Better System Reliability with New Podbean Stats System

August 25, 2015

We recently paused our stats system to make some improvements. The new, improved system is now online. Previously, our media and statistics systems were coupled and stats were recorded directly as a media file was played. Unfortunately, since the stats system uses a lot of system resources, this could cause reliability issues if there was a massive surge in traffic, as we recently experienced.

Our top priority is making our system as reliable as possible, as we know you count on listeners always having immediate access to your podcast media files. Therefore, we have decoupled statistics from the file playing system so that file playing gets priority for system resources. The statistics system is now housed on dedicated servers to allow better file playing reliability for all our users, no matter how high traffic levels become. Your stats system will still have all the same great statistics and information you’ve come to appreciate.

Since the systems are separate, the statistics typically take about five minutes to be updated from the time a file is played. While the stats are typically recorded to your interface within a few minutes, it can range up to a few hours during high traffic periods. We will be monitoring the new system closely for performance.

Thanks for your patience during these updates. We hope this latest change will better serve our users’ growing needs. We are always working to improve our system to bring the best service to all our users at an affordable cost.

The Podbean App is Now Available on Android!

July 30, 2015
We’ve got exciting news for podcast fans! The highly praised Podbean podcast app has now been released for Android. You can download the Podbean app at the Google Play Store.

The free Podbean Podcast app helps podcast fans:
  • Access Podbean’s extensive network of podcasts, search by categories, and subscribe to your favorite podcasts or discover new podcasts while on the go.
  • Instantly stream or download podcasts to play any time, even offline.
  • Stay updated: automatic downloads of your latest episodes; option to auto-delete played episodes.
  • Stay organized with smart playlists; view your play history and mark favorite episodes.
  • Enjoy a streamlined interface and convenient player options such as play speed adjustment, timer and sleep function.

Android users can now enjoy the enhanced listening experience of the Podbean app! Let us know what you think and contact us at support.podbean.com with any questions.

Podbean iPhone App Upgrade

July 9, 2015
Podbean is pleased to announce the release of its newest version of the Podbean app for iPhone. This version offers all the same great podcast player features, with several improvements such as:
  • Episode sorting function: instantly list episodes from old to new or vice versa for each podcast
  • Refresh button: one touch for instant podcast updates
  • New, improved home page, featuring ‘podcasts you may like” for easy discovery
  • Guest option: try out the app without an account
Get the Podbean iPhone app on the iTunes app store. The Podbean app offers podcast fans an enhanced listening experience. With new content being added each day, the app will continue to offer a more robust experience for finding and enjoying great podcasts!

Podbean for Android is coming soon!

Discover Great Podcasts! Media Picks

May 26, 2015
Recently, on the TED blog, staff from the TED team shared some of their favorite podcasts. This great list of 45 podcasts they love includes an array of topics and they’ve cleverly categorized them so you can find just what you need (or want). Categories include, “For belly laughs”, “For a more thoughtful life” and“For great storytelling”.

You can find all of these TED staff picks, along with other podcasts that have been mentioned in media, on the Podbean player app under the topic “Media Picks”. 

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We’ll be updating this category over time with recommendations from various bloggers, media or experts in different fields. Check back for notable finds, and discover more great podcasts!

Podbean’s New Crowdfunding Platform

May 14, 2015
Podbean has just launched the first crowdfunding platform exclusively for podcasters. With Podbean Crowdfunding, podcasters can easily raise a monthly income stream to support their podcast’s continued growth and development.

“We developed this program to address one of the top concerns of our podcaster community: how to fund the work they do on their podcast,” shared David Xu, Podbean Founder. “We’re excited to offer a seamless way for fans to support their favorite podcasts!”

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With Podbean crowdfunding:
  • Fans can become patrons without extra steps, directly from Podbean’s app or your podcast site. Easily add badges to any site and share on social media for more exposure.
  • Patrons can support you with monthly pledges at various levels (you choose support levels, rewards and goals).
  • Easily manage and thank your patrons, check pledges and receive payments, right from your Podbean account.
  • Set up is EASY and totally FREE!

Sign up today at www.podbean.com/crowdfunding


*Podcasters who do not use Podbean for hosting can still participate in Podbean Crowdfunding, by simply signing up for a free account and verifying ownership of the podcast they wish to fund.

Podcast Awards 2015

April 16, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Podcast Award winners! The 10th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards are part of the NMX, the world's leading event for online content creators since 2007. We were pleased to attend this great event this year and want to extend a big congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

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We've created a special "Podcast Awards" category on the Podbean app, so you can check out these award-winning podcasts. Download the Podbean app here.

New Podbean Podcast iPhone App Released!

April 3, 2015
The brand new Podbean Podcast app has just been released on the app store! The Podbean app offers podcast listeners a better way to listen to podcasts on the go. With the latest features, it’s easier than ever to explore and enjoy a whole world of podcasts, at your fingertips.

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The free Podbean Podcast app helps you:
  • Access Podbean’s extensive network of podcasts, search by categories, and subscribe to your favorite podcasts or discover new podcasts while on the go.
  • Instantly stream or download podcasts to play any time, even offline.
  • Stay updated: automatic downloads of your latest episodes; option to auto-delete played episodes.
  • Stay organized with smart playlists; view your play history and mark favorite episodes.
  • Enjoy a streamlined interface and convenient player options such as play speed adjustment, timer and sleep function.
Visit the app store to download the FREE Podbean Podcast app today! Listen, watch, learn, enjoy; anywhere, anytime!

Contact us at support.podbean.com with any questions. Stay tuned for our Android app, coming soon!

Enhanced Twitter Sharing Feature on Podbean

January 29, 2015

Podbean’s Twitter sharing capabilities just got better! Now, when you share to Twitter, your podcast player is embedded into your Tweet so users can play the episode directly from Twitter.


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As always, you can set up automatic sharing of each episode to Twitter. Or, you or any site visitors can click the “share” button to Tweet an episode any time. To learn more about social sharing, read our support article on social sharing or how to set up auto-sharing

With the new embedded player, you can really tap into the power of Twitter with maximum convenience for your fans.

Top 10 Podcasts of 2014

December 18, 2014
As we look back over 2014, we are excited to see all the growth in the Podbean podcaster community. This week, we’ve revealed the Top Podbean Podcasts of 2014! We have featured the 10 Most Popular Podcasts on www.podbean.com as well as the Top 10 podcasts in each category (listed on each category page).

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Be sure to check them out! It’s exciting to see the many ways podcasting is being used and all the great content our podcasters are producing. Congratulations to the winners and to all of you for your successes in 2014. We wish you continued happy podcasting in 2015 and beyond!

New Release: Effector 2.0 Podcast Theme

October 23, 2014
Effector 2.0 is the latest podcast site template offered by Podbean. Effector 2.0 is a simple and smooth design that is also fully customizable. This theme has a prominent title bar and straightforward design to highlight your content, along with a full length sidebar for all your widgets.
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Check out Effector 2.0 and all the podcast themes at Layout->Themes on your dashboard. Podbean helps your podcast site look great with ease!
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