Every Libsyn plan comes with a monthly upload quota. For example, if you sign up for an account with 540 MB of monthly storage, you can upload 540 MB of new content every month. There is no limit on how much content you can store at Libsyn at any time, regardless of your account level -- all the content that you've uploaded in the past will always be available on Libsyn as long as you maintain your account. The only limit is on how much new content you can upload each month.
How Does Libsyn Keep Track of Your Monthly Storage?
To keep track of your monthly storage quota, Libsyn labels your content with a status of either Active or Archived. For example, every media file you upload to your account this month is labeled as Active because those are the files that are actively counting toward your storage quota this month. When the month is over, those files become labeled as Archived, which means that they no longer count against your storage quota. Your active files are archived at midnight, GMT, on the first of every month. After those files get archived, your full monthly quota becomes available again for the new month.
In terms of availability and accessibility for your listeners, there is no difference between archived and active content. Libsyn uses these statuses only to help track your monthly quota.
There is also an Exempt status. Files with that status don't count against your monthly storage. For example, Libsyn counts images that you upload from Canva as exempt because those images don't affect your storage limits - you can upload as many images from Canva as you want until you get your design right! For more information about Canva, see Design Engaging Artwork Using Canva.
Check and Manage Your Storage
To see how much storage you have left for the month, hover your mouse cursor over the icon on the left side of your Libsyn account. A bar appears showing you how much storage you've used this month and how much you have left.
To see your file statuses, click the icon to open the File Manager table.
Some of the things you can do in the table:
- Use the Search field to find a file by its file name. Start typing the name in the field and the table filters the files as you type.
- Click the Filter button and select an option to show files of only that type.
- Click a header in the table to organize the files by that header. Click it again to invert the order. For example, click the DATE header to see the files in chronological order by the date you uploaded them.
- Review the STATUS column to see your file statuses.
- Click the page buttons at the bottom to see more files.
Do You Need to Free up Some Space This Month?
There are two main ways to free up space if you're running out: you can delete an active file so it no longer takes up space, or you can archive a file early.
If you delete a file, it is no longer available on Libsyn. This is a good solution if you no longer need a file and don't mind getting rid of it. For more information about how to delete a file, see Delete an Active File to Free up Your Monthly Storage Space.
On the other hand, archiving a file early is helpful if you need to keep all your files but need a little extra storage just for this month. For a one-time fee, the episodes you archive early will move from an Active status to an Archived status right away, and they will stop taking up room in your storage quota for the month. For more information about how to do so, see Free up Monthly Storage Space with Early Archiving.