Decentralized Podcasting with Aureal – The Beginnings

If you’re a podcaster (audio!) or looking to set up your own show, you’ll love the following.

There’s a new dapp in town based on the Hive blockchain that enables us to publish our audio podcasts straight to the decentralized blockchain. More importantly, everything happens automatically as all episodes are pulled in from the RSS feed of our show.

I’ve been looking for a solution like this for at least a year now. A couple of weeks ago when Jeremy Kauffman, the CEO of LBRY / Odysee introduced a new feature allowing audio podcasters to upload their shows manually, I knew we were finally heading into the right direction in the decentralized blockchain realm.

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Source: Image is part of the cover of my best-selling book “Die Podcasting-Goldgrube”

I’ve been in the podcasting game for a decade. 400+ active episodes later and hundreds more archived, I’ve seen a lot of folks come and go in this space. My show is listed on 300+ podcast directories including renowned household names such as Apple Podcasts (former iTunes), Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRADIO, Deezer etc.

Adding a decentralized blockchain-based podcast app to the centralized podcatcher list mentioned above makes this marketing vehicle a real beast.

The app I’m talking about is called Aureal and my show is already up there

https://app.aureal.one/podcast/10561

I came across Aureal last week while watching an intro about it on Odysee provided by MarketSquare (@hellomsq). I immediately registered, linked my Hive account and verified the RSS feed of my show. Easy process, very straightforward.

It took a few hours for the show to be up and then, voila, all episodes were on Aureal. A big surprise came when I noticed one of my podcast shows from February 2018 being published on Hive, randomly chosen from 400+ episodes.

I reached out to the Aureal team (shout out to Shubham @blockanarchist1 for his quick response). In the meantime they found the bug and fixed the issue.

Here’s one interaction with @blockanarchist1:

Hey @kriszrokk, We found the issue. It's the first time we had a podcast on Hive which had more than 200 episodes. We've rectified the issue and releasing the update in a day.

Find the entire conversation here: https://hiveblocks.com/hive/@kriszrokk/qt1erb

How does Aureal work?

Have your RSS feed ready. In order to verify your show, you’ll need to have access to the email address that is connected to your podcast host. Make sure you’re logged in when starting the process.

Once your RSS feed is verified, Aureal pulls in all your episodes. None of them will be published to Hive though, unless there’s a bug as it was in my case.

In order to publish an old episode to Hive, you’ll have to manually update it. All new episodes however are automatically published to Aureal and Hive.

What’s my main intention with Aureal?

First of all, I’m super happy to add the first decentralized podcatcher to my network distributors.

Second, I’m glad my content gets instantly connected to Hive and I don’t have to engage in xyz conversations about the main / original source of my writing. Therefore, no more manual work.

SIDENOTE:

I’m familiar with the Wordpress Plugin Exxp that would enable me to connect my website to Hive and publish my blogs on the blockchain, but to be honest I’m not a fan of plugins that haven’t been updated for 7+ months.

Third and most importantly, I want to see how Aureal evolves as I’d like to include it in a new chapter entitled “Decentralized Podcatchers” on the upcoming 4th edition of my best-selling book “Die Podcasting-Goldgrube” (German).

A young, promising project

Just to be clear, this project is still in its early days but it looks very promising to me.

As of my writing, the team is working on an update which will add live rooms, better search options and a redesigned web UI to the dapp among others. Aureal is currently available on the Google Play Store with the team working on the iOS version to be launched.

If you want to dig deeper into this project, here’s the proposal:
https://peakd.com/me/proposals/163

As well as the open-source documentation on GitHub for devs to join the party:
https://github.com/thewall4095/aureal_mobile_frontend

I’ll keep you posted on how things go on Aureal. Let’s see when we’ll be able to use Aureal as a combo and publish our podcasts across different communities (as it’s the case with 3Speak). That would be a bonus.

Cheers,
Krisz

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This is great information! Thank you for this post. I was wondering if there would be a decentralized app for podcasting on the blockchain. It was only a matter of time.

Exactly, it was just a matter of time. I'm glad you found the info valuable.


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Yes, I did @kriszrokk! Like I may have mentioned, I already have a podcast started on Anchor.fm. I was just curious if it would be possible to use both platforms. Have a great day! 😀
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Yes @lisamgentile1961, I remember you looking for some intro music for your podcast. If you have access to your RSS feed which I think you do with Anchor.fm, than you grab the URL and paste it into Aureal and follow the instructions. You can absolutely use both platforms, that's the beauty of controlling your RSS feed. I use a very reliable paid hosting provider as I'm channeling everything through my website. Let me know once your show is up on Aureal. And FYI, there's also a small Aureal community here on Hive. I subscribed to it last week. Curious to see how things evolve.😊


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Thank you very much for that information, @kriszrokk! Yes, I did find someone on FIVERR to do an intro and outro for my podcast. Really appreciate the help and support. And I will check into that Aureal community here on Hive!
Enjoy your day! 😀
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very interesting great news

This is an awesome addition to hive . I will definitely check it out.
Thanks for the post

Thank you for sharing this