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Videos are available in several different formats on YouTube, and RSS feeds are provided for channels. Is there a feed that will allow me to subscribe in iTunes?

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This question haunted me as well, and all the available options either didn't work or didn't fit... So I made my own: YouCast

  • It's free and open sourced.
  • It works for both channels and playlists.
  • Supports both audio and video podcasts.
  • Sorts by popularity.
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Not for mac I guess. – Daniel Pendergast Oct 21 '14 at 0:01
@DantheMan No. It's in .Net Framework. I have started working on a hosted version in the cloud but it doesn't have a UI yet. – i3arnon Oct 21 '14 at 0:04

The web app Podsync.net converts a YouTube channel URL into a podcast-compatible feed URL.

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Figure 1: Podsync.net web interface

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http://www.rsshandler.com/converter .. these generated podcasts at least appear in itunes, though i can't download any video so far. the converter creates the right feed, but the data returned by youtube is not in .mp4.

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Yahoo Pipes can do this, here's one that should be a good starting point: youtube Channel to RSS.

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it relies on youtubemp4.com, and doesn't work anymore :( – arolson101 Feb 22 '13 at 17:57
Yahoo Pipes was retired. – Rubén Mar 22 at 15:46

Tubelivery works great! Load the app and use it to sign up for YouTube Channels. The Channels "automagically" show up in your iPhone podcasts! When I first did it nothing seemed to happen (a blank podcast page was created), but after a short while the content showed up. You need to use Tubelivery to add channels, but channel content (selecting episodes) is all done within Podcasts. Very nice solution.


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I get a "Out of service" message. I guess it doesn't work anymore – i3arnon Dec 28 '13 at 14:39
Hi, I'm the creator of Tubelivery and I had to turn it of. You can download the source code from here: bitbucket.org/tubelivery – Eduardo Russo May 20 '15 at 12:12

I'm the creator of Tubelivery and can talk a little bit about this.

Long time ago, there was lot's of services to create podcasts from YouTube channels.

BUT, YouTube changed it's APIs and only Tubelivery and YTPodcaster works with this new APIs.

This new API get the user's IP and locks it to the download and that's why all this old services (RSSHandler, Yahoo Pipes etc.) don't work anymore.

Tubelivery and YTPodcaster are similar, but the approach is very different.

With YTPodcaster, you install a Java server in your computer that will do all the downloads, so your podcatcher (iTunes etc.) uses your own computer to download. So, the feed uses the link directly from YouTube and you can't subscribe directly from your phone.

With Tubelivery, we download all the videos in our servers and create a feed with this videos. In this way, you can subscribe directly from your phone.

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Tubelivery is out of service. – Rubén Mar 22 at 15:53

I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but my site JollyPod.com allows you to subscribe to a YouTube playlist and listen to mp3 audio-only versions of the videos.

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Does not seem to exist anymore. – orschiro Mar 22 at 13:07
@oschiro Yeah, sorry about that. Maintaining compatibility with YouTube is really hard and cost me more money than it was worth. If there was more demand, I would have continued it. The Ruby source code for the backend is on Github at Ravenstine/youtube-podcast-server and Ravenstine/youtube-mp3-server. Anyone is welcome to use it as a reference to build their own(which they could probably do by incorporating YoutubeDL). – user10800 Mar 22 at 17:05
I appreciate your elaborate response! – orschiro Mar 23 at 14:57

I am suprised Podsync has not been mentioned as an answer here! Podsync can turn any Youtube or Vimeo video, Ccannel or playlist in to a subscribable playlist that you can directly sync with your podcast app! I use it and just copy the link to Player FM, which I use on Android. In Player FM the playlists supposedly become public, so beware if making podcasts out of private videos!


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looks like http://www.ytpodcaster.com/ can convert a youtube rss-feed into something itunes likes.

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Have you tested it? It doesn't work for me. – Liam Jul 2 '10 at 11:39
seems like this solution is out of business, their server return nothing valid. so, yes .. i tested it but it does not work. maybe if they get their servers working correct again. – akira Jul 2 '10 at 12:05

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