What is a private feed?
Private feeds can contain episodes that you want to keep exclusive and private—not listed on iTunes or elsewhere—allowing you the ability to share with specific listeners. This is useful for people who want to provide bonus/advanced/paid content for VIP listeners, or if you want to limit the listenership to a specific team or organization.
As Private Shows, they won't be added to public directories like iTunes. However, the designated listeners can access them using many ordinary podcast apps (like Acast, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or Castbox) by adding the private RSS feed manually.
How does it work?
A public Acast Open RSS feed looks like this:
A private feed works by creating a unique "token" at the end of the RSS feed:
Notice that trying to access the feed without the token will not work:
How do I create a private feed?
We're happy to provide private feeds as part of our Acast Open Ace plan. The pricing structure remains the same (pay per show), and the process is quite simple.
Acast Ace users who wish to have a feed turned private should reach out to our Customer Success team by hitting the little yellow chat button in the lower right corner. We'll help get the first steps completed.
Once we've set everything up on our end, you'll just need to generate a new token.
What does "generate new token" mean?
You can choose to generate a new token whenever you would like to invalidate the previous one. For example, if you believe your old token has been compromised or shared, or if you wish to limit access to a new group of people. Generating a new token prevents all subscribers who previously had access to your content from accessing your show.