New announcement published 29 July 2022 – Problem solved! Acast+ COUPON CODES
Hello LEP Premium subscribers on Libsyn.
This is another announcement for listeners who have a subscription to LEP Premium on Libsyn.
With this message I am going to tell you some final, important information about moving your subscription from Libsyn to Acast+.
You’ll also get an email from me (sent on 29 July 2022).
Some of you have tried to get refunds from Libsyn and they told you to contact me, and then I told you to wait until I’d found a solution to this.
I now have a solution to the problem of transferring your 6 or 12 month subscriptions from Libsyn to Acast+.
I AM SENDING YOU A COUPON CODE FOR FREE ACCESS TO ACAST+ TO COVER YOUR LIBSYN SUBSCRIPTION ← Check your email inbox for your coupon code.
Basically, Acast are saving the day here, and they are giving you an individual code which will give you free access to LEP Premium on Acast+ for the period of time you have remaining in your Libsyn subscription.
The Libsyn refunds issue is being solved by Acast who are giving you free access to LEP Premium on Acast+ to cover your Libsyn refund.
I am going to email you the code (maybe I’ve already done it), with specific instructions on what to do. The code can only be used once, and only by you.
So please check your email inbox and your spam folder for the email from me, titled something like: “LEP Premium / Acast+ / FREE COUPON CODE for 6/12 month subscribers (Good news!!)”
No more episodes will arrive in the Libsyn subscription from now on
All new premium episodes will now arrive on Acast+ only.
Remember, with Acast+ you can get LEP Premium in any normal podcast app (not Spotify because it’s not a normal podcast app) but it works for pretty much all the others, including Apple Podcasts.
You sign up on Acast+ and then you can add the premium episodes to your LEP Subscription in your podcast app. I use PocketCasts on my iPhone, and I’ve signed up to my own premium content (to see things from your point of view) and now my LEP subscription also includes all the premium episodes.
Check my website for information about how to sign up with Acast+ and how to add LEP Premium to your podcast app. Check the PREMIUM part of the menu.
New premium episodes are now available on Acast+ (and more are coming soon…)
I’ve already uploaded P35 Part 2, which is a pronunciation workshop based on my bear story from P35 part 1. There’s a video version of that too. P37 Part 1 is also coming very soon (today or maybe on Monday).
So, you can go ahead and use the coupon code you have received by email from me, and sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ to get a period of free access.
Luke, I have already signed up to Acast+ and I still have a Libsyn subscription as well. What should I do?
If you have already signed up to Acast+ and you still have a Libsyn subscription – no problem. You can still use the promo code to get free access to Acast+ for a certain period.
You’ll just have to email Acast support and ask them to apply the discount to your existing subscription on Acast+. They’ll add the code to your account and you’ll get a discount to cover the money you’ve already paid to Libsyn. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You can write:
|“Dear Acast support,|
I am a subscriber to bonus content from plus.acast.com/s/teacherluke Can you please apply this coupon code to my account?
My coupon code is: ……………The email address for my Acast+ account is: ……………..
Thanks in advance.
All the best,……………….”
You will need to include the coupon code (promo discount code) which I have sent you by email.
What about my Libsyn account? Do I need to cancel it? How do I cancel it?
You do not have to cancel your subscription to LEP Premium on Libsyn. You can just leave it. It will automatically cancel at the end of your billing period with Libsyn. It won’t automatically renew. So, just leave your Libsyn subscription alone and it will cancel by itself. You can just carry on listening to the premium episodes with Acast+.
Libsyn can’t offer refunds for 6 or 12 month subscriptions, but Acast have been really helpful and they have come up with this promo code solution.
How does it work exactly?
Let’s say for example that you signed up to LEP Premium on Libsyn in March 2022 and you have a 12 month subscription which runs out in March 2023.
The coupon code from Acast will give you free access to LEP Premium on Acast+ until the end of March 2023 – when your Libsyn subscription ends.
