I recently changed my billing info with my podcast host (Libsyn), a complex process because I am on an old plan that they don't use anymore. Long story short, I discovered that suddenly I only have a 50MB/month storage capacity for the podcast, which until this forced change I used to have 100MB/month for.
I e-mailed them about the issue and just got a message back from Libsyn. Apparently the plan I was on was cancelled two years ago and I was grandfathered along until I changed my billing information, at which point I either have to lose half of my storage capacity or more than double what I'm paying to get WAY more than I need. (FYI potential podcasters, they neglected to tell me during this process that this "event" would be triggered by switching my billing info. I am not pleased.)
So until I figure out a long-term solution, I'll have to cut the bit rate quality of all episodes in half, which I hate having to do.
As I gauge how bothered people are by the drop in bit rate quality, I'll be trying to get educated on the pros and cons of switching the podcast to a new host. (As I understand, there is tremendous risk of losing listeners when this is done, so it scares the crap out of me.)
To continue the show at the audio quality I've established for the last couple of years, I need 100MB/month. Currently, I'm paying $6/month for 50MB + stats. The next plan up with Libsyn is $15/month for 250MB + stats.
I need advice on what to do. The long term options I see now include:
1. Continuing with Libsyn and cutting the audio quality of episodes in half, potentially losing or failing to gain listeners due to the audio quality of the show.
2. Continuing with Libsyn and paying $9 more a month. (Spirit Blade Productions has already been in the red since day one, so this obviously would frustrate me further.)
3. Finding hosting service elsewhere, risking a large exodus of subscribed listeners in the transition.
Any insight or opinions you may have on this topic would be very welcome. Thanks everybody.