Art & Story podcast in the podcast section of the International iTunes Store

31 Mar

I wanted to know what people in other countries have to say about one of my favorite podcasts, Art & Story, by Mark Rudolph, Kevin Cross and Jerzy Drozd. So, using iTunes, I changed the country setting to all 90 available countries and searched for Art & Story, but only 23 countries had a podcast section. The other countries only had an App Store and an iTunesU section.

Here are the links to the Art & Story podcast page in the iTunes Store per country:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Germany
Denmark
Spain
Finland
France
Greece**
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg**
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

If you click on one of the links, it will open in your web browser, which will launch iTunes if your web browser is set up to do that (the website contains code that will try to open iTunes). You can temporarily disable JavaScript in your web browser to avoid iTunes opening.

Of course, the above trick will only keep working as long as Apple doesn’t change the naming scheme on their web server.

To modify the urls for another podcast page, go to the podcast page in the iTunes Store, right click on the podcast logo, and copy and paste the url in a text document. Replace the “id263032109” in the above urls to the corresponding value in the url you just copied. It is a bit of work (but not much if you use search and replace in your text editor), and you may want to view the source of this web page you’re now reading to copy the html code. In most browsers you do this by selecting the text, right click it, and select “view source of selection” (or similar).

I’ve looked into scraping the iTunes Store through a script, but Apple keeps changing the XML format on us, so it’s a lot of work to keep things working over time. It seems to me that the web interface will remain the same for a longer period, because it’s a public web interface, and not some private interface the iTunes application uses to communicate with the servers of the iTunes Store.

Note: **) Does not seem to have a web interface as of this writing.

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