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Radio Tail Ripple: Podcast Stats Without Any Pain
Lately I've been lamenting the fact that there doesn't seem to be any way to get good podcast stats without either handing over your feed and hosting to someone else or coding your own log file parser. I think it was as recent as two or three days ago that I was scouring the Libsyn site to see if there was some way to get into their stats program without giving them my files.

Today my feed reader has given me new hope. I'm still in the signup process so I can't speak to how well it works, but Radio Tail Ripple claims to be able to give me podcast stats without hosting my files or taking over my feed. Apparently, all I have to do is make a change to my enclosure URL in my feed to take advantage of their free service. From the FAQ:

RadioTail Ripple gives you all the tools you need to attract advertisers. You can build a profile for advertisers to see, and set the privacy levels of that profile to be sure that you only share the data you choose to.

In order to get reliable statistics, our system gives you a RadioTail Ripple URL for each of your media files that you place in your website and RSS enclosures. That URL redirects the listener to your original media file but logs the download into your RadioTail Ripple stats.

My only impression so far is that the site is brutally slow. My sign up procedure was painful and after 5 minutes I still have not received my confirmation email. I'm sure it's coming - 5 minutes isn't that long.

While I realize that there's no way to get around the redirect if I want them to count my stats, I'm a little anxious to see how this turns out. I know from experience that iTunes doesn't handle redirects well because I used to use them with Loudblog to track stats. Many iTunes listeners complained  that they ended up downloading my go.php page rather than my audio files.

Oops! There's my confirmation email. More to follow...

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Sorry about the slowness, with TechCrunch came a lot of hits. The real problem occurred when a group of spiders and evil bots found us out. One of them was pummeling the server with over 10000 requests per second. We have, however, resolved this issue, and things are moving along much much faster. I'm glad you like the service, we're adding a ton of new features in the upcoming weeks so please stay tuned.

Also, we have been running Ripple as a private beta for a number of months and have not had any issues with iTunes handling redirects.

Please give us more feedback! We'd love to hear about what you want out of Ripple and what features you want to see added to the application.

Hey Aaron,

Thanks for stopping by. I was actually mistaken in that I thought my confirmation email had come in, but it was something else.

I have yet to receive my confirmation email but am anxiously awaiting it. I'll email you direct to see if you can help me out.

I was actually mistaken in that I thought my confirmation email had come in, but it was something else.

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