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I Know Why Yahoo! Podcasts is Closing
So we learned today via Marshall that Yahoo Podcasts will be closing on the spookiest day of the year, October 31. Now, I like Marshall and he is a master blogger, but I slightly disagree on why Yahoo Podcasts is closing. He notes, "Some would argue that podcasting hasn’t caught on like it was expected to, that it’s been dominated by existing media giants and beaten as a medium by the rise of video. I still love me a good episode from ITConversations, Briefings Direct or our own new show Read/WriteTalk when I’m walking the dog – but Yahoo! users looking for podcasts will soon have to look elsewhere."
If we ignore his shameless plug for RWWTalk :) then we can see that he believes that podcasting hasn’t taken off like it was expected to and that video has been on the express track and audio the local. I agree with both arguments he makes in that video has moved faster overall and now that most multimedia players can handle video, it’s become preferred over audio. But here’s the real reason it’s closing:
THE DAMN THING NEVER WORKED. I spent hours trying to get CN podcasts to upload and never could get it to work. Emails to support went unanswered and I left. I wonder how many others were in the same boat.