I’ve cut together the first podcast, leaving it at just under 2 hours runtime.
My next challenge—hosting—is proving to be trickier than I thought it would be.
Everyone uses Libsyn, so it was an obvious first choice, but 2 hours of audio weighs in at over 100MB regardless of what I compress it with (tried MP3, Ogg, M4A, AC3…). That means we’d need at least Libsyn’s $15/month tier.
No problem, second choice is PodBean at $9 per month for unlimited bandwidth — except that’s only if you pay a year in advance. It’s $14 per month if you go month-to-month. Not much of a saving over Libsyn, but at least it’s unlimited.
SoundCloud is €11 per month for unlimited hosting.
Buzzsprout offers 2 hours free hosting per month with 90 day retention, but the costs ramp up significantly from there — $12 per month for 3 hours of uploads per month, which is still not enough for our first upload (2× podcasts at 2 hours each — I’ll be stricter next time).
My issue is that I can get hosting from DigitalOcean for $5 per month (or maybe even use the server Ghost is already running on) to host the podcast using open source software like Podcast Generator.
Another option is Archive.org, which appears to offer free hosting with an RSS feature built in.
The trade-off to self-hosting or using Archive.org is that It won’t be possible to submit our podcast to Spotify. They have a sucky system where you have to submit through a syndicator/host like the ones mentioned above (Libsyn, PodBean, Buzzsprout).
I’m leaning towards the free hosting at Archive.org. A listing on Spotify will just have to wait.