Fair Usage and High Bandwidth Podcasts

Modified on Fri, 12 Jan at 11:17 AM

All RSS.com subscriptions receive up to 1 TB of bandwidth every month under our Fair Usage clause. 

What is bandwidth?

Bandwidth is the outbound transfer of data required for distributing content such as the audio files of your podcast episodes. When a listener downloads, plays, or streams one or more podcast episodes via a podcast player (e.g. Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Overcast, Spotify, etc.), they use bandwidth from RSS.com.

So what happens if my podcast has more than 1TB bandwidth in a given month?

We will continue distributing your podcast(s) through our high-performance content distribution network with no immediate interruptions of service. However, we may reach out to discuss RSS.com's "High Bandwidth" subscription and other options to best support to your usage. 

High bandwidth accounts are typically classified as any subscription exceeding 1 terabyte of data transfer over a 30 day period. So how much will you pay when you are enrolled in the high bandwidth podcast plan? Outbound bandwidth over 1 terabyte will be billed at a rate of $49 per terabyte. Most podcasts and networks will never need to upgrade to the High Bandwidth subscription. 

Because we host a large community of podcasters, we normally do not reach out to every user who experiences a sudden and temporary increase in downloads or bandwidth consumption (e.g. when a show gains temporary popularity because it gets mentioned in the news). 

However, if your show consistently passes the threshold of 1 terabyte bandwidth per month, well… Congratulations! Only 5% of podcasts worldwide reach this milestone! We'll be in touch and we can't wait to work with you as you grow even more.

Check out our step-by-step guide on starting and growing a podcast here.

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