Monday, February 6, 2012

Podcast Mayhem

OK people, here's the deal: since the start of our podcast, we've been hosting our content through a website called Mevio. Recently, due to all of the SOPA/PIPA stuff going on, they've instituted a policy in which, starting this week, it looks like they're going to straight up delete any content that they think infringes on copyright in any way. If you listen to our show, you know that we play some music clips from the movie we're talking about that week as intro and outro music. EVEN THOUGH IT IS COMPLETELY LEGAL TO DO THIS THANKS TO FAIR USE LAWS, Mevio has decided that they're going to shut us down anyway. (Cue the boos, hisses, and other noises.)

Heroically, GeekTyrant has stepped up to the plate and offered to host our content for us. So what does this mean for you?

If you stream the show from or, then it doesn't mean much. Life will go on as normal, and you (theoretically) shouldn't know that any of this behind-the-scenes crap is going on at all.

But here's the bad news: if you're currently subscribed to our show in iTunes, it's going to look like we just stopped producing content. (This, of course, is not true; the last episode that appears on our iTunes feed is 74, and Episode 76 just went live yesterday.) The only way to move forward appears to be re-submitting the show for approval in iTunes with our new RSS feed attached to it, and then - and here's the REALLY annoying part - re-upload every episode we've ever done through this new iTunes account so new listeners can get a chance to hear them if they want. So if you come along with us to our new iTunes page (which doesn't exist yet, but I'll post it here as soon as it does), you'll not only have new episodes presented to you, but all of our older episodes will be mixed in completely out of order as we slowly get those uploaded.

I know. It sucks. I'm sorry. There really doesn't look like any other way to handle the situation. If I figure something out, I'll let you guys know. But I hope you'll stick with us as we move past this little bump, and forgive us for messing up your OCD-organized iTunes downloads. I know this would bother me if I was a listener, but I hope it doesn't bother you enough to stop listening to the show.

I'll update you guys with the new iTunes information whenever that comes to pass (hopefully in the next week or two). To stay current, you can update your RSS feeds to the following, where you'll be able to stream and download new episodes directly:

Thanks for all of your e-mails, voicemails, and feedback. And, as always, thanks for listening.

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