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Our Patreon Donor’s Club 2017-04-03T16:51:33+00:00

We know you love Japan Top 10. And we wanted to set up a system where our loyal listeners will be rewarded with exclusive features and benefits from our show.

Introducing Japan Top 10’s newest program, our Patreon Donor’s Club!

For a small, minimal donation of one dollar a month to our podcast (as a Bronze Level donor), we are offering some exclusive benefits to our loyal listeners.

As a Bronze Level donor, you’ll get:

  • Early access to our episodes; you’ll get all our podcast episodes ONE WEEK BEFORE the public release!

  • Ability to make song and/or artist of the month requests; tell us what you want to hear!

  • Access to episodes before the 100th!

  • Special thank you gifts for maintaining your donation after a certain period of time!

  • Exclusive special episodes released just for our Patreon Donor’s Club members, in the near future!


For listeners who donate even more (in the Silver or Gold Level), they will even get the same benefits as a Bronze Level donor AND ALSO:

  • Enhanced episodes like an extended artist of the month countdown (10 songs instead of 5)!

  • Song list IN THE EPISODE DESCRIPTION, so you won’t need to constantly go onto our site to see the tracks played on our episode!

  • Filtered episodes, so you can focus on what you enjoy, the music and informative commentary!

  • Expedited or guaranteed on the next episode song & artist of the month requests; we will put your requests above all the others!

  • Ability to suggest topics for specially themed episodes!

  • More exclusive and faster access to thank you gifts for maintaining your donation!



Benefits


Access to Episode 100+ and new ones

Access to Top 50 episode

Access to episodes before the 100th

Access to future-donor exclusive episodes ^

Early access to new episodes

(one week earlier)

Make song requests

Make artist of month requests

Gifts for ongoing donors

Song list posted in episode description ^

Access to extended artist of month ^ (10 songs instead of 5)

Make “priority” song requests (limitations apply)

Make “priority” artist of month requests (limitations apply)

Ability to submit special episode ideas

Make “guarenteed on the next episode” song requests 

(limitations apply)

Make “guarenteed on the next episode” artist of month or special episode requests (limitations apply)

Advertisement & announcements free episodes ^

Free

Free

for all public listeners

Only the top 10 songs of the top 50

Bronze Level

$1-5

monthly (USD)

Starting after 1 year

Silver level

$6-10

monthly (USD)

Starting after 4 months

Gold level

$11+

monthly (USD)

Starting after 2 months

^ feature will be guaranteed for only current and future episodes, from when you begin your donation (excludes episodes before the 100th)


So you probably got some questions about this program. We hear ya. Here are some questions you might ask.

Questions for public listeners who are not considering to join our Donor’s Club:

No. Unfortunately, we are reserving all our song and artist of the month requests for only our donors. If you want to make song requests or artist of the month requests, please consider being part of our Patreon Donor’s Club; it starts at only a dollar a month.

No, if you are not part of our Donor’s Club, you will continue to recieve episodes the same way you currently do. You do not need to make any changes to your listening habits to our show, as a result of this change.

No, the goal of our Patreon Donor’s Club is not aiming to reduce the quality of our show to those who are not able or willing to donate to our show. Instead, we want to make it a more exclusive and greater positive experience for our loyal listeners who are willing to pitch in to donate to help support their favorite podcast show. Thus, we will continue to try and not make any programming changes for our listeners who are not part of our Donor’s Club.

We acknowledge that there has been modifications to what we offered to all listeners in the past, however, the overall goal of our podcast show remains unchanged; allowing you to discover and learn some of the best Japanese music out there.

Unfortunately, no. The features that we are offering to our Donor’s Club is directly from our Patreon page, thus you must verify your donation and claim the features from there.

All episodes before our 100th one will now be made exclusive only to our Donor’s Club. Public listeners will hear an announcement made by one of our staff to let them know that the episode(s) they are trying to access is only avaliable for our Donor’s Club members. Episode 100 or over will still become accessible to the public.

Yes, we are not making any changes to any previously released top 50 episodes. As long as it is after the 99th episode (episodes before the 100th are not avaliable to public listeners), you’ll still hear the full top 50 of previously released episodes. Only top 50 episodes that will be released onwards starting in 2017 will have the top 10 songs limitation for public listeners.

Unfortunately these services are not compatible with updating their audio feeds, so we had to remove them from our listings on those 2 sites. Please note that episodes before the 100th are now only exclusively avaliable to our Patreon Donors.

