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New Podcasting Host for Us



dude listening to mp3sMy library has been podcasting for awhile, and we have been using blip.tv as our mp3 podcast hosting service. That has worked great … until now.

Blip.tv is a really cool video service. They have always focused on original web shows (think Epic Fu or Ask a Ninja), but historically they were also really friendly towards random, “share the stuff in your head” videobloggers and audio-only podcasters. So they were a great free alternative for a podcast hosting service.

Lately, Blip seems to be narrowing their focus to original web shows. Nothing wrong with that – businesses grow and change. But how does that affect us? Well – for me, though I have quite a few videos uploaded to Blip, you can’t find them in blip’s search engine anymore. They’re still hosted, and you can get to them on my videoblog – just not through Blip’s search engine.

And my library’s audio-only podcast? Blip is turning off the ability to upload all audio-only formats (that includes our mp3 files) starting December 13.

Bummer for us.

For my videos, no sweat – that’s easy. I’ll still upload them to Youtube (I’m already there anyway).

But finding a new podcast hosting service isn’t nearly as easy. For the most part, podcast hosting services actually cost money these days. Here are some of the more popular choices these days:

The big three – these are considered professional podcast hosting and distribution platforms:

  • Libsyn – plans start at $5 a month
  • podbean – they start out free, but add in monthly charges for added features and more storage space
  • blubrry – plans start at $12 a month

Free alternatives (your mileage will definitely vary with these):

A couple other alternatives:

  • hipcast – plans start at $4.95 a month
  • talkshoe – free, but it’s really more a live call-in show service that can be recorded and archived.

We ended up choosing Libsyn. Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations at Wizzard Media (they own Libsyn) and host of the Podcast411 podcast, has spoken at two of the three Podcamp Topeka unconferences my library has hosted, and really knows his stuff. So we figured why not try them out?

So for now, we went with Libsyn’s $20 a month plan. It includes advanced statistics, a smartphone app, and more monthly storage. Since we plan on expanding our mobile multimedia offerings (i.e.., more audio and video stuff), paying for those features made a lot of sense to us. It’s still relatively cheap (compared to other stuff we buy or subscribe to, $240 a year is definitely cheap), and we get a dedicated podcasting platform and some really great statistics. Nothing wrong with that!

So – fingers crossed!

photo by skippyjon

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  • Greg Schwartz

    One option you didn’t discuss is hosting the podcast locally. There’s really nothing special about any of these services when it comes to the most elemental aspects of podcast delivery: serving up audio/video files and generating an RSS feed. Easy enough to do that yourself, if it’s all your budget allows.

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Excellent point Greg – thanks for mentioning it!

  • Rob

    David – Welcome on board. And if any other blip.tv users need help moving their show – please contact me.  rob AT wizzard dot TV
    Also those in the KC area – there is a monthly Podcasters and Social Media meet up – the 2nd Saturday of each month at Johnny’s at 119th and Glennwood in Overland Park from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Hope to see you there some time. Regards,Rob WalchWizzard Media / Libsyn / podCast411

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  • http://www.careercollegelibrary.wordpress.com ConsiderJennifer

    Be sure to let us know how you like the platform once it gets going.  I’m interested in podcasting services as well so I can’t wait to learn about your experience with Libsyn.

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  • Kayhan B.

    For the Bibliotech podcast (www.dquarium.com/bibliotech), I use SoundCloud. Unfortunately, it is VERY expensive. I pay 500 Euros per year for audio hosting. The good thing about SoundCloud is that it is unlimited everything. Unlimited downloads. Unlimited storage. Lots of extra features for the money. The problem that I ran into was that all of the free stuff had lots of limitations (particularly storage and bandwidth), and I really wanted to have the entire back catalogue of Bibliotech always available for download. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and pay for things in life I guess. Another advantage to the SoundCloud approach over local hosting (which was mentioned by Greg below) is that you are not using up any of your personal bandwidth. My episodes are generally about 60 MB each, so you can see just how fast the bandwidth bills can pile up.

  • http://twitter.com/lawnsforyou Duncan Gray

    Good info there – cheers. It’s worth having a wee look at The Podcast Host  too – they’re a new service, but with a great set of features. And the best bit – they actually respond to my emails and they’ve implemented a few new functions based on my requests. They’re out to help people, all good in my book. They’re at http://www.thepodcasthost.com

    Cheers,
    Dunc