Okay, beyond iTunes we have two options, and the first of them is Stitcher. Stitcher is really the biggest cross-platform podcasting app out there. It’s a little controversial in that their Terms and Conditions are considered a little ‘grey area.’ They have scope in there which may allow them to re-use your content, or add advertising. But, let’s be honest, that’s the case with most web 2.0 apps out there, including Facebook. We know that they’re very unlikely to ever take advantage due to the backlash that would ensue.
The other bad point is that they re-sample your audio. Stitcher takes your audio files and compresses them down to a much lower bit-rate than you would normally use. I normally use a 96kpbs mono file, or possibly 128kbps if it’s a show with more music or SFX. But Stitcher will compress lower than that and reduce the quality of your audio as a result.
With voice-only, and an average microphone, you probably wont notice too much of a difference due to this compression. But, if you’re on really good kit and/or you include a lot of tunes, background music, FX, then the degradation on that is noticeable.
Having said all of that, quite a few people do listen on Stitcher, and it’s becoming more and more widely available on other smart devices. For example, I use Stitcher to listen on my Sonos system – it’s the easiest way to do so. And I also use it to find new shows sometimes as it means I don’t commit to adding it to my previous podcast subscription list in BeyondPod.
It takes 3 minutes to submit in any case, so why not!