Podcastplayer in flash! Php script to convert RSS to XSPF

Big Sound, Little Ears

photo credit: …Tim

Create your own free flash based podcast / mp3 player

I like the flashbased XSPF mp3 player. I had planned to rewrite the actionscript so that it could read rss with enclosures instead, but I liked the possibility to have unique pictures on each track, and I wanted to check out the XSPF format.

So I wrote a PHP script that uses DOMXML and xpath to convert an existing rss to xspf, it even have a search function of sorts.

I’m going to use it on a project I’m working on after a little more tweaking but I wanted to share it with other people who has a podcast and want a quick open source way to present their podcasts on their website.

Localino meets elePHPant
photo credit: Chregu


$path = “http://podkast.nrk.no/program/radioresepsjonen.rss”;

$showfile = file_get_contents($path);

if(!$doc = domxml_open_mem($showfile)) {

echo “Error while parsing the document…”;



$xpath = xpath_new_context($doc);

$root = $doc->document_element();


//echo domxml_version();

//var_dump(xpath_eval_expression($xpath, ‘/rss/channel/item’)); //http://no.php.net/manual/sv/function.xpath-eval-expression.php

//debugging – memory dump

//echo $doc->dump_mem( true, ‘UTF-8′ ) ; //http://no.php.net/manual/sv/function.domdocument-dump-mem.php

//print ” Path: <a href=\”$path\”>$path</a><br>\n”;

//print ” Showfile: <a href=\”$showfile\”>$showfile</a><br>\n”;

//print ” domDoc: <a href=\”$domDoc\”>$domDoc</a><br>\n”;

//print ” root: <a href=\”$root\”>$root</a><br>\n”;

// playlist plus search function

$playlist = $xpath->xpath_eval(“/rss/channel/item[contains(translate(title,’abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzæøåö’, ‘ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÆØÅÖ’), ‘”.strtoupper($_REQUEST[“search”]).”‘)]”);


//print “playlist found: “.count($playlist->nodeset).”\n”;

print “<?xml version=\”1.0\” encoding=\”UTF-8\” ?>\n”;

print “<playlist version=\”0\” xmlns=\”http://xspf.org/ns/0/\”>\n”;

print ” <title>Put clever title here, or get it from the rss</title>\n”;

print ” <annotation>Description of some sort</annotation>\n”;

print ” <creator>Who made this</creator>\n”;

print ” <info>http://link to more info</info>\n”;

print ” <location>http://yourdomain.com/doesnreallymatter/rss2xspf.php</location>\n”;

print ” <license></license>\n”;

print “<trackList>\n”;

foreach ($playlist->nodeset as $tracklist) {

$description = “”;

$title = “”;

$enclosureurl = “”;

//$enclosureurl = $tracklist->get_attribute(“length”);

//$spor = $tracklist->get_attribute(“spor”);

//$sangid = “$arkivnr-$spor”;

foreach ($tracklist->child_nodes() as $child) {

if ($child->node_name() == “title”) $title = $child->get_content();

if ($child->node_name() == “description”) $description = $child->get_content();

if ($child->node_name() == “enclosure”) $enclosureurl = $child->get_attribute(“url”);


print “<track>\n”;

print ” <location>$enclosureurl</location>\n”;

print ” <image>hassan/bilder/else150.jpg</image>\n”;

print ” <annotation>$title</annotation>\n”;

print ” <info></info>\n”;

print ” <info_text>$description</info_text>\n”;

print ” </track>\n”;


print “</trackList>\n”;

print “</playlist>\n”;


Copypaste the above code into a new file and save it as rss2xspf.php and upload it to your server to test if you have domxml support. (If you don’t it will say something like Call to undefined function: domxml_open_mem. In that case, tough luck, find a new host.)

Download the exellent XSPF flash based mp3 player here: XSPF Web Music Player (Flash) – Plays MP3 on your website

Read more about XSPF over at http://www.xspf.org/

And please drop a comment if you use it and like or have problems.

You can also send me an email at morten.skogly _at_ gmail dot com.

There’s a lot of room for improvement, like using the rss image in place of a staticly defined image, or inserting a random image, or doing som web2.0 stuff like snarfing the images from amazon or whatever, please let me know if you make something superclever with it :)

Idea for your site: You can use del.icio.us to make your own mp3 podcast, visit bands you like bookmark the mp3s you like with del.icio.us, go there to get the rss, and your set to go, you have the same music on your site as on your ipod :) (You might have to use feedburner.com as a gobetween to create the enclosures and make it itunes-compatible.)

Updated: 06.04.2008: Unless you really really digg the XSPF player linked up above, I suggest you use the superb Jeroen Media Player instead. It is open source and supports both XSPF and RSS directly. It takes up more space, but it has video support and a very cool javascript api.

Podcast review – NashvilleStandUp.com

I’ve been a subscriber for the podcast from NashvilleStandup.com, but ended it today. Here is the email I sent them:


Just wanted to say sayonara. Ive downloaded some of your shows as podcasts, and have come to the conclusion that they, well, suck. I’m 6 minutes into the 15th of october show, and so far there has not been anything worth listening to, just noise, crappy sound, internal backslapping and general boredom.

Here’s a tipoftheday for ya: Editing

Here’s another: Add some more standup jokes, and add previews to the beginning so the listener at least have something to look forward to.

Oh, and another: It is cool to actually be able to hear what people say, put on headsets so you can hear whats actually recorded, the sound on that show was just awful, the first 6 mindsplittingly bad minutes of it.

There are very few standup podcasts available, so you have very few competitors, but that doesnt give you carte blanche to do bad work. The listeners deserve better.



I hope they get their act together. I love standup, but the only other podcast I’ve got in this genre is the Tom Shillue Live Comedy Podcast, only updated once every blue moon. Please, happy podcasters out there, whip out that mike and record some more standup for me. I know you can do a better job than the Nashville standup crew.

N’Sup – NashvilleStandUp.com – Stand-up comedy news, events, links and info from Nashville, Tennessee

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Except that is, in the case of the Beyond Organic show. Maybe.

Beyond Organic Radio Show – About the Show:

The Beyond Organic radio show is an unique environmental radio and multimedia program, addressing issues of organic food and farming, social and environmental sustainability.

The show offers news, interviews and research that fills a void left by public and private broadcasters.

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iTunes adds podcast directory

Oh my, this is kind of a big thing. iTunes have finally gotten around to building a podcast downloader into their fine software. This will give a big boost to the popularity of podcasting. Hats off everyone, glad to get rid of ipodder (house of wax version) og doppler.

Blabla: “Apple – iTunes – Podcasts Directory: “Try this on the Internet: Search through thousands of podcasts, find a few that really speak to you, then devise a way to collect every single episode. In minutes. Or you could just visit the iTunes Podcast Directory. Find free podcasts from everywhere, all in one place.”

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Harvest the podcast


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Get the podcasts here: http://houseofwaxmovie.warnerbros.com/podcast.html