Will Not Import Most Feeds

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Apr 19, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I've been looking for a dedicated podcast downloader tool and after dealing with the bug-ridden messes that are GetRight and Doppler, I tried Pull. I really like what it offers but I'm having problems getting most of my former feeds to import. I have an OPML file I exported from Doppler but only about 1/3 of the feeds import into Pull (most of these feeds validate properly and did work in other tools). Even if I try to manually add these feeds, Pull will say it's retrieving the feed and that the download was successfully configured but it won't show up in the list of subscriptions. Is there anything I can try with these feeds? Thanks!

Apr 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Can you share the OPML or feed URLs?

Apr 25, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Sure, here's the contents of the file:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<opml version="1.1">
    <title>Doppler Subscribed Feeds</title>
    <outline type="rss" text="Weekend Confirmed" xmlUrl="http://www.shacknews.com/extras/podcast/weekendconfirmed.xml" title="Weekend Confirmed" />
    <outline type="rss" text="A Life Well Wasted" xmlUrl="http://www.alifewellwasted.com/episodes/episodes.xml" title="A Life Well Wasted" />
    <outline type="rss" text="DGRadio" xmlUrl="http://www.robotpanic.com/dgr.xml" title="DGRadio" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Giant Bombcast" xmlUrl="http://www.giantbomb.com/podcast-xml/" title="Giant Bombcast" />
    <outline type="rss" text="GWJ Conference Call" xmlUrl="http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/taxonomy/term/408/0/feed" title="GWJ Conference Call" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Idle Thumbs" xmlUrl="http://feeds.feedburner.com/idle-thumbs" title="Idle Thumbs" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Irrational Behavior" xmlUrl="http://irrationalgames.com/insider/irrational-behavior/feed/" title="Irrational Behavior" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Irrational Interviews" xmlUrl="http://irrationalgames.com/insider/irrational-interviews/feed/" title="Irrational Interviews" />
    <outline type="rss" text="NintenDownload X-press" xmlUrl="http://blog.jeffgerstmann.net/?feed=podcast&amp;format=mp3" title="NintenDownload X-press" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Out of the Game" xmlUrl="http://mexicutedbyhepitacos.libsyn.com/rss" title="Out of the Game" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Passenger Seat Radio" xmlUrl="http://passengerseatradio.libsyn.com/rss" title="Passenger Seat Radio" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Penn Point" xmlUrl="http://revision3.com/pennpoint/feed/MP4-High-Definition" title="Penn Point" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Planet Money" xmlUrl="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510289" title="Planet Money" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Rebel FM" xmlUrl="http://rebelfm.libsyn.com/rss" title="Rebel FM" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Security Now!" xmlUrl="http://leoville.tv/podcasts/sn.xml" title="Security Now!" />
    <outline type="rss" text="The Ben Heck Show" xmlUrl="http://revision3.com/tbhs/feed/MP4-hd30" title="The Ben Heck Show" />
    <outline type="rss" text="The Full Moon Show" xmlUrl="http://www.insomniacgames.com/podcast/rss.xml" title="The Full Moon Show" />
    <outline type="rss" text="The GameSpy Debriefings" xmlUrl="http://feeds.gamespy.com/gsfeeds/podcasts/" title="The GameSpy Debriefings" />
    <outline type="rss" text="The Moth" xmlUrl="http://feeds.themoth.org/themothpodcast" title="The Moth" />
    <outline type="rss" text="This American Life" xmlUrl="http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/talpodcast" title="This American Life" />
    <outline type="rss" text="This is Only a Test" xmlUrl="http://www.tested.com/podcast-xml/" title="This is Only a Test" />
    <outline type="rss" text="Hollywood Babble-On" xmlUrl="http://hollywoodbabbleon.smodcast.libsynpro.com/rss" title="Hollywood Babble-On" />

I would say only about 1/3 of them correctly imported into Pull. I was able to get a couple more to manually add but most simply don't show up.

Apr 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM

One of the big things I am working on is reliability and I did a lot of testing around some of the performance features we introduced a few release back which can cause issues with some web servers, those have been fixed up in the next release. I was able to load your entire OPML into the next release without a problem so I am suspecting they suffered from the same issue.

May 2, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Very cool. Thank you very much for addressing my support requests so fast. I'm very much looking forward to the next release. I will jump on it right away as I am very anxious to get rid of Doppler. :)

May 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

So I grabbed the new version and gave it a spin. It's definitely improved and added more feeds but several still aren't working from my OPML file. Specifically:

The Full Moon Show
The GameSpy Debriefings
Idle Thumbs
The Moth
This American Life
Weekend Confirmed

I tried adding several of these manually with their feed URLs and the same thing happened, it says on the bottom that the feed has been added but it doesn't show up in the list. Is there potentially something else I could try to add these? Thanks! :)

May 16, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Tested everyone by adding each manually and they all added successfully and I could see episodes for each. The first 5 were ridiculously slow though.