Parsing a PodCast in C#

October 2, 2007

Recently I assimilated the Windows Media Player into one of my projects, today I decided to add PodCast capabilities.

I was surprised how easy this was, I guess I’d expected more of a challenge. I went into this knowing nothing about PodCasts, once I realized it was RSS I knew this would be easy. RSS used to be Rich Site Summary, until people figured out how useful it was and renamed it Really Simple Syndication.

I know this is really simple code, frankly that’s part of why I’m posting it. Simple examples save people time. I tried to find a quick Copy+Paste solution for Podcasts on Google just before I wrote this. After three minutes of searching I quit and spent five writing this.

The example I wrote is a console application (yes, it runs from the DOS prompt) that grabs a Podcast page and loops through all the Podcast listings. I use console apps for examples because there isn’t a lot too them. This helps coders quickly Copy+Paste the code they need from my examples.

So without further adieu, this is how simple it is to do Podcasts in C#…

//This is always included in Console applications.

//This contains the XmlDocument, XmlNodeList and Node objects used below.

namespace ExamplePodCastParser

class Program

static void Main(string[] args)

//This loads the Podcast
XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();

//This builds a list of the Item nodes
XmlNodeList items = doc.SelectNodes(“//item”);

//This loops through the list and writes out the title and URL.
for (int i = 0; i < items.Count; i++)





Click here to download the Visual Studio project.

3 Responses to “Parsing a PodCast in C#”

  1. Act1v8 Says:

    Wow! That is so easy. I’d have never thought of this. Maybe because whenever I touch on System.Xml I get a hard on and go so much in to detail!


  2. micaleel Says:

    Really great article.

  3. Pedro Says:

    Exactly what I was looking for – Thanks!

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