While MixCloud is a decent free solution, I found a couple limitations that made it unwieldy. Namely RSS integration. Without this, I would have to manually upload each episode to all the different platforms people listen to podcasts on (iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and about a dozen others…), potentially incurring a lot of operational overhead.
I did a couple hours of research, and found a number of good alternatives. I ended up going with Podbean. They have a good (long-standing) reputation in the podcasting community for providing a solid free service. They have easy RSS integration with all the major platforms, as well as other basic features. We can upload up to 5 hrs/month for free (which I don’t imagine we’ll go over).
Here’s the podcast’s new landing page. Moving forward, we should share from here instead of Mixcloud. Have replaced all the mixcloud links I can find, but let me know if I missed any. Will leave the Mixcloud page up for a while, as those links have already started to leak out, even with no promotion. But plan is to eventually sunset that to avoid confusion.
I ended up upgrading to the first paid tier (pricing), mainly because the free tier doesn’t allow you to do custom skinning, and I wanted to create something worthy of SourceCred’s coolness and utilize contributor art (have used @Brutalfluffy drawing for the background) We also get more analytics, which could be useful. It’s $9/mo if you buy a year, so I just went ahead and bought that myself ($108). Not expecting reimbursement for this, as enough cred is flowing through the podcast initiative to offset that, and I imagine the transaction costs for getting reimbursed would likely be more than the expense itself. If after a year we want to downgrade, we can downgrade not problem.