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Podcasting is Not Walled (Yet)

Rakhim Davletkaliyev, a instrument developer, creator and podcaster, lately introduced two new podcasts. One of the issues he was once requested by means of folks following the launches was once “but how do I subscribe, it’s not on iTunes/Google Podcasts?” He writes: Podcasts are merely RSS feeds with hyperlinks to media information (generally mp3s). A podcast is mainly a URL. And podcast shoppers are particular browsers. They test that URL often and obtain new episodes if the content material of the URL adjustments (new hyperlink added). That’s it, no magic, no particular club or the rest required. The generation is lovely “stupid” in an effective way.

Ever since tech companies started waging war against RSS, podcast distribution became visually RSS-free. What do you do to subscribe? Easy, simply seek within the app! For nearly all of iOS customers that app is Apple Podcasts, and lately Google made their very own “default client” for Android — Google Podcasts. It seems like podcast shoppers are very similar to internet browsers and simply supply a option to eat content material, however the underlying listings cause them to very other. Corresponding products and services are in truth remoted catalogs. When you carry out a seek on Apple Podcasts, you don’t seem to be looking for podcasts. You are looking for Apple-approved podcasts. And if the item you might be in search of is no longer there, then… neatly, you get not anything.

Most Podcast shoppers nonetheless settle for RSS. Apple Podcasts, iTunes, PocketCasts, OverCast, PodcastAddict. Google Play Music does not say anything else explicitly, however you’ll be able to simply put RSS URL into the quest box and it really works. For now. I would possibly not be stunned if those apps regularly and silently take away this option.

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