After that free period, you would start paying the normal price per month, which is just 4$ – about the same as a monthly subscription was with Libsyn. Acast only offer monthly subscriptions by the way.
Refunds from Libsyn aren’t necessary because you’ll have access to all the old content and new content on Acast+.
How many times can I use this code? (Meaning: Can all my friends use this code too?)
You can only use your code once, so you can’t share it with everyone. Anyway, I have email addresses of all the people with Libsyn subscriptions, so if someone who doesn’t have a Libsyn subscription uses a code – I will find you, I will hunt you down, I will track you down and I will kill you.
It’s simple to cancel your Acast+ subscription if you want to. It can be done at any time, so don’t worry you’re not tied into anything here. No strings attached.
Obviously, I hope you stick around and that you continue to be a premium LEPster, because your subscription helps to keep LEP alive and also just I really want you to listen to my premium episodes and use the worksheets. I put a lot of work into them and I really try to give you full value for your $4 per month. It’s a lot of English teaching from me to you. Not just the conversations and rambles that you get in my free episodes, but carefully prepared teaching materials made specifically for the premium subscribers.
So, hopefully you are aware of the value of the content that you get in return for your monthly support to LEP.
Acast are being really nice here by giving coupon codes, because they’re essentially covering the refunds from Libsyn by giving you free access while you still have a libsyn subscription. So thanks to Acast.
So there you go.
So, check your inbox! I’m sending the code to the email address you used when you signed up for LEP Premium on Libsyn.
P35 part 2 is waiting for you there. Loads of pronunciation practice, with a video version too.
Also P37 part 1 is coming very soon, maybe tomorrow. That’s a brand new episode of StoryTime, with another funny story from me with loads of vocabulary, grammar practice and pronunciation practice as well, and the full PDF worksheet and everything.
I’ve also been working on a “What did Rick say?” vocabulary review for our conversation about Boris Johnson in episode 777, and I plan to upload that probably in September, along with new StoryTime episodes which will continue to appear every month.
That’s it for this announcement, and hopefully now that is the end of this transition period in which I have had to manage what has been quite an administrative nightmare. Hopefully now we can just get back to podcasting and premium podcasting as usual.
You might still be confused, which is totally fine. If you have any questions about any aspect of your premium subscription, you can check my website where hopefully I’ve answered all the possible questions but also you can just email me at email@example.com
Thank you for your attention and thank you for continuing to support this podcast.
I have loads of ideas and I can’t wait to bring them to you.
But for now, bye bye bye bye bye.
Questions you might have
Answers given below 👇👇
- Will the premium content just be available free for everyone, even though I’m paying for it?
- How exactly do I get the new premium content through Acast+? How do I sign up? Can you tell me what to do?
- When is this change going to happen?
- How do I cancel my current premium subscription with Libsyn?
- What happens if I don’t change to the new system?
- My billing period with Libsyn hasn’t finished yet. Can I get a refund for the remaining time?
- How can I check the status of my current LEP Premium account with Libsyn?
- How can I easily find premium episodes in the LEP episode list in my app? There are lots of episodes – where are the premium ones, exactly?
- Can I also access the premium episodes from a computer or in a browser?
- What about the PDFs? Will they still be available while I listen, and to download in normal font size?
- What about the price for LEP Premium on Acast+?
- What other changes are coming to LEP when you move to Acast?
- What will happen to the LEP App?
- Is it possible to put LEP Premium episodes in a separate category in my podcast app?
- Does Acast+ work with Spotify?
- What about the video content in LEP Premium?
- Other questions?
👇Full answers to those questions 👇
1. Will the premium content just be available free for everyone, even though I’m paying for it?
No. The premium episodes are only available for paying subscribers through Acast+. People who are not subscribed to LEP Premium through Acast+ will not be able to see or listen to the premium content.
