362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on June 19, 2014

Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8?
Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app and will not be able to delete it. In this episode, I share why I think that every podcaster should be very excited about this news.

Two Great Podcasting Conferences coming up this August
Podcast Movement: I’m excited that I’ll be Keynoting at the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas Texas that will be held August 16th & 17th. I’m already aware of more than 100 of my own, close, friends that will be at the event. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, I encourage you to click here to register.

UK Pod 2014: Mike & Izabela Russell are organizing a UK podcasters conference on August 16th, 2014 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Of course, if you have your choice, I’d be honored to have you come check out my Keynote at the Podcast Movement event, mentioned above. However, if it is closer, more convenient, or simply more appealing to you, certainly check out and register for the UK Podcaster’s Conference by clicking here.

Three Ways To See All Your Written Podcast Reviews
In this episode, I had prepared to give you three different options for looking at all your podcast’s written reviews from all the different iTunes stores. I mentioned that the first option was to manually go in and look up your review by visiting each country’s version of the iTunes Store. The second option was to check out Daniel J. Lewis’ new service at MyPodcastReviews.com. The third way was the get the most recent 25 written reviews of yours, and any other podcast, for free, at ReviewCast.io.

While I was recording the show, Eric Timmer was in the chat room and told me about the fact that you can also pull an rss feed that shows your recent iTunes Reviews as well. I investigated this and I show that the rss feed for the reviews of my show went back a full year. I’ve gone ahead and added this to my feedly account so that I can now follow my (US ONLY) written reviews using this rss feed http://itunes.apple.com/rss/customerreviews/id=208529334/xml.

Note: You can take that rss URL, that I just shared above, and simply change the ID= string to have your podcast’s id, instead of mine, and it will work for your show as well.

Additional Note: This feed works for the US store only by default. However, Eric also informed me that you can include the country code of each iTunes store, into the feed URL, and it will provide you the reviews for that country. For example http://itunes.apple.com/jp/rss/customerreviews/id=208529334/xml would provide me the reviews from Japan because I put the /jp code just after the itunes.apple.com. I suppose you could do this for each country and subscribe, via rss, to all the reviews that way. So thank you Eric for giving us a fourth option.

Can We Get Our Podcast Fanscribed?
A while back, I received an email inviting me to the beta of a new fan based transcription service that allows for free transcriptions of your audio podcast. I didn’t have much time to look at it when I originally received that invitation. However, today, I went to http://Fanscribed.com and learned how to request to have my podcast included in this free transcription service. I talk briefly about this in the episode. I will report back once I have more experience with the service.

Podcasting A to Z
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If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, this is the course for you. Just head over to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com for full details. I look forward to potentially working with you.

Upcoming Event Schedule
220calOne of my favorite things about traveling to, and speaking at conferences, is meeting members of my community. I always make it a point to host a community meetup wherever I travel.

Below is a list of events that you might be interested in. If you can make it to any of these events, I’d love to have the opportunity to meet you. If you are not able to attend the event, but are in that area, I’d still love for you to come to the personal community meetup that I will host in that town.

Podcast Movement Conference
August 16-17, 2014 – Dallas, TX
Affiliate Conference Link – Click Here

Platform Conference
November 9-11, 2014 – Colorado Springs, CO
Conference Link – Click Here
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Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn!
Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affiliate program only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I’m delighted that I am now able to offer your ONE MONTH FREE when you sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! For my complete thoughts on podcast hosting, click here.

Podcast Video Tutorials:
I have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based upon the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here.

I Appreciate Your iTunes Reviews!
If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer.

I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five star rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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  • Hi Cliff,
    Re the 2 show “rant” on Buck Inspire, I loved those shows. I listened to both twice, and took notes. Both were extremely relevant shows. Buck is also my nick name and I am now podcasting as Buck Ballard instead of Tom Ballard. I did this because their is already a Tom Ballard in iTunes, and I had a few listeners comment on the explicate content ratings. I don’t do shows with explicate content.
    As to the echo of your last show, you talked about  ordering acoustic panels. I wanted to share how I solved the problem, on a tight budget.
    I co-host The Trucking Podcast with my son, Don. We share one microphone, and use a $90 sound board. We just crank up the gain. I control the echo by recording in a home built studio in the corner of my garage. Total cost of the insulated studio? under $190.00. It’s 5×5, but it gets the job done for now. The mirror is for us to see each other  while facing the microphone.
    Keep up the great work. And, Yes. We do want to hear about your new studio. I’m waiting for a few YouTube videos on the completed set-up.
    Buck Ballard, (Tom in the forums)

  • Thanks for mentioning http://MyPodcastReviews.com! I do now offer an enterprise/unlimited plan by request.

    My Podcast Reviews also has a great development roadmap of features. For example, you can already share your favorite reviews on social networks. And we also just launched the RSS feed for each podcast that shows the completed list of latest reviews.

  • DanielJLewis That is awesome Daniel.   Thank you for creating such a valuable tool to make it easier for podcasters to get access to all their written iTunes reviews.

  • Buck Ballard Buck.  Thank you for the feedback on the recent episodes. I am thrilled that you have enjoyed them.   I’m pretty sure I’ve seen your studio setup in a video a while back.   Pretty cool setup.   I am hoping to get my acoustic panels very soon. ;

  • Thanks Cliff for the great nuggets in this episode!  I’ve been looking for a way to get all international reviews and I was glad to hear there is a free option, since my Podcast is relatively new and has a limited number of reviews so far.  I signed up for reviewcast.io yesterday and it does the job!  Fanscribed also sounds real interesting as well.  I will give that a look.  Congrats on getting settled into the new home/studio and looking forward to great things to come!

  • Chris S. http://MyPodcastReviews.com now offers a free plan that will automatically email you once per month.

  • DanielJLewis Chris S. Thanks for the heads up Daniel, I will check that out now.

  • Chris S. Thank you Chris.  So glad you got a lot of great value from the episode.

  • After listening to this episode, I setup IFTTT with my US iTunes RSS feed and just got my first review emailed to me. Worked like a charm! You could setup all the international feeds w/ different IFTTT recipes. You can even add a second recipe to push out to social media based on a mail tag! I love automation!!

  • podcaster73

    Has anyone seen this way to list your reviews?


  • podcaster73 I’ve never seen it before. Who’s behind it?

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