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Stay on Top of Your Video Podcasts With Miro

Miro tracks all your video downloads.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could use one app to keep yourself updated on your Youtube subscriptions, video podcasts (iTunes and otherwise), and Web/TV series? Grab Miro and stay tuned with minimal hassle.

For example, I've been using Miro to keep up with a few of my Youtube subscriptions because I hate checking the Youtube pages, and sometimes I want to watch them on my iPod Touch during my morning commute.

Open up Miro, go to the Sidebar menu and click Add Feed, then paste the following text into the URL: http://www.youtube.com/rss/user/[insert username here]/videos.rss.

Now Miro will automatically download the latest videos as soon as they go up.

Add feeds and import OPML podcast subscriptions in Miro.
Combine that with the auto-convert batch file we just configured, and you can get your Youtube subscriptions delivered to your portable video player of choice every morning.

Miro also includes a built-in BitTorrent client, so you can use your preferred RSS-friendly BitTorrent search engine (LegalTorrents.com is the default option) to stay subscribed to your favorite (legal) TV and Web series.

Just add the RSS feed for the search as a video podcast feed, and Miro will handle the downloads like any other file manager. While it's not as robust as uTorrent or other dedicated BitTorrent clients, you can still configure BitTorrent-specific settings (seed ratios, bandwidth limits, and so on) in the Preferences menu.

Miro works with iTunes podcast subscriptions, too--both video and audio. Open up iTunes, right-click on Podcasts (on the left-hand side of the main window), choose Export, and choose OPML as the format. In Miro, choose Import Feeds (OPML) from the Sidebar menu and select the file you just exported from iTunes.

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