March 22, 2007

PIE! Podcasts from Internet Explorer

Follow-up to Updated Podcasts in Media Player Plugin from codeMonkey.Weblog();

After numerous and continued requests via this blog for a working version of the Windows Media Player podcast viewer plugin, I finally found the time to make it!

I have gone for the name Pie: Podcasts from Internet Explorer
Download it now!

Pie runs as an windows application or as a plug-in for Windows Media Player.
Pie gets the podcasts that have been downloaded by Internet Explorer 7’s feed engine.
You can expand items to read the show notes and click the show title to play.
The playlist button creates and plays a playlist of either all podcasts or just those not yet played.
In addition, an auto-playlist is added to the Windows Media Player library that will have all the podcasts. This is useful if you want to sync them to your MP3 player.
Main Screen
Windows Media Player Plug-in


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  1. Plat

    You Rock!!!

    23 Mar 2007, 00:17

  2. Heh thanks :)
    I hope you find the program useful. Let me know about problems, ideas, etc…

    23 Mar 2007, 02:52

  3. TK

    Thanks a lot for hearing out the requests. Downloading now and will try it out.

    24 Mar 2007, 07:17

  4. Kyrill

    I’m using Vista + IE7 + WMP11 and I always get “Loading Podcasts, Please wait…” without any progress. Are you using Windows RSS engine? Is your code compatible with Vista? Is it Open Source?

    25 Mar 2007, 20:24

  5. Sorry this is a bug in the code. It is writing out the HTML to a file so I could debug it. I need to remove that from the release since it writes to c:\ which under Vista is not allowed by default. I will fix it and post a new version tomorrow hopefully.

    25 Mar 2007, 22:09

  6. synck

    Does it support episodes larger then 15M ?

    27 Mar 2007, 21:43

  7. @synck: It uses the Internet Explorer feed engine, so whatever that supports is supported. I regulary play files larger than 15MB. I know sometimes a download can fail if the website does not support the HTTP range header and the file is over a certain size. This is out of my hands. I could maybe show a list of downloads that failed…

    28 Mar 2007, 09:07

  8. C.S.Mager

    Any news on this updated version without the debug file for Vista? I managed to get the standalone program to run fine by running as administrator, but the WMP Plugin ignores this and still hangs at Loading Podcasts

    06 Apr 2007, 17:00

  9. Have you installed the latest version: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/andrewdavey/entry/pie_v133_released/ ?

    07 Apr 2007, 19:50

  10. Chris

    Great program! Do you support auto-tagging of the podcasts?

    In addition, I notice that the auto-playlist assumes that any music file in your library that is in the Temporary Internet Files folder(s) is a podcast. Wouldn’t it make sense to expand it a bit to the Enclosures directory (under TIF)?

    01 May 2007, 05:52

  11. “Auto-tagging” – Not quite sure what you mean. My program does not change the meta-data of any files at all. I could in theory add “podcast” to the category tag…

    As for the auto-playlist, I’ll double check what I’m doing there.

    Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming! :)

    01 May 2007, 09:16

  12. Chris

    Andrew—by auto-tagging, I meant adding data to the tags of the audio files. If you added a “podcast” to the categoy tag, it would help in searching the Temporary Internet Files folder. (After all, it would be possible to download a non-podcast to this directory when surfing the web…)

    01 May 2007, 21:14

  13. JAckie

    you ‘re the man, great work it seems. Kudos bro.

    22 Jul 2007, 23:47

  14. jackie

    just a couple of questions:

    The window in wmp won’t display podcast names and unless they have been downloaded first with ie? Right? Why is that, why can’t it show the page it shows up in the ie?

    Secondly can ie be set to save files in separate folders and program specific folders, and not some temp folders as is the case it seems?

    Thirly, and lastly, when I installed i was asked wether I wanted the wmv installed to, which of course I did. But right now I look at ie (which i hardly use) and I can’t find your application as an add on. Only in wmp. So if I hadn’t chosen the wmp plugin in the installation, where would I find the rest of your programs functionality, because as is, or as it seems, it’s not in ie.

    Cheers.

    23 Jul 2007, 00:25

  15. Mike

    So I ran the setup files. But I then checked WMP 11 by going to “File > Tools > Plug-Ins” and I don’t see anything listed. How can I check to see if the Plug-In was installed correctly?

    10 Sep 2007, 08:09

  16. Jonathan

    Stupid question, probably. But once you have the files downloaded and have listened to them, how do you delete them?

    16 Sep 2007, 08:54


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  1. Prettier Pie

    OK, so the first HTML UI was a bit of a quickie I've made it a bit nicer now. In future versions you will be able to set your own style sheet as well to completely customise it. Please send me your thoughts, ideas, comments, etc.

    codeMonkey.Weblog(); - 23 Mar 2007, 02:47

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