Pinecast changelog
Pinecast changelog

Paid subscribers can leave comments through the tip jar




Starting today, your tip jar subscribers can use the Feedback feature to send podcast owners comments from their tip jar dashboard. Listeners can visit and sign in, click their podcast subscription, and choose the "Leave a comment" option.

The moderation tools available with our Growth add-on are also now available for anyone with a tip jar. You can hard block or shadowban commenters by email or IP address. These are available on your podcast dashboard's Settings page under the Feedback tab.

Previously, Feedback was available only to customers with our Growth add-on. Now, anyone on the Starter plan can use this feature with the tip jar at no additional cost. To unlock the ability to accept comments from anyone through a public URL, upgrade to the Growth add-on.

Quickly set your episode publish time




Some folks have reached out about more conveniently setting their episodes' publish dates. Getting release dates consistent is important for podcasters. Folks who travel often can struggle with timezones, and it can be tough to remember the exact time to publish an episode at if you manage many shows.

Today, we're rolling out a new feature that lets you quickly set your publish time based on the last episode that was created.

The new publish quick picker

When creating a new episode, you'll have the option to set your episode's publish date and time for one or two weeks after your previous episode (assuming those dates are in the future). It'll also let you set just the time of your publish date to match the previous episode.

We hope that this change makes it easier to manage your shows!

Tip jar changes




We've made some changes to our tip jar functionality.

Previously, "one-time" tips were donations. Now, they grant one month of access to private content, in the same way as someone subscribing for one month and cancelling before the first recurring charge. We hope that this change will make tipping more appealing for your listeners.

Additionally, we've increased the maximum tip to $150 (and equivalents in non-USD currencies). This means that you can collect more from your show.

This does come with some new constraints. The tip jar is now only available to customers with paid subscriptions. Also, Growth subscribers who set a minimum amount for access to private episodes will eliminate lower tiers (previously these tiers would simply be donations).

In the coming months, we hope to launch some entirely new functionality to help you monetize your show in brand new ways. Stay tuned!

Support for Google Analytics 4 on podcast websites




Our podcast websites have supported Google Analytics for many years, but until recently they only worked with Universal Analytics. As Google is migrating all UA properties to Google Analytics version 4 in the coming year, we've enabled the ability to use GA4 with your podcast websites.

If you're already using the Google Analytics integration with a Universal Analytics property, follow Google's advice for migrating your property. When "setting up data collection," simply update your property ID in the Pinecast site builder configuration.

If you're not using Google Analytics yet, nothing has changed: simply integrate in your Pinecast site builder configuration by adding the property ID of your GA4 property.

Podkite analytics prefix




In addition to Chartable, Dynamo, Podtrac, and Podcorn, you can now set an analytics prefix for Podkite. On the Settings > Analytics tab of your dashboard, you'll see a new option for Podkite. Since Podkite's prefix includes a unique token, you'll need to provide the prefix that Podkite gives you so that we can include your token in your audio URLs for you.

WordPress Sync plugin respects capabilities




The WordPress Sync plugin now respects capabilities, limiting access to the Pinecast admin panel to users with the manage_options capability. By default, this is available to admins and super-admins. Editors, contributors, and others will not be allowed to access the Pinecast settings tab.

This is available in the 1.2.1 release, which should be available as an update soon.

Hi-Fi add-on now also has unlimited podcast player episodes




The podcast ("playlist") player is limited to 100 episodes for the Starter plan. However, the Growth add-on has historically allowed unlimited episodes to be shown in the player.

As of today, the Hi-Fi add-on will also remove this limit. Growth add-on customers' subscriptions are unaffected by this change.

If you are a customer with both Growth and Hi-Fi add-ons enabled, and you only choose to subscribe to the Growth add-on for the unlimited episodes in the podcast player, you can now discontinue your Growth add-on to save $10/mo.

Audio uploader improvements




Uploading audio and images is one of the most fundamental parts of creating and managing a podcast. To help improve this core part of Pinecast, we've invested time in making our uploader more robust in the case of different kinds of failures.

First, we've improved our error messaging. We'll now note errors which are likely caused by ad blockers or other browser extensions [0]. You'll also see errors formatted more sensibly throughout the dashboard.

Second, we've adjusted some of the wording in the UI to help eliminate confusion:

  1. When we do not find episode artwork embedded in your audio, we'll prompt you to add artwork or "Do not add episode artwork". Previously, we'd prompt to "Use podcast artwork," which was confusing to some folks who did not want to add any artwork. This change makes our copy consistent with what's actually happening: if you choose to use podcast artwork, we're not setting artwork under the hood (your show will fall back on podcast artwork by default).
  2. When we're expecting you to add artwork or metadata, we now show clearer messaging. Previously, it was sometimes unclear why audio might not be saving and the questions about artwork or metadata seemed optional or unrelated.

Lastly, we've fixed a number of small bugs. Notably, a long-standing bug where clearing audio or artwork while on the "add metadata" or "add artwork" steps would cause a crash has been resolved.

[0] We encourage you to disable you ad blocker on Pinecast. We do not use marketing tools or tracking software, and we'll never advertise or sell your data to advertisers. Ad blockers frequently interfere with our dashboards, as many podcasting concepts seem "advertising-y".

Analytics no longer include subscribers




Due to Apple's April 2021 update, we're no longer able to measure podcast subscribers.

Podcast subscribers are measured by counting the number of unique devices that access a podcast feed in a 24 hour window. In April, Apple began rolling out an update which centralized feed downloads to Apple's servers: instead of each Apple Podcasts app requesting a feed, only a single copy was fetched by Apple's server (and subsequently distributed to all devices). This change essentially eliminated our ability to measure subscribers inclusive of Apple Podcasts.

While we did identify ways to preserve this feature for some podcasts, we were regrettably unable to scale this to work with podcasts of all sizes. We have made the decision to remove the "Subscribers" and "Subscriber Locations" analytics charts (and aggregate counts) from podcast dashboards, as these no longer return accurate information.

We're disappointed by Apple's decision to do this, as it is another step towards centralization and corporatization of the podcast ecosystem.

Embeddable Playlist Player





We've put the finishing touches on the first version of our most-requested feature to date: an embeddable playlist player! Here's a live preview:

You'll find the new player under the Player tab on your podcast dashboard. You can configure the height and colors (primary, secondary, and accent).

Unlike our episode-level embeddable player, you'll also find that we allow all customers to use our playlist player. If you're not on our Starter plan, you can use the playlist player with our logo and up to five of your episodes. With our Starter plan, our logo goes away and the episode limit increases to 100 episodes. Our Growth Add-on eliminates the restrictions.

We've taken time to make sure that the player works well on a variety of screen sizes, and did our best to ensure that it should be compatible with most screen readers.

If you're a Starter plan customer, you'll also notice that the UI features a slimmed-down short link UI:

A view of the links to podcast apps within the player

You'll also notice that the player UI features:

  • Current and remaining time codes
  • A download button (for Starter customers)
  • Volume controls
  • A speed control

This is the first iteration of many, and we hope that you'll give us feedback so that we can improve it in the future!