Hipcast doesn't require you to download any software or store anything on your own computer (other than a web browser). Everything you need to start and maintain your podcast can be found on your website.
The main benefit of using a Cloud Service for your podcast is that you can upload, record, and manage your episodes from anywhere that has internet access. You could even record your podcast live from your local coffee shop and post it to your blog, and RSS feed without getting up!
If you do all your recording an uploading in a home studio, that doesn't meant that you have to manage your files there as well. You are no longer limited by the creativity you can muster from a single location.
Podcasting is a creative process, and with Hipcast, that is where your work starts and ends. Simply focus on generating content, and let us manage all the complicated details.
If you ever feel like we're stifling your creativity, let us know, and we will do our best to keep up with new ideas.