If you are a consumer/listener of podcasts, VLC Media Player can be a tool to access and subscribe to such audio content. For this, you will have to use the in-built subscribing options accessible via the “View > Playlist” section of the software. There you’d have to enter the feed URL of the podcast you want to subscribe to. You will then get access to all the published episodes of your favorite podcast right in VLC Media Player.
Here are the detailed steps to subscribe to podcasts in VLC:
- After opening up VLC, click on View > Playlist [Shortcut: CTRL + L].
- On the left, under “Internet” you will find “Podcasts”.
- When you hover over “Podcasts” a “+” sign will show up, click on it.
- Enter the RSS feed URL in the dialog that opens. Hit “OK” when you are done.
- A new podcast will be added below. To remove it just hover and click the “-” sign.
How to Find Podcast Feed URL
To subscribe to Podcasts, you need a direct feed URL. Such links are provided by the podcasters themselves. They are RSS feeds for podcasts. Check out their official websites or show notes pages to get the feed URL. You can also ask the podcasters and they will be happy to provide you their subscriber feed.
For example: For subscribing to Social Media Marketing Podcast, you’d have to visit their official website socialmediaexaminer.com. If you open any one of the show notes blog post, you will find that they share the link to subscribe via iTunes, RSS and other providers.
Choose the feed that says RSS and click on it to get its link. For this podcast, the link is http://feeds.feedburner.com/SocialMediaMarketingFeed. As you can see, they have burned their feed using the popular feed burning service by Google’s feedburner. Copy this URL, and on VLC after you hit the + sign in podcasts, paste it and click OK.
After a few moments, all their released episodes are listed there under Podcast > Social Media Marketing. Double click on any one of those episodes and they begin streaming to VLC. You can control the audio like any other audio or music you play using this awesome player.