You’ve probably seen these little buttons on websites before, but if you’ve ever clicked on them without knowing how to use them, you get some useless unformatted text that may seem like some kind of error. Nope, that sucker is the key to using RSS… but fear not, we’ll explain that later.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of pulling headlines and short summaries of articles from websites that you frequently look at, in a format where you blast through what you want to read and what you don’t, very quickly. The main advantage is that RSS feeds are a spam-free way to get the information you want, the fastest way possible. RSS is also the “engine” behind being able to subscribe to podcasts and video podcasts, so that audio and video files are delivered directly to your computer as soon as they’re uploaded.
What Do I Need To Check It Out
To use feeds, you’ll need to use an aggregator program (we suggest FeedDemon for PC and NetNewsWire for Mac). You can also view RSS feeds with free web-based aggregator services such Bloglines or Newsgator.
Show Me The Feeds
Not interested in using another new program or website? Users of the Firefox browser for PC and Mac can use the Live Bookmarks feature, and Yahoo, Google, and MSN users can plug their feeds into their My Yahoo, Google Reader or MyMsn pages respectively.
The trick to using those little orange buttons is the right click (or ctrl-click on a Mac.) This is because you don’t actually want to go to the page, just copy the link location. You then paste that copied link location into the subscripton feature of whatever aggre-thingy you’re using, and you’re in business.
Some sites also offer specialized buttons that enable you to “one click” subscribe, in some cases they’re tailored to a specific site. To check how that works, check out a feedburner page.
Gimme Some Feeds
started:In no particular order, here's a partial list of my favorite music oriented feeds to get you:
- New Musical Express http://xml.newsisfree.com/feeds/12/3412.xml
- Lambgoat http://www.lambgoat.com/rss/news/
- Rolling Stone http://www.rollingstone.com/rssxml/music_news.xml
- PunkNews: http://www.punknews.org/feeds/punknews.rdf
- Blabbermouth http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/newsfeed.xml
- AbsolutePunk http://www.absolutepunk.net/external.php?type=rss&forumids=165
- Jade Tree http://www.jadetree.com/rss2.php?feed=news
- Sub Pop http://www.subpop.com/syndicate/rss.php?type=news
- Bob Mould http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/cRdr
- Suburban Home http://www.suburbanhomerecords.com/blog/rss.php?version=2.0
- Barehones Hardcore http://bareboneshardcore.blogspot.com/atom.xml
- Stereogum http://www.stereogum.com/index.rdf
- Purevolume http://backstage.purevolume.com/feed/
Want more? Check out an RSS feed search engine!
Now that we got the basics out of the way, in my next post I’ll answer the following questions: Why do I want Implement RSS feeds for my band? How do I implement RSS for my band or site? Why should I pay attention to this?