Thoughts on the future of the iPlayer Downloader
Because it’s there—attributed to George Mallory, on being asked, Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?
I had great fun working out how to download programmes from the iPlayer, fighting against the BBC’s cat and mouse games. I loved the controversy and notoriety. But I’m thinking about abandoning the iPlayer Downloader project for a number of reasons.
- I feel that I succeeded in what I set out to achieve. I wanted to make it possible to download programmes, but I don’t really need to. Building the downloader was an enjoyable exercise, but it’s not scratching my itch.
- The GUI is very limited, and I’m not really motivated to address that, or to give users the features they’re asking for. Similarly, I don’t take bug reports very seriously.
- I’ve got other new projects to work on that are better ways to spend my free time.
- There are other programmes that will do the same and more.
The code will still be there. I recently moved it to Github, so it’s easier than ever to fork it, and I might even pull the changes. What I’m proposing to do is to abandon responsibility for keeping it up to date or adding new features.
A lot of people keep asking if my program can download HD content. It can’t. But I know a program that can: get_iplayer. It doesn’t make sense to me to duplicate that work.
Anyway, at the moment, it’s just something I’m thinking about. I’d welcome your feedback.
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