In today's show we discover that Hacker Public Radio is not a Podcast Hosting Platform.
Each day your show will be heard by as many people as can squeeze into the main auditorium at FOSDEM, or between two and three Airbus A380-800. You know the big double decker passenger plane. Every month we have on average 33,584 downloads, that's about 40 fully loaded Airbus A380-800.
Podcast "Hosting" Sites, like Spotify, Apple Podcast or Google Podcasts, etc. do not host the media, they are essentially monetizing Hacker Public Radio content. And we are all absolutely fine with that because our shows are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
Every one of those dots is a download that is not without cost, but is provided entirely free of charge to us by our kind hosting Provider AnHonestHost.com and the volunteer project the Internet Archive. Both of which donates terabytes of storage and data transfer to us for free.
Comment #1 posted on 2022-07-27 13:57:02 by LongTimeLurker
This is fascinating Ken and, as you allude to, it is impossible to factor in people like me who delete some HPR episodes without listening to them.
Anything by Klaatu=instant listen, anything by Linux Inlaws=instant delete.
The beauty of HPR is the broad selection and unpredictability. I think the spirit of HPR would be destroyed if it became a podcast distribution service for podcasts looking to exploit HPR's ready-made audience.
Comment #2 posted on 2022-07-28 08:57:40 by E-/-y
Only the Interviews
I only listen to the Interviews. Not sure how Ken is going to factor that into the calculations ;-)
Comment #3 posted on 2022-08-10 12:39:47 by folky
Known Unknowns 2.0
I'm doing precisely like @LongTimeLurker. So, you clearly can't count the downloads as listeners. My podcatcher is downloading all HPR-shows and I'm deciding afterwards if I want to listen. Surprise, in the case of Linux Inlaws I delete it without listening as soon as I see it's one of those. Can't quite say why, but after two of their shows I had enough. It's just not my taste,
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