I wasn't necessarily trying to insult anyone's intelligence, just trying (probably unsuccessfully) to be funny.
I also agree that we'll never figure out why people are lazy. I just think it's interesting, that within the past 10-15 years, we've moved from having to get in our car, go to the store, buy a cd, etc., to having the ability to download pretty much anything on demand from the comfort of our home, but going through 4 short steps is considered complicated.
Not really a insult, just an observation.
It's not really the effort, more the level of irritation. For some reason waiting thirty seconds while my browser hangs for no apparent reason is far more annoying than waiting in line ten minutes in a post office. And remembering passwords and waiting for verification, and it telling me it's the wrong password when it's the same password that was fine yesterday, and putting in the wrong pin and having to start again is all incredibly frustrating, even though it only takes a few minutes. So much so that I will avoid doing so even though 90% of the time it all goes off without a hitch. Well, maybe not 90%, but 75%, well, actually more like 50%.
There's something about dealing with machines where you know if something goes wrong you can't just raise your hand and say ' little help?' and that's why if it's a very simple, one-click system even if it does go wrong (which it will), i've only wasted two seconds of my time.
Dear people complaining about the time it takes to pay for a podcast -
You have spent HOURS over the last week arguing in this thread about things that don't exist and won't ever exist.
Please reevaluate your existence here on Earth.
Can I just say to whoever is marking all my posts BAD in this thread that it's bringing me so much joy and contentment. Keep up the good work!
Well, this has been a doozy.
Now, What I Think:
There's some podcasts that I listen to that I'd pay for, and some I wouldn't.
Lets not forget that free content is driving down compensation for certain creative types.
What I like about podcasts is that the good ones are an expression of the hosts passion, like WTF. I paid for each of his special episodes because I find the content on his shows to be super high in quality.
You know what, theres really not much to say. Yeah I hope they dont start charging, but I'd pay for the ones I like.
I'm going to print out this thread and try to sell it now.
My thoughts --
Wow. What a thread, and I read most of it (I'd like a gold star or a cookie please.) I am a podcaster but first, I'm a fan of radio and podcasts. I don't have much to add on others' shows that hasn't been said other than I am willing to go through the growing pains of this medium and dish out a few bucks here and there (even if on occasion it seems higher than I think it ought to be.)
As a podcaster I'm not interested in money. For me, it's a nice creative outlet where I get to spend some time with interesting people and have some fun. That, and I'm pretty new to it (86 podcasts of my own and I've guested on a bunch of others) and am happy to grow and continue to inch closer to "half-way decent." My professional focus is in TV writing and I'm happy to be supported by my "day job" so my "night jobs" can be done for fun and free.
According to Greg Fitzsimmons, services like Stitcher screw over the artists that do the podcasts because they don't track listeners, so artists can't sell ads based on numbers, and also run ads of their own, with none of that revenue going towards the artists.
Just an FYI.
Hey, check me out. I'm a ghost.
I'm interviewing people at Stitcher next month ~ I've heard both sides (they're not transparent vs. stats are obvious), so it will be interesting to hear what they say.
On that note, if anyone has experience (good or bad) with Stitcher and/or has questions for their HQ, let me know.
In January when Kevin Pollack started charging and this thread got started I bought the Marc Maron episode and then didn't buy any more. I basically stopped listening to Kevin's show and stopped paying attention.
It seems like it is back to the free format. Has anyone been paying attention to his pay-per-podcast experience? If so what happened? Can we learn anything interesting from it?
I hadn't checked on it either and then saw this on Wikipedia about his show:
It seems like a smart move to bundle and sell the back catalog, see how it goes, and then introduce a "per-season charge" like NNF if it looks viable...In January 2011, in an attempt to generate funds for the show with which to pay the crew who worked on its production (who, up until this point, were volunteering their time), the Chat Show began charging for downloads of the podcast, as well as the video playback. The Live Feed remained free of charge, however. This new policy led to a massive drop-off in viewer download, and shortly thereafter it was announced that the weekly podcast and video playback would go back to being free. However, past episodes would be bundled together in groups of 25 for which a small fee would be assessed to download the back catalog.
"I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes." HST
Greg Fitzsimmons is recording his podcast at Carolines this weekend live. He has mentioned some pretty awesome guests. Will post them once confirmed.
Come by and see a live podcast!