What is an RSS Feed and How it Makes Podcasting Even Cooler

Living in the digital age, technology makes everything a breeze 😌, especially the whole dynamic of 🎧Podcasting 🎧. 

Think of Podcasts as a radio broadcast,  📡 except you don’t have to go through the trouble of manually searching for a new episode when it’s been released–that’s where an RSS feed comes in.

A podcast feed serves as a means of sharing files over the internet. In other words, it’s a script that people can subscribe to in order to get new, real-time updates on your content. 

This feature allows content to be distributed in real-time ⌛ so that the results on top are always the most current and up-to-date podcasts.  

How Does the Magic Happen?

As a first-time podcaster, you’re probably wondering how this works 😕. To answer your question, the process involves the use of a small, machine-readable file that is regularly updated to reflect changes in the files available for downloading. 

The internet addresses of these files are embedded into the feed file, and these can be downloaded whenever you wish. 

Podcasts were originally a means of sharing 🎧audio mp3🎧 files and has only recently begun incorporating video as well. 

However, the technology that allows the files to be shared is not limited to these media files and we have no doubt that other files will be allowed in the near future. 

Today, however, a podcast feed tends to refer to the use of a feed to share media files. Most podcasts are done with audio files, and the individual files that are created and shared are called episodes. 

These audio files may contain a variety of things: there are music 🎵, comedy 😆, news 📺, technology 💻, and even podcasts about wine 🍷 (The best of them all 😉). 

Podcasts are such a cost-effective means of distributing content (especially for audio podcasting), so it allows nearly anyone who believes they have something to say to broadcast 📶 it over the internet. Even more established groups have found that audio podcasting works well. 

Who Benefits from Podcast Feeds? 🔊

Believe it or not, some radio stations podcast portions of their content, sharing it over the 🌐internet🌐 to allow listeners who missed a specific show to catch up on it later. 

NPR now does this with its news breaks, and the NPR show “This American Life” offers a podcast of its shows to subscribers who pay a small fee.

One of the newer innovations in podcast feeds is the ‘vlog’, or video blog 📹. These blogs usually contain a feed that distributes a video, rather than an audio file to feed subscribers. 

Times have really changed since this really wouldn’t be feasible a few years ago, but the growing numbers 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of broadband internet subscribers show that most users are able to download large files, even video files, relatively quickly. 

These ⏪ video podcasts ⏩ have been readily accepted by mainstream news organizations. They have found that podcasting portions of their content are a way to share their tape and reach a wider audience. 

The BBC currently does this with parts of its news content. Pieces of the news show that is played over the airwaves are taken and placed online, along with a link 🔗 to the content placed inside the RSS feed. 

Those who subscribe to the BBC feed can download the news clip and watch it from the comfort of their home computer.

In the future, podcast feeds may be used for a number of purposes besides simply sharing media files. Some analysts predict that the feed system could also be used to share software updates or any of a myriad of other file types. 

So if the question your asking is “Do I need a Podcast Feed for my Podcast” 🤔, the answer is a big, fat ABSOLUTELY 😄. We’re sure your fans would want to keep up with the latest episodes of your Podcast and stay in the know. Plus, who wouldn’t want to provide a convenient way for their audience to see new content?