Consider this an editorial, my opinion, on the pros/cons of podcasting protected content. I do not currently have a podcast, but I have produced several in the past, both audio and video. I do commit a couple of hours a week to keeping up with the technology mainly by listening to these two podcasts: The Audacity to Podcast - Podcaster's Roundtable. Questions about offering a membership-based podcast using aMember are brought up from time to time in the forums. It has been my experience over the years, that most people don't fully understand the concept of podcasting. So let's first make sure we are on the same page... Podcasting is a file distribution system built on RSS technology. It is designed to automatically deliver original files (audio, video, PDF, etc) to all that subscribe to the podcast using a podcast client (aggregator). Podcasts are typically episodic (new episodes each day, week, month, etc). The system is built on the concept that a user can subscriber/unsubscribe at will and the identity of the user is anonymous to the podcast producer.The files being delivered must be stored somewhere on the web. While this could be on your own server (shared, VPN, or dedicated), hosting solutions are available that specialize in delivering podcasts. These accounts typically offer unlimited bandwidth and include a built-in feed generator. The feed is a file written in extensible markup language (XML). This file contains all the information a podcast aggregator needs to identify new podcast episodes and download them to the user's local device. One of the most popular podcast hosting service is LibSyn. If you are using WordPress a good choice is Blubrry in conjunction with Blubrry's PowerPress plugin. In my humble opinion, using a technology that specializes in distributing original files to all subscribers is a polar opposite of protecting content. All the subscribers could then simply forward this premium content with no protection. So, is there a place for a podcast on a membership site? Sure, but not to deliver copies of your premium content to all the members. You could do a traditional podcast (not protected) and offer "free" content that drives listeners to your site where they are given the opportunity to subscribe to premium content. So, let's look at a an option to podcasting. Produce your audio/video content and make it available to the paid members via the built-in FlowPlayer player. This way the audio/video can be consumed, but not copied, to all but the most tech savvy. You could then notify the paid members of new episodes (call it a show if you want) via an email-based newsletter that provides a link back to the audio/video on your site. You could easily do this with the built-in email feature or with one of the supported third party services such as Mail Chimp, aWeber, Constant Contact, etc. In summary, we all want to use cool technologies and podcasting sounds cool. However, using a podcast to deliver protected content is like putting a square peg in a round hole. Again, this is just my 2 cents worth.