Overview of Libsyn Features
libsyn is a podcast hosting service and publishing platform for managing, distributing and monetizing your content. Fully integrated tools provide a one-stop solution with flexible service level options.
What You Get with all libsyn Hosting Plans
All libsyn hosting plans include:
- Unlimited Downloads
- Media Hosting – audio and video
- Your own webpage for your show
- An iTunes compatabile RSS feed for your podcast
- HTML5 video and audio player
All libsyn app hosting plans also include:
- A Podcast App for supported Smartphones starting @ $1.99
- 50% revenue Share on App Sales
- Advanced Statistics Package
Monetize Your Content with Advertising
With all Libsyn plans you have the ability to opt into our robust advertising platform – an easy way to earn money by your show by running advertisements.
All libsyn service packages come with our renowned customer support. We have been in the Podcasting and iPhone App businesses since they both began. Our team has seen it all and we have helped tens of thousands of producers both large and small make the most out of podcasting, the app store, and the libsyn system.
Our trained, local support team live and work directly with our engineering and development teams which means you will receive prompt, professional responses to your questions and issues. If you upgrade to a package that includes an iPhone app, we will also offer limited end-user support to the customers who purchase your app from the iTunes app store.
Liberated Syndication pioneered the system of expanding storage for podcasting. We recognized early on that one of the most appealing aspects of the medium is the ability for the audience to go back through time and enjoy earlier episodes once they’ve discovered a show. Our studies have shown more then 50% of the monthly downloads a show receives is from its back catalogue of content. With libsyn, you don’t need to worry about running out of space for your show. Once you’ve locked into a rhythm of releasing new episodes (another behavior which encourages audience adoption and growth) and selected a size of storage which fits your show, there will always be support right when you need it. Upgrading and downgrading your account is easy with our no-hassle user policy. Learn more
For the first time ever, producers can sell access to their podcast via a one-click smartphone app purchase. Loyal fans can now star their favorite episodes, quickly access the show, plus get special App only content that can be loaded easily through the libsyn platform. Libsyn app plans include creation of an App for your podcast for Android and iOS, as well as end user customer support from our professional support team. Libsyn is the only full service podcast platform including hosting, publishing and app creation. There’s plenty more to talk about the PCA program, click here to read all about it.
Libsyn statistics are legendary for providing podcasters with an accurate, near-realtime perspective on their audience growth. The basic stats includes a breakout of a shows’ downloads by day, month, and year as well as the ability to dig into individual episodes and files to see which content is driving the popularity of your show. The libsyn stats algorithm is continuously being verified and compared against several 3rd party validation system include Nielsen Netratings. When you report your libsyn downloads, you can be confident they are accurate and trusted throughout the industry.
The advanced stats package has even more data distribution numbers including breakdowns by geography, application, and web referrals. It also has the ability to export the data as CSV files.
One of the features which libsynPRO users have enjoyed for a long time is the convenience and time-saving of letting us handle the technical details of their show. The ability to upload high-res master files and let the libsyn system convert the files to appropriate formats is now available to everyone.
This is the technical description of “getting your show in the iTunes podcast store”. One of the reasons we started liberated syndication is because 95% of the world didn’t know what the heck an RSS feed is. Now 6 years later, about 90% of the world doesn’t know what an RSS feed is. The good news is that with libsyn- you don’t have to. Simply fill out a few fields and we’ll provide the URL that you need when registering your show with podcast aggregators like iTunes. You can customize the way the show is represented at any time through the libsyn interface- including the artwork, description, and categorization of the show.
For any new media venture to grow and reach out to the largest audience possible, it needs to embrace the web. And that includes podcasts. We have developed a HTML5 player which can be configured and customized for audio and video podcasts, playback in a variety of quality levels, and even degrades gracefully to work on the iPhone and iPad. When you embed the player on your website, enhanced playback statistics are tracked along w/ the standard podcast download numbers.
Whether you are starting a brand new show or simply need a clean, simple webpage to direct traffic to where people can quickly watch, listen, and share your podcast- the libsyn podcast pages fits the bill. Customization is quick and easy and a professional looking, attractive website is ready to support the growth of your show. You can register a domain name and point it at libsyn to customize the URL of your webpage and RSS feed.
Libsyn supports uploads through an easy to use web interface which does not require any special plug-ins or training. For larger files, or batch uploads of multiple files, an FTP (file transfer protocal) client can be used to connect to your account and upload. There are many free clients for windows, mac, and linux operating systems. Libsyn also has the ability to pull a file already hosted somewhere else into your account or simply use it from it’s source location.
You may opt into national and local brand advertising opportunities. The program has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to podcasters since it’s launch in 2007. Feel free to contact us anytime to discuss the Libsyn Ad Program.
Most packages allow your show to take on commercial endeavors. The Ad system is at your disposal to dynamically insert ads into your entire catalogue of episodes. For a small fee, audio or video ads can be inserted into the downloadable files and played in the flash player at precise time slots in each episode. You can even choose to work with outside ad partners, sell access to your show, or conduct other business. Please be sure to fully read the terms of service regarding bandwidth usage for commercial podcasts and feel free to talk to us anytime about your plans to commercialize your show.
Click to learn more about LibsynPro - enterprise solutions for professional media.