NAME

StreamFinder::Apple - Fetch actual raw streamable URLs from Apple podcasts on podcasts.apple.com

AUTHOR

This module is Copyright (C) 2017-2019 by

Jim Turner, <turnerjw784 at yahoo.com>

Email: turnerjw784@yahoo.com

All rights reserved.

You may distribute this module under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file.

SYNOPSIS

        use strict;

        use StreamFinder::Apple;

        my $podcast = new StreamFinder::Apple(<url>);

        die "Invalid URL or no streams found!\n"  unless ($podcast);

        my $firstStream = $podcast->get();

        print "First Stream URL=$firstStream\n";

        my $url = $podcast->getURL();

        print "Stream URL=$url\n";

        my $podcastTitle = $podcast->getTitle();
        
        print "Title=$podcastTitle\n";
        
        my $podcastDescription = $podcast->getTitle('desc');
        
        print "Description=$podcastDescription\n";
        
        my $podcastID = $podcast->getID();

        print "PODCAST ID=$podcastID\n";
        
        my $artist = $podcast->{'artist'};

        print "Artist=$artist\n"  if ($artist);
        
        my $genre = $podcast->{'genre'};

        print "Genre=$genre\n"  if ($genre);
        
        my $icon_url = $podcast->getIconURL();

        if ($icon_url) {   #SAVE THE ICON TO A TEMP. FILE:

                my ($image_ext, $icon_image) = $podcast->getIconData();

                if ($icon_image && open IMGOUT, ">/tmp/${podcastID}.$image_ext") {

                        binmode IMGOUT;

                        print IMGOUT $icon_image;

                        close IMGOUT;

                }

        }

        my $stream_count = $podcast->count();

        print "--Stream count=$stream_count=\n";

        my @streams = $podcast->get();

        foreach my $s (@streams) {

                print "------ stream URL=$s=\n";

        }

DESCRIPTION

StreamFinder::Apple accepts a valid podcast or episode URL on podcasts.apple.com, or an album or song (free sample clips only) from music.apple.com, and returns the actual stream URL(s), title, and cover art icon for that podcast. The purpose is that one needs one of these URLs in order to have the option to stream the station in one's own choice of media player software rather than using their web browser and accepting any / all flash, ads, javascript, cookies, trackers, web-bugs, and other crapware that can come with that method of playing. The author uses his own custom all-purpose media player called "fauxdacious" (his custom hacked version of the open-source "audacious" audio player. "fauxdacious" incorporates this module to decode and play podcasts.apple.com streams.

NOTE: The URL must be either a podcast site, format: https://podcasts.apple.com/country/podcast/idpodcast# (returns stream(s) for all "episodes" for that site, OR a specific podcast / "episode" page site, format: https://podcasts.apple.com/country/podcast/idpodcast#?i=episode# (returns a single stream for that specific podcast). Music samples also seem to work using the format (with or without the ?i=song# part): https://music.apple.com/country/album/album-description/idalbum#?i=song#

SUBROUTINES/METHODS

new(url [, "debug" [ => 0|1|2 ]])

Accepts a podcasts.apple.com ID or URL or music.apple.com URL and creates and returns a new podcast object, or undef if the URL is not a valid podcast, album, etc. or no streams are found. The URL can be the full URL, ie. https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/idpodcast-id, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/idpodcast-id?i=episode-id, or just podcast-id, or podcast-id/episode-id. NOTE: If the ID is an album or song clip, then the full URL must be given, ie. http://music.apple.com/...

$podcast->get()

Returns an array of strings representing all stream urls found.

$podcast->getURL([options])

Similar to get() except it only returns a single stream representing the first valid stream found.

Current options are: "random" and "noplaylists". By default, the first ("best"?) stream is returned. If "random" is specified, then a random one is selected from the list of streams found. If "noplaylists" is specified, and the stream to be returned is a "playlist" (.pls or .m3u? extension), it is first fetched and the first entry in the playlist is returned. This is needed by Fauxdacious Mediaplayer.

$podcast->count()

Returns the number of streams found for the podcast / episode / album / song. Episodes and songs usually return 1, whereas podcasts and albums usually 1 for each episode / sample song clip in the podcast / album respectively.

$podcast->getID()

Returns the station's Apple ID (numeric). For podcasts and albums, this is a single numeric value. For episodes and songs, it's two numbers separated by a slash ("/").

$podcast->getTitle(['desc'])

Returns the podcast's, album's, episode's or song clip's title, or (long description).

$podcast->getIconURL()

Returns the url for the podcast's / album's "cover art" icon image, if any.

$podcast->getIconData()

Returns a two-element array consisting of the extension (ie. "png", "gif", "jpeg", etc.) and the actual icon image (binary data), if any.

$podcast->getImageURL()

Returns the url for the podcast's / album's "cover art" banner image, which for Apple is always the icon image, as Apple does not support a separate banner image at this time.

$podcast->getImageData()

Returns a two-element array consisting of the extension (ie. "png", "gif", "jpeg", etc.) and the actual station's banner image (binary data).

$podcast->getType()

Returns the station's type ("Apple").

CONFIGURATION FILES

~/.config/StreamFinder/Apple/config

Optional text file for specifying various configuration options for a specific site (submodule). Each option is specified on a separate line in the format below:

'option' => 'value' [,]

and the options are loaded into a hash used only by the specific (submodule) specified. Valid options include -debug => [0|1|2], and most of the LWP::UserAgent options. Blank lines and lines starting with a "#" sign are ignored.

Options specified here override any specified in ~/.config/StreamFinder/config.

~/.config/StreamFinder/config

Optional text file for specifying various configuration options. Each option is specified on a separate line in the format below:

'option' => 'value' [,]

and the options are loaded into a hash used by all sites (submodules) that support them. Valid options include -debug => [0|1|2], and most of the LWP::UserAgent options.

NOTE: Options specified in the options parameter list will override those corresponding options specified in these files.

KEYWORDS

apple podcasts

DEPENDENCIES

URI::Escape, HTML::Entities, LWP::UserAgent

RECCOMENDS

wget

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-streamFinder-apple at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=StreamFinder-Apple. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

SUPPORT

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc StreamFinder::Apple

You can also look for information at:

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2017-2019 Jim Turner.

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