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Hi, could we have higher bitrate podcasts? Bandwidth is less of an issue for broadband users today and as a consequence most 'commercial' podcasters record at 128K @44.1KHz perhaps allow users still on dial-up to download the low-fi version.
As permies moves to more paid-for-podcast-content model, I feel it necessary to alert you guys to improve the audio quality.

love everything you do here

 
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Ricky Huwi wrote:Hi, could we have higher bitrate podcasts? Bandwidth is less of an issue for broadband users today and as a consequence most 'commercial' podcasters record at 128K @44.1KHz perhaps allow users still on dial-up to download the low-fi version.
As permies moves to more paid-for-podcast-content model, I feel it necessary to alert you guys to improve the audio quality.

love everything you do here



We are definitely considering offering higher quality podcasts. Mostly we are discussing suitable distribution methods and will probably want to have an idea of how much interest there'd be for a pay-for-podcast model for higher quality podcasts.

Mostly this has transpired because everyone involved with the podcast production needs to be compensated for time and effort to insure both quality and production levels. Without that the podcast production tends to cycle through a series of volunteers and each new volunteer has to learn the process involved so quality and timeliness tend to vary widely during the learning process. Offering several levels of quality requires more time to produce. Currently we are offering something that meets listeners with low bandwidth requirements but we feel has enough quality for high end listeners as well. We have a desire to offer low level quality for low bandwidth restrictions up to near CD level quality but have to justify the time and expense that would be involved. No worries, I'm sure we'll arrive at a consensus before too long. We've recently developed a process that distributes production among several individuals rather than placing the entire task upon one individual which we hope will narrow the time frame between recording and distribution. We are hoping that this will improve the various individual aspects that are part of the production process.

Currently the production process consists of recording, conversion, encoding, writing summaries, archiving, posting and announcements. Also recently ALL of the past podcasts were re-encoded, archived and made available for purchase. Having one individual do all that and work a full time job as well makes for a difficult and sometimes lengthy task. We are all learning and finding solutions to the challenges at hand.

take care...

Hope this gives you a little more hope for higher quality and an insight into the current process and what we are doing to improve it.
 
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