Frequently Asked Questions
Is PodPoint only for church sermons and messages?
No. While PodPoint is certainly designed for churches to easily offer media content online, we welcome any podcast with Christian content. We also encourage churches to explore new ways to use media online, including announcement, supplemental content, and leadership training.
What is the difference between a podcast and simply linking to a media file from my website?
A common misconception is that having media available on your website is the same as having a podcast. However, podcast feeds give your listeners a mechanism to receive new content automatically. Recent episodes will be pushed to their computer or mobile device, and they can listen at any time, even without an internet connection. In contrast, simply linking to a media file on your website does not accomplish this. The listener would be required to continually check your website for new content, which is not as convenient.
Can I upload our entire worship service?
In order to upload audio that contains copyrighted music, you must obtain a suitable license. Because of this, many churches choose to simply upload the message content, which does not require extra licensing. If you are interested in the ability to legally upload music content, you can obtain licensing at WorshipCast.
What media file formats does PodPoint support?
Audio files must be uploaded in .mp3 format. Most audio applications have the ability to export an audio file as an MP3.
What eqipment will I need?
In most cases, no extra eqipment is necessary. A standard setup is to connect a line out from your soundboard to a computer running free audio recording software such as Audacity. However, many people use alternative methods such as the built-in microphone on a computer or recording the audio to CD and extracting it as an MP3 file.
Does it cost money for people to listen or subscribe to our podcast?
No. All podcasts will be open and available free of charge to listeners, and they will never be required to enter any personal information.
How many people can subscribe or listen to our podcast?
We do not limit the number of subscriptions, downloads, or streams. Feel free to promote your podcast as much as you desire.
Does bandwidth cost extra?
No. We cover all expenses related to file hosting, streaming, and bandwidth. You simply pay a low monthly fee and nothing more.
How can I get my podcast listed on iTunes?
All of our paid accounts come with a free iTunes listing. Once you publish the first episode on your podcast, we will handle all the requirements to make the podcast available in iTunes. This allows people from all over the world to easily find your podcast and subscribe.
How can I allow users to listen to the podcast on our website?
We offer embed codes that can easily be integrated into your existing website. Alternatively, you can link directly to your custom PodPoint page.
Are we required to sign any long-term contracts?
All accounts are billed on a monthly basis. You are free to cancel at any time.
Do listeners need an iPod or MP3 player to listen to my podcast?
No. Your users can listen to your podcast directly online or on any mobile device. We offer a variety of web players and subscription mechanisms.