Libsyn is one of the more popular options with plans starting at $5 per month and going up from there. Simplecast is another service that costs $12 per month, but advertises the quickest and simplest option to get started. You can also upload your podcast to SoundCloud as an audio file, but that won’t allow you to distribute it through RSS, iTunes, or other services, unless you’re a member of the SoundCloud’s podcast beta program; the company is currently accepting applications here. … [Read more...] about What You Need To Start A Podcast
“It’s all just starting to happen,” he says. Indeed it is. And part of what’s happening are new efforts to get listeners to pay for premium podcasts. That’s not a new effort: The podcast business has been wringing its hands for years about when a “Netflix for podcasts” would emerge to generate subscription revenue for contact creators–either in place of or in addition to advertising revenue. Now CastBox is introducing a paid-podcast platform similar to Stitcher’s Stitcher Premium–though, technically speaking, both resemble Netflix less than Hulu, allowing subscribers to pay a little bit extra to ditch the ads. … [Read more...] about Is the “Netflix of podcasts” moment finally here?
Dozens of other podcast apps and streaming-audio apps that include podcast support have a huge diversity of models. Some, like Spotify, embed ads in third-party podcasts unless someone is a premium Spotify subscriber. Others, like Stitcher, allow subscriptions to a significant percentage of free podcasts, but also offer access to premium programming through a monthly subscription. And NPR One, created by that public-radio network, is a combination of public-radio-only podcasts and streaming audio. iHeartRadio has a similar app that centers around streaming radio from its stations, but also allows podcast subscriptions of programs it produces and others it lists in a directory. … [Read more...] about Pump up the volume: Podcast apps keep pushing toward the money