get_iPlayer downloads BBC iPlayer TV and Radio programmes – so that you can retain and view them for posterity.
As time ever marches on, stuff changes and my original article on get_iPlayer could really do with a major update – and, yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll get round to it one day – so if you are coming to get_iPlayer for the first time please do this:
1. Read the original article that explains how to install and use get_iPlayer, but PLEASE DON’T install it from the links on that page.
2. Install the latest version of get_iPlayer from here – and catch up with the forum and discussions etc. The Square Penguin folk have done a really great job and are to be applauded.
3. Read this article for those who are having trouble recording and/or finding programmes in the iPlayer feeds.
Note: That this article is now deprecated. Please see the replacement article on get_iplayer and continue to comment at that new page.
Woody 4th July 2013
If, like me, you listen to a lot of BBC radio – and are frustrated that unlike iPlayer videos – which you can download for viewing later (on a PC, iPod, iPhone, Sony Walkman, Zune etc) there is no way to download BBC radio programmes from iPlayer. All you can do is listen to them within the iPlayer interface – but if you want to save them to a portable device for listening to later on the tube – forget it!
There are some very complex kludges that you might try – but nothing as elegant as Radio Downloader by a guy called Matt Robinson.
This is an absolutely superb application which, iPlayer like, displays all possible Radio programmes that are available at iPlayer – by genre, alphabetic listing etc. Simply click the one you want, hit “Download” and Radio Downloader downloads the programme as an MP3 – ready for you to write to your favourite portable media device.
This one is such an incredible gem – and if you have found this article because you have been searching for a solution to the iPlayer radio problem – you will really, really appreciate it. So please, show your appreciation to Matt Robinson by donating him a couple of quid.