Five Minutes With Jack Ramblings Of An Insane Internet Marketer

August 30, 2010

Should I Switch to Audio for this Podcast? (sort of)

Filed under: Site Updates — JackSpirko @ 8:31 pm

Okay I need your input folks.  This site is starting to take off and I need to make some decisions and anchor down with a format that I can deliver easily with as little extra work as possible.

First – I like doing video and want to keep doing it, I also need to be on YouTube for the market reach it offers so no matter what I will keep recording this stuff as video on some level.  So video won’t go away.

Second – This show is taking off and I can’t deal with another huge hosting requirement so hosting the videos directly right now is not a great option.

Third – Many of the people who are downloading the files in iTunes are doing so mostly to “listen” more than watch on their ipod, players, iphones, etc. The iphone is gay, you can’t minimize a video and just let it play to listen.  Multi tasking on it works with everything it seems except but video.

With that in mind my hope was to do the following, upload the videos to both Youtube and Mevio to make the videos available for download.  Also generate an audio file for the show as another download option.  My plan was to use a service called TubeMogle to upload the video one time and deliver it to both Youtube and Mevio.   Issue is TubeMogal doesn’t support Mevio, so to do this I need to do three uploads and run two podcast feeds (one audio and one video).  This would take way more effort and time than I have to give right now.

Hence I have two choices,

1.  Keep using mevio and you are sort of on your own if you want an audio version.  You can convert it or what ever but it is up to you.  This sucks in a way because it doesn’t solve the Youtube issue and I really need the reach of Youtube.  That said if it is best for the audience I will deal with it.  But with this option there will be no audio.  What this option amounts to is doing things EXACTLY the way I am doing them now.

2.  I do the videos and upload them to Youtube and embed those videos here at the blog.  When I create the video I do the audio as well, upload the audio and set it up so that is what goes in the feed.  iTunes will than only pull the audio BUT you can go to Youtube with the iPhone app or on android or what have you as long as you have a connection to watch the video.

Since the shows are short they will download very quickly in the audio format and won’t cause me any issues with bandwidth for a very long time even with low end hosting.   With this option each episode will be on youtube as video and via audio by itunes or for download.  On the occasion I do a screen cast episode it will not be released as audio only for obvious reasons.

This might all sound a bit confusing but it comes down to are you willing to give up direct download of the videos to have audio only versions of the show that are easier to listen to when away from your computer or is the downloadable video more important to you.

Let me know in the comments below!

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    I like the video when the lesson calls for it: Such as showing what and how to do on-screen. but for probably 90%+ of the content released thus far, audio is quite adequate, and having less than 1/10th the download size would help a lot of people I think.
    My vote is for audio podcast with video for the bits that need video..

  • Ben

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    I am for audio.

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    The video is cool, but it is just that (IMHO). Unless you are demonstrating something, I don’t see the point for all the hassle you are creating for yourself.

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    I think option two is best. I like the video option, but I never download the file, so embedding a youtube video works for me.

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    I’ve already converted all the video’s to audio and I use iTunes to get most of my podcasts, so option two would definitely get my vote. Having the video’s on YouTube, at least for the tutorials, would be good too.

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    audio –
    The video takes up a lot of space on my iPhone 3g 8gb.
    If i forget to sync it is more reliable and faster to stream the audio.
    If you talk about something on the screen that I want to see I can then reference the video since you are still planning to put it on youtube, however 99% of the time it is not necessary.

  • Doug

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    Jack,
    I listen to you on my commute via iTouch. Audio is fine with me. Maybe once a week or 2 your topic may require a video feed to illustrate your point. If we know that it will always be the same day, then I can plan to watch while not driving.

    Doug

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    Option 2 gets my vote.

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    Audio, with the addition of a youtube stream if needed for demonstration purposes. ( What Aron said)

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    You know that the ultimate answer is yours, so I will prompt you to reach back to the early days of 5mwj and think about why it was a video on day one? Is that the reason to stay with video? Only Jack knows. But your options seem to cover your bases. I personally think you you can do the audio option with a few videos sprinkled in.

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    I vote for option #2. I understand the need for video when called for however, the audio files are much smaller and adequate most of the time.

  • Arnica

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    I do both audio and video. I mean how can we see the t-shirt-of-the-day without video?
    I find it hard to believe there isn’t a hot shot programmer out there who wouldn’t write you a script so your answer is d) all of the above.

  • Gif

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    Option 2. I still like watching the video to see “the man behind the voice”

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    Keep it the way it is now but add a link in each blog post to the audio version. That way people at least have the option of going in there and downloading the audio manually. That’s how I do it with every podcast I listen to anyway (ie I do not use any auto-downloading programs) so it would not be a problem for me. Due to the short length of your videos I don’t think there is a huge market of people who will want to listen to it in audio-only as their primary delivery mechanism, it is mostly for people who sometimes go “I don’t have time to sit and watch this right now, would that I could bring it with me on my mp3 player and stay updated with what Jack is saying so I don’t have to watch like 10 videos once I have time to sit down in front of the computer”.

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    +1 for audio option 2. Screencasts seem to be occasional rather than the norm. Better to optimize (your hosting cost and our download time) for the normal use case. We can visit the site when visuals are needed.

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    A.H.A – if you already only watch it on the computer nothing changes for you. He said he is keeping this stuff on youtube

  • Alan

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    My vote is for audio podcast (#2). Thanks.

  • Gloria

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    I vote for audio.

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    I know you’ve already made your decision, but I like video for short venues like this one, and audio for long stuff like TSP. I get a lot of energy from “watching” your excitement about the topic, so there is benefit in the video.

    Thanks Jack

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    Option # 2 is a win win

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    Thanks for making the decision to upload an audio only version. I download podcasts to listen to while driving. Have found your show to be most helpful and look forward to more in the future. Thank you, Jack!

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    Option 2 would work fine for me.

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    Just to be crystal clear based on some of the comments above, there will still be videos. They will just be on Youtube, direct downloads will be audio only. You will be able to watch the videos both here and on youtube and with any phone or device that can view youtube videos.

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    I like the video for short 5 minute segments.
    As for downloading videos from youTube, that’s easy to do with sites like Zamzar.com

    Honestly, the Mevio kept bothering me since it would be playing other shows when the one I was watching was finished…

    Look forward to the upgrade.

  • Steven

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    I would do Audio. one reason i cant listen to it all the time is because its a hassel to watch on iphone. if it was an audio i would listen everyday like I do for thesurvivalpodcast

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