Fireside, the podcast hosting and distribution platform created by 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin, recently announced it would remove download limits from its podcast hosting plans. When Fireside beta invites were sent to early users, recipients were offered two podcast hosting plans. One plan was aimed at single-show podcast producers, while the other was geared for producers planning to do multiple shows. Both plans were priced according to their feature sets. And both came with monthly download limits. The single-show plan had a 5,000 downloads-per-month limit, while the multi-show plan had a 15,000 downloads-per-month limit.
It’s unclear as to why Fireside’s hosting plans came with built-in limits. Presumably, it was to keep shows with larger, established audiences from jumping into the platform before Fireside was ready to handle a large increase in traffic. Regardless, Fireside announced in a recent e-mail update that the service would be dropping download limits:
…if you took a look at Fireside and thought it might not be for you because we didn’t offer high enough downloads in your price range, I have some good news for you …
Fireside Has No Download Limits!!!
Perhaps the biggest improvement we’ve made relates to our distribution platform and the lifting of download limits.
You heard that right, Fireside has no download limits.This means you can upload as many episodes as you’d like, and they can be downloaded without any restriction.
Instead of two different plans, Fireside is now working off of a base plan that allows additional features to be added at additional cost. Optional add-on features include multiple podcasts, network support, membership integration, and more.