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This Week's Featured Podcasts: April 15

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We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts every other week :)

If you didn’t get featured this time, hold on tight, you will be. We won’t feature the same podcasts week to week, that way we’ll get the most love to everybody!


This week’s featured podcasts


Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. 5 Gallon Podcast
2. The Mouse Castle Lounge
3. Ad Astral Podcast
4. DiHard Podcast
5. Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast
6. Believe The Hype - NBA Podcast
7. The Pox & Puss Podcast
8. IAP Podcasts
9. The Uncomfortable Truth
10. The Other Commentary
11. The One With Podcast
12. story4all podcast
13. Bad Wilf
14. The Delicate Sauce Podcast
15. The Politics and Guns Podcast
16. Gather Around Me
17. The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast
18. The Double D Podcast
19. Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview
20. Surrounded in Pittsburgh: Steel City Resistance
21. The Show Radio Media
22. On Air Podcast Show Experience
23. The Debatable Podcast
24. Voices of Wrestling
25. Geek Therapy Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

At this point and time those that host their media elsewhere are not able to be featured in the Libsyn Directory at this time.

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: BirthPlan Radio

birthplan radio hosts their podcast with libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Roanna Rosewood from BirthPlan Radio


When did you start podcasting?

November 2012

Why did you start podcasting? 

There is so much misinformation about childbirth. Even with advancements in medicine, its becoming less safe to give birth.

We started podcasting because we want to save babies, mamas, and birth! By tuning in to hear the brightest international birth experts, you will learn how to protect yourself and your family. 

What’s your show about? 

Through podcasting, BirthPlan Radio connects you with leading childbirth experts from around the world. Together we unravel the most important issues surrounding childbirth.

We also promote and advocate for evidence based care and maternal rights in birth. Together, with our listeners, we take quick, simple, and free focused grassroots action. 

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

To best connect with international birth luminaries, we’ve found that Skype is a great method of recording. We use Callgraph to record audio and Audacity to edit it. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

People hear about us through social media and also from our guests themselves. We have been honored to interview some of the brightest luminaries of birth. 

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I think we are still starting. There is so much we would like to know more about. We would like to know how to make editing less time consuming and the best way to find qualified sponsors to cover some of our out of pocket expenses. 


If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or are simply interested in the world of birth and birth advocacy this podcast is a must listen. Make sure you subscribe


Do you have a passion or a cause? Podcasting is the way to get your voice out there. Host your podcast with us and level-up your voice!


When Your Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Let’s quickly talk about the different types of artwork that you have for your podcast. I’m going to get all pre-school teacher on you and color code the types of artwork to make absolutely sure that you are clear.

1. Show Level Podcast Artwork

This is the lovely artwork that most people see prominently displayed in any podcast directory, such as iTunes.

This is also the artwork that is prominently displayed within any of the podcasting smartphone apps.

Recently the size requirements for show level artwork have been changed by apple to be 1400 x 1400. You can read all about it here. At this point and time most podcast producers have upgraded their show level artwork specs to this new size.

2. Episode Level Podcast Artwork

This is the artwork that is usually embedded into the episode MP3 file itself.

This artwork is primarily added to the MP3 via an ID3 tag editor or via a program like iTunes.

This is the artwork that shows up when someone is listening to your specific episode. It can be seen easily while playing a podcast episode using a podcast smartphone app such as iCatcher on iOS. It’s the image you see on the screen.

Some podcasters choose a different image for every episode that they publish. Other producers choose to have the episode artwork simply be their show artwork.

3. Chapter Level Episode Artwork

This specific artwork only comes into play when you are creating enhanced podcasts with chapters. These files are M4As and often have more than one image embedded within them.

The image changes depending on what chapter the listener is on while listening to the podcast. These type of podcasts are not very common and are almost always created using Garageband for the Mac.

The Episode Level Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Our awesome devs have been doing some testing do to the fact that some producers had been reporting issues with their podcast episodes being downloaded to certain iOS and Android podcast apps.

It seems that there are times that conflict is occurring between the pod catcher itself and the file that it’s reaching out - do to the fact that the artwork within the episode itself is 1400 x 1400.

Errors are occurring while downloading podcast episodes when the Episode Level Artwork is 1400 x 1400

That means that in order to make sure that no errors occur while people are attempting to download your episodes you should choose to use artwork that is 300 x 300 for your Episode Level Artwork and your Chapter Level Artwork

You do not need to do anything different with your Show Level Artwork - Show Level Artwork stays at 1400 x 1400

Does that make sense? Please refer back to the top of this article to make sure you distinguish between the different kinds of artwork!

If you are totally confused, please leave a comment below OR email support(at)libsyn(dot)com to help them clarify this for you!


Podcast Consumption as easy as Angry Birds

Consuming Podcasts on mobile devices has come a long way since Libsyn started 8 ½ Years ago (Nov 2004). In the early days consuming a podcast on a mobile device took a lot of work by the end users.

First listeners needed to download a special program like iPodderX - then they manually entered in the RSS feed of the show they wanted to listen to (don’t even ask about finding shows back in the day). Then once the files downloaded to their computer - they had to manually connect their iPod or other MP3 player to the computer and sync. And if they commuted - they had to remember to do that every morning before they left for work.

