The Podcast Failure of AVFM

 

 

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Live365 more curse than a bless

The switch to live365 has been a disaster for commuters like me. The audio is much better but the cost of requiring people to tune in goes against the on demand industry we live in. Want to watch a movie? Easy, go to Netflix. Want to listen to a podcast? Download it from iTunes or a similar service. Want to read the news? Get them from your feed reader. Our world is an on-demand one where schedules are no longer a limitation and the content is available immediately. That unless we are talking about AVFM’s outdated system. Want to listen to AVFM? Prepare to follow all of these steps,
1. Go to the live365 site,
2. Locate the schedules
3. Make your time zone conversion
4. Organize your schedules around it, (just like in the last century)
5. Listen (if possible)

The move from blogtalk radio involved the loss of the audio feed (common practice of service providers to lock you in) which fragmented the audience and now the iTunes feed appears as last active last February. This is catastrophic as the iTunes feed was already a miracle (apple bans any idea they feel is subversive, even bitcoin) and wasting the feed and its audience this way is just unforgiveable
The sore thumb of AVFM’s “new” outdated delivery system goes entirely against the grain of the industry. In this world of low attention spans forcing the audience to go an extra step just results in a loss. The common response my gripes from the AVFM staff might be “Well, then just don’t listen, we do not need you, fuck off”
Allow me to state that AVFM is a jewel in brute and cannot give itself the luxury of losing audience members because AVFM already is being boycotted and hampering its own advancement with outdated delivery methods is just not a choice. AVFM needs a stable feed they own independent from live365.

 

 

 

The Badger Waste
The second problem is the shooting on the foot the “Honey Badger” radio show represents is as it is the highest rating, most listened to show yet it has no direct feed (correct me if I am wrong but I could not find it) The badgers have been smart enough to circumvent the limitations of the live365 move by implementing Google hangouts solutions along the live365 updated audio podcasts.

Why is the honey badger relevant? Because it shuts feminists up before they can start lying. The sole presence of 3-4 women does give a movement such as the MHRM movement visible credence to those who only see it as a “fat neckbeard” pit. The badgers are a smart powerful ice sheet breaker ship in this feminist frigid post modernist world. They need to be promoted along with all the other podcasts at a stable place.

 

Shooting AVFM in both feet

Currently AVFM plans to set up a repository with the mp3 files but one answer remains unclear; Will the new site distribute the audio via RSS feeds?
If the answer is “No” AVFM & Paul Elam are shooting themselves in the foot (and they had already shot themselves after the blogtalk radio loss.)

Because of these reasons
*RSS feeds have a very specific purpose: simplify adoption.

*Their current method has a very specific detrimental effect: reduce adoption & cause audience losses

*They simply cannot expect new audience members and the podcast industry as a whole to comply with AVFM’s outdated, detrimental and misplaced priorities.

*Their method is outdated. Since the 1880’s it became clear paperboys were at least as effective as news stands. AVFM is asking people to go to their newsstand. (<- That. is. Backwards. &. Dumb.)  Because RSS feeds are today’s “paperboys”. Please wake up AVFM.

 

 

 

 

Problems to solve
Since I am not a feminist, instead of bitching and demanding something, I want to propose the a few solutions. First I want people to understand the challenges of RSS feeds hosting and bandwidth costs. Having a popular podcast that is downloaded often is costly. Youtube costs nothing because they get their money from the ads but if the ads did not exist each youtuber would have to pay very expensive monthly fees for what now is ad-supported/free.

 

 

 

OPTIONS 
1.Youtube channel with all the audio
This option would involve taking all of the present podcasts and trancode them into smaller “false” video files which truly just contain audio then upload them to youtube then expect users to download and reverse the transcoding process on their own making the process wasteful slow and complicated if the user wants to listen to the audio file on the go. It could be useful for people who listen to their media on their desktop computers.

Pros
*Free
*Simple upload
*RSS-like subscription but not real RSS

Cons
*All audio content needs to be encoded into “video”
*”video” shows are not really video and rather just audio with a static image
*The transcoding of audio into video (adding time consumption)
*It cannot be distributed like an audio RSS
*It complicates adoption
*Listeners have to download, convert to audio and side load episode
(adding even more time consumption)

 

 

 

 

2. Free Google drive Repository

The barebones idea of uploading the all of the previous and future mp3 files to a series of free google drive repositories could work but it would only allow people to manually download the shows and manually goes against RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication)

Pros
*Free storage
*Allows audio only

Cons
*No syndication/ No RSS
*Maximum badwidth can be limited if too many downloads are logged
*Too barebones

 

 

 

 

3. Libsyn Account

Libsyn is a well known integrated solution for podcasters that has been around for quite sometime and offers affordable
rates and the the much needed RSS feed functionality libsyn.com/plans-pricing

Pros
*Cheap 5-15 dollars per month
*Allows for RSS syndication

Cons
*Volume and popularity of shows may increase the bill for libsyn
*AVFM and Paul will frown at a second bill added to the already hefty one from live365 (live 365 should provide RSS feeds but that involves the catch 22 of losing the feed again when AVFM switches providers in the future)

In conclusion, in today’s world on demand is not a choice, it is a must.
I will go the extra mile and provide my donation for the libsyn option just for the sake of having a better more on demand choice.

 

The future is mobile, all of your future recruits are 20 something dudes (+ 1 or 2 dudettes) who have a lousy job and a smart phone. Paul has made it very clear he wants to leave a legacy after he decides to quit. Does it make sense to neglect smartphones as the most likely source of new recruits? Not at all.

The future is mobile, period.

Thank you for reading

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9 thoughts on “The Podcast Failure of AVFM

  1. James Huff says:

    This is AVFM Radio Director, James Huff. I know the move to Live 365 has some people very upset, however we are fixing the issues. We are implementing our own server for the archives, with download capability for those who want to put MP3 copies on their own devices. We will be supplying all the archives for public consumption as soon as the server and the AVFM Radio affiliate site are finished. We will also be providing a player on site, so people will not have to go to a third party site to listen to shows, and there will be a live365 player in the sidebar as well.

    • jackoutis says:

      James, what part of “On demand RSS” you don’t understand? You sound like a scratched Vinyl from the last century. Let me spell it clear and loud. IN 2014 YOU NEED RSS FEEDS BECAUSE PEOPLE LISTEN ON THEIR SMART PHONES & THEY WILL NOT GO TO YOUR WEBSITE. YOU ARE SHOOTING YOURSELVES IN THE FEET.

  2. James Huff says:

    Oh….and there will be implementation of RSS feeds, just to let you know. And more than likely direct access to a live player on the AVFM Forums as well. We have taken care of the bandwidth and storage issues for the archives. Now all we have to do is get the server set up and tie everything in to the AVFM Radio affiliate site and the Forums.

  3. James Huff says:

    And I know it seems ridiculous for me to leave several comments, but I keep thinking of things. AVFM wanted complete control over the dissemination process. This meant getting our own hardware. We did not want issues hosting our shows with a third party. One of the biggest reasons is the fact that we are a bigger target, and breaks and interruptions in service due to disputes with third parties coming under feminist pressure is not an option. I’d rather lose a couple months of time and then provide the archives than set up with a third party and lose both time and money and have to deal with contractual disputes as well. If you have any concerns, then contact me via Radio@avoiceformen.com

  4. jackoutis is absolutely correct – RSS feeds are a must in this day and age. Countless people receive podcast updates via iTunes and smartphone podcast players – web hosting alone is insufficient. Last podcast update appears to be February. Please don’t hinder yourselves, you do great things.

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