Guide to Value4Value Music Shows

Play music on your podcast and give value back to the artists!

Three modern podcasting features enable artists to earn money directly from listeners:

  1. Distributing music albums as RSS feeds (check out our guide)
  2. Value-for-value—embedding a digital wallet in that feed (check this guide)
  3. Wallet switching—listener payments are redirected to feeds whose content is being played

There are now thousands of music tracks distributed through the open RSS ecosystem! And wallet switching gives rise to music shows—podcasts that play this openly distributed music and share value with the artists. If you are a DJ or simply want to play some music on your podcast, this guide is for you!

1. Creating a podcast

When creating a new feed at RSS Blue, you can mark it as either a podcast or a music show. You'll be able to reference music in both, but if your show is going to be exclusively about playing other people's music, marking it as a music show will optimize the UI for your DJ-specific needs.

2. Preparing for a show

If you've already produced a show and simply want to add song references, go to step 4.

In the dashboard, click on “Find tracks”. This will bring you to Cupid, our music search engine.

You'll be able to search for songs by

To add a song to your show, click on the “+” icon. You can also expand the track, allowing you to find shows that already featured it, and also search other music by that artist.

Cupid interface in RSS Blue.

After you've selected all the tracks, you'll be able to download the audio files (for step 3) and chapters (for step 4):

Music finder results.
3. Producing the show

You are now ready to record your show!

Play the songs that you picked and downloaded in step 2, provide commentary, get creative!

Examples of RSS music shows for inspiration:

4. Uploading the show

Start creating a new episode in the dashboard. You can reference all the music tracks in the super chapters tab.

If you picked your tracks using the process in step 2, upload the chapters by clicking the “Upload JSON chapters file” link:

Chapter editing interface on RSS Blue.

A chapter will be created for each referenced track. The chapter durations are automatically set to match the duration of the tracks.

Chapter list.

However, you may want to adjust the start times to match the moments when you started playing the track on your music show. You can also adjust the fraction of the payments you want to share with the artist.

Adjusting the chapter.

If you did not prepare the tracks through RSS Blue or if you want to add additional chapters that reference music tracks, click on “New chapter” and then “Reference music via Cupid”:

Adding a new chapter.

Once you've filled in all the other details about your show, click “Publish now”, and you're done!