The Packet Pushers network of podcasts, news, and blogs is changing RSS providers today. RSS is a big deal to us, because RSS is the technology that updates podcatchers like Overcast and BeyondPod, Apple’s iTunes network, and readers like Feedly with the new podcasts and articles we’ve created.
Why We’re Making An RSS Provider Change
We are changing providers because our current RSS provider is generating feeds that don’t work with certain podcatchers. Android users have been especially impacted, where some of them aren’t receiving new podcasts.
We’ve brought the issue up with our current RSS provider, and they told us, not for the first time, to go bother someone else. Fair enough. We’ve found someone else to bother.
What This Means To You
There are two likely possibilities of what this change means to you.
- Nothing. With luck, most of you won’t notice a thing. The feed URL isn’t changing. All we are doing is making a DNS CNAME record change. We do not expect your podcatchers and readers to see hundreds of old items as new. If that happens, understand that wasn’t our plan.
- Life is better. Your feeds will be fixed, and you’ll start downloading the podcasts and articles you weren’t receiving before.
What If A Feed Still Isn’t Working?
We’re monitoring all of our feeds closely during this RSS transition, so we don’t expect any problems, should they arise, to last for a long time.
If you’re still having feed problems and it’s June 2017 or later, consider re-subscribing to make sure you’re calling upon the power of the very latest, fully operational Packet Pushers feed URLs. All of our RSS feeds are listed on our subscribe page.
If that doesn’t help, consider these podcatcher recommendations.
- Overcast on iOS. Overcast is superior to Apple’s Podcasts app, in our opinion. Use Overcast instead. Overcast even works with CarPlay.
- BeyondPod on Android. We have successfully tested our new RSS provider’s feeds with BeyondPod. They are working for our specific tablet, Android version, and BeyondPod version. YMMV, although we hope it doesn’t.