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A few questions about podcast hosts, covering my bases

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Aug 18, 2013 9:06 AM

Greetings all!


Been doing a lot of research on podcast hosts, have a few questions:


1.) First, some podcasts who use Libsyn tell me that the reason their back-catalogue only shows a limited number of shows, is because they use Libsyn.

Others don't have this limitation, but when I ask them they don't know why.


Anyone know?


2.) Does either Libsyn or Blubrry provide an FTP address that can be used for some extra storage?


3.) It's important to me that, if I ever needed to switch, I would be able to without too much hassle. Does any special action need to be taken with Libsyn or blubrry to make sure that if I switch hosts, the feed would remain in tact? (If you can answer this, please do so assuming I'm toally ignorant   )


4.) I would greatly appreciate any experiences with Libsyn/blubrry or any other host you may recommend for a podcast.


Thanks in advance!

  • Robert Walch Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)

    Adam - Per your questions


    1. With libsyn by default your feed is set to the last 100 episodes.  But you can easily change that to any number or no limit at all.  Go to "Destinaitons" in your libsyn UI - then click on "Libsyn Classic Feed" and then "Advanced options" and change the 100 limit to another number or to "0" for no limit at all.


    2. With Libsyn you get FTP access to upload your files - but the FTP is a one way folder - where you can only use it to upload content - not to access what is already uploaded.  There is even a "quickcast" folder that you can upload a file to - and it instantly goes live on your RSS feed - pulling the title and descriptions from the MP3 file. This is a nice feature when combined with the Bossjock app to allow you to record and upload / publish an episode right from your iOS device. 


    3. At Libsyn you are never locked down.  You can add in the iTunes new feed tag and you can also put in a redirect to another feed.  And if you decide to leave libsyn you can get a permanent redirect for your libsyn feed.  At Libsyn you stay becasue you want to - not because your force to.


    4. Libsyn is used by most of the big name podcasts.  The NFL, Joe Rogan, Marc Maron, The Nerdist, Aisha Tyler, Rooster Teeth, Bill Burr, Hard Core History with Dan Carlin, Today in iOS, Mac OS Ken, The MacCast and many many other big name podcasts. 


    5. Stats - With libsyn you get industry best stats.  With advanced stats offering up detailed info on not just how many downloads - but where those downloads are coming from Geographically and Uset Agent wise. 


    If you are looking for a smartphone App for your show (iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8) they are available,  There is support for publishing directly to Wordpress and Blogger.  You can also post to Twitter and Facebook.  You get an HTML5 player.  And the RSS feed is of course 100% iTunes compliant. 


    Libsyn is the easiest and most reliable podcast host.


    Let me know if you have any other questions.


    Rob (at) libsyn (dot) com

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,045 points)

    You can have 300 episodes in iTunes (though frankly it gets unwieldy at that number) but many methods limit the number of episodes in the feed (iWeb to 5 for example) though there is usually a setting to increase this.


    You can get stats by running your feed through Feedburner (free); it does this by using a proxy server for your media files so that it can track accesses. Note that access numbers on your feed are meaningless since subscribers' iTunes application will check it periodically.


    As to moving your feed elsewhere, evidently Libsyn will enable this. Many online podcast creation services don't allow this asa they have no interest in helping you to leave. I don't know about Blubrry. The method for doing it yourself involves adding a special tag to the original feed as described here:



    In many cases you can't access the feed directly to do this; the only other option is to email podcasts 'at' and ask them to move it.

  • Robert Walch Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)

    Adam - the one way FTP - means that FTP is just used for uploading files.


    You can not access your files or re-download them via FTP with libsyn.


    FTP is for uploading only.


    For downloading your get a direct URL to give out and an RSS feed to put into iTunes.

  • Robert Walch Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)

    What they did was upload a file with the same exact file name as the one they were replacing to the "dropbox" folder in their FTP account with libsyn.  That instantly overwrites the original file. 


    That is what they would be referring to.


    But again you can not actually see any files uploaded to your libsyn account via FTP - you need to log into your account to see them.  FTP is meant as a one way street - uploading only - in your libsyn account. 



    The above link goes over in greater detail the Libsyn FTP features. 




    Rob W



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