293 SpeakPipe Pricing Plans – BluBrry PowerPress Security Update – SD Card Tip For Mac Users And Much More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 24, 2013


SpeakPipe Coming out of Beta – Announces Pricing Plans!
I recently received an email from Vladimir Pankratiev, the founder of SpeakPipe stating that the SpeakPipe service is expected to come out of beta status effective March 1st, 2013. The great news is that many of those who have come to rely on this service for gaining voice feedback for their shows will continue to be able to do so using the Free Plan. Originally, the free plan was going to limit each voice message to 30 seconds. To Vladimir’s credit, he listened to the feedback of his community and has raised the duration of voice messages on the free plan to 90 seconds.

I’m the type of person who values a company more when they have a clear economic model in place for generating income. It gives me piece of mind knowing that the developer can afford to further invest into the development of the software that I depend on. You can check out the new monthly subscription and pay-as-you-go options over at http://speakpipe.com/plans.

Personal Plug of The Week
This week’s Personal Plug of the Week is the JD Blogger Podcast by John Skiba. John is a member of The Podcast Mastermind and recently launched this new podcast devoted to helping lawyers build a profitable and thriving legal practice through the use of blogging, podcasting and social media. If you check out his show, please let him know that you heard about him from The Podcast Answer Man.

Blubrry PowerPress Removes 1 Pixel Out Player Due To Security Concern
From their website, “Due to concerns of possible security exploits, the 1 Pixel Out Audio Player has been removed from PowerPress as of version 4.0.6. PowerPress users are strongly encouraged to update their copy of PowerPress immediately.

The possible issue is with the 1 Pixel Out flash based audio player. The official 1 Pixel Out Audio Player was removed temporary from the WordPress.org repository until the security issues have been addressed. Once a new version is available, we will review re-including the player in PowerPress.

If your site is currently configured to use the 1 Pixel Out audio player the Flow Player Classic player will be substituted in its place once your copy of PowerPress is updated.”

I have great news regarding this. I was looking at a Google Plus Post from my friend, Ray Ortega. Angelo Mandato, the developer who wrote the PowerPress Plugin, had commented on that discussion thread and said that the 1 Pixel Out player WILL COME BACK to PowerPress once it’s fixed. (see screen grab below)

Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 4.38.25 PM

If you would like to make a contribution to support the ongoing development of the 1 Pixel Out Audio Player, please do so at http://WPAudioPlayer.com. I made a $50 contribution today! I am a huge fan of the 1 Pixel Out Player.

Public Service Announcement About SD Cards on The Mac
In this episode, I play some audio feedback from Tony Rose who wanted to make sure that everyone is aware that when you drag and drop audio files from your SD card to the desktop on the Mac and then delete them from the card, you are not really deleting them at all.

I have covered this in the past. However, it is something that bares repeating from time to time. There are three ways that you can truly remove these files to free up the memory on your SD card.

1) You can hold down the Command Key while you click to drag and drop. This will actually “move” the file from the card to the computer rather than simply copy it.

2) Just after you delete the files off the card, while the card is still plugged into the computer, you can simply “empty your trash bin” and this will free up that memory on the card.

3) You can simply format the card in the recorder.

John Lane’s Two Questions
In this episode, I point John to episode 254 of Podcast Answer Man in a response to his question about how to grow the audience for your podcast.

John also asked where he can get artwork made for his podcast. My favorite person to turn to for podcast artwork is Jenny Hamson. She does artwork for members of my community at the cost of $175. You can reach out to her through the information found at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/JennyH.

If you prefer to have to have a vast number of graphics artists who will compete to get your work, 99 Designs has an amazing program that starts at $299.

Knowing that John is a younger guy, I assumed that his budget may be a little lower than the pricing mentioned above. I shared that some folks have randomly had luck getting very inexpensive artwork done at http://fiverr.com.

My New Cruise Promo
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Taking My Presentations To The Next Level
In the episode, I attempt to explain how I am going to take my speaking gigs to a whole new level by creating separate speaker notes for my talks, rather than relying on my presentation slides to be my outline for the points I want to cover.

