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Opinion Podcast to shut down hosting.

Sad new from Opinion Podcast App.

Dear Opinion podcaster,

We’ve been forced to shut down the podcast hosting. To avoid losing your data you will need to download your audio files (or move your podcast) before November 1!

Please read the information below carefully.

We’re stunned to see how well our podcasting app has been received around the globe. Since our launch in November 2014, there are now well beyond 100 000 people who are using our service.

From early on, we decided to allow free hosting for all of our users. That’s because we wanted it to be easy and free to share spoken stories.

However, the amount of content on our servers is now measured in years, rather than hours or weeks. And the costs followed suit. We have a small and humble revenue stream from our in-app-purchases, but the costs are unfortunately soaring well beyond that. The numbers don’t add up and we are forced to do something about it.

OPINION SHARING PLATFORM IS SHUTTING DOWN IN 30 DAYS

After many and long discussions, we’ve decided to wind down our online podcast sharing platform. But the Opinion app will remain exactly as it is.

That means – you can keep using Opinion for recording and editing. But online sharing has to be done on any of the numerous podcast hosting services availble online.

Your content will be available online for the following month, but after that, you’ll have to settle for another hosting option.

WHY WE CAN’T KEEP IT AS A PAID SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Many of you have asked us, the reasonable question, why we can’t keep it as a paid service for “pro users”. However, our calculations show that the number of active pro users are simply too low to keep the hosting service going.

DOWNLOAD YOUR CONTENT BEFORE SHUTDOWN

In order to not lose your data, you need to download it before November 1, 2017 (in one month)!

OTHER HOSTING OPTIONS FOR YOUR PODCAST

For a full list of the hosting options available – including free ones – please have a look here:

“15 Of The Best Podcast Hosting Sites For 2017” – https://www.podcastinsights.com/best-podcast-hosting/

“The best podcast hosting services” – https://www.thepodcasthost.com/websites-hosting/best-podcast-hosting/

MOVING YOUR PODCAST

Many of the available services allow for easy transition from your current Opinion podcasting, to the new service, simply by entering your current Opinion RSS feed.

To change your RSS feed URL on iTunes, just log in to Podcast Connect and follow these instructions: https://help.apple.com/itc/podcasts_connect/#/itca489031e0

Once you have a new podcasting RSS, you can enter that RSS into Opinion (click the settings button in the app, and then “Redirect RSS Feed”), to ensure that existing podcast subscribers are migrated to your new podcast.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but hope you understand us.

Best,

Team Opinion

BTW – DO YOU WANT TO SAVE OPINION?

Wanna help out and SAVE Opinion and keep the online sharing platform running? Good news: It’s for sale! Please contact us at tor@opinionpodcasting.com and we’ll give you further information.

Working away

Found some bugs in iOS 11 that stop the Instagram app posting pics to the Facebook page, I think it’s something to do with the way iOS 11 stores user accounts of the apps. Instagram doesn’t recognise the Facebook account as an admin account.

Even when the #AudioMo challenge isn’t on I’m still tinkering away on stuff for it.

#AudioMo and Facebook

Today I did some admin over on the Facebook page, yep #AudioMo has a Facebook page, well it had two and that was the problem.

Today I decided to rectify that and merge the pages using Facebook’s merge process, thinking merge meant merge. Nope, nope it doesn’t at all.

Facebook merge basically is you keep all the likes to both pages, but Facebook just deletes a page. All posts from the page you want to merge into the main page are deleted and all content gone.

So I apologise to all that commented and posted at the original page, cause Facebook stripped all those away, no warning.

#AudioMo new Facebook page url is AudioMo