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For the Record

Over the last four years, I have created and made available free of charge over 230 hours of audio content. Two hundred and thirty hours. If you listened to the free C-Realm content for 16 hours a day, it would take you more than 2 weeks to get through it all.

I have put out shows so consistently that I outgrew my archive on PodOMatic. When I reached the point at which PodOMatic wanted to raise my hosting fees to more that $50 a month I deleted most of the older shows from PodOMatic and moved them over to Liberated Syndication. Now I post each new episode both to PodOMatic and to Libsyn.

Libsyn has some bells and whistles that PodOMatic lacks. For instance, Libsyn allows me to create a C-Realm iPhone app and upload some bonus content that will be available to people who buy the app. The app is a one-time purchase. It costs $1.99 or about as much as a cup of coffee, and thereafter you have access to any bonus content that I upload to Libsyn.

Some listeners are unhappy with this development.

Some listeners have expressed irritation that I'm charging money for content even though I still provide as much free content every Wednesday as I have for the past four years. The C-Realm Podcast is not one second shorter now that I set aside a bit of content for iPhone app users. I have had to cut some material from almost every interview I've ever recorded to fit the one-hour format of the show. For four years, nobody heard this material. Now a few people with iPhones get to hear a bit of it.

C-Realm iPhone AppSome listeners don't like Apple and would not own an iPhone for that reason. I sympathize with this view. Given my financial situation, I can't even contemplate shelling out for the kind of phone and cellular service that would let me run apps, but if I were in the market for a smart phone, I'd probably want something that ran the Android operating system. Libsyn doesn't offer an Android app. If this pisses you off, take it up with Libsyn.

To get and run the C-Realm iPhone app, you do need either an iPhone or an iPod Touch. If you go the phone route, you do have to use AT&T as your carrier. Not happy with that situation? Neither is Apple. Nothing I can do about it.

I did not make a decision to favor Apple over any other hardware company or OS. I did not decide to favor AT&T over any other cellular carrier. Libsyn offered me the opportunity to derive a tiny income stream from my podcast without inserting commercials or putting banner ads on the site, and I accepted the offer. What they offer is an iPhone app. I didn't build it or contract with someone to have it built. All I did was create the audio content and upload it to Libsyn.

It absolutely    blows    my    mind    that anybody would have the temerity or sense of entitlement to complain about this. We're talking about such a minuscule portion of the content I create and such a minuscule amount of money. It simply boggles me that someone would get bent out of shape over the fact that  I haven't gone to great trouble or personal expense to make the bonus content available to them on their choice of phone or cellular carrier.

It blows my frakking mind.

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kmo
Nov. 1st, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Hardware
My laptop is old and tired. It doesn't have a working battery and overheats if I don't use a chill pad with it, so I can't sit in my truck outside of a place with wifi like I did in the past. I need an electrical outlet in addition to a wifi signal. (I read somewhere that laptops aren't mobile; they're nomadic. That is particularly true of mine.)

My hard drive is full, and I regularly have to scour it for expendable files in order to free up enough memory to create a new podcast episode in Audacity.

A listener contacted me and told me that his employer regularly makes laptops available to employees when the warranty/service contract expires. He said that he'll be on the lookout for one for me. That was a few months ago, but he recently sent an update saying that he's still on the case and that there is still reason to hope.

My Snowball mic died, and so I'm using a headset mic. It's pretty decent, but I lost the puffy bit that fits over the mic to act as a pop filter. I cut a bit of spongy packing foam and slipped it over the end of the mic boom with mixed results. Now it sounds a bit muffled, but nobody has complained, and I doubt many people who aren't podcasters or audio professionals are bothered by the sound quality.

My main challenge is lack of broadband internet access. I have to spend about 45 minutes on the road on Wednesdays to drive to a place that has wifi where I can get away with just buying a drink to justify my use of their internet connection to upload the podcast to PodOMatic and Libsyn. Also, the lack of fast internet means that I can't use Skype to record interviews. I've been using TalkShoe, which means my cell phone is my microphone and the guest has to dial a non-toll-free number to log into the call. Not optimal, but I've still managed to keep the show going.

Edited at 2010-11-01 04:58 pm (UTC)
Glen Krisch
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. I can't believe anyone would complain about something so trivial. Especially c-realm listeners.
Northfork Hippy
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
"That ain't workin' that's the way you do it Money for nothin' and your chicks for free" A clear violation of the First Law of Thermodynamics, a concept I would think most of your listeners would be aware of.

I appreciate all that you do, and if I had the money for an iphone I'd have the money to donate to your show, but until then...

It may be worth it, new laptop or not, to invest about 20 bucks for an ac inverter for your truck to power your computer.

Peace

kmo
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Speaking as broke MF
I don't want to give the impression that I'm bitching about the level of donations I receive from C-Realm listeners. I've said it regularly, but I'll say it again: I don't want donations from anybody who lacks a positive cash flow. I don't want anyone to go further into debt to support the C-Realm Podcast. The activity itself and the resulting artifact provide me with all the incentive I need to keep going.
Paul White
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I want to add to the voices who have already offered their support:

KMO - I can't believe that there is a single C-Realm listener in possession of a drop of humility and empathy who doesn't wholeheartedly appreciate what you do. A new C-Realm 'cast is something that I look forward to with real anticipation - more so than anything on TV or radio.

If you can off-set the costs a little by offering additional content (requiring further effort from yourself for its preparation) for a small fee, then more power to you. I don't have an iPhone (nor am I likely to get one!), but I don't feel that I'm being cheated out of anything by not being able to access the iPhone app material. I'm just happy to know that there will be another interesting discussion arriving each week. And now with extra Zombies! Bargain!!!

Keep at it KMO - it means a lot to many of us out here and we truly value what you provide us. I promise that I'll divert some of my extravagant(yeah, right!) salary your way soon.
foxystoat
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Very well elucidated, KMO; especially regarding the sense of entitlement that some latch onto. I remember a sense of disappointment and happiness when first hearing about the iOS app. Disappointment, because I don't have an iOS device and would like access to the content; happiness, because this will provide a new stream of revenue for you, regardless of how (in)substantial it might be.


Not having researched the functionality of Libsyn (I will after composing this comment), do they allow the audio content that is used for the iOS app to be accessed by other sources? e.g., if someone were to offer their services, could they create an Android OS compatible app that would reference the same audio files? I ask these questions because I've been curious to start programming for the Android OS and if I could create an app for its marketplace that would provide another revenue stream and possibly alleviate frustration for those listeners who aren't upset with the purchase price, rather the fact that they have no access to this audio.


@cadmus - It's heartening to witness such generosity.
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