Full RSS Feeds on Music Blogs and Sites

The music website/blog community has probably been the slowest in the overall, widespread adoption of RSS as a viable form of web publishing. Believe me as I’m somewhat privy to this given my day job

I’m not sure if we’re just afraid of it or if we honestly think that the only reason RSS exists is to drive visitors to your website, but it’s painstakingly obvious that many sites don’t really use RSS to it’s full potential. Take Pitchfork for example, a site that most everyone interested in any indie and/or DIY-related music and artists frequent. Their RSS feed absolutely sucks. Sure, I get headlines and a few excerpts but the benefits stop there. It’s as if the Pitchfork editors don’t actually subscribe to their own RSS feeds to see how they’re published. If they did, they’d notice that it’s not really readable and therefore hardly usable.

Maybe that’s an unfair gripe on them but it comes with experience — their RSS feed needs some work and as a music fan subscribed to their site, I’m continually finding myself slightly annoyed that I need a tutorial to navigate through their latest news stories. “Wait, what section is this again?” “Wait, that news story got updated, published twice in the feed, but it’s shown only once on the site?”

I can bet that most everyone that does actually frequent that site does so through a bookmark and not their RSS reader.

When I checked on the JamBase RSS feed this morning, I was greeted with a nice surprise — FULL content RSS feeds. Andy and the boys at JamBase are doing this right by allowing the fans of the site to subscribe to the full content as it’s published. From me to you, JamBase — thank you. I’ve always enjoyed your content, and I want to continue to enjoy it in a manner I so choose. Because I’m so special.

You’ll start to see this more and more as RSS adoption continues to take off, especially for the music website publishers that were in the game before bloggers entered the ring…

16 COMMENTS

  1. This is a GREAT post. I own and run an Internet-based music marketing company and we see the benefits of an RSS enabled site versus one that isn’t or isn’t using it effectively. Often we run contests and you realize quickly how much higher visibility you can get when you are pushing full, useful, interesting content right to the reader that is asking for it..

    I am sure sites will get smarter as time goes on and the info is presented to them in a way where they see benefit. We’re trying to do our part in that!

    Jason Feinberg
    OTMG
    http://www.otmg.net

  2. This is a GREAT post. I own and run an Internet-based music marketing company and we see the benefits of an RSS enabled site versus one that isn’t or isn’t using it effectively. Often we run contests and you realize quickly how much higher visibility you can get when you are pushing full, useful, interesting content right to the reader that is asking for it..

    I am sure sites will get smarter as time goes on and the info is presented to them in a way where they see benefit. We’re trying to do our part in that!

    Jason Feinberg
    OTMG
    http://www.otmg.net

  3. Yeah JamBase was also one of the WORST offenders for the longest time – their RSS feed would often have nothing more than the article title and a link. Huge kudos to them for the new/fixed feed.

    Some of the bigger tech sites are starting to offer ‘ad-sponsored’ versions of their feeds – the feed that has full articles also has ads. The feeds that are just partial content have no ads.

  4. Yeah JamBase was also one of the WORST offenders for the longest time – their RSS feed would often have nothing more than the article title and a link. Huge kudos to them for the new/fixed feed.

    Some of the bigger tech sites are starting to offer ‘ad-sponsored’ versions of their feeds – the feed that has full articles also has ads. The feeds that are just partial content have no ads.

  5. Good point, Ross — totally agreed. The first thing I did when I saw that they updated to full feeds was email Andy and give him an enthusiastic “about time!”

    And then immediately I gripe on a site that still hasn’t made the proper switch. I guess I’m just an ass like that…

  6. Good point, Ross — totally agreed. The first thing I did when I saw that they updated to full feeds was email Andy and give him an enthusiastic “about time!”

    And then immediately I gripe on a site that still hasn’t made the proper switch. I guess I’m just an ass like that…

  7. The thing that really bugs me is that I can’t load feeds into Google Calendar. Example, my JamBase calendar feed, or perhaps an RSS from Tea Leaf Green’s site that will automatically publish dates on the calendar. Ugh, it’s been on my mind recently…

  8. The thing that really bugs me is that I can’t load feeds into Google Calendar. Example, my JamBase calendar feed, or perhaps an RSS from Tea Leaf Green’s site that will automatically publish dates on the calendar. Ugh, it’s been on my mind recently…

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