We are making this change because as everyone can recognize, there are costs associated with producing a podcast show. As much as we would like to continue operations without any monetary support, that is not anyway possible. We acknowledge that we have loyal listeners who enjoy our show and would not mind contributing a small monthly amount to support the goals and sustainment of this podcast show. And as a thank you token, we want to reward these loyal listeners as much as we possibly can with exclusive and enhanced benefits not avaliable to the public.

Furthermore, through reducing the sizes of our episodes (such as reducing the top 50 episode to a top 10 and reserving past episodes before the 100th for only our Donor’s Club), we will be able to reduce the bandwidth we use with our providers which would in turn allow us to maintain a positive relationship with our provider (and allow them to grow as well).

Monetary gains from our Patreon Donor’s Club will all go to support the overall development of our podcast show. This includes purchasing enhanced recording equipment for our staff, having better contests for our listeners, supporting the overall development of the Japanese music scene and much much more. We are always trying to improve the podcast in any possible way, however we are very limited with what we can do, as a result of our limited monetary funding. We hope you understand our rationales behind introducing this program and hope you will consider being part of our Donor’s Club!


Questions for interested or current Donor’s Club members:

Yes, if you are a current Patreon Donor’s Club member, you will recieve a special “RSS” link from Patreon that will contain episodes before the 100th and any previous or current content that has already been distributed for current or previous subscribing Donor’s Club members. You can input that RSS link into many podcast applications, including the Apple podcast application on iOS devices. More information on manually inputing a RSS feed here: https://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/podcast-app-instructions-for-rss-feed/ Remember, this will allow you get all the newest and exclusive episodes with that RSS link, provided to you from Patreon, so make sure you keep it handy!

Please note that RSS links are all different from each member, depending on the level of their donation (it is unique to that individual).

For more information about how you’ll get the link, please see this page from Patreon’s help page: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/212055866-How-Do-I-Get-and-Use-My-Audio-RSS-Link-

Your RSS link will become inactive if we discover that you are sharing it with other members of the public or if you end up canceling your monthly donation.

We are still in the process of evaluating episodes that will be exclusively released for our Donor’s Club. We will likely be releasing specially themed episodes but exactly the amount and the themes have not yet been determined at this point yet. We will however guarentee that by being part of our Donor’s Club, you will be getting exclusive access to content that will not be released to the public.

There are gaps in the RSS link feed you’ll receive, with some episodes missing. Episodes before the 100th will always be made avaliable in the feed.

Episodes will only be uploaded to the feed if there are donors within that donation level. If you want to access a certain past episode (that is after the 99th), you will need to go onto the public feed and listen from there. See the next question for more information.

To confirm that you are a current Patreon donor, we would ask you to post onto our Patreon page, under the community tab (https://www.patreon.com/japantop10/community) with the Patreon account you donated from. We will follow up with your request onto our show depending on your donation level.

When you start being part of our Donor’s Club, you are technically subscribed to only current and future exclusive episodes (along with the benefit of accessing episodes before the 100th). If you notice and access previous exclusive episodes, they are a bonus and made possible by a previous or current Donor’s Club member. We are not obligated to provide past exclusive Donor’s Club content for new members. You will need to access the public feed for any gaps between episodes when you receive your exclusive Patreon link.

If you are a Silver or Gold donor, you will notice possible multiple uploads of the same episode in your feed. The reason for this is that Patreon doesn’t let us specifically filter uploads by your donation level; it is only filtered by the amount you donate. The only way we can restrict episodes between donors is to raise the level of donation amount; ie, an episode uploaded is only for donors who have donated $6 or more (for our Silver level donors). And if you donate more, you will see more.

This is why we have named each episode title to the donation level; ie, “Episode 170 BRONZE: Title of Japan Top 10 episode” and “Episode 170 GOLD: Title of Japan Top 10 episode”. When you are listening to an episode, pick the one that is appropriate to your level of your donation so you will get the full entitled benefits.

Please note we do not upload episodes to all donation levels, unless there is a donor (or multiple) within that donation level, except for past episodes before the 100th.

If you begin your subscription within the early period of an episode release and you do not see the current episode in your RSS feed, it will appear within 24 hours. Example, you join the Donor’s Club on March 24 and an episode was scheduled for an early release on March 21 and a public release on March 28 and you do not see that March 21 episode in your feed, it should appear within 24 hours. If you do not, we apologize and ask you to please email us at info@jtop10.jp and we’ll promptly follow up.

