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kiernan7



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 1:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

We've redesigned our podcasts and have renamed all of the files. All of the other info is relatively the same (i.e. published date).

We are going to have a new RSS feed link, but we're also putting a redirect link on all of the current links to point to the new RSS feed.

QUESTION: How do podcast apps decide what is a "new" episode?

We have 1,500 episodes and a lot of people have "auto-downloading" on. Once we inaugurate the new service, we don't want our subscribers to find themselves downloading all 1,500 episodes again.

Will having the same publication date keep that from happening?

Thanks in advance!

-- John Kiernan
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Although the feed readers could go off the pubdate, more than likely they will be looking at the GUID field for each item. If the GUID is the same then the Item is assumed to be the same.

However, if the feed has a new URL, then the reader will probably assume the feed is completely new and treat all its items as new too.

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I can make the XML the same name, and there is no GUID on the old feed. Any chance there won't be a super download? Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Without GUID values for each item, the feed reader will probably rely on the pubdate for each item.

Unfortunately there really isn't any rule as to how the items have to be handled, so there isn't any sure fire way to prevent the files from coming down. It all comes down to how each individual reader application decides to handle the situation.

I would recommend including GUID values in the future so you have better control of situations like this.

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for the help!
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