One of the high points of the weekend used to be listening to Car Talk while driving. My travel pattern has changed since moving, and I almost always miss the show now. I had rigged up an FM-radio to audio-in connection to let me capture
Car Talk keeps the most recent show available as a RealAudio feed. Bits. Hm...
Hypothetically, then, and with the help of a co-worker who knows the sekret of getting mplayer installed on Linux (configure yum to point to freshrpms.net, import their PGP key, use yum to install mplayer, and then figure out how to download and install the essential codecs), one could threw together a script that scrapes the Car Talk site for links to the ReadAudio files, streams them disk, converts them from
It would be a slow process (the RealAudio feed seems to be throttled), but that's what a 2 AM cron job is for. The basic incantation for ripping a segment of the show would probably look something like
... link to real audio stream ...
mplayer -noframedrop -dumpfile tmp.rm \
mplayer -ao pcm -aofile tmp.wav -vo \
-null -vc dummy --playlist tmp.rm
lame -h -b 128 tmp.wav segment$n.mp3
I'd be surpised if this same recipe didn't apply to lots of interesting feeds.