Roll Your Own Podcast with Zapier and Box

Micah Bennett
Micah Bennett / Published March 18, 2013

Note: This post originally referenced using Skydrive to host the podcast files mentioned. Because of Skydrive's expiration of download links, they are not a great solution for this use case. We're very sorry for any confusion, and will do more to make sure this oversight doesn't happen again. The Box solution mentioned here has been more thoroughly tested to ensure its functionality.

Ever wanted to have your own podcast? Now you can combine Box and Zapier to get an RSS feed for files you upload, making the process of maintaining your podcast feed as simple as uploading a file to Box. Let's take a look at the steps involved.

Preparing Box

NOTE: You'll need a paid account with Box in order to get direct download links to your files.

First thing you'll want to do is create a new folder in Box to hold your podcasts. I'm going to give mine the creative name "Podcast". Next, in the dropdown at the bottom, select "Viewer". This will enable anyone to download your podcast, but not to be able to make any changes to your content.

Create Box folder

Creating Your Zap

The zap you want to build will use the Box New File trigger and the RSS Create Item in Feed Action. In Step 4, select your new podcast directory from the dropdown.

Box Directory

In Step 5, fill out the fields as you see below, making formatting adjustments to fit your needs.

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Podcast Zap Editor

After you do that, just make your zap live! Now all you need to do is create a great Podcast and upload the MP3 file to your Box folder. Zapier takes care of the rest!

Have a cool use for RSS like this Box podcast feed zap? Let us know in the comments!

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