We've written about transcripts and how important we think they are for podcasts before. The problem is, that it is either very time consuming or very expensive to create them. That changes now! When Auphonic announced their efforts in the direction of automatically producing transcripts we did not hesitate and immediately started thinking about how we can integrate the feature into Podigee.
We already demoed an early version a couple of weeks ago at the German podcast conference SUBSCRIBE in Munich and are very happy to announce our public beta today for all podcasters who are supporting us with a paid account on Podigee.
Some of you might have noticed that podcast statistics were lacking data from July 30th to August 2nd. Here is what happened, how we recovered the data and what we are going to do to avoid something like this in the future.
What happened On Saturday, 29th of June, shortly before midnight, our download statistics collector stopped reporting downloads to the part of Podigee that stores the analytics data for later use.
Almost two years ago we introduced the Podlove Subscribe Button and we're still the only podcast hosting platform that brings this massive simplification of the subscription process out-of-the-box.
A few days ago we not enabled the button to be enabled by default for all our podcasters, but also updated to the newest version of the button. This features a very nice design update as well as a few more options to adapt it to the design of your website.
Last weekend we finally flipped the switch and enabled the Podigee Podcast Player for all podcasters using Podigee to publish their podcasts. This change will allow us to build new great features like full support for transcripts and other additions to your podcast's audio content, like images, geodata and supplemental material like PDFs and other document formats.
We already enabled the player last weekend and everything seems to be going smooth.
TL;DR - The Podigee Podcast Player is now available for testing, if you are hosting your podcast with us please contact us with the in-app messenger or send us an email and we will enable it for your account.
Why a new player? Podcasts have special requirements when it comes to playback. That's why you're probably not using an app made for listening to music to listen to a podcast. Those requirements range from special playback controls, like buttons for skipping forward in the current episode, jumping to a chaptermark or changing playback speed, to something like support for advanced supplementary content like chaptermarks or transcripts.
Until now the only way to get a new podcast into the iTunes Podcast Directory was to go through the iTunes software. With Apple's new iTunes Podcast Connect site that has changed. Since today you can not only submit your feeds using the new website, but you also can see the status of your submission, edit feed URLs and even delete a podcast from the directory without having to go through email support.
What is the iTunes podcast directory? iTunes is, first and foremost, known as Apple's hub for selling media (Music, Movies, TV shows, Books and Apps) to their customers. But besides that it is also the largest and most influential podcast directory in the world.
Before we continue, lets get a common misconception about iTunes and and it's role in podcasting out of the way: iTunes will not host your media files!
How Does It Work? As a Podigee customer you can activate the transcription feature in the media tab in the podcast interface:
After that, you are ready to go! Now you can go and create a new episode as usual. After uploading and encoding the audio file, a machine-generated transcript will be generated. You will see the following screen in the "Transcript" tab:
Now clicking on the "Edit transcript" button will open the transcript editor.
Why you should transcribe your podcast Audio content has many advantages over text, but more often than not it is good to also provide a written version of a podcast episode. Here are only a few:
People who can't hear your podcast can still consume your content Searches on Google are text based Makes it easy to find, quote and share valuable parts of an episode after listening Opens opportunities to easily compile your content into blog posts, articles, presentations or even books I am sure there are many more reasons, but those are the ones we're going to focus on in this article.
Podcasts can be a powerful addition to your company's brand Whether you already have an established business or are just starting a new endeavor, the benefits of a strong, known brand are clear. You want to be seen as an expert and authority in your field in order to increase the value of your business, attract new customers and retain your current ones. Let us take a look at how you can use podcasts to grow your brand.
The distribution of podcasts as a digital medium can be a bit complex and difficult to grasp. There are lots of concepts, like feed, RSS, metadata, audio formats, distribution platforms and a lot more. In this article, we are going to focus on metadata and how it affects the discoverability of your podcast.
Why is metadata so important? Imagine yourself, searching for information on Google or another search engine. Let's say you have a dog and want to read more about teaching it some tricks.
1. Do not mess with my file The file I upload is the file I download. Don’t rename it. Don’t resample it at a different rate. Don’t mess with my ID3 tags. The only company I allow to do this is Stitcher (they resample) and for the record they are NOT a media host (they are a distribution system).
The short answer: Yes, we mess with the file, but we have our reasons.
The short version We greatly improved our statistics system by improving both backend and frontend. Tracking of downloads is more accurate, browsing of statistics is a lot more fun and you finally can see detailed episode statistics. It's already available for all Podigee users, go check it out now!
The new statistics in action The long version At the first look counting podcast downloads seems like an easy task. After completely redoing our statistics system we found it's not quite that easy.
It's easy to spend a fortune on recording gear to produce your first podcast episode, but you don't have to do it. To get started quickly, all you need is a phone, a headset, Dropbox and a free account for Podigee - our podcast hosting platform. If you don't have an account for Podigee yet, follow the link below to create one for free.
Start podcasting for free with Podigee
Go to the podcasts website Find the feed link and copy it Switch to a Podcast app and find out how to add a new subscription Paste the feed link and hope for the best :) In between the listener might need to find out what a feed actually is, where to find and install a suitable podcast app and might probably give up somewhere on the way...
In the following paragraphs you will learn what we do to keep Podigee up at all times, make sure it always performs as you and we expect it to and what our plan B is if things go really wrong. Since launch, Podigee has had an availability close to 100% over the whole period. But that is not a coincidence.
Chosing reliable Service Providers The first thing you need to build a reliable service is an even more reliable foundation.
Starting today everyone can start podcasting for free with Podigee. One of our suppliers recently reduced their prices and we would like to pass this on to our users. With the free plan option we especially want to encourage people who would like to try podcasting for the first time or want to experiment with a new format.
Our free plan includes 60 minutes of free audio per month for everyone.
As many of you might know we partner with Auphonic to provide our users the best automatic audio post-production there is. Auphonic up until recently provided their online service for free but switched to a freemium pricing model a few days ago. Their new model allows for processing of 2 hours for free per month, after that users have to pay an affordable fee. See the Auphonic pricing page to learn more.
Today we removed the restrictions for how many podcasts can be created. Now every plan can have as many podcasts as needed. This also removes the limit of how many themes can be created.
We think this makes it easier to find out which plan you need because it mainly depends on how many hours of audio content you produce per month and if you need higher audio bitrates for your productions.
As you might have heard, yesterday was a pretty bad day for secure communication on the internet. Due to a critical bug in the widely used OpenSSL library which is used to encrypt communication between your browser and a website it was possible to gain access to usernames, passwords and other confidential information.
Podigee was also affected by this bug (as were many others like Yahoo.com, Adobe.com, etc.).
How was podigee.
Here we will talk about all aspects of podcasting in general and of course in relation to our Podcast Publishing Platform called https://www.podigee.com.
We will discuss different aspects of what makes a podcast appealing to the listener and give tips how podcasters can improve their audience's experience.
We're also always happy to cover topics you care most about. So if you have something you want us to write about, let us know.