On the Podango “End of Service”

I got an e-mail the last week of 2007 and it went something like this,

Sun, Dec 28, 2008

Dear Podango Customers (Podcasters and Station Directors),

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, 2008. 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.

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

Doug

Douglas G. Smith
President – Podango

And just like that, another AWESOME service ends. Doug and company, good luck in your future ventures, you will be missed. You had an awesome service unlike any other. Let me be the first to say I would be more than glad to pay for your service if I had to. You cut my podcast production in half, plus the automation you had built into it outdid ANY other companies product. If you could somehow find a way to make “Show Builder Lite” into an individual product and have it run on the podcasters server, rather then have a big huge server for all the files, I would jump right on it. Hear me on this, I would PAY for your service, it is that awesome! :)
Posts from a couple well known bloggers/podcasters:

http://www.paulcolligan.com/2008/12/27/about-podangos-demise-and-the-smart-podcasters-response/

http://mwgblog.com/archives/2008/12/26/podango-bankruptcy-looming/

http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/008489.html

This is the second post I have had to write regarding a service I use closing down, the first one being Radio Tail Ripple. Thoughts? Any parting wishes you want to make if you used Podango? Comments are open.

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