I mentioned why I will not be using the PodiumCue software recommend by my friend, Michael Hyatt. When in playback mode, the look and feel of the cue cards is beautiful. However, I found it simply too easy to accidentally get your notes out of order. I am, however, very happy that Michael promoted that software because it caused me to search for others like it that might be able to help me keep track of my presenter notes and keep an eye on the time while I am speaking.

I found the Speech Prompt software. This application would certainly due to the job for me. It is super basic and it is very easy to figure out how it works and it does what it is supposed to do and just works. However, I am not going to be using this software because it’s just too ugly. I know that I would be the only person who sees my notes on those generic looking cards sitting on a fake wood grain table. However, I’d rather not have to look at it myself.

I am excited to announce that I am going to be using the Speeches software. This is a Universal application that can work both on the iPhone and iPad. It will allow me to create my notes on my desktop using a simple .txt file and important those notes into the app just by emailing the .txt file to myself. I can tell it the duration of time that I am allotted for my talk and it will help me keep an eye on how much time I have left as I am speaking. I really enjoy the way that I can easily swipe forward or backward between my cue cards. It simply looks very nice and I can customize both the font and the size of the font.

Just two quick notes about the Podcasting Patent Story
I don’t have a lot of new information to provide on the Podcasting Patent Lawsuit. However, I did mention that Leo Laporte was a guest on a recent episode of Adam Corolla’s podcast where they both talked, openly, about the lawsuit. You can download the audio clip from that conversation by clicking here.

The other quick note was that I had forgot to mention the July 2009 claim that VoloMedia, Inc made saying that they had been awarded the patent on podcasting with their US Patent 7,568,213 “Method for providing episodic media content.” It will be interesting to see where this story goes. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have more information that I am able to share.


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  • SWEET…early release on Thursday DUDE!! your awesome Cliff. Thank you.

  • @akaTGIF  Thanks Byron. Hope you enjoy.

  • Thank you SO much for your kind words at 4:40 about the website work we did for johnskiba. I was also blown away by the podcast clip – I’d never heard how awesome he sounded! I thought he hired voice talent at first. A bit slow to jump on the podcasting bandwagon myself because I rarely take the time to listen to them (I’m a reader) – but clearly it’s a format that isn’t going away and this website is a great resource. Again, thank you.

  • JeffB

    I have to say I for one did not freak out when I got email about the pricing plans for Speakpipe. Even though I run a small podcast for next to no cost, I am not afraid to pay for things that make sense or bring value to me.  The first thing I did was look and see what fit in my price range. I was very happy to see to the pre-paid option. Since my own show gets only say one or two audio comments a month, the $10 plan seems to be a good fit for my podcast. However in listening to your comments about the payment plan, I agree that $5 per month plan isn’t that bad to help support a useful product. If I go with the $5 a month plan, I may go ahead drop the Kall8 service that I’ve been using since the start of my podcast, since one of the major complaints that I’ve gotten is the my Non-US listeners can not use the 888 number. Speakpipe of course solves that problem and is just a few dollars more per month with much better sound quality overall (since it depends on the recorders setup).

  • @Cynthia LaLuna  johnskiba It’s a great looking site!

  • @JeffB Exactly!  Thank you so much for the feedback!  And thanks so much for thinking about supporting those who provide us valuable services.  Vladimir has done an awesome job with SpeakPipe.

  • Hi Cliff, quick question…I recently uploaded episode #50 and for the first time the episode is not showing up in iTunes or Stitcher.  I have my feeds set up as you recommend in Podcasting A to Z and have never had an issue until this episode.  Do you think it could be related to blubrry update?  In Libsyn it shows that the episode has been downloaded, so I’m confused 🙂  Any input would be appreciated.  Thanks, Shelia

  • @Shelia You could be hitting the feedburner filze size limit for your rss feed.
    If you log into Feedburner.com, click on “Troubleshootize” Tab and scrool down to the “resync now button” and see if that updates it.
    If you get a thing that says your feed size is to large, you can go to WordPress and click on Settings and click on Reading and change it to show “summary only” instead of “full post” in the syndication feed.  
    Let me know if this helpsl

  • @Cliff Ravenscraft Hi Cliff, thank you so much for responding.  I tried this yesterday and it didn’t work, so this morning I went back through the A to Z to make certain none of the powerpress settings changed.  The only issue I found was the feed photo was missing.  I corrected this issue, went back into feedburner and pinged and validated the feed.  I then resynced the feed again.  I will check later today with iTunes and Stitcher to see if it worked and will keep you posted.  Thanks again.

