When adding a new episode, click the Hide This Episode option. 

While this will hide the episode from your RSS feed and Simplecast Site, the episode  can still be shared with its direct sharing link. 

Access the direct sharing link in Sharing Tools by clicking Share button atop the episode artwork, seen below, or in our Embed/Sharing Documentation here.

How is a private episode different from just hosting an MP3 elsewhere?

While you could just host an MP3 somewhere else, the biggest difference is that you get all the benefits of Simplecast, such as having a player that you can share, quick and speedy downloads of the audio file, not having to incur hosting costs, but most importantly you can take advantage stats on the audio file.

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