I love Podlove so much! Such an amazing piece of software.
I have a question, but it might be a little long, because I want to explain everything.
I create Alexa Flash Briefings (“micro-podcasts” for Amazon Echo devices) and have about 200 clients that I set up with hosting on Libsyn and Podbean. Their analytics worked fine until late October, when Amazon started caching the files on their servers without notice. Suddenly, each of my clients started complaining their stats had dropped tremendously, like from 150 plays per day to 10 plays per day. When I checked their analytics in the Amazon Developers Console, the numbers still looked normal, so the traffic dropped, it just couldn’t be recorded by Libsyn or Podbean. I eventually found out that Amazon had begun caching Flash Briefing files on their own servers. I’ve been looking for a good analytics solution for my clients ever since, but with no luck.
At the same time this was happening, I was setting up my own audio hosting solution specifically for Alexa Flash Briefings on Amazon servers using Podlove, Auphonic, S3 storage and Cloudfront CDN. I noticed that my Flash Briefing’s Podlove stats are exactly correct, as are the analytics of the 4 other clients I offered test accounts to.
So here’s the question: Is the way that Podlove measures plays through Intents vs. Downloads the reason it’s working, or has Amazon just not sucked my account into their caching mechanism yet?
If I could suddenly go to my 200 clients and say “Migrate to Alexa Guy Hosting and the analytics will be correct again,” that would give a HUGE jumpstart to my hosting business. But if it’s not the reason, we could all be faced in 3-4 months with the same problem when Amazon starts caching these files.
Any clearance on how Intents work, including how they might be recording the click vs. the download would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!