2. How exactly do I get the new premium content through Acast+? How do I sign up?
Here’s how you will be able to sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ (available now)
Just follow these steps.
- Open your normal podcast app (E.g. Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, PocketCasts etc)
- Search for Luke’s English Podcast (make sure you are subscribed)
- In the episode show notes (for any episode) there will be a link which will say “Sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+”
- Tap that link
- Choose the LEP PREMIUM option
- Pay securely
- That’s it!
Alternatively, you can just go to www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium then choose the premium option, follow the steps and sign up there. Then you can open your podcast app, find LEP, click the link in the show notes that says “Sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ and just log in with your Acast details, and it should update your LEP episode list with all the premium episodes.
After that, all the premium episodes will be included your Luke’s English Podcast episode list in your podcast app.
New premium episodes will arrive there when they are published.
The archive of old premium episodes will also be in your list.
Remember to activate notifications so you don’t miss anything.
3. When is this change going to happen?
LEP Premium on Acast+ is available now.
From this moment, premium content will only be published through Acast+. No new content will arrive through the old system (Libsyn) any more.
4. How do I cancel my current premium subscription with Libsyn?
Edit: July 2022 – Please wait before requesting a refund from Libsyn. I am working on a solution to this with Acast. If you have a 6/12 month premium subscription with Libsyn, we will contact you soon by email.
5. What happens if I don’t change to the new system?
The old premium episodes will still be available in the old system (Libsyn) for a while but eventually they will disappear.
So, if you want to keep listening, you’ll need to sign up in the new way, using Acast+.
6. My billing period with Libsyn hasn’t finished yet. Can I get a refund for the remaining time?
If you have a 6 or 12 month subscription with Libsyn, which ends before July 2023, Acast are offering you free access to LEP Premium on Acast+ for the same time remaining in your Libsyn subscription. I sent you an email about this on 29 July 2022. Check your spam folder.
7. How can I check the status of my current LEP Premium account with Libsyn?
If you don’t know the details of your premium account with Libsyn, just sign in to check.
To check your account for LEP Premium you will need to log in here teacherluke.libsyn.com/category/PREMIUM
and then check your account and billing details here my.libsyn.com/show/view/id/98256
8. How can I easily find premium episodes in the LEP episode list in my app? There are lots of episodes – where are the premium ones, exactly?
If you sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ in June or July 2022 the episodes will be easy to find. Just scroll down your episode list – there they are, probably just under episode 777.
They were published to Acast plus at the end of June 2022. Probably 30 June or 1 July.
But you can also use the search function in your podcast app to find the premium episodes.
All the premium content is marked with a P code (P01, P02, P03 etc) or the tag [Premium].
P28 [1/2] What did Lucy Say? 50+ Words and phrases from LEP#693
[Premium] How to use LEP Premium to Improve Your English
To find the premium content, use the search function in your app (all good podcast apps should have one) to search your LEP episode list – use either [Premium] or P01 etc to search for the episodes.
If you want to know the names of all the premium episodes, you can find a full list of all the premium content here, for your reference teacherluke.co.uk/premium/archive-comment-section/
If you want to search by date – the premium content was uploaded at the end of June 2022, around the time of episodes 776 and 777. If you scroll back to episode 776 you should see the premium episodes there (if you have signed up with Acast+). Otherwise, use the search function to find episodes directly.
Another good idea is to “save” premium episodes in your app. Use the “save” option in Apple Podcasts or something like “star” in other podcast apps to save these episodes to a “saved” or “favourites” list, which should be easier to find. Some podcast apps (like PocketCasts) allow you to create playlists with any episodes. You could create a playlist of LEP Premium episodes and keep them all there, for easy access.
9. Can I also access the premium episodes from a computer or in a browser?
Yes, you can. Go to my podcast page on Acast www.teacherluke.co.uk/acast and sign in with your Acast login details. The locked premium episodes will become unlocked (if you have signed up for the premium content with Acast+).
