Microsoft Zune 1-Click Podcast Subscriptions

Zune users should be happy to know that subscribing to podcasts is now quick and easy: just click a Zune icon or chicklet graphic on a Podcaster's website. The single click will launch the new Zune Marketplace software, assuming it is installed (else will prompt to download the software), and place the podcast subscription in the user's collection. Most importantly, the podcast feed does not need to be in the Zune Marketplace for the link to work. The format is as follows (spaces between words in the PodcastTitle will work):

zune://subscribe/?PodcastTitle=PodcastRSSFeedURL

News source: Zune Insider

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what would be cooler is if the zune software would just comb my existing rss feeds and download the attachments automatically.

it may already do this but we'll have to wait and see...

Yay, another format for podcasters to support & another format to confuse users.

Why can't we have a standard format? Say "podcast://feed" which will load whatever podfetcher you use, each program will tell your OS it is the default and to be called (like with so many other things) ...

Something similar for RSS should be adopted but for online services, I think the browser would need to handle it ... so "feed://url" could load whatever program you use, the browsers default reader, or an online service like Bloglines or Google Reader.

SimpleRules said,
Yay, another format for podcasters to support & another format to confuse users.

Why can't we have a standard format? Say "podcast://feed" which will load whatever podfetcher you use, each program will tell your OS it is the default and to be called (like with so many other things) ...

Something similar for RSS should be adopted but for online services, I think the browser would need to handle it ... so "feed://url" could load whatever program you use, the browsers default reader, or an online service like Bloglines or Google Reader.

because then microsoft, apple, w3 and who knows who else would have to sit together, agree on something, make a draft, agree on the draft, make a final text, agree on the final text and then change their applications according to the standard. And with a bit of luck it would be implemented by all vendors in 2020.

XerXis said,

because then microsoft, apple, w3 and who knows who else would have to sit together, agree on something, make a draft, agree on the draft, make a final text, agree on the final text and then change their applications according to the standard. And with a bit of luck it would be implemented by all vendors in 2020.

So true!