Transistor offers two types of private podcast. Basic and Enhanced.

Basic Private Podcasts

Basic private podcasts is our older and simpler style of private podcast.

Unlimited basic private podcasts are available in all of our plans. They are created in the same way as a public podcast, by clicking the 'Add a Show' button in your Transistor account. Once you have created a podcast, you make it private by checking the 'Make this show's RSS Feed private and password-protected' option in the Settings tab under the Advanced Settings section.

With basic private podcasts you get a single private RSS feed that is password protected. You share this RSS feed out manually with all your intended listeners through email, social media etc.
Whoever has access to the RSS feed can listen to the podcast. It's not possible to remove access for an individual subscriber with basic private podcasts as all subscribers are using 1 single private RSS feed.

With basic private podcasts you can:

Hide your podcast from public podcast platforms and directories
Use embedded podcast players to add your podcast to your website (private podcasts are usually only embedded on internal or membership sites)
Let subscribers add the RSS feed to any podcast listening app that supports private podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict etc)
Check analytics for your show (that includes download numbers, popular app & devices used and geographical location info)
Turn your podcast into a public podcast at any time (simply by unchecking the 'make RSS feed private' option in the Settings tab)
Enable a Transistor provided podcast website

Basic private podcasts are the lowest cost option and have flexibility to make it as accessible or private as you need.

Enhanced Private Podcasts

Enhanced private podcast are available in our Professional, Business and Enterprise plans.

The plan you choose comes with a quota of Enhanced Private Podcast Subscribers. You can split this quota equally between any number of enhanced private podcasts.
As standard the Professional plan allows for 500 subscribers and the Business plan allows for 3000 subscribers. You can upgrade and add additional subscribers at any time.

With enhanced private podcasts each subscriber gets a unique RSS feed emailed to them. You can add and remove their individual access at any time.

With enhanced private podcasts you can:

Hide your podcast from public podcast platforms and directories
Welcome new subscribers with an email that contains their unique RSS feed
Automatically notify your subscribers of new episodes by email
Use embedded podcast players to add your podcast to your website (private podcasts are usually only embedded on internal or membership sites)
Let subscribers add their unique RSS feed to any podcast listening app that supports private podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Podcast Addict etc)
Check analytics for your show and its individual subscribers (you can see which episodes each subscriber has listened to and how many times)

Enhanced private podcasts do not have a Transistor provided website.

Enhanced private podcasts require more infrastructure as each subscriber gets their own RSS feed. This makes them a more expensive option compared to Basic Private Podcasts. However this allows you to control access to your private podcast in a more detailed way.

Can private podcasts be shared with non-subscribers?

As with any content published on the Internet there is always the possibility that people may try to re-record or share audio on all types of private podcasts. That will always be possible. Even with a dedicated app or encrypted audio, if it's possible to play the audio, it can be re-recorded and shared in some way. However with enhanced private podcasts you can see how many times a particular subscriber has listened. If you believe they are sharing their feed, then you can remove just their access. While private podcasts are hidden from public directories they are not intended for sensitive or confidential information.

Which type of private podcast should I choose?

If you're wanting to test out an idea or start a private podcast on a budget, or for a very small group of people then basic private podcasts would be the best option. Our Starter plan offers the best value.

If you are running a paid private podcast or an internal company podcast and you will want to add and remove access for individuals on a regular basis, then Enhanced Private Podcast would be the best type for you. Our Professional plan is a good place to start and you can always upgrade at any time as your podcast grows.

Further questions?

If you have any other questions about basic or enhanced private podcast you can use our Live Chat option or email us at support@transistor.fm
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