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Clammr Support Added to PowerPress Plugin



CLammr logoSometimes billed as the “Twitter for audio,” Clammr is a social-sharing app that focuses on short audio clips. These clips can be either new recordings or they can be taken from existing audio files. Many podcasters have embraced Clammr as a way to share clips from their own shows, as well as other shows they follow. Clammr users have been able to access the service thru either a web or mobile app, where they could create or curate their audio clips to be shared on the social web. Now the Clammr service is also supported by the popular PowerPress podcasting plugin for WordPress:

Clammr Audio Sharing is embedded within the Blubrry player and allows podcasters and listeners to share a segment of their audio on social networks. Web-based users now have the same features as those that are using the Clammr mobile application. The share button posts an audio highlight that is playable natively in Facebook and/or Twitter with a link back to the full podcast.

In order to use the Clammr feature with PowerPress, users will need to be running both the current versions of PowerPress (6.2) as well as the Audio Player by Clammr (1.1.0) WordPress plugins.

Disclosure: I work part-time with the Blubrry support team. Podcaster News Executive Editor Todd Cochrane is CEO of Rawvoice, Blubrry’s parent company.


PowerPress Update Provides Direct Crowdfunding Support to Skipcast App



Blubrry LogoPowerPress, the popular podcasting WordPress plugin developed by Blubrry, was recently updated to include direct crowdfunding support within the Skipcast app. This means that PowerPress users can add links to PayPal donate buttons, dedicated “support” pages, or services like Patreon to their RSS feeds. Then, Skipcast will use that information to create direct crowdfunding links within the app. This makes it very easy for listeners who are using Skipcast to provide donations or other crowdfunding support to the podcasts they love.

After updating to PowerPress 6.1, users will see a new Donate Link section under the Feeds tab in PowerPress settings:

PowerPress Donate Link

By checking the “Syndicate a donate link…” box, filling out the fields below, and then clicking the Save Changes button, the donate links will be added to the podcast RSS feed. Note: The links are designed for syndication within supported apps, so they won’t appear directly on the pages of a WordPress website.

Learn more about the new PowerPress Donate Link feature at this Blubrry support page.

Disclosure: I work part-time with the Blubrry support team. Podcaster News Executive Editor Todd Cochrane is CEO of Rawvoice, Blubrry’s parent company.


Blubrry Introduces PowerPress Sites with WordPress Hosting



Blubrry LogoBlubrry, the podcasting services company best known for its PowerPress plugin for WordPress, announced a new service today called PowerPress Sites. This latest offering from Blubrry provides a full-service solution for podcasters who want professional media hosting as well as managed WordPress hosting all in one place.

Previously, Blubrry offered only media hosting and professional statistics as paid services. Users would have to self-host their own websites along with certain levels of integration with Blubrry, depending on the services they used. PowerPress Sites changes all that by putting the WordPress, media and statistics hosting all in one place.

The PowerPress Sites program offers several different options, depending on a podcaster’s needs. Users can start with the Basic plan for $12/month that includes 100MB of monthly rollover storage and a free WordPress installation hosted at examplesite.blubrry.com. From there, users can upgrade for features like adding a domain name, SSL certificate, WordPress Multisite and more.

Existing Blubrry customers will see no change in their current service. They can migrate over to the new PowerPress Sites service or continue on with their current setups. PowerPress Sites will begin to officially roll out next month. For more information on product plans and pricing, visit the PowerPress Sites page on the Blubrry website.

Disclosure: I work part-time with the Blubrry support team and Podcaster News Executive Editor Todd Cochrane is the CEO of Rawvoice, parent company of Blubrry.


Blubrry Launches Patreon Campaign to Support PowerPress



Blubrry LogoPodcasting service and media hosting company Blubrry launched a Patreon campaign to help support ongoing development of its popular PowerPress plugin for WordPress. Blubrry has provided the plugin to podcasters completely for free since the plugin was first released in 2008. Since then, PowerPress has been used to create tens of thousands of unique podcast RSS feeds. Blubrry is hoping that the podcasting community will return the favor by supporting its efforts thru Patreon:

…we want to do more for you, the content and the content creators you love. We are deeply committed to providing this free tool to the podcasting world; our ambitions for our podcast content creators and their audiences are endless, and we want you to come with us for the ride.

As a Patron, you’ll find Blubrry has an extensive road-map of upgrades and new enhancements to the plugin in the works. We provide regular insider looks at our features before they are released and are committed to considering and implementing ideas from sponsors.

Blubrry’s Patreon campaign has several reward levels to offer when specific funding goals are reached. This include things like producing a detailed PowerPress tutorial as well as redesigns to the PowerPress setup page and user interface. Blubrry also states that the Patreon campaign will help the company in these key ways:

  • Maintaining a 30-60 day enhancement cycle for all products (including PowerPress)
  • Feature requests submitted by patrons will get higher priority than other requests
  • Continuing to provide free technical support to users
  • Hiring dedicated PowerPress developers (in addition to Angelo Mandato, the original and current lead developer of PowerPress)

To learn more about Blubrry’s Patreon campaign and become a patron, follow the link at the top of this post.

Disclosure: I work part-time with the Blubrry support team and Podcaster News Executive Editor Todd Cochrane is the CEO of Rawvoice, parent company of Blubrry.


