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Holiday App Makeover With iCloud Support and More!

We are working hard to update your app to the latest version in the next month so you can give your audience the best for the holidays!

Get excited, because these feature updates are sure to bring some holiday cheer!

Check out some of the awesome features you'll be getting in the next update.

Post Episodes to Your App in Four Different Formats

Text Posts

We know you have a podcast but there are those times when you want to offer an update, a special announcement or even a supersonic blog post you put together to your audience.

As you know It's a bit of a challenge to get your audience to go to your website sometimes, so now when you publish it to your app, your audience doesn't have to go anywhere else to get the info!

For those of you working with sponsors over the holidays, holding holiday contests or even asking for specific feedback this is the best way to do it!

PDF Posts

The simple way to post your show transcripts, extra notes, quizzes, coupons and even ebooks! You can do this right from within the app and users can download it to iBooks. Sweet.

Audio & Video Posts

Of course you continue to have the seamless publishing capability of all of your audio and/or video posts but with improved and more customized playback options!

Learn what the best formats are for Audio & Video.

iCloud Support, Sharing & More Customization Options

iCloud Support

Yeay for iCloud support!

Your app settings, Facebook login, MyLibsyn login, Continuous Playback, etc. will also be synced along devices, such as your Favorites! Great little feature particularly if you're traveling and have one of your devices stored away :)

Sharing Features

As always our sharing features support Twitter and Facebook, but now your audience can share your episode right from within the episode page! So much easier and we're sure you'll get more love.

More Customization

Users can now change what icons appear on the menu bar at the bottom of the app, customize even more playback options like playback quality.

If you want to be among the first to update your app, sign up HERE

Are you ready?


Immerse Yourself in Green! Lucky 4 Leaf Clover 4 Day App Sale!

podcasts for st patricks day and apps for st patricks day

Legend has it that St. Patrick was a bit of a superhero.

“They (demons) gathered around the hill in the form of vast flocks of hideous birds of prey. So dense were their ranks that they seemed to cover the whole mountain, like a cloud, and they so filled the air that Patrick could see neither sky nor earth nor ocean. St. Patrick besought God to scatter the demons, but for a time it would seem as if his prayers and tears were in vain. At length he rang his sweet-sounding bell, symbol of his preaching of the Divine truths. Its sound was heard all over the valleys and hills of Erin, everywhere bringing peace and joy. The flocks of demons began to scatter. He flung his bell among them; they took to precipitate flight, and cast themselves into the ocean. So complete was the saint’s victory over them that, as the ancient narrative adds, ‘for seven years no evil thing was to be found in Ireland’.”

Who knew he was such a demon fighter?

There is so much richness to the story/myth of St. Patrick that we thought we should share some pretty darn awesome podcast apps whose content goes right along with enriching the St. Patrick’s Day experience :)

NOTE: All these apps are for sale until 3/18/2012 for only .99 cents!

Infuse your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with more Irish flavor!

Irish & Celtic Music Irish & Celtic Music is one of the largest shows dedicated to Celtic music. It is hosted by Celtic musician, Marc Gunn. Twice a month you can download this radio show of Celtic music by some of the best independent Celtic music groups online. They are changing the way You hear Celtic music.

Shite’n’ Onions Celtic Punk Radio Show from www.shitenonions.com

Engaging Ireland- Travis and Kathy Nelson talk about Irish travel, history and culture…as well as their own desire to live in Ireland. If you dream of traveling to Ireland and want to make your dream a reality, this is for you! Includes tips for travel in Ireland and information about places to see. Podcasting “live” from Ireland, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Irish Fireside- Ireland Travel and Culture App! The Podcast on Irish Travel, Irish Culture and All Things Irish

A different kind of Green

There’s a lot more to green the just the color.

So you’re not into the drinking, partying and parades?

How about honoring St. Patrick’s day by taking Green to a whole different level?

Sustainable World Radio In-depth interviews, news, and commentary about ecology, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, green living, and ethnobotany. Since 2004, Sustainable World has interviewed experts from around the globe; experts who learn from and work with nature. Discover positive solutions to environmental challenges; solutions that adhere to the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.

Hope you enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Stay safe!


Wanna get your own app? Go ahead and START HERE!


Image credit via CC “St. Patrick” by jaqian

   

Apple Says, Want Your Smartphone App To Be Featured in iTunes? Drive Usage

One thing that has not been covered from the podcasting perspective has been rising in the ranks in the iTunes App Store.

Wait, what? Why would that matter to you as a podcaster?

Here at libsyn one of our offerings is smartphone apps. We have producers with either both Android and iOS versions of their apps and others with a presence in just one marketplace. While right now we are submitting just to the Android market, the tips and info below can help in both marketplaces.

Apple has unofficially reached 500k of approved iOS apps in the App Store, so any new ideas to get your app higher in the rankings in order to increase your chances of being discovered by potential audience users are GOLD.

Who doesn’t want a larger audience?

About a month ago it appears that Apple changed the way that they choose to feature apps and have them go up in the rankings. It used the be pretty close to the way that podcasts are featured, but now there is more. According to this Macworld article:

Though it is not yet clear what tweaks Apple has made, it appears that factors such as active usage of an app has become more important in these rankings, rather than just raw numbers of downloads.

Now that's something interesting "active usage of an app has become more important."

Key Ways To Increase Usage To Your App And Drive Discoverability

The following tips are focused on driving folks to launch and use your app.

  1. Publish episodes consistently.
  2. Add juicy extra bonus content and tell your audience about it! Check out this post for a TON of awesome ideas.
  3. In each episode share with your audience the interactive features of your App: one tap contact via email, FB, and twitter, and encourage them to contact you through the app.
  4. Publish random App specific content so folks launch your app more.

Have an Android App? You can apply these same practices to your Android App, as the Android Market may be doing the same thing!

In addition to usage the long standing way to increase your ranking in the App Store is to encourage your audience to rate and review your app.

Podcasting became so popular because it offered a a very personal and immediate way to engage with the audience. Podcasters make themselves available more: there are shownotes involved, emails exchanged, often times voice mail feedback, plus more. The libsyn smartphone apps are exactly the same, they offer that direct interaction that you already have with your audience, with added opportunities to further interaction with your listeners via bonus content.

Those that want your podcast Smartphone App will use it, so the potential to increase your visibility can absolutely happen.

What? You don't have a Smartphone App? Well then what are you waiting for? Email us at talktous@libsyn.com for more information! We'll be waiting for you!

-Elsie Escobar


libsyn Podcast Audio Apps on Android Ahoy!

Today Wizzard announced the availability of new libsyn powered Android Apps in the Android Marketplace.  We first launched on Android with 15 or so video apps.  Today we are live with our audio version of the libsyn Podcast App that features full background multitasking and playback.  This isn't a quick and dirty port of the iOS app, we worked hard to make an Android friendly user experience because when in Rome...   

 

We also integrated AdMob into the platform which opens up all sorts of possibilities for our producers.   Check out the full release here.  Now go eat turkey!