TPS Ep. 054 – Free Audio Hosting Woes



Blip.tv announces they will no longer accept audio only uploads. For the past six years or so, Blip.tv has been kindly hosting audio only files for free. Blip.tv is primarily a video site and nowblip.tv they’re cementing that with the discontinuation of audio only uploads. Here’s the official announcement:

At blip.tv we’re focused on being the best home for high quality, original, episodic, video web series. To that end, we have focused on making our upload process as easy and fool-proof as possible. For a number of years we’ve permitted the upload of non-video formats, but beginning December 13th, 2011 we will be turning off the ability to upload all audio-only formats, including MP3.

Pro accounts will still have the ability to create MP3 conversions from their source video files, but direct MP3 uploads will no longer be allowed. If you are uploading an audio only podcast, we strongly recommend using a more appropriate platform such as Libsyn or Podbean. By next week at the latest, we will begin offering an option in your Dashboard to re-direct your current feed to a new location. This will allow iTunes to move your subscribers over to your new feed and host automatically.

Thank you,
blip.tv

As of December 13th, 2011 Blip.tv no longer allows you to place your .mp3 files on their servers. This means if you hosted an audio only podcast on Blip.tv, you need to look for a new host for your show. Blip will be deleting any remaining audio only files that are hosted on their servers in July 2012. This means you must get your episodes off of Blip if that is the only place they live. Download them now and save them to your desktop.

Also, if you are using Blip’s feed features to deliver your podcast RSS feed (i.e. to iTunes), you will have to use their redirect tool to ensure that your listeners are not lost in the transfer.

Hear my opinions on the the Blip move as well as learn what to do if you need a new host. I also talk about my newest resource for podcasters, www.PodcastingQandA.com. A great place to get your podcasting questions answered or explore the catalog of questions and answers to learn a lot about producing podcasts.

Links mentioned in this episode
Podcasting Q & A (Learn about podcasting while getting your questions answered)
Vimeo.com/RayOrtega (Learn about HDDSLR filmmaking and browse my videos)
Auralex 1’x 1′ acoustic foam treatment kit – 24 pieces (Follow along as I treat my studio for better sound).
Blip.tv RSS feed redirect (use this to redirect your Blip.tv RSS feed to a new feed).
Zoom audio recorders

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TPS Ep. 034 – How to Avoid Losing Contact with Your Audience


On this episode, Vincent, host of This Week in Virology, calls in to talk about his mix-minus setup. Grant wants to know about slow download speeds from files hosted on blip.tv and I talk about having a plan to stay connected to your audience if one or more of your broadcasting channels goes down or gets shut off.

I also answer a few questions that came in via twitter since the last episode including, wireless mics for video, getting phone call audio into your mixer, and an easy way for getting your podcast into the Zune Marketplace.

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Links for this episode:
Knowledge base article on Blip.tv for slow download speeds
This Week in Virology
Submit a Podcast to the Zune Marketplace
Sennheiser Wireless Mic Packages

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TPS Ep. 028 – The Technical Pieces to Making Your Show a Success

If your podcast was up for an award, would it be a winner? On this episode you’ll find out which elements of a podcast are judged for The Podcast Awards. Get an inside look at the voting process and use it to make your show stronger.

Whether or not you are seeking an award winning show, this episode will inform you about all the factors that go into a strong podcast and podcast website. Following the tips here will make your podcast more relevant in search engines such as google and as a result you will receive more listeners to your show.

I also talk about the new spin-off podcast I’ve launched, Podcast Quick Tips and I answer a listener question about itunes and blip.tv.

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Links from this show:
State of the Podcast Sphere (report by Todd Cochrane and company from GeekNewsCentral.com)

Some of the elements that Todd Cochrane listed as voting criteria for his annual podcast awards:

  • good Content
  • sound Quality
  • content matches you about page
  • nominations (count for 40 points max towards deciding score)
  • show notes
  • branding
  • download link
  • media player
  • visible RSS feed
  • valid RSS feed
  • itunes feed link
  • contact email

TPS Ep. 006 – Podcast Hosting Solutions

On this episode of The Podcasters Studio I talk about where to host your podcast files. It’s important before you officially launch your podcast that you have a hosting solution. You need to have a place where your mp3 or video files live.

Because you never know how popular your show will become, you want to host your files at a site that allows your show to grow without charging you for extra bandwidth. If your show gets linked to from another blog that has heavy traffic and you are not aware of this and you are hosting the files yourself, you could end up with one hefty bandwidth bill that you were not expecting.

In order to avoid this I present several options for storing your files online, including what I have used over the last few years and what I think are the best options for podcasters. Check out this episode for this important information that is a must know/decide before your show launches.

Remember to follow the show and ask questions anytime as well as recieve real time answers at twitter.com/podcasthelper.