Early in December we released Podiant v3.0. For most people, this was a completely invisible upgrade — a little like when you update your operating system, it takes an hour and then absolutely nothing changes! — but it encompassed an incredibly large amount of work. I won’t bore you with the details.

We’ve just hit the button to release v3.1, which has some stuff you can see and take advantage of. Here’s what’s new:

A refreshed dashboard

Podiant v3.1 dashboard

We’ve neatened up and refreshed the dashboard a little. Everything is pretty much still in the same place, but the side menu is persistent, and you can switch between podcasts when performing common tasks. Also if you ever get stuck, practically every page of the dashboard has a help section with info on what each knob and switch does.

Experimental support for Podcast Pingback

We’ve implemented the Podcast Pingback standard, and will be monitoring how podcast players use it, to best figure out how to make sense of the data. Because we value listener privacy, we’re not currently collecting any demographic or other identifiable info; we just generate a unique tracking code so we can tell one listener from another, and that information won’t be shared between podcasts. The first user of our Pingback integration is this:

An experimental new player

Podiant v3.1 player

We’ve working on the next iteration of the Podiant player that you see on your podcast website and across the web. This new version is now a sophisticated JavaScript app in its own right, and has colour customisation options. If your podcast has chapters, listeners can now scroll through the table of contents and skip to a specific section, and see the artwork change accordingly. It’s also been improved for use with slower connections and on mobile. But there’s one other major feature of this player:

Introducing Applause

Applause is a way for your listeners to show their appreciation for your show. If there’s a particular bit a listener enjoys, they can hit the Clap button once, twice, or as many times as they like. We store the timestamp the claps began, and the number of unique claps per listener. We’ll start collating this data now for those that enable the Applause feature within the new player, and will work on how we display it to you.

Integration with Podchaser

Podiant gives podcasters the option to create a Hosts section of your website, so you can let people know more about who’s behind the mic. Now, you can link your Podchaser Creatorsprofile with your Podiant host bio, so people checking out your show on Podchaser will see what other shows you’re a part of. I’m personally really excited about this, as it brings us one step closer to a more connected podcasting universe. Hopefully we’ll be able to extend this to guests soon.

Improved Markdown support

All the places you can enter text in the Markdown format have received an upgrade: we now support tables, linking to subsections of a page, smart quotes (replacing dumb quote marks with typographical ones), and all links will open in a new tab or window.

Spotify analytics

You can now check your Spotify listener data directly from your Podiant dashboard. There’s no special section; listens are counted just like any other app or service, but you can check Spotify-specific numbers from the Apps list of the Analytics page.

A new referral scheme open to all

Our referral scheme is now bigger, better and out of private beta. Podcasters can sign up and make money with every new customer they refer to Podiant.

That’s a pretty big release, and it barely scratches the surface of our plans for 2019. If you’re not already a part of the Podiant community, come and join us.