[Updated on April 5, 2010: Added Freakonomics Radio. Thank you Illinoisjoe.]
I wanted to subscribe to some podcasts by New York Times, in particular Your Money by Ron Lieber. To my surprise, they only publish the podcast links for iTunes. Hello? What about people who don’t use iTunes or iPod?
Luckily I have their Weekend Business podcast in my open-source Juice podcast receiver from some time ago. New York Times must have published the plain podcast RSS links back then. I don’t know why they only give iTues links now. Is Apple paying NY Times for only showing iTunes links? It will not surprise me if that’s the case. All monopolies behave the same way: Microsoft, Apple, Google, in their respective world. They want to make it difficult to use anything except their product.
Using the Weekend Business link, and some trial-and-error in guessing the file names for the other podcasts, I got the plain podcast RSS links for these NY Times podcasts.
|Backstory||Jane Bornemeier talks to Times reporters about the top stories of the day.|
|Book Review||Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, discusses this week’s issue.|
|Ethicist||Randy Cohen, Times Magazine columnist, answers readers’ questions on ethical issues each week.|
|Freakonomics Radio||Hosted by Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics|
|Front Page||James Barron, a reporter at The New York Times, summarizes the top headlines every weekday morning.|
|Music Popcast||The New York Times pop music critics discuss the latest albums and music events of the week.|
|Tech Talk||A look at the latest technology news and Internet trends with J.D. Biersdorfer, Bettina Edelstein and Pedro Rafael Rosado.|
|Only In New York||On the beat with Sam Roberts, metro reporter for The New York Times.|
|Political Points||A weekly conversation on politics and the Obama presidency with reporters and editors from The New York Times hosted by Times correspondents Sam Roberts and David Kirkpatrick.|
|Science Times||David Corcoran, a science editor, explores the topics addressed in this week’s Science Times.|
|TimesTalks||Intimate discussions with people of note and New York Times journalists and editors.|
|Today’s Business||Jeff Sommer talks to Times reporters about the day’s top business news.|
|Weekend Business||Jeff Sommer, an editor for Sunday Business, talks to Times reporters and editors about the week’s business news.|
|World View||Douglas Schorzman and Andrea Kannapell discuss the latest global news events with New York Times correspondents from all over the world.|
|Your Money||Your Money columnist Ron Lieber and personal finance writer Tara Siegel Bernard talk about how to manage your money in these uncertain economic times.|
Free content should be free to everybody, not just iTunes users.