer_radio.txt

Look through the lists for what you want, and and then use the ‘–get’ option along with the program ID and your download will begin.

$ get_iplayer --get 12955

and yes, you can ask get_iplayer to download multiple files with one command, just seperate each shows ID with a space.

Ingeniously, get_iplayer tricks iPlayer into thinking an iPhone is making the request, and serves up the files right away. for this reason, the feeds arent exacly high definition, but still very watchable.

I recently needed to let off a little steam,so i decided to provide some feedback for Apple in respect to the iPad. Below is my email, submitted via Lets see if they take anything onboard. haha


When will apple learn? The ipad might be considered a ‘pleasurable user experience’ with ample battery life, and a responsive touch display, but what apple is doing is reigning terror on its users.

In politics, apples position of power over its users would be compared to a dictatorship. Do you care for your users at all? The iphone/ipad ‘ecosystem’ restricts users in a way unparalleled in computing prior to the phone/itouch launch.

The biggest example of fascism in this sickening fiasco, is ofcourse the mandatory use of itunes/appstore in order to acquire new content or software for your device. Forbidding developers to release there software under open ‘free speech’ licences such as ‘GNU GPL’ or ‘MIT’ yet, as a company, having no qualms about pillaging the opensource community for your own gains when it suits you, shows just how greedy and hypocritical you really are.

The members of your staff who approve/reject appstore submissions, are clearly scitzophrenic. allowing an app one day, rejecting it the next, requiring re-submission for every update made to the app… Apple seems proud of the fact that there are [insert number of apps here] apps available for the this environment. never heard of quality over quantity?

back in the iphone/itouch only days. I could grudgingly accept the product for what it is. like games consoles, i do appreciate the importance of protecting what has been created. BUT! with the a move into the tablet sector, and with apple championing this ‘ipad’ as a computer, occupying the same ground as netbooks? no i will not stand for that. Is apple really trying to control users so tightly?

look at all non-apple phones out there. users are free to install compatible they please. the symbian and android projects are entirely opensource. windows mobile allows for the installation of open software and does not restrict its licensing. i happily run a python interpreter on my symbian device, and best of all, i haven’t spent a penny on software for it.

oh yeah, how could i be so naive? I just hit the nail on the head. MONEY. Don’t lie to your ignorant fanboy supporters who would jump off a cliff if SJ told them to. You lie to them and tell them that the ‘lockdown’ on the iphone/ipad is for there own good. you tell them that jailbroken devices are anti-apple and will cause the downfall of man. Are you that insecure in your ability to build a sturdy and resilient platform that you need to do that?

Ok, thats the main point, other stuff.. suggestions for the net gen of ipad (you might actually like some of these, but you’ll have heard these from other users for sure)

1. USB. not hard. every computer since 1998 has had one or more… except yours. I dont want to hear your excuses, you are crippling your users without it.

2. VGA/DVI/HDMI. add some kind of video out onto the device. I can see that you have released about 6 dongles to add ‘partial support’ for this sort of thing… but $30 for another item that you need to carry around?

3.MULTI TASKING. yes. computers have been doing this for so long,its not even funny. yeah. I get it, the ipad is underpowered,so…running multiple programs would slow the thing down thus impeding the much hyped user experience

4.HOMESCREEN. yeah you are using the same OS as iphone (more or less) but the ipad would benefit greatly from a redesigned homescreen to best make use of the screen space. you could integrate widgets and other webservices direct into the homscreen (like some other devices)

5.DRM. there is a snowballs chance in hell of you listening to this. DRM hurts your users. when will you understand that? it impedes usability and makes a mockery your ‘unparalleled user experience’ fascists!

Ok apple, listen carefully – stop trying to dazzle the media and fanboys with all ‘magical’ ‘revolutionary’ bullsh_t. concentrate on what matters (I dont mean how pretty the case is, or how smooth scrolling is, or having ‘nice animated menus) – if you still havnt figured it out,i’m taking about productivity and functionality. I really believe that the zombies that use your tech will awaken one day, and they’ll realize what tyrants you are.

Apart from that, Love it!