Podango Might Fold Is Talkshoe Next?

Podango LogoPodcastingNews.com has has a report out regarding the recent announcement made my Podango regarding their future. Based on the announcement, things don’t look very good for the company:

We at Podango believe that you, our customers, are our most valuable asset. Given this belief, we have always done our best to be honest and forthright in our dealings with you. The current uncertainties of the financial market has affected many of us in this nation. As of this morning, Podango is no longer immune to it’s effects. Our ability to continue operations past the end of this year (2008) is in question. We do not want any of you, or any of your shows to be negatively affected by this uncertainty and so we are encouraging you to begin taking all necessary steps to secure your data or begin moving to another hosting provider. On Monday we will have a more definitive direction. As of today, the last day to move or secure your data is December 31st. RSS feeds will need to be redirected by this date as well. It is our hope that the events of the next few days will allow us to continue providing you a service based upon a subscription fee. Again, we will know more on Monday and you will be notified of any changes to the above plan as soon as we are made aware of them.

We will have a link in the My Podango section of the Podcasters login page by Monday which will allow you to redirect your RSS feed off of the Podango feed to a new feed. Instructions will accompany that tool. Also on Monday we will provide you with alternatives for show hosting.

Inactive accounts, those without recent uploads or downloads, may be already been deleted from the system. If you need to contact us, please use info@podango.com.

Again I personally apologize for this notice of caution. We truly appreciate your business.

With Podango possibly going down the tubes, I am now wondering how well Talkshoe.com is doing. I host two podcasts through Talkshoe.com, one called Perfcast which deals with all things blogging and the other, WordPress Weekly which is a WordPress centric podcast.

At this point, I pretty much have a vested interest in Talkshoe.com surviving. There are many things which can be improved upon within Talkshoe but overall, I’ve been very happy using the service for my podcasting needs. My worry is, Talkshoe.com does not offer any type of (PRO) account or package. In terms of monetizing, I know they have a few Google ads on the Talkshoe site and you can also pay to be featured on the front page but that is about it. I also know based on what a representative of Talkshoe told me, they make money whenever someone calls into the site.

I’d hate to see Talkshoe fall from the wayside and honestly, I’m willing to shell out some cash to continue using Talkshoe if the opportunity pops up. I hope that Dave Nelson who is the CEO of Talkshoe takes this opportunity depending on the final outcome of Podango to come out and make an announcement regarding the future of Talkshoe and put the minds of its users at ease. Hell, it would also be a nice time for Dave to capitalize on the fall of Podango to see if he can’t reel in some users from that service to Talkshoe.

9 thoughts on “Podango Might Fold Is Talkshoe Next?

  1. Is there not a way you could do this yourself without using an external service? Could you just use a regular chat room on your site, then do a big Skype conferncing call to handle the audio? Then have a live audio feed fed to your site? That would avoid relying on any external services at all.

    Plus you could have a better/more reliable chat room and you could store all of that chat data for people to read afterwards whereas at the moment all that chat is lost as soon as the show is over or you log out.

    Or is there some sort of technical hitch I’m missing here?

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  2. TalkShoe Founder Dave Nelsen here. We hate to see anybody in the space fail but TalkShoe would be most pleased to support anyone looking for a new home. For the record, TalkShoe makes money from three different sources and I expect we’ll be around for a long, long time. This is just my fourth company in a 25-year tech / entrepreneural career — I tend to do things with the long view.

    By the way, TalkShoe does have a Pro offering which is in use by many businesses including the Kansas City Chiefs click here to see (www.talkshoe.com/tc/24433). Notice the totally customise look and feel to match the teams website? And all ads are from their sponsors.

  3. @Dave Nelsen – Thanks Dave for stopping by. I hope that you’ll still take this opportunity to state that you and Talkshoe are in it for the long run and as far as you can tell, Talkshoe will be around for a long time. You can’t blame me or others for questioning which Podcast hosting related service might be next.

    As for the pro account, I had no idea. I know Talkshoe has a Pro Client but I’ve never known about purchasing a Talkshoe Pro account. I’ve been a member of Talkshoe for over a year now and I’ve never found the opportunity to purchase one of those accounts. I would love for this type of stuff to be on the Talkshoe blog because everywhere I look, I can’t find out how to get to that page to purchase a pro account.

    Besides all of that, there is an entire laundry list of features that can be added to talkshoe which would certainly provide a pro members benefit. Things such as the ability to queue up audio within the client to play sound clips or pre-recorded material, custom pre roll post roll stuff, all kinds of wacky things.

    I have so many ideas that I think would benefit Talkshoe and its member base so I guess I better hop on over to Get Satisfaction and start listing them.

    Certainly glad that I don’t have anything to worry about regarding Talkshoes viability.

  4. @Ryan

    Is there not a way you could do this yourself without using an external service? Could you just use a regular chat room on your site, then do a big Skype conferncing call to handle the audio? Then have a live audio feed fed to your site? That would avoid relying on any external services at all.

    Worth noting that Skype *is* an external service, and one that eBay may be looking to rid itself of in the near future.

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  5. @Jeffro – I’m doing good! :) I keep tabs on you via Twitter too. You seem to be keeping things shipshape here!

    Speaking of TalkShoe, I’ve completely fallen out of that community. It’s not really possible for me to be up and talking away at 1 or 2 in the morning any more, so I had to let it drop. I have started actively blogging again though, so that’s good.

    Catch you around :)

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  6. @Foomandoonian

    Worth noting that Skype *is* an external service, and one that eBay may be looking to rid itself of in the near future.

    True. But there are lots of competitors to it; Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! messenger etc. and none of those are small fries like some of these podcasting sites so are likely to be around for the long haul.

    It sounds like TalkShoe isn’t at risk of failing though, so hopefully it won’t be a problem.

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