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Reminder, podcasts are just an rss feed with links to audio files.

Not an app. Not some walled ecosystem.

Oh, and harder to put ads in an mp3 you download.

I do listen to a podcast on their website player, usually when on mobile. They have ads that play in the middle.

Then one time I played it on my PC that downloaded the mp3. It didn't play the ad at all.

Their web player inserts ads. Makes sense, they can put new ads even in old episodes. But cant do that to files I download. They didnt even put one in, it just played right through!

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@RadicalEdward [capitalist voice] but i can’t get creepy data on each person who hears the audio files from an rss feed!

@RadicalEdward i remember my bosses at one job being utterly aghast that apple podcasts gave us basically no “useful information about our audience” — almost nothing not available to the public, for instance total subscribers (at that point in time only. no history-of-subscribers tracked).

so we stayed on libsyn, which at least housed history, and would give us geolocation and other crude IP-based info

@RadicalEdward could unfortunately go on and on about this as that nonprofit had seen such a decline in attendees at events, that radio, podcast streams, video streams, and social media (all once an afterthought) became the focus

and then the minute the board (composed of rich boomers) heard the word “data” and went utterly bonkers for it, since glancing at graphs and barking hot takes is a lot easier than thinking deeply about what makes sense to do

@RadicalEdward But it also has no features. The walled gardens always have these seemingly insignificant but actually really important features that the free/open solutions ignore...

@RadicalEdward Mastodon is actually one of a very few exceptions to this rule, because it has features that Twitter lacks.

@john @thor @RadicalEdward keeping track of played episodes and playback position, for example.

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I beg to differ: I get podcasts via you tube, which seems to be the latest trendy means to get video and/or audio on a ROKU streaming device: podcast

@RadicalEdward True, but syndication and discoverability are definitely walled gardens. Especially if you want the convenience for followers to automatically be delivered new episodes on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play.

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