Fun Times.

Sure Apple released iTunes with Podcast support in June 2005 - and that helped a lot to grow podcasting - but fundamentally the issue of download and sync to iPod did not change just the application people were using. People still had to remember to sync the mobile device. Actually some people still do that to this day.

However things started to change in June 2007 - with the release of the iPhone and the new Smartphone world. The iPad kicked in another important segment in early 2010.

Smartphones and Tablets now make it possible to download directly to the mobile device - for instant access to a listeners podcasts and no need to sync.

While the iPhone was released in 2007 - it has taken until 2013 for Podcasting to reach a very important milestone.

Today more podcasts are downloaded directly to Mobile devices than to computers.

This is a huge deal.

In March 2013 for all the downloads from all the 13,000+ shows hosted with Libsyn - we saw the following stats for where podcasts were directly downloaded to:


Mobile = 51.37%

Computer = 48.58%

Set Top Box = 0.05%

 

If you want to geek out in stats a little bit more: on the mobile side there was a 4.76:1 ratio for downloads to iOS devices directly vs downloads to Android devices.

Of course given Apples long and strong history of supporting Podcasting and Google’s generally apathy towards Podcasting - that ratio is not surprising. But is important in pointing out - that getting Android users engaged in podcast consumption is the low hanging fruit out there.

There are a lot of people that even today say consuming podcasts is too difficult.

Really?

Based on What?

Today podcasting is as easy to consume as Angry birds is to play.

You open your mobile device - you tap on the app and you consume. It really is that easy.

Maybe people are saying “THEIR” podcast is tough to consume. And that might be because they don’t have their own smartphone app.

Looking at the Libsyn stats for March over 7.5% of mobile downloads happened directly to Podcasters own stand alone smartphone apps - not the generic apps - but their own branded apps. And that percentage is growing every month.

If you don’t have your own smartphone app in the iTunes store, Amazon Store and Google play store - then maybe your podcast is not as easy to find and consume as your peers.

If you are hosting with Libsyn - you now can have your own stand alone - free to the end user - smartphone app for iOS and Android. If you want more details - email me - rob (at) libsyn (dot) com - we are doing a special beta program until May 10th. So email me soon.

The other advantage of having a stand alone app in the apps stores is discoverability.  People searching for a subject matter may stumble upon your show - while not looking specifically for a podcast - and decide to give your app a try.  

Rob Walch
VP Podcaster Relations
libsyn


Libsyn Podcasters Get Featured On Our Facebook Cover Page!

gamertag radio hosts their podcast on libsyn

How would you like to be featured on our Facebook Page’s cover photo like the amazing Gamertag Radio?

The podcasting community is one of the biggest strengths of podcasting.

Part of building up podcasting is reinforcing and augmenting the podcasting community.

One powerful way to do that is to at minimum, see each other and begin to know the human beings behind the microphone.

We thought, sharing your faces and your podcasts would facilitate more connection between the community and help propel podcasting to continue to grow as a collective. (Tweet This)

Are you up for it?

The only pre-requisite is that you host your podcast with Libsyn.

It is the Libsyn Facebook Page after all. :)

Here’s what we need from you. Send an email with ALL of the following information to elsie@libsyn.com:

  • Like our Facebook Page- if you have a Facebook Page for your podcast give us your link.
  • An image of you holding something that says: “we host with libsyn.” (you can get as creative as you like with the Libsyn theme.)
  • Send us the best image that you have, high resolution rocks! Remember it’s going to be the Facebook cover image!
  • Your name(s) and the name of your podcast- we will overlay this information on the cover image so everyone gets to know your podcast.
  • Your podcast artwork

We would love to see you behind the mic and showcasing your podcasting gear, in an interview session, on location….share your creative space and inspire others!

SPECIAL NOTES

**Please note that the lower left hand side of the image will be covered by the Page’s avatar, so anything of importance to you should be on another part of the image.

**Images infringing on someone else’s copyright, or going against the Facebook Pages Terms will not be used.

**Keep it clean please.

That’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you!


Are you ready to host your podcast with Libsyn? You can start here!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Bloody Good Horror

Bloody Good Horror is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Eric from Bloody Good Horror


When did you start podcasting?

Bloody Good Horror started back in 2007, I believe our first episode went live right around Halloween.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

Bloody Good Horror, as a brand, has existed since 2001, mostly as a website that posts reviews of horror films and interviews with the people that bring them to life. 

I was inspired to start a show by another horror themed show on Libsyn, Night of the Living Podcast.  Theirs is a show about horror films where everyone records in the same room, but since our writers are all over the country, I decided to bring some of our writers together over Skype to bring the show to life.  

What’s your show about? 

We review new, mostly theatrical horror films, and try to stay as up to date on new releases as we can.  That goes for movies that look incredible as well as ones that we dread having to pay to see.

The fans seem to express gratitude that we’re taking the bullet for them in those cases, and a lot of our listeners will say that they wait for our review before making a choice whether or not to go out to the theater.   

