There have been times when I’ve wanted to share a link to an episode of a podcast that I pay for, but I’m hesitant to do so as the feed is private and unique to my account. The episode is also available in the public feed, but has been trimmed as an incentive for listeners to pay for the show. I can always find the episode in the public feed and share that, but I’m wondering if there’s a better way to handle this.

How do other podcast listeners share links to episodes from private feeds that also have a public version? Is there something in the RSS standard1 that allows for podcast producers to link a private episode to the same one in the public feed? If so, do the major podcast players, specifically Pocketcasts, honour this link when sharing an episode?

I’m asking as a podcast listener: I don’t have a podcast myself (yet).

  1. “Standard” is probably not the right word here but let’s go with it for the moment. ↩︎