MicDrop is the world’s easiest podcast hosting service. It is very simple to use: create a Dropbox folder, put your audio files there, and sync them to MicDrop to get your podcast created for you. MicDrop creates an RSS feed that can be used to subscribe in any podcast player such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Overcast.
Why did I build MicDrop? One reason is because I love podcasts and want to make it easier than ever for new hosts to get started. With all the different options and approaches available, creating a new podcast in 2019 can be an overwhelming process. Deciding where to host your audio files, where to put your RSS feed, and how to connect with your audience presents a huge number of choices. MicDrop simplifies this by providing all of these services in one place.
Another reason is to help preserve the open podcasting ecosystem. The way podcasts work is based on the same model as early blogs: anyone can publish and anyone can subscribe. The advent of “walled gardens” like Stitcher Premium and Luminary undermine this model by conflating the idea of open podcasts with audio that can only be listened to in certain apps or is behind a paywall. There is nothing wrong with creating paywalled audio content (like Audible Originals), but it is incorrect to call it a podcast. To hear a great discussion on this topic, check out this episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast from earlier this year at about the 36-minute mark. MicDrop helps creators keep their podcasts open and available to everyone by offering a simple way to share their shows.
Even if you are not planning on producing the next big show like Serial, MicDrop could be useful to you. For example, you can take audio that is not currently available in podcast form and publish it even if you are the only listener. A public-domain audiobook could be put into a podcast feed with one episode per chapter. With a bit of extra work you could turn articles in your Instapaper or Pocket feed into a podcast by running them through a text-to-speech program and saving them to MicDrop. Since all it takes to publish is saving your files, you can build podcasts for new use cases.
If you have more advanced podcasting needs, MicDrop supports those as well. You can fully customize your show’s artwork, description, categories, and more. Each episode can have its own show notes and a link to a website such as a blog or SquareSpace site. Analytics are tracked in a way that respects your audience’s privacy while making it easy to understand which episodes are popular. The latest feature is support for scheduling your show to be published at a specific time, in order to line up with social media posts or other events.