There are none. Your requests will be played or met on a first come, first serve basis. However, your song or artist of month requests will not made priority, meaning if a Silver or Gold level donor makes a song or artist of month request, their requests will be expedited. There are limitations to Silver and Gold level donor’s ability to expedite requests, as we aim to make things fair to all our donors.

As a Silver level donor, you will have priority with your song or artist of month requests. However, your priority will be lowered after 2 song requests per month and/or one artist of the month suggestion per 3 months.

This means you have 2 priority song requests per month and one priority artist of month request per every 3 months.

If you go over your priority, your next song and/or artist of month requests will be considered equal to a Bronze level donor (first come, first serve basis).

As a Gold level donor, you will have guaranteed next episode requests with your song or artist of month requests. You’ll also recieve priority with your special episode topic suggestions, as only Gold level donors have the ability to make such suggestions. However, this guarentee request system will be temporary halted after 2 song requests per month and/or one artist of the month suggestion per 3 months. Your priority for episode topic suggestions will also be reduced after you make one request within 3 months.

This means you have 2 guaranteed next episode song requests per month and one guaranteed next episode artist of month request per every 3 months.

If you go over your guarantees, your next song and/or artist of month requests will be considered equal to a Bronze or Silver level donor (first come, first serve basis).

After 1 year: You will get a Japan Top 10 bottle opener keychain

After 2 years: You will get a Japan Top 10 t-shirt

After 3 years: You will get a Japan Top 10 reusable bag or mouse pad

Please note that we offer shipping to all countries around the world. There are no regional limitations to where donors can receive their gifts.

After 4 months: You will get Japan Top 10 stickers

After 10 months: You will get a Japan Top 10 bottle opener keychain

After 18 months: You will get a Japan Top 10 t-shirt

After 2 years: You will get a Japan Top 10 reusable bag or mousepad

Please note that we offer shipping to all countries around the world. There are no regional limitations to where donors can receive their gifts.

After 2 months: You will get Japan Top 10 stickers

After 6 months: You will get a Japan Top 10 bottle opener keychain

After 1 year: You will get a Japan Top 10 t-shirt, reusable bag, or mousepad

After 2 years: You will get to pick out another Japan Top 10 t-shirt, reusable bag, or mousepad

Every year after the 2nd, you can pick ANY gift again! It’s our “thank you” to our special gold level donors!

Please note that we offer shipping to all countries around the world. There are no regional limitations to where donors can receive their gifts.

Yes, regardless of when we actually post the episode, we guarentee our Patreon Donors will have their episodes a week ahead of our public listeners. If an episode is delayed for whatever reason for our Patreon Donors, it will also be delayed for the public release.

If you cancel your monthly pledge on Patreon, you will become withdrawn from our Patreon Donor’s Club. This will mean the RSS link that was originally provided to you will not work anymore (you will not be access any content on it or receive any new content). You will also lose your accumulated months to obtain a gift from us. If you decide in the future to return to our Donor’s Club, you will be given a new RSS link and your months will reset in order to receive our gifts.

If you are interested in changing your donation levels (ie, a Bronze level to a Silver level), please contact our sales director, Recca at recca@jtop10.jp. She will follow up with you in regards to how you can do so. Please note that your accumulated months for our gifts will reset once you change your donation levels.

If you are not interested in some of the features we are offering but you are still willing to support our podcast on a monthly basis on Patreon, please contact our sale manager, Recca at recca@jtop10.jp. If you want to support us through Patreon but without any of these benefits, you can also click the “No Reward, No thanks, I just want to support Japan Top 10” option when you pledge your support on Patreon. Please note if you want to just send us a lump sum donation without any of these benefits, please click the following button below.




No, in order to get the benefits listed on this page and on our Patreon Donor’s Club, you must be using Patreon to submit your monthly donation. If you still want to donate to us but not through Patreon, you have the option of making a lump sum donation by clicking the button below (please note, you won’t get any of the benefits in our Patreon Donor’s Club by making a donation through the button below).




No, all payments for our Patreon Donor’s Club will be charged and converted to USD. You can still donate in a different currency; Patreon will automatically convert your payment to USD. We won’t be able to accept any other currencies at the moment (this is in accordance to Patreon’s currency policies).

According to Patreon’s site, they accept the following payments: Visa, MasterCard, America Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club and PayPal.

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