Blubrry Launches Subscribe by Email Service



Subscribe by Email logoFor podcasters, getting listeners to subscribe to our shows is crucial. And while this process has grown easier over the years, there’s still a segment of the population that doesn’t understand how to subscribe to a podcast. That’s why Blubrry launched its new Subscribe by Email service. Subscribe by Email gives podcasters the ability to easily let listeners get e-mail updates anytime a new episode is posted.

Subscribe by Email offers two ways podcasters can add the service to a website. Podcasters who are already using Blubrry’s PowerPress plugin for WordPress will automatically get a Subscribe by Email button in their website’s sidebar if they’ve implemented the PowerPress subscribe widget. Everyone else can visit the “For Podcasters” page on the Subscribe by Email website and follow the instructions to create a Subscribe by Email button of their own.

It’s worth noting that this new service is intended to do one thing only: Send new show alerts via e-mail to those who’ve signed up. Subscribe by Email isn’t a traditional e-mail list building tool. For now, the e-mail addresses of subscribers aren’t shared with podcasters. If Subscribe by Email sees a heavy adoption rate, Blubrry may add in some kind of list-building functionality in the future.

If you’d like to learn more about Subscribe by Email or add the service to your website, click the link at the top of this entry.

Disclosure: I work part-time with the Blubrry support team and Podcaster News Executive Editor Todd Cochrane is the CEO of Rawvoice, parent company of Blubrry.


Blubrry Partners with Android Podcast and Mobile App Developers



Blubrry LogoPodcast services provider Blubrry brought its new Subscribe on Android initiative to podcasters earlier this year. Subscribe on Android allows podcasters to add code to their websites that gives Android users a simple one-click subscription option, similar to the experience iOS/iTunes users have with Apple’s one-click subscription protocol.

When Subscribe on Android launched, Blubrry had partnered with the developer of the Podcast Addict app to ensure that the system would work properly. Since then, the Blubrry team has worked hard to bring Subscribe on Android to more podcasting apps. This week, the company announced that it has partnered with a total of five developers, thus allowing Android users who listen to podcasts with either Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Simple Podcatcher, Podcatcher Deluxe or Video Podcast Deluxe to gain the benefits of one-click subscriptions.

In a separate announcement, Blubrry stated it will be working with Reactor by AppPresser to make customized mobile apps for podcasters. These special apps will integrate with a podcaster’s existing WordPress website, allowing mobile app users to access podcast episodes as well as other content. Podcasters who are interested in using Reactor to create mobile apps can take advantage of a 30-day free trial and learn more about pricing and features at the Reactor website.

Disclosure: Todd Cochrane, executive editor at Podcaster News is also CEO of Rawvoice, the parent company of Blubrry and I work part-time with the Blubrry support team.


Blubrry Announces new One-Click Solution for Android Devices



Blubrry LogoThe one-click method for podcast subscriptions has been supported by Apple ever since the company added podcasting to iTunes. That one-click convenience then carried over to iOS and the Podcasts app. And while this has been great for users of these Apple applications, Android users haven’t been so lucky. That is, until now.

Today, podcast hosting and services provider Blubrry released its new one-click subscription solution for Android devices. From the Blubrry blog:

…Android Listeners will be able to One Click subscribe to podcasts. One of two actions will occur when you implement One Click on your website.

1. If the listener has a one click supported app on their mobile phone the App will automatically load and the listener will subscribe.
2. If they do not have an app they will be sent to your personalized SubscribeOnAndroid.com page. Your show info and Album art will be displayed and below that will be list of One Click enabled applications of which the listener can install and start enjoying your show.
3. Get your embed code for your site by putting your podcast feed URL in the feed submission box on SubscribeOnAndroid.com website.

Existing users of Blubrry’s popular PowerPress plugin for WordPress will be able to easily implement the one-click subscription option for Android by activating the PowerPress sidebar subscription widget. Podcasters using other platforms will easily be able to add one-click codes to their websites with a simple copy/paste from the Subscribe on Android website. Blubrry also partnered with the developer of Android podcasting app Podcast Addict to ensure the new one-click subscription option would work smoothly upon launch.

Visit Blubrry’s dedicated Subscribe on Android website (linked above) to learn more about how you can add this new feature to your own website.

Disclosure: Blubrry CEO Todd Cochrane is Executive Editor of Podcaster News and I work part-time with the Blubrry support team.


It’s Time For an iTunes User Portal for Podcasters – PCN Show 015



iTunes logo newiTunes. Love it or hate it, we’re stuck with it as podcasters. Of course, iTunes is great when it works. But what about all of those times that an iTunes listing isn’t updating properly? Or how about when you need to change an RSS feed that controls an iTunes Store listing? Yeah, there are resources out there to help with these kinds of problems. But isn’t it time for a dedicated iTunes user portal for podcasters?

I ask this question and read a little but of listener feedback on this episode of Podcaster News Show.


Will Your Podcast Hosting Company Be Here FOREVER? – PCN Show 013



supernovaIt seems like podcasters deal with a lot of anxiety when it comes to media and website hosting. It’s understandable, as those two things are highly important when it comes to podcasting.

I tried to answer the question, “Will your hosting company be here forever?” If you’re dealing with your own angst over this issue, I hope my findings will help to put your mind at ease.

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