10. What about the PDFs? Where are they?
You can still open PDFs while listening – there will be a link in the episode show notes. This will allow you to open the PDF on your phone while you are listening in your podcast app.
You’ll also be able to download the PDFs on a computer in normal font size, here www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium/pdfs
11. What about the prices?
On Acast+ you will see two options (here www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium )
Option 1: Ad-free episodes (All the free episodes of LEP but with no advertising) $2 per month
Option 2: LEP Premium + Ad-free episodes (All the premium episodes, plus all the free episodes with no advertising) $4 per month
I have tried to keep the price for LEP Premium the same as it always has been – basically, about $4 if you pay on a monthly basis.
Option 2 is how you can get the premium episodes. An added bonus is that you won’t hear any advertisements in normal episodes of LEP.
If you just want to remove the advertisements from normal LEP episodes, but you don’t want LEP Premium episodes, choose option 1.
I would like to remind you that I do this all myself! I am an independent podcaster/English teacher/comedian. I don’t have assistance from a production company. I don’t have an agent. I don’t have interns. It’s just me. Your support directly helps to pay for this entire project. Without your support there would be no LEP! There would be no podcastle!
Premium subscribers and donators are the life-blood of Luke’s English Podcast!
12. What other changes are coming to LEP when you move to Acast?
You might hear some advertising on the podcast sometimes (in normal episodes, not premium ones).
Short automatic adverts might play at the start and occasionally in the middle of episodes.
If you don’t want to hear the advertising you can sign up to the ad-free version (option 1 in Acast+). That’s the only difference.
Who knows, the money I get from the advertising might allow me to quit my teaching job and focus on podcasting full-time, which can only be good. If I don’t quit my job (because I enjoy the teaching) I might be able to reduce my hours, and devote more time to Luke’s English Podcast.
13. What will happen to the LEP App?
At the moment the plan is to keep the LEP apps alive (iOs and Android versions). I intend to continue publishing normal episodes there, and hopefully you will also be able to sign up to LEP Premium episodes in the LEP app as well, using the Acast+ system.
The bonus “app-only” episodes, music, jingles etc that I added to the LEP app will still be available.
14. Is it possible to put LEP Premium episodes in a separate category in my podcast app?
You might ask this question because in the LEP app there is a menu on the side which says PREMIUM and that’s where all the premium content can easily be found. But what about in other podcast apps where you will be getting your premium content from now on?
I mentioned this before, but let’s go through it again to be clear.
In your normal podcast app, you should have the option to “favourite” certain episodes, or to create different playlists. I use PocketCasts and it gives me this option. I have created playlists for the various podcasts I listen to. For example, I have a playlist called “French” and a playlist called “Beatles”. I can put any podcast episodes into those lists. You could open a playlist in your app called “LEP Premium” and put the premium content in there when it arrives, so it is easily accessible for you.
15. Does Acast+ work with Spotify?
Unfortunately, not at the moment. But hopefully soon.
If you’re a Spotify user, you’ll need another free app to get LEP Premium content. This is because Spotify uses a closed system to deliver podcasts to listeners.
16. What about the video content in LEP Premium?
I can’t publish the video episodes to Acast+ directly but they will still be available. I will upload them to YouTube as private “unlisted” videos, and then share the video links with premium subscribers privately. Check the show notes for premium episodes to find links to the pronunciation videos and other video content. Also, I will post a link to the private YouTube LEP Premium video playlist, which contains all premium videos. That link will also be in the show notes for all premium episodes.
So – you will always be able to access premium videos from the show notes of episodes.
If you have any other questions, you can always email me:
Check this page on my website where this information is also available www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium
Check this information about Acast+ from their website learn.acast.com/en/collections/3294820-listener-help
Thank you for bring a premium subscriber! I am looking forward to the new system and I have plenty of premium episodes for you. I will publish them when LEP Premium has moved properly to the new system!