On Podcast Hosting

Anchor on free podcasting

Now I’m certainly the furthest thing from an expert on this subject matter, plenty of more qualified people have already gotten involved in this discussion, but having recently wandered into podcast hosting I felt I had a thing or two to say on the subject.

I already pay to host this website, and I can do whatever I want with this server and this traffic. When I recorded a Podcast at WWDC this year I had nothing to say when people asked me what my show was called or about, but I got together some mp3 files, threw it on my server with an RSS feed and a crappy name, and anyone with the URL could already listen to my show. It was far too easy to distribute this.

And while I’ve been really interested to check out Anchor, both the tool and the community, I’ve held myself away from it. As someone who already pays for for podcast hosting that’s available to any audience, asking me to pay for hosting on another platform with my data instead, and then to declare that the future of the medium, feels really cynical to me.

On the other hand, Micro.Blog has been a really great service, and community, built around the premise that any feed of any medium should be equally accessible. Users just need an RSS feed, regardless of the source or if they choose with data or cash. I’m grateful that this service is furthering a great goal of the open web, and I’m excited that it had inspired me to spend more time on projects like this.