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Ildi
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How to find or create RSS links for Spotify Podcasts

I am looking to launch podcasts on 1VIBE soon but I am having trouble finding RSS feed urls for the podcasts I am trying to add. Most of these podcasts come from Spotify and im wondering if someone has a tool or some type of solution to make this a quick process.

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Michael Tharrington

Ooo great question, Ildi!

I typically use getrssfeed.com/ to pull these. Hope this helps!

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Ildi Author

I tried Spotify links like open.spotify.com/show/1pVq808ida29... but they dont seem to support Spotify podcasts. This should come in handy for other podcasts though so thank you for sharing!

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Yeah that's something that's really unhelpful about Spotify podcasts. I put it down to Spotify being the player while Anchor is the podcast platform, so Spotify isn't going to share the RSS feed, but Anchor will.

We handle a fairly high volume of podcast submissions to DEV, and a lot of those come in with incorrect RSS feed links.

I recommend just doing a websearch for the feed. It's not always obvious, but with a little Google-foo I've been able to locate 95% of missing feeds this way.

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Ildi Author

Google search has served me well for many podcasts, but im also having trouble locating RSS links for more than a few, especially new podcasts. A tool like the one Michael posted up top but for Spotify podcasts would be nice. I will keep digging, and if I find a better solution ill drop an update on here.

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

One tip that might help with this is reaching out to everyone whose podcast you're including.

Some people are delighted to know their work is being picked up and noticed. One of my favourite thing about podcasts are how many indie creators can use the format to distribute their content. In my experience, not everyone has the same knowledge of distribution channels. Creators who only have a Spotify presence might be stoked to have their content shared more widely.

I also say this because we've received C&Ds from podcast creators who have had their podcasts featured on various Forems in the past. Some people don't understand that you're sharing not stealing their work, others will have reasons for not wanting you to share. For the sake of goodwill it can be nice to stay on the right side of creators, and even use their refusals as opportunities to build relationships.

Either way, it's nice to establish contact and build rapport. They may even become contributors to your community.

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Ildi Author • Edited on

That’s a great suggestion. Especially for indie podcasts. Thank you @ellativity !

For years now, I’ve had this feeling that RSS is under attack. I’ve noticed many websites are using bot blockers to stop web scraping. Not only do they not offer RSS feeds for their websites but are now actively blocking anyone trying to create feeds of their content. As a curator, this sucks because RSS is the best way to keep up with everything.

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Couldn't agree more. At the same time, I see the impact of web scraping on communities, and the devastation of having your hard work ripped off by other people for their own fame or monetary gain.

We're of a certain age when we remember the internet being a different place, where ideas were shared more freely because there were fewer people waiting to jump on any opportunity to claim it as their own and exploit it.

I think a lot of us are attracted to the Forem project because we've grown tired of the hypermonetization landgrab of the internet, and we hope that by being able to host our own communities we can turn back the clock a little. The idealist in me wants that to be true so badly. It tries to convince my inner cynic that although Pandora's box is open and untold woes have been released, autonomous community spaces have always been a place of dissent and hope irl (you're a hip hop head, so iykyk) - and they can be the same in the virtual realm too.