Downloading Desert Island Discs Archives

Clive roadcone at
Mon Feb 6 16:40:42 EST 2012

On 06/02/12 11:38, Roger Rabbit wrote:
> The BBC is creating digital archives of Desert Island Discs from the
> very beginning. There's currently a lot available and they're adding more.
> The website is
> You can download directly from the webpage to mp3 but the quality is
> poor (as usual with BBC podcasts). They're available in 128kbit AAC
> using get_iplayer as follows. They're not in any get_iplayer listings so
> you have to do this manually.
> Get the PID from a recording you're interested in. The PID is the last
> characters at the end of the URL after the hash (#). An example is
> p009mdbb for the Dirk Bogarde recording.
> Then use get_iplayer as follows to download:
> get_iplayer --pid p009mdbb --modes=flashaacstd
> Regards
> Roger
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They are available in the Schedules pages but you still have to harvest 
the pids manually. I know, I have just downloaded over 1,000 of them 
and, along with two others, uploaded them to usenet - they are 160K mp3 transcodes 
from the m4a (though I have kept the m4a files for me - usenet seemed to 
want mp3).


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