I’ll kick off Season Four of Podcast Pontifications with an incendiary comment:
All of us since-the-early-days podcasters who’ve done more in podcasting than simply produce a podcast have dropped the ball, letting Apple run roughshod over us. It’s had a chilling, homogenizing, and stifling influence on podcasting.
And it only took a global pandemic and the re-emergence of Adam Curry—who was instrumental in ushering in podcasting back in 2004—to show us a different path some 17 years later. He calls this new way Podcasting 2.0. And, not surprisingly, we're collectively resisting his efforts. Some of that is likely due to politics. You may not buy into—or perhaps only vaguely understand—some extreme elements that seem deeply entwined with the Podcasting 2.0 movement. I know I don’t have much of an appetite for constant crypto talk, and I’m very OK with shutting the door on mayhem-inciting asshats.
However, the work that the Podcasting 2.0 community is doing with the namespace to extend RSS feeds—the lifeblood of podcasting—is truly innovative. Maybe even revolutionary. With these new namespace tags, podcasters can do more. More with their shows. More with their episodes. More with their audiences.
But I’ll be honest with you: unless you’re the kind of technogeek who hosts their own podcast media files and generates their own RSS feed, there’s not much you can do with the Podcasting 2.0 namespace tags.
Beyond applying pressure, that is.
Tell your podcast hosting company that you really, really want to see them adopt and implement as many of these new namespace tags as they can. And if you don’t like the answers they give; switch. It’s amazingly straightforward to switch from one hosting company to another. And yes, there are podcast hosting companies more forward-thinking than others who are aggressively implementing the new namespace tags.
Curious who? Go to NewPodcastApps.com and find out. You’ll also see listening apps that support the tags, so you can test-drive a new listening experience too.
• Advancing Podcasting - http://advancingpodcasting.xyz
• Adam Curry, The Podfather - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Curry
• Podcasting 2.0 - https://podcastindex.org
• 2.0-supporting listening app and hosting companies - http://newpodcastapps.com
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