mark - I am trying to respect Vera’s decision and keep the files for LingQ users only with my suggestion of a private RSS feeds for collection. Trying to have my cake and eat it too. I’m not sure I am frustrated, more bothered that some thing that worked so well has been taken away mostly by what seems to be a mistrust of technology.
Password protecting the RSS feed and possibly also the audio files actually offers content providers even more security. As it is now anyone can copy the web address for mp3 files while they are logged into LingQ and post them on another website, even making a podcast file for them. This is trivial to do and considering that anyone can sign up for a free LingQ account anyone can do it.
So although the RSS feed is no more for a collection and it is not easy for someone to swipe a whole collection in seconds the audio files are in no way protected from outsiders downloading them. Let me know if you would like a demonstration. I can make a webpage up to demonstrate that it can be done, but I would prefer to not post the url for it here in the forums.
Password protection works with RSS readers this is not the problem. If you password protect the feed’s .xml file on your web server no one will not be able to access it without a username and password. However older RSS readers/Podcasting software, some of which are no longer being developed, have no way for a user to specify a username and password. This is the main problem, however people have a choice in what they use for a RSS reader and can choose to use another one that does work for their purposes.
I guess if I am the only one saying anything about the RSS feeds that are empty then it should not go to high up on the list, but I would be just happy if it actually makes it on a list.
The good news is I have found a half decent way to download a page (10 lessons at a time) of a collection, since there is no way that I can figure out to change the settings on LingQ to display all the files in a collection that has more than 10 lessons on one page.
@mark - Can a setting to allow all lessons in a collection be displayed at one time added to the users settings or can a drop down selector be adde to the lesson collection pages that allow selecting from displaying 10, 25, 50 or 100 lessons on a page?
A Quicker Way to Download Collections without a RSS feed:
Log in to LingQ as normal and go to the lesson collection that you want to download using the Opera web browser.
On the left-hand side of the Opera web browser is a panel. Mouse over the icons and find the “Links” panel. If you do not have it on your panel menu click on the plus(+) at the bottom of the menu and tick the box by “Links”, then OK and after that the Links icon.
Now you should see a big list of links in the lesson collection page you are viewing. At the top of the Links panel is a “Quick find” box. Type “.mp3” in it. If you have open a page with 10 lesson you will see 10 links to the mp3 files for these lessons.
Next hold down the Shift key and click the top link. Still holding the Shift key click the bottom link to select all the mp3 files. Click the Save icon at the top of the Links panel and select the folder to download the files to. Repeat this for each page of the collection to download all the mp3 files.
I hope these instructions help someone else wanting to save time in downloading an entire collection without a RSS feed.