FAQ for Podbean unlimited storage plans and Refer-a-friend program

1. What are the unlimited audio and video plans that are being offered by Podbean?
Just as they sound, anyone who signs up for the plans receives unlimited audio and/or video storage. Moreover, you get unmetered bandwidth in the plans so that your podcast can grow without any additional cost.

2.  How much do the unlimited audio and video plans cost?
The unlimited audio plan costs $8 a month and the unlimited video plan costs $18 a month (when purchased annually). If you prefer to pay month to month, rates are $10 a month for unlimited audio and $25 a month for unlimited video.

3. What is the Refer-a-Friend Program?
For a limited time, Podbean is offering select members the opportunity to refer-a-friend to the new unlimited audio and video plans and if the friend signs up then the referring member will also receive unlimited storage space.

4. How does the Refer-a-Friend Program work?
Once you refer a friend and that friend purchases the unlimited audio and/or video plan, you will have unlimited storage space also added to your account instantly. You will not need to change your plan or pay any extra fees, the unlimited storage will be automatically added to your account.

Please be aware, if you are using a paid Podbean plan, you can get the unlimited storage for life if the member you referred keeps their new plan for more than 3 months.  If you are using a Free Podbean plan, then the member you referred must keep their new plan active. If they do not, you will lose your unlimited storage.  

5. Will the new unlimited plans contain the same features as my current plan?
Yes, the new unlimited audio and video plans still include all the features that Podbean has become known for providing to its clients, including:

  • Professionally designed, customizable templates that can be presented across desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile devices and that allow podcasters to quickly and easily develop their own unique style.
  • A user-friendly interface that integrates widgets and publishing, management, syndication and analysis tools into an easy to use podcasting package.
  • A point-and-click environment that allows users to publish, manage and promote podcasts without any technical knowledge.
  • Embeddable code that makes it easy for publishers to integrate podcasts into their own websites, blogs and social networks around the web, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogger and more.
  • Comprehensive statistics that reveal, among other things, how many times each episode is played, a feed is fetched and a site is visited; plus, when and who played a podcast and more

6. How do I get invited to purchase the new unlimited plans?
You can receive an invitation from any current Podbean user or you can find an invitation link in a blog that details the Podbean “No Limit Podcasting” plan.

7. Do I need to sign a long-term contract when I purchase an unlimited plan?
No, with our unlimited plans you may pay monthly or annually and can cancel at anytime.

8. Do I need technical knowledge to use the unlimited plans?
No, we’ve retained our user-friendly point-and-click interface that makes it easy for you to publish, manage and promote your podcasts without any technical expertise.

9. With the unlimited plans will I still be able to integrate my podcasts into other websites?
Yes, our embeddable code makes it easy for publishers to integrate podcasts into their own websites, blogs and social networks around the web, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogger, and more.

10. Can I have multiple channels in one account ?
No, the unlimited plan only supports one podcast channel per account.

How to import podcasts to your Podbean podcast site

With Podbean, you can import all your podcast episodes and your media files into your Podbean account in ONE CLICK. Just go to "Publish"->"Episodes" in your account, and click the "Import RSS" button. 


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Then, enter the podcast RSS feed URL and click the "Import" button.

The podcast contents will be imported first and the system will show a pop-out message when the contents are successfully imported. Then the system will import the audio and video files.It will take from 15 minutes to few hours to import them based on the size of all the media files. The system will give you notice as to whether all the media files have been imported or only parts of them. If there are some media files that cannot be imported, you'll need to upload manually and then attach them to the respective episodes.


Quick links:

Migrating to Podbean from Libsyn
Migrating to Podbean from PodOmatic
Migrating to Podbean from a Self-Hosted Podcast
Migrating to Podbean from Blubrry

Migrating to Podbean from Libsyn

We make it really easy for you to move your Libsyn podcast over to Podbean. First, set up your account in Podbean and choose the plan you like. 

Now you can import your old podcasts on Libsyn in to Podbean with just a couple steps. 

Step 1: Simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your Libsyn feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcast episodes (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load). 

Step 2: Set up a redirect in your libsyn account to automatically redirect users to the new feed in iTunes. Libsyn allows you to set up a redirect in “advance options” (in “destinations”, click the “edit” button next to “Libsyn Classic Feed”). Scroll to “Redirect feed to this web address” and enter the url of your new Podbean feed (http://username.podbean.com/feed, please enter your true Podbean username instead of the “username”). Do a quick test by typing in your Libsyn feed address in a browser to ensure it redirects you now to your Podbean url.

Finally, we recommend that you make an announcement on your Libsyn podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean. If possible, you should leave your Libsyn account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

Migrating to Podbean from PodOmatic

You can move your PodOmatic podcast over to Podbean in one step. 

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your PodOmatic feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your PodOmatic podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your PodOmatic account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

Migrating to Podbean from a Self-Hosted Podcast

If you’re ready for the convenience of hosting your Podcast on Podbean, you can  migrate your self-hosted podcast to Podbean in one step.  First, set up your account in Podbean and choose the plan you like. 

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your PodOmatic feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your old podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your old account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

Migrating to Podbean from Blubrry

You can move your Blubrry podcast over to Podbean in one step. 

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your old feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your previous podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your old account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

How to move my podcasts to Podbean

If you already have your podcasts on other podcasts hosting and want to move them to your Podbean site, you can move them by following these steps: 

Step 1.  Select a Podbean plan that fits your needs and sign up for a Podbean account. 

Step 2.  Import your current podcast posts into your Podbean account. See our FAQ about how to import podcasts here.

Step 3.  Make an announcement on your current podcast site and make a new post/podcast about your switch to Podbean. If possible, you should keep this announcement up for a month or so, this will help you get most of your current active users informed of the switch. Note that your new Podbean podcast feed url is http://yourusername.podbean.com/feed/ (with your actual username substituted for 'yourusername').

Step 4. If your current podcast hosting service supports a "new feed" tag and 302 http redirection, check our FAQ post about how to move a feed in iTunes here.

How to change my Feedburner feed to my Podbean feed

​If you’re using a Feedburner feed and you want to have it go directly to your Podbean feed, you can simply change the feed source to be your Podbean feed. Feedburner should then automatically fetch the episodes from your Podbean feed. You can keep using the Feedburner feed URL as it is.

My Podbean episodes are not all displayed in iTunes

Sometimes you may encounter the issue that not all your episodes display in iTunes. You can follow the following steps to check and resolve this.

1. Verify your feed( http://username.podbean.com/feed) at feedvalidator.org and make sure that your feed is valid. Then iTunes should update  the episodes within days.

(2) If the feed is valid, but still not all episodes display, it is quite possible that the episode number set in your feed is smaller than the total episode number, for example, you published 30 episodes but the episode number in the feed is set as 25. In that case, iTunes will only display the latest 25 episodes or the oldest 5 depending on the episodes display order you set.

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You can change the episode number in the feed in the Settings->Display->Episodes page in your Podbean account. Then iTunes will update your feed within days.
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How to change my Feedburner feed to my Podbean feed

​If you’re using a Feedburner feed and you want to have it go directly to your Podbean feed, you can simply change the feed source to be your Podbean feed. Feedburner should then automatically fetch the episodes from your Podbean feed. You can keep using the Feedburner feed URL as it is.