Podcasts receive premieres at 2021 Tribeca Festival
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Guardians of the River is to be premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Festival. The podcast, from House of Pods, is a series about whether it’s possible to protect some of the most remote and wild places on the planet - like the view above of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa. The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001; see Podcast News, below, for another podcast from the festival.
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podcast:guid tag has been finalised. This is a simple method for a webscale ID for every podcast; particularly useful for being able to automatically link to podcasts on different players and devices. Podnews supports it in our RSS feed.
5hv2; Apple’s is 1542481043, Spotify’s is 1CZFAsED5FksKmNALhEs2R, Google’s is the slightly unweildy aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkc-y5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNv-bS8xNTM4Nzc5LnJzcw==, Luminary’s is 645fc2b1-8b76-48e9-9c83-de8a6836b002; Podcast Index’s is 1333070, iHeart’s is 76114027 and so on.
Not every podcast is in Apple Podcasts, of course, and shows can be ejected from the platform for something as innocuous as a photo of an iPhone in artwork. RSS feeds, of course, change if you change podcast host. The only way we’ve found to match Spotify IDs is to search podcasts for the same title and the same publisher name: which doesn’t always work. Google ones are made from the RSS feed’s address, so will change when that changes.
On the other hand a
podcast:guid is fixed, and stays with a podcast for life. As a method of referring to a podcast - or, at least, a method of matching podcasts - it’s ideal, and unambiguous. Unlike any of the above, too, it isn’t owned by anyone.
We’d heartily recommend that podcast hosts implement
podcast:guid; and would very much appreciate support for it in major directories. It would make smart-link services like ours, Plink, Podfollow and others work better; and result in more traffic to your app.
In other news:
podcast:transcripttag, after, cough, reading the spec. We have also tweaked our use of the
podcast:alternateEnclosuretag after, oh, something similar. (We added a 32kbps Opus version last week, a version we’d like to make smaller still).