Rich Site Summary (RSS) is an XML-related protocol that continues to gain in popularity. Sites like MacCentral and hundreds of others -- even many Weblogs -- offer RSS feeds to help readers stay abreast of the latest headlines. Now you can use that technology to get a handle on what's happening at the iTunes Music Store, thanks to a nifty new Web application from Apple.
Apple's new RSS Feed Generator produces custom feeds you can subscribe to using RSS-enabled software. You're presented with a choice of genres, along with the feed type. Choices include New Releases, Just Added, iTunes Top Songs, iTunes Top Albums and Featured Albums & Exclusives. You can also adjust feed size from 5 to 100 tracks, and you can choose whether to show explicit content.
Once you have your parameters set, all you need to do is click on the "Generate" button, and the iTunes Music Store RSS Feed Generator will create a custom URL you can then copy and paste into your RSS software.
If you're unfamiliar with RSS newsreaders, pop by your favorite Mac software update Web site and search for one -- there are a number of shareware and freeware offerings from various developers that might fit the bill.
This story, "RSS feeds come to iTunes Music Store" was originally published by PCWorld.