This deep dive into Anchor.fm is meant to provide insights into whether or not this podcasting service is a good choice for hosting podcasts as an educator. Should you be considering Anchor.fm? Stating the obvious, one can tell what my answer is.
Reasons for not using Anchor.fm
Many have argued against using Anchor.fm which basically relates to ownership of content and branding issues.
Creative Commons License
An understanding of Creative Commons license is helpful in determing whether Anchor.fm should be used or not.
Anchor.fm Deep Dive (Explainers)
Explainer #1: Explainer: You’re responsible for making sure the content you create or post on Anchor does not breach any laws or regulations, and does not infringe on anyone else’s rights. Also, Anchor.fm is not responsibile for any loss of content.
Explainer #2: You own your content. Anchor prides itself on empowering creators, and we have no intention to take ownership of your content in any way.
Explainer 3: In order to use Anchor, you are giving us permission to use, host, and distribute the content you create. For example, this license allows us to syndicate your content to other platforms, so that your audience can hear your podcast anywhere they choose. We believe strongly in creators’ rights, and in no way does this license take away the ownership rights you have in your content.
Explainer 4: One of the best parts of Anchor is the ability to create in one place and optionally let us handle the hassle of distributing your podcast everywhere. This language allows us to distribute your content on your behalf, so that you can focus on creating and leave the technical headache of podcast distribution to us. You are also welcome to distribute your podcast to other platforms manually if you prefer.
Explainer 5: If you provide any content for use in connection with another person’s User Content, you give them the right to use that content. If you receive any content from another person and incorporate that into your User Content, you must ensure you have all necessary permissions to use it.
Source: (User content)
What others think...
Getting Smart: Anchor, another tool for podcasting, is one that has helped me to finally create my own podcast to share my ideas with other educators. But it’s also a popular tool that can easily be used with students to create their own podcast, adding in transitions and even creating a hook to advertise a podcast they create. Using a tool like Anchor would be good for launching a school podcast to share what’s happening in the school with the greater school community.
elegant themes: Honestly, it seems a little too good to be true. Anchor offers a lot of features for the low, low price of nothing at all. Some detractors argue that you’re paying Anchor by giving up rights to your content, which is not true. As per their documentation, “creators on Anchor always have and always will own their content.”
reddit opínions about Anchor.fm: highlifenerd says, I’m loving using Anchor.fm but I’m not sweating all this stuff that’s getting mentioned, maybe I should. Not everyone can shell out money for hosting, not everyone getting into podcasting has experience from radio or broadcasting, and not everyone owns their equipment. Why is the platform I’m using to host my content getting me labeled as “the most amateur of podcasters”? I find it rude to be using language like this and it comes across like you’ve already made up your mind. Why are you asking for our opinions if you’ve made it clear you think I’m an idiot for using that platform! I hope you don’t use this tone in your podcast.
So, what do you think... is Anchor.fm for you?
Benjamin L. Stewart
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