  • @Shelia I’m pretty sure that would not be the issue. Please email me (I prefer to keep tech questions out of the comments posts online). I’ll see if I can find some time to look into what is going on for you.

  • Thanks for the heads-up on the PowerPress 1-pixel out audio player.    Before I upgraded to the latest version of PowerPress, I wanted to check to see whether the Flow Player Classic (default) player that I see is installed on the PAM site would work on all my devices.  It appears to work on iOS devices without an issue, but it does not show up on my Kindle Fire.   There is just no audio player listed within the blog entry.   I have no problem with playing content on the Kindle Fire with the 1-pixel out player.   Not sure what would be the difference between the two audio players.
    I cannot validate whether this is an issue with all Android devices.

  • @SmorgShow That’s weird, it should have html5 fallback.  That’s how ios is displaying it.  You could ask the folks at Blubrry what is going on with the Kindle Fire playback.
    Here’s a link to their forum: http://forum.blubrry.com/index.php/board,26.0.html

  • @Cliff Ravenscraft Thanks for that suggestion.   I just submitted a query on the “I found a bug” forum.   If I learn more I will report back here.

  • @SmorgShow Awesome.  Thanks Chris!

  • @Cliff Ravenscraft  Hi Cliff,  Here is the response I received from Blubrry.  I included the info you provided in your post here about the html5 fallback (so that I would sound more knowledgeable than I really am with this).  Here’s what they said:
    That’s not quite how PowerPress works, we added logic to detect mobile/tablet browsers.If we detect a mobile browser/device, we automatically use the HTML5 player (no flash).If you pick a flash based player in PowerPress, the flash player is used with a fallback image which has a link to the media file.If you configure the HTML5 player in PowerPress, it will fallback to FlowPlayer Classic, which then will fallback to an image with a link to the media file.You cannot fallback the opposite direction, if Flash had HTM5 fallback, some browsers such as Chrome and Safari will also load the HTML5 player in addition to the flash, which is a problem for obvious reasons.If you don’t mind, please contact me at cio [at] rawvoice dot com, the user agent that your Fire is using may have changed and/or we’re not including it in our mobile browser detection, I will send you some simple instructions how to get that information so we can include that in the next update to PowerPress. Thanks!
    I’m not sure I fully understood all that, but I will contact him for the instructions and see what they can determine as the fix going forward.

  • @SmorgShow  Switch to the HTML5 player to ensure playback on all mobile devices.

  • @Cliff Ravenscraft Success!   I helped Blubrry determine the cause of the issue by sending them info regarding the user agent of my Kindle Fire.   Here is their response:
    Amazon is no longer mentioning ‘Android’ in their user agent, with a little research it apperas Silk/2.x is what we need to look for. I’m adding that now to PowerPress player detection, next update should support the Fire correctly.  I’ll thank you in the change log for assisting us with this!
    Not sure on the timing of the next update, but at least this helped them determine a fix.

  • @SmorgShow That is great news. They are good at pushing out new fixes.  Shouldn’t be too long.  Great catch Chris!

  • debrahilton

    Hi Cliff,  Another great podcast – and thanks for the compliment on my site (http://hiltoncopy.com) I’ve been thinking about changing hosting for awhile and then had a hosting disaster which pushed me onwards. I love BlueHost’s live support.
    Is the one-pixel player the think that lets you see an image rather than the borders of the video until you want to play it?  If so, is there another work-around that you recommend?
    I really appreciate your ‘don’t panic’ approach to the podcast lawsuit.

  • @debrahilton No, the one pixel out player was an audio only player.

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  • JeffB

    I know this is an old post but I wanted to post a follow-up. Vladimir has a discount program for those that beta tested the program, if you pay a year subscription. Since I planned to do the bronze plan which was $5 per month, with the discount it’s effectively $3.33 per month. Which makes it only a buck or so more expensive than what I was getting with Kall8. Which actually makes it really cost effective to me to be able to add the ability to get audio comments from my non-US listeners.

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