Podango’s end might be coming

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podango-logo The economic crisis has hit many companies, but one startup company maybe calling it quits in 2009. Podango, a podcasting startup, has announced that the future of the company is uncertain and has warned its users to make sure that they have all of their data backed up before the end of December.

In a blog posting by the President of the company, Dogulas G. Smith has warned that it might be forced to go into a “subscription fee” to make the site profitable, and allowing the service to continue.

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 do apologize for the short notice during a time when many of you are very busy, and didn’t plan on spending this much time on your shows.

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 [email protected].

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

Other podcast hosting providers, like Podango, have not been fruitful, and have not demonstrated that the need of such a service when you can perfectly do it yourself on a blog content management software, such as WordPress, that has a lot of plugins dedicated to help the podcaster to put it in their RSS feeds or accessible to listen.

The homepage, however, does not list the necessary information; but with this announcement – any Podango users should move their data now, before New Years Eve. If you are affected by this, I suggest you get the ball rolling.