Moving to the new Simply Everything

On the 30th of September you will hopefully see the launch of a new version of the Simply Syndicated website and Simply Everything along with it. I understand that some of you might have a few questions about what’s going to happen to your current Simply Everything subscription, hopefully I’ll be able to put a few things to rest here.

The new Simply Everything system is just that, new. That means I won’t be able to transfer your existing subscription from the old system to the new one. You’ll need to open a new account using the new system. What about your existing subscription? That won’t carry over. I know that’s really not fair to some of you so here’s what I’m going to do.

If you’re a monthly subscriber, don’t move to the new system until you’ve come to the end of your current month. Then you can just cancel your old subscription and start a new one. There should be a two week free trial for new sign ups, so you’ll actually end up with a couple of free weeks.

As I write this, it’s my plan that everybody else will receive a coupon for the new system that will see them through to the end date of their current long term subscription. To be clear, that’s everyone with anything other than a monthly subscription.

The existing system and the new system are incompatible in every way you can imagine. The two systems won’t integrate, and I’ll want to get rid of the old system as quickly as possible. Don’t worry, I won’t do it until everyone who wants to has moved over to the new system. When I eventually come to switch of the old, I’ll make sure that all subscriptions have been cancelled. However, you should really make sure that your subscription has been cancelled just to double check me.

Then there’s the iOS app. As I write this I completely expect the new system of Simply Everything to break the app. Hopefully this won’t be for very long, but given that I don’t personally make the app, there’s just no way I can promise how long it’s going to take to update. Once I’m done with this system change, I’ll be making my priority the production of matching iOS and Android apps. My intention is to start a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money for app production. To try to make things as painless as possible, I’ll be putting in extra work when designing the mobile browsing experience. That’s the bit I can control so I hope to make it as good as I possibly can. I’m well aware that lots of you like to listen to audio content on your phones, don’t worry, I’m not ignoring you, it’s just really difficult to deal with.

There will be a content reorganisation. It should be easier to find what you’re looking for, and there’s still a lot of content to be added. I still have lots of episodes of lots of shows to post, and I’m going to make sure that it’s all there. I don’t know what’s happening with regards to Simply Everything exclusive content right now. I can say that Shaken Not Stirred will be continuing, but I’m not sure if there’s going to be other new shows to go along with it.

Buying individual episodes of shows is going away. We sell very very few individual episodes. Not none, but very few. So few that it’s really not worth maintaining a store system. Honestly we’re talking about a couple of files every year. It can be months between purchases. That’s in contrast to Simply Everything subscribers who make up the majority of the income of Simply Syndicated. Offering downloads generally includes running a separate back end system which includes a shopping cart and all the other things you associate with an online store. That’s a lot of work to maintain for something that brings such little reward.

I hope that answers some of your questions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know just give me a shout on Twitter.

The Definitive Word

Remember The Definitive Word? Back in the day, it was one of the more popular Simply Syndicated shows. After a couple of years of making it, the show just faded away, much to the dismay of the fans. Like any show, while it could be fun to do, it had run its course and descended to the quality level of your average podcast, rather than a Simply Syndicated podcast. That’s always a good time to either take a break, or stop making a show. We stopped making it.

But it was a good friend to us, and there’s always time to pay tribute to a show that served us well.

The Definitive Word will return to Simply Everything for six episodes. The first of these six episodes has already been recorded, so there are five more to go.

If ever there was a topic you wanted us to discuss, now is the time to say so.