Podbean Redux

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Received a comment on a page (BTW, I hate comments on Pages – prefer them on Posts) regarding my Podbean post from a couple years ago.  Believe it or not, that post is still one of the most accessed on this blog.  I get a couple hundred views a week on that page.

Anyway, here’s the comment / question:

I read your diatribe on podbean and how you hate them and all. But you never go back and tell where you landed after that!? Or did you? What , in your experience, is a good podcast delivery system? For the past 13 years i’ve used my own website coupled with Live 365. But now, live 365 is getting weird (again) and they will require everyone to break up their hour long shows and put them up in 2 half hour pieces!? Excuse by them so they can get greedier and throw in more commercials! I’m thinking that’s the last straw, I’ll keep my website, leave them and go to either podbean (which you hate) and/or iTunes, or ANOTHER SOURCE if you have one for me? Please let me know your thoughts.

All the best,
Randy T.
Rockin’ Radio
(where we play the BEST oldies you’ve NEVER heard! since 1999)

Randy,

I use WordPress with the Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin and Box.net for hosting the file. I didn’t talk about this on atfmb.com, but on I did mention it on a guest post over on GraspingForTheWind.com.

Box.net has a free plan.  Once you sign up for that, you can ‘upgrade’ to a $10/month plan that ISN’T LISTED ON THE WEBSITE! Box.net allows enough bandwidth for streaming your podcast plus growth and has tools to track when your files are accessed.  You can also invite collaborators who can upload files to your folders.  I suggest the upgrade to a paid plan because the free plan does limit the size of your file uploads to 25 MB and your over all storage caps at 5 GB.

I’ve been using them for a couple of years now without complaint.

iTunes does NOT offer storage of any kind!  They are an aggregator only.  Just as Google News doesn’t host the news articles it indexes, iTunes doesn’t host the podcasts it lists in the podcast directory.  So that won’t be an option for you.

Another option is Libsyn.  I have never used them, but Mur Lafferty used to.  I believe she outgrew them.  I don’t know much about them, but it’s another option I thought worth mentioning.

~P

3 comments for “Podbean Redux

  1. April 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    (Hope I passed the Captcha test. I have an awful time with those.)

    Patrick, if you hate getting comments on pages, why not just shut off comments on the pages? You know how to do this. I allow comments only on my posts page (called Logbook on my site) and it keeps the other pages looking quite tidy and sleek.

    Good to know the stuff you posted about podcasting elements. Thanks. :)TX

    • Patrick Hester
      April 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

      In WP, you have to add a snippet of code somewhere to turn off page comments (post comments can be controlled through the admin panels). I forget where. I hate messing with the code. When you upgrade, you have to remember the changes you made. Just a pain.

      ~P

  2. April 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I never mess with code. Take a look at my site. Never mind how empty it is–I like it that way. I never leave posts up very long and I dislike widgets and other visual clutter and never look at it when I visit sites.

    Every page of the site is individually tweak-able, except maybe for the background color. :)TX

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