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

As mentioned before, we record over Skype.  Most of us use Yeti USB podcasting mic’s, which can be found on Amazon for around 100$.  It’s a pretty good all purpose mic, and having us all use the same mic has done wonders for our sound quality. 

I record the Skype call on my end on my Mac, with a program called “Audio Hijack Pro” in uncompressed AIF, then I bring that into Final Cut Pro (I’m a video editor by trade) where I add all of the music and bumpers in post production.

I then export it back to AIF with the newly added effects, and import it into Audacity (a free online audio program for Windows and Mac), where I run the audio through filters to balance the levels. Recording with Skype, it’s very hard to get consistent levels, which is why we do this extra step.

It’s then exported from Audacity, again as an uncompressed AIF, and imported into iTunes for the final step, exporting as an MP3 at 96 kbps.  An average show then comes to between 50–60 megabytes, perfect for uploading to Libsyn. 

Our process is a little more convoluted than shows that are done “live to tape”, and it took YEARS to nail all these steps down.  Believe it or not, if I’m focused I can get all of this done in around an hour.   

How have you promoted your podcast? 

To be honest we don’t do a lot of outside promotion, for us the thing that has helped the most are iTunes reviews and word of mouth. 

There are lots of other horror movie themed podcasts, and because of the large amount of 4 and 5 star reviews we have we always tend to pop up on the “Recommended” page when you’re looking at other horror shows. 

Also, having the words “Good Horror” in our name has done wonders when it comes to google searches.  I can assure you that was unplanned, but it’s been a real boon to our show.    

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

It’s hard to say exactly what I would have liked to know before I started podcasting, but I can certainly give advice to those wanting to jump in, or trying to improve their shows.  Mainly it’s about being willing to go through a long, protracted growing process. 

Your first show is probably going to be terrible, as a general rule. I know ours was, I refuse to listen to anything back farther than episode 20 (we’re in the 230’s now). 

Always listen back to your show in its entirety after it hits iTunes, in fact download it straight from there and listen to it the way you would any other show.

It’s the only way to truly hear it the way your listeners will, so you can pick out the flaws. Then, trace those back and hit Google to learn how to fix them. 

You always want to start with the highest quality raw file, so record in an uncompressed format like WAV or AIF, then do the conversion to MP3 at the end, that should ensure a good sound. 

More than anything though, just jump in and have fun with it, and remember that there are no rules when it comes to podcasting.  This is a new medium for a new century and every time you turn the mic on, you’re helping to write its future. 


All you horror fans, you know where to go now when you wanna know all about the GOOD horror films! So go ahead and subscribe. If you have any feedback, comments or questions for Eric go ahead and email info(at)bloodygoodhorror(dot)com


If you’ve ever been inspired to start a podcast because of another podcast, DO IT! And come on and host it with us.

   


Featured Podcasts on the Libsyn Directory This Week

showcasing libsyn podcasters in the podcast directory

We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts a week :)


This week’s featured podcasts


Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. The Artist Connection Podcast
2. Bigg Success
3. The Podcache Show
4. Bad Dice Podcast
5. The Sweetest Plum
6. Dave’s Lounge
7. Deedlecast
8. Howell Creek Radio
9. Inverse Delirium
10. A Podcast and A Movie
11. The Nick Brown Show
12. Everything Sounds
13. The TAG cast Podcast
14. Lifeway Podcast
15. The Manley Woman Skatecast
16. Music Radio Creative
17. Nothing Serious Podcast
18. Paperkeg
19. Plain Ketchup
20. Shonky Lab
21. Spanglish Noise
22. The Connie G Show
23. Reality Check with Craig Price
24. Two Guys, One Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Retsutalk

retsutalk is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with the guys from Retsutalk


When did you start podcasting?

June 2012

Why did you start podcasting?

Our fan base from YouTube sent us requests to begin doing a podcast show to supplement our videos and allow us to talk more in-depth on a variety of topics.

What’s your show about?

Our show is focused on the Internet sensation known as “Let’s Play” which fuses video game interactivity by proxy with the personalities, whether informative or humorous, of the people who do them.

In other words, we talk about people who talk over video games. Also, we talk about video games, too. The show is very loosely structured though, and conversations tend to go just about anywhere.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We talk remotely via Skype and each record our audio independently using Audacity. We use Blue Yeti microphones to capture our audio. We then edit/sync the audio files in Audacity and export the final product from there.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Our YouTube channel, Twitter page, and Facebook fan page.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We had some positive feedback from our first few episodes since we got to use what we felt were some of our best topics. But after doing over a dozen episodes over a long span of time, it’s easy to unintentionally retread that ground or go into less interesting derails.

Repeating content can be frustrating for listeners who want newer content. So what we’ve learned is that while it’s fun to just go in without a gameplan, it’s really better to stay at least a little organized, focused, and have a feel for what we want to talk about before hitting record.


If any of guys are interested in a great entry video for their channel, check out the first of this four part series where they make fun of the 1992 DOS game Darkseed.

Of course you can also subscribe to their podcast.


Do you have a YouTube Channel and want to step into the world of podcasting? We’re here for you to make the leap!