If you haven’t updated your iOs device to iOs 9, and you’re an avid Podcast listener using the native Apple Podcasts app, don’t upgrade your operating system to iOs 9 (mine apparently did it automatically). They changed some things in the program, and some people are not too happy (they removed the tile view) This doesn’t effect everybody (its works on an iPad, and it may work better on newer phones) but it may leave you asking:
What Other Podcast Apps Are There Besides Podcasts From Apple?
The one I’m playing with this morning (and loving) is Overcast What I like about this is:
60 second skip ahead
adjustable speeds and a feature that actually cuts out long pauses
Ability to sync across different devices. You can even listen on the web and then pick up right where you left off.
I am not a lawyer, and if you want an official answer you might consider checking with a lawyer. This is only my opinion
I’m not sure what is going on lately, but I am getting bombarded with questions (legal questions I might add) about playing music in your podcast. The quick answer in 99.9% of the cases is NO you can’t play ANY part (5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc) in your podcast. Here is what I’ve been told:
You need permission of the songwriter
You need persmission of the performer
You need permission from the rights holder.
So if you wanted to play the song Yesterday, you would need permission from Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the performer (Yesterday has been performed by a zillion people) and the rights holder (Michael Jackson?). With this in mind, have fun getting permission.
Now does this suck? Yes. I do wish the music industry would come up with a license for podcasters to pay and allows us to play music.
Do people still play music in their podcast? Yes. Do people still drive over the speed limit? Yes. This doesn’t mean it’s legal. Playing unlicensed music in your show might get you booted from iTunes (if you create a music show, you should put in the description that you have permission).
There are those who have gone through 9 months of negotiating (Dan Miller of the 48 days to the work you love) and attempted to go through the hurdles of being legal (Coverville). Brian from Coverville will be the first to tell you the music industry doesn’t know what to do with podcasting. Someone in that industry should figure it out.
What About Fair Use?
Fair use is a gray area (only recognized in the US) where if you comment on the music that it might be deemed “Fair use.” Keep in mind, if you get sued you have to pay for legal fees and hope you win your case to prove you had fair use privileges.
Podcasting Legal Guide
A podcast legal guide (written by lawyers who will say contact a lawyer) is available here
Today I created a quick video for those who are asking, “What is a podcast?” I provide an overview. The way this works, is you make a podcast, get listed in “Podcasting Phone Books” like iTunes, and people search for you, subscribe to you, and enjoy your content. You develop a relationship as they know, like, and trust you, and what you do with that relationship is up to you. This is a quick video that just explains what it is, and the power of subscriptions.