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Podcast Pontifications

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Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications what to think about in podcasting. These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier.Designed for the working podcaster, these short… read more


Frenzy or Famine: The Future of RSS in Podcasting [Episode 221]

The future of RSS feeds is part three of my 10-part miniseries on the future of podcasting. [Part 1, 2]

RSS feeds power the backbone of distribution. Barring a few minor namespace additions, they haven’t changed much in 15 years. And that alone makes them vulnerable, because the future favors change.

Many (if not most) of people new to podcast listening are consuming content in places RSS feeds don’t reach. For some of these platforms, RSS feeds don’t contain all the information needed. For others, the RSS feed is superfluous.

And apparently, if our media hosting companies are to be believed, the RSS feeds they generate on our behalf aren’t all that robust and are often error-filled or invalid. Odd that they don’t actively work to fix that, right?

For now -- but probably not forever -- RSS feeds will remain a fundamental part of podcasting. So don’t be lazy with yours. But don’t be Quixotic either. You have to embrace other distribution methods beyond RSS feeds already. Prepare for that to increase in the future.

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Podcast Pontifications is published by Evo Terra four times a week and is aimed at the working podcaster. The purpose of this show is to make podcasting better, not just easier.

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