What is RSS?

RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication, which means you can subscribe to content and it comes to you, much like you subscribe to an email newsletter or even a newspaper delivered to your home. RSS is also referred to as a RSS Feed or simply a Feed. When you put audio or video files into a RSS feed, that feed is called a podcast. (To find out “What is a Podcast?”, click here.)

RSS feeds look similar to regular Web addresses, but often end in .xml, .rss, or .php — here is an example:

Other RSS feeds don’t look all that different, but might have ‘podcast’ or something similar in the address:

So when you collect podcasts on Podcast.com, you are really collecting a bunch of RSS feeds — and those feeds deliver audio and video podcasts to you.

To learn why you should use RSS, click here.

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