About Replay

A Podcast feed is a document that lists the episodes in a given podcast. Each entry in the feed has a title, a date, and an ddress for the audio file.

Replay makes a few tweaks to a podcast feed, to change the dates so that the first few episodes can be heard instantly, with subsequent episodes delivered in the original cadence.

That means if you rewind a daily podcast, you’ll get an archived episode every day, starting from episode one. If you rewind a wekly podcast, you’ll get each episode in order, week by week.

We use today’s date as the new starting point for episdoe one, and actually fast-forward a couple of weeks from that point, so you’ll get the first two episodes (or more if the show is more frequent). That way you can evaluate the podcast over a few episodes before deciding to stick with it or not.

Who made this and why

I made this! Hi, I’m Mark Steadman. I run a company called Origin. I provide support for podcasters and the podcast industry.

I built Replay to keep my coding muscles toned, and because it’s the sort of obscure-but-useful tool I like to see exist in the world.

Points of order

  • Rewind does not alter the original feed (there’s no way for it to do that). It doesn’t re-host any media, so if you’re a podcaster, your stats will show normal listening activity.

  • The tool doesn’t rewrite the feed completely; it just changes a few things. An <itunes:block> tag is added so that the feed can’t be indexed by Apple Podcasts, and email addresses are removed from the <itunes:owner> and <managingEditor> tags where possible.

  • There are no user accounts and no statistics being gathered about subscribers or feed owners. There isn’t much of a database powering it, either. I list the feeds that have been rewound and the date the feed was requested, but no user activity is logged at all.

  • If you have any questions or concerns (or if, for some reason you want to block a feed from being rewound), you can email mark@origin.fm.