Re: [podcasters] Support Your Podcast By Encouraging Listeners to Unsubscribe
- On 9/28/05, Garrick Van Buren <garrick.vanburen@...> wrote:
> On this first anniversary of podcasting, I think we should all take aI certainly do. Everything I grab goes into a (Playcount = 0)
> moment and review our subscriptions and ask, "Am I listening to what
> I'm downloading?".
smartlist, which I then listen to on shuffle. So it all gets heard
exactly once. >8->
Interestingly, iTunes's built in podcatcher (which I don't use much)
has an even better trick. If you don't listen to a podcast for a
while, it stops downloading new shows. Then if you listen to one of
the shows you've already grabbed, it goes back to downloading. It's
very clever that way.
> As I describe in a recent post atI read your rationale, but I don't think I can do that. Partly
> http://workingpathways.com/workbetter/ , we should encourage our
> subscribers to do the same.
because I try not to talk too much about podcasting; but mostly
because I don't feel it's my business to tell listeners how to manage
And I don't think it's necessary. Advertisers don't (or shouldn't)
expect 100% penetration from any campaign, and for the podcaster,
wasting some unmeasurable portion of your bandwidth is just part of
the cost of doing business. Your free local events paper doesn't put
up signs that say "Please do not take if you don't intend to read."
My TiVo doesn't warn me, "Please do not record this program if you're
unlikely to watch it later."
When you publish a podcast you're implicitly putting a sign up that
says "FREE! TAKE ONE!" What people do with it after that is beyond
your control and that's fine. Besides, you never know. Someone might
stumble across your files on their iPod a few months later, kick
themselves for not listening to you in the meantime, and tell all
their friends. >8->
Steve Eley (sfeley@...)
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine