Podbean Announces Unlisted Mode for Private Live Streaming and Remote Recording

Podbean Live, Podbean’s Free Audio Live Streaming Platform, Now Offers Unlisted Mode for Invitation-Only Streaming and Remote Recording with Co-hosts and Guests

Podbean has added an “unlisted mode” to its audio live streaming platform (Android, iOS, and web). Livestream hosts can now choose the visibility for their live show: public or unlisted. A public live show is listed in the Podbean app and available for anyone to join. An unlisted livestream will not be shown in the Podbean app and requires the host to share a link to invite guests, co-hosts, and listeners.

Livestreamers can use unlisted livestreams as an engaging, exclusive experience for their most dedicated listeners, members or patrons. They can also be used for teaching and discussion groups. For example, Podbean has had several churches run unlisted live streams for their bible studies and college professors lead discussion groups using Podbean Live. Book clubs and other groups around the world are meeting online with Podbean Live. 

“People are looking for easy, free ways to stay connected and continue pursuing their interests. Audio live streaming often suits those needs well and this unlisted option gives groups the ability to run their own discussion or class, with just a few clicks, “ says David Xu, CEO. “We also see this as a simple solution for podcasters to record with co-hosts and guests remotely. For anyone thinking of starting a podcast, it is one of the simplest ways to get started.”

Podbean Live’s Unlisted Mode offers an easy remote recording solution for podcast hosts and their guests. Podbean provides a recording of the live stream when it is completed. The host can automatically publish it as an episode if they host a podcast on Podbean. Or, they can download the recording to edit and repurpose as a podcast episode on any platform. Podbean Live is free and open to everyone, so podcasters can use this tool no matter where they host their podcast.

About Podbean Live

Podbean Live is a free tool for audio live streaming. Users simply need to create a login (no hosting account required) and can livestream from any computer or their phone. Listeners can join via the free Podbean app. More information can be found at https://www.podbean.com/live-stream. Podbean offers free webinars for anyone who wants to learn how to successfully run a live stream.

About Podbean 

Podbean has been providing innovative podcasting services as an industry leader since 2006. Podbean offers a user-friendly interface that integrates publishing, management, syndication, live streaming, monetization, and analysis tools into an easy-to-use podcasting platform. The Podbean community consists of over 300,000 podcasts and a rapidly expanding app-user base. Podbean’s apps for Android and iOS have reached over 1 million active monthly users.

To learn more about Podbean, visit www.podbean.com.

How to easily record an internal communications podcast

Clear and concise information is the most important part of any interaction within your company.  We’ve broken down the different ways internal communications podcasts can impact and improve the way you communicate with your employees, but the question now is how to correctly go about doing so.  

We’ve broken down your employee podcast into four main steps: storytelling, recording your episode, releasing your podcast, and tracking engagement.  By breaking down your podcast into smaller tasks, it becomes easier to manage and produce.

1. Storytelling

Your content is the heart of your internal communications podcast – without it, your podcast could not function.  However, if your content comes off as disjointed, your employees may have a hard time giving it the attention it needs.

Develop a roadmap for your internal materials. If you’re developing training content, consider your start and end points. What prerequisite knowledge will your new employees need to know before progressing to the next step? When you come up with your script or write your show notes, keep in mind that even if this is a factual, informative piece, there should be some element of storytelling.  Your episode, no matter the length, needs a beginning, a middle, and an end.  

Use a segmented approach to keep your content uniform across all of your episodes, and to assist your employees in compartmentalizing what instructions or information is for what task.  This allows you to target specific actions that need to be taken, but also gives your employees an outline of sorts to your internal communications podcast.  

2. Recording Your Episode 

With modern technology, recording your episode is easier than ever.  Whether you’ve got a desktop computer with a designated microphone, or you utilize the Podbean app’s remote recording feature, there are fewer and fewer steps between you and a finished piece.

No matter where you’re recording, there are a few key things to keep in mind to make sure that your audio is the best it can be.  First, make sure that you do a few test recordings in the same way that you will actually record (i.e., if you want to record at your standing desk or at your kitchen table, create some test recordings in these environments with your current tools).  Not only will this familiarize you with your hardware and the process, it ensures that nothing in your environment is negatively impacting your audio.  

Second, don’t be afraid to troubleshoot your audio by moving yourself and things in the room around.  Sometimes issues with sound quality can be improved or fixed entirely by maneuvering things around. For example:

  • Is there an echo in your audio?  Try recording in a smaller space, or in a place with more things hanging on the wall.  Echo happens because unencumbered walls and hard surfaces will bounce your sound back at you, so try hanging extra curtains or blankets up, or relocating to a space that’s a bit more cluttered, carpeted, etc.
  • Is your audio too quiet? Don’t be afraid to get closer to your mic, whether you’re recording from a desktop microphone or your phone’s internal microphone.  If you’re worried about rises and dips in the sound, make sure that your device is on a stable surface and find a way to sit that is both comfortable and close enough to your mic for you to sit still for the length of your recording.

Podbean offers recording in both its app and its website using Podbean Live to facilitate recording without having to worry about extraneous software or hardware. The Podbean app has a built-in recorder with tools for editing, allowing you to record, edit, and post to your internal communications podcast straight from your mobile device.  

When you want to record with others remotely, users can utilize Podbean Live in its unlisted mode to record audio that they can then directly upload into their feed.  No one can access the livestream without the link, allowing you to record solo or with others who you invite. This is an ideal way to invite a cohost or a guest to your internal communications podcast, as it can allow you to speak over the platform and you can then upload the audio afterwards as one of your episodes.

3. Releasing Your Content

Once your content has been recorded, the next step is uploading it to your host site so it can be pushed out to your team members and employees.  Whether your content is daily, weekly, or monthly, the process largely stays the same.

Uploading  your content is as simple as selecting a file to upload and deciding between publishing now, scheduling publication for a future date, or saving it as a draft to later come back and adjust.  

The scheduling tool is important in that you can schedule as many episodes ahead of time as you want.  If you know that you’re releasing a daily episode at 10AM every day, you can batch record a few episodes ahead of time and schedule them out during the week.  This then allows you to make sure your content is going out at the proper time, and gives you the ability to make the most of each time you sit to record.

4. Tracking Engagement

Your user engagement tools are some of the most important podcasting tools at your disposal.  These tools not only let you see how often your content has been played, it can further break down who is listening to your internal comms. podcast – and who isn’t.  These analytical tools will also give you an idea if there’s any of your content that’s not as engaging as it could be, so you can make adjustments on future episodes.

We’ve further broken down how to analyze this data, and how these analytics play into avoiding the top three pitfalls of internal communications podcasts.  By leveraging your analytics, you can adjust your content to properly engage your audience, and make sure that your content is as successful as possible.


Your internal communications podcast is a key tool in remote communication within your company.  Not only does it offer you a new way to reach your employees, it gives you a way to track how your employees interact and engage with your content.  Click here to learn more about Podbean’s private podcasting tools. 

Podcasts for All Elite Wrestling

Many professional wrestling fans have been pining for an alternative product. For many, All Elite Wrestling is shaping up to be that change. Following up their record breaking sell out crowd performances All In and Double or Nothing, their upcoming event Fight For The Fallen is free for United States viewers through Bleacher Report with a stacked card with names such as The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the recently debuting Jon Moxley.

In honor of the upcoming Fight For The Fallen event on July 13, 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts that cover all walks of the professional wrestling landscape. The following podcasts cover the various weekly and monthly promotions such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), AEW (All Elite Wrestling), NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling), Impact Wrestling, ROH (Ring Of Honor) and others, as well as interview various talents in the wrestling community.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Solomonster Sounds Off

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Established in November 2007, Solomonster Sounds Off is a weekly podcast talking all things pro wrestling. Hosted and produced by Jason Solomon, a fan of nearly 30 years, the show takes a humorous, no-nonsense approach to the biggest stories in wrestling with a mix of breaking news, recaps and analysis, listener Q&A and the popular BUY OR SELL segment. In addition, Jason has had the pleasure of interviewing WWE Hall of Famers and legendary performers, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Rob Van Dam, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Booker T, Edge, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Demolition, Jim Ross, Mean Gene Okerlund, Tony Schiavone, Bill Apter, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, ROH champion Jay Lethal, Lucha Underground’s Catrina and many more.
Post Wrestling
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw, SmackDown, NJPW, ROH, UFC and discuss the latest in pro wrestling news. New shows Tuesdays, Wednesdays and usually more.
What’s Wrong With Wrestling? WWE Recap show
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Andrew, Joe, and Eric host a satirical show about all things wrestling. The guys recap Raw and SmackDown, cover breaking news, rumors, play trivia and answer fan questions. “What’s Wrong With Wrestling?” was also nominated for a Webby Award in 2017 for “Best Recap” in the podcast category. New episodes air every Wednesday morning.
The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast
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Join Matt Cardona (WWE Superstar Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins) as they talk about one of their favorite hobbies, collecting wrestling toys! Each week listen to two members of Mattel’s “Elite Squad” chat about the latest news, upcoming releases, toy history, vintage collecting and much more!
The Armchair Bookers Podcast
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The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (Marty The Moth, The Bullet Club’s Bad Luck Fale, Gino Gambino and Chase Owens , Ref Aubrey Edwards, Casanova Valentine, Rory Gulak and Noelle Foley to name a few) names and minds from all walks of the professional wrestling industry, as well as rebookings, wrestlers of the week and more. The Armchair Bookers Podcast also brings you the most current news and events in big league wrestling and wrestling in the tri-state area.

Smart Wrestling Fan
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Smart Wrestling Fan was created by Joe Negron back in 2005. That’s all. Go have fun. Please.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents
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A lively discussion about the world of pro wrestling, hosted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Senior Writers Al Castle and Dan Murphy

Pro Wrestling Lookback
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Pro Wrestling LookBack Podcast is an opinion based pro wrestling talk show on YouTube. At The Pro Wrestling LookBack, we LookBack, breakdown & discuss Pro Wrestling events from the past. In addition to looking back at old wrestling events. We also cover most major events in current day pro wrestling. As stated PWLB is an opinion based show, our goal to deliver the perspective of Canadian fans that love professional wrestling.

The Podbean Podcast App is Now Available on Apple CarPlay

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Wilmington, DE – March 20, 2019– Podbean has made it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite podcasts on-the-go. The Podbean app is now available on Apple CarPlay.

About CarPlay: Available on select cars, Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your phone in the car. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music and podcasts, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your phone and go.

CarPlay supports Siri voice controls or works with the touchscreen or car’s controls. So, you can safely and easily navigate the Podbean app to discover and play podcasts. You may not even mind being stuck in traffic anymore!

If you are a podcaster, make sure to share the good news with your listeners so they know how convenient it is to use the Podbean app while on the road.

Podbean Unveils Enhanced Audio Recorder and Editing Features in its App

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The Podbean Podcasting App’s Audio Recorder Function Offers a Range of New Effects and Post-Production Tools

Wilmington, DE – January 24, 2019– The Podbean app features an audio recorder function, allowing podcasters to record and publish audio podcasts right from their iPhone or Android devices. The newly-released version of the app provides a robust suite of recording and editing features for the podcaster to create even better audio.

The latest version of the Podbean audio recorder provides a rich library of free background music in various styles and moods that podcasters can use in their recordings. It also offers special effect sounds, tone adjustment, and echo effects to mimic different surroundings. After recording, podcasters can use the editing features to cut the audio, merge two recordings or split recordings. Podcasters can also import background music and other audio files, as well as export their recorded audio to easily use other professional editing tools or repurpose content.

“As we all do more on our mobile phones, we’re encountering more podcasters who want to be able to record and publish on the go,” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “We released the audio recorder in the app in 2016 and have continued working to make it more functional for podcasters producing mobile audio. This is the first in a series of upgrades to the recording and post-production features in the Podbean app.”

For an overview of features, visit Podbean’s audio recorder page. You can download the Podbean app free from the App Store or Google Play. Podbean is seeking feedback to continue improving and enhancing the audio recorder for podcasters. Contact Podbean Support to provide feedback or get help.

What Podbean’s Listener Community Means to You, the Podcaster

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In addition to providing innovative podcast hosting services, Podbean has a strong listener community. With over one million active users, the Podbean app is increasingly where podcast fans go for their podcasts.

The Podbean app offers many listener-friendly features. It’s also beneficial for podcasters, who can interact with listeners and get exposure. (You can also record and publish using the app!) To improve podcast discovery, the app organizes podcasts in categories and unique topics (like “Scary Stories” for Halloween). Podbean also prominently displays featured and recommended podcasts. The system analyzes users’ behavior to suggest podcasts they might like as well.

The Secret Room Podcast Case Study

Being Featured in the Podbean App=An Explosion of Downloads and Subscribers

We always hear from podcasts about their growth in downloads and subscribers after being featured. Today, we’re going to share a case study with specific numbers. The Secret Room podcast was featured in the Podbean app recommended banner for a little over a week. Here is what Ben Hamm, co-host of The Secret Room, had to say:

Podcast discovery is an issue that’s been vexing our nascent industry since day one.  Aside from word of mouth, which is perhaps the most accessible and powerful marketing tool podcasters have, getting the attention of media is a powerful audience driver.  The Secret Room has enjoyed its greatest subscriber bumps when we were featured on iTunes and the Canadian Broadcasting Company….and the Podbean app. 

I’ve been so lucky to receive advice and support from other podcasters.  In return to the community I’m delighted to pull back the curtain on the impact being featured on the Podbean app had on Secret Room downloads.  People should note that while being featured is a key part of the puzzle, you also have to have compelling artwork to get those click throughs to your show, and great content to retain ears.

Statistics after Podbean app feature:

Average release day downloads: increased 80%

Average daily downloads: increased 200%

Podbean subscribers: growth of almost 400%

Podbean plays: 130% increase

*based on the higher #s of the range before and during the Podbean feature

The Secret Room: a podcast about the stories no one ever tells, can be found on Podbean and on the Podbean app.

Want to get extended exposure to Podbean’s listener community? Sign up to promote your podcast with a banner in Podbean’s app.

A Better Podcast Listening Experience with Intelligent Speed & Volume Boost

We’ve added two exciting new features to the latest version of the Podbean iOS app. With these features, users get a better listening experience customized to their needs and listening conditions.

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Intelligent speed shortens silences in the podcast without distorting the audio. It’s a great way to save your listening time while still enjoying the audio as it was meant to be.

Volume boost normalizes volume to make listening in noisy situations easier. With dynamic compression equalization, you get a more consistent volume. This can really help when podcasts don’t have perfect sound and or for times when there’s a lot of background noise.

To use these features, simply click on the “speedometer” icon on the bottom right when listening to a podcast. You will be able to apply the features there. You can read more about How to Use Intelligent Speed and Volume Boost in the Podbean iOS app here.

Better Listening with Enhanced Android App Features

We’ve added two exciting new features to the Podbean Android app (coming soon for iOS too). With these features, you can customize your listening experience to your preferences and listening conditions.

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Volume boost normalizes volume to make listening in noisy situations easier. With dynamic compression equalization, listeners get a more consistent volume. This can really help when podcasts don’t have perfect sound and for listening when there’s a lot of background noise.

Intelligent speed shortens silences in the podcast without distorting the audio. It’s a great way to save time while listening at a normal speed.

To use these features, simply click on the “speedometer” icon on the bottom right when listening to a podcast. You will be able to apply the features there. You can read more about How to Use Intelligent Speed and Volume Boost for Podbean’s Android podcast app here.

 

How to Make a Podcast on an iPhone

For a simple podcasting setup on your iPhone, the free Podbean podcast app is a great tool. Get the free Podbean app from the app store now. You can make a podcast on an iPhone in a few minutes by following these simple steps.

1.Sign up with your Facebook account or an email address.

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2. Enter the recording page by clicking the red “Record” button on the home page.

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Or, click the person icon on the top right to enter your personal profile page and then click the red “Record” button.

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3. Click on the red Record button (microphone icon) to start recording. You can tap to pause and resume at any time. You can also hit the play icon on the screen to listen to what you’ve recorded so far or hit the trash icon to delete.

If you make a mistake or have audio you wish to cut, simply tap stop at any point and hit “edit” (the scissors icon). You will see the audio file and can drag back to the point you wish to cut and hit “trim”. Then, continue recording and when done, hit “Save”.

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(Optional) Importing audio: You can also import audio recorded using other apps. On the record page, tap on the three dots on the top right and choose “import audio”. This will bring up a screen where you can choose from the audio files on your phone. Select the audio you wish to use and hit “Done”. From here, follow the steps below.

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4. After hitting save, you will be taken to the “My Drafts” page. Tap the upload icon and you will go to the episode publishing screen, where you will need to add an episode title (five characters minimum), and can add an episode description and optional image. You can also choose to share the episode to Facebook and Twitter when it publishes. Click “Publish” when you’re ready, or “Save Draft” (top corner)*. Click the edit icon by a draft to continue publishing it.

*Please note that if you log out of the app, drafts won’t be saved.

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Congratulations, you’ve just made a podcast on your iPhone! Your podcast is online now.

If this is a new account (or you wish to edit your information), click the three dots next to your podcast title to edit your podcast title, logo, category or description.

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Recording Tips: To record, you can use the iPhone’s speaker, but be aware of background noise and audio quality. A good headset or even iPhone earbuds often produce decent sound quality. Or, you can get an external microphone. There’s a wide selection of external mic options for podcasting, depending on your budget and audio needs.

It’s just that easy to make a podcast on an iPhone using the Podbean app! Some podcasters use their iPhone to record all their episodes, while others use the Podbean app occasionally when recording on location, doing live shows, and on-site interviews.

When you sign up, you’re given a free Podbean hosting account. See Podbean prices and features for hosting options. You may wish to upgrade to get all Podbean’s great podcasting features. If you need to make changes or otherwise manage the podcasts made on your iPhone, you can manage all published episodes on Podbean.com in your dashboard.

How to Make a Podcast on Android

For a simple podcasting setup on your Android phone, the free Podbean podcast app is a great tool. Get the free Podbean app from the Play Store now. You can make a podcast on Android few minutes by following these simple steps.

Steps to Make a Podcast on Android

1. Sign up with your Facebook account or an email address.

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2. Enter the recording page by clicking the red “Record” button on the home page.

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Or, click the person icon on the top right to enter your personal profile page and then click the red “Record” button .

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3. Click on the red Record button (microphone icon) to start recording. You can tap to pause and resume at any time. You can also hit the play icon on the screen to listen to what you’ve recorded so far or hit the trash icon to delete.

If you make a mistake or have audio you wish to cut, simply tap stop at any point and hit “edit” (the scissors icon). You will see the audio file and can drag back to the point you wish to cut and hit “trim”. Then, continue recording and when done, hit “Save”.

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(Optional) Importing audio: You can also import audio recorded using other apps. On the record page, tap on the three dots on the top right and choose “import audio”. This will bring up a screen where you can choose from the audio files on your phone. Select the audio you wish to use and hit “Done”. From here, follow the steps below.

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4. After hitting save, you will be taken to the “My Drafts” page. Tap the upload icon and you will go to the episode publishing screen, where you will need to add an episode title (five characters minimum), and can add an episode description and optional image. You can also choose to share the episode to Facebook and Twitter when it publishes. Click “Publish” when you’re ready, or “Save Draft” (top corner). Click the edit icon by a draft to continue publishing it.

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Congratulations, you’ve just made a podcast on Android! Your podcast is online now.

If this is a new account (or you wish to edit your information), click the three dots next to your podcast title to edit your podcast title, logo, category or description.

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Recording Tips: To record, you can use the Android speaker, but be aware of background noise and audio quality. A good headset or earbuds often produce decent sound quality. Or, you can get an external microphone. There are many good options, depending on your budget and audio needs.

That’s all it takes to make a podcast on Android! Some podcasters make a podcast on Android exclusively, while others use this process for occasional episodes when on the road, recording lectures or sermons, or doing live interviews.

When you sign up, you’re given a free Podbean hosting account. See Podbean prices and features for hosting options. You may wish to upgrade to get all Podbean’s great podcasting features. If you need to make changes or otherwise manage the podcasts made on your Android, you can manage all published episodes on Podbean.com website in your dashboard.