Podshow+: First Thoughts

Within a few hours of PodShow+ launching, a number of people were screaming bloody murder. It seems initially there had been a mistake made within the coding of the site which meant that any icons pointing to a podcasts’ XML feed went to a Podshow one instead of the original one. By the time I’d realised the ‘unleash’ had happened, everything was fixed so no bloody murder screaming coming from Birmingham tonight!

I’ve decided to do a little test of the PodShow PDN and move BFM over there for a while. There are a few reasons for this, which should be quite apparent if you’ve been keeping up with my various host problems recently. The main reason is to see what all the fuss is about, however. Adam Curry has been talking about the PDN et al for well over a year, so as a prominent British podcaster, I’m eager to take a butchers.

First thoughts then? Slick, easy to use, does what it says on the tin. I had a few problems getting the items in my feedburner feed to move over, but that was easily sorted with me entering the original WordPress feed from the bitjobs website. The only problem I can see so far is replacing the duplicate show that’s been residing in the podcast alley directory for a while. Hopefully there will be a way to sort that out soon.

The fact that the PDN takes all of your shows from the feed you input and migrates them over to their servers is pretty good. To move over 3GB of old show manually would take a hell of a long time. You’re also getting the added stability of a network provided by Limelight networks, something that many hosts can’t boast.

It’s been touted as the MySpace for podcasting, which, if it works out like that will be a breath of fresh air to the community; whatever you think of Adam Curry and co. ;)

So, for now at least, I’m happy with what the code monkies have been doing in San Fransisco. I bet you a tenner that a lot of other podcasters will love picking faults with it though…

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1 Response to “PodShow+: First Thoughts”

  1. 1 neil Jul 9th, 2006 at 11:25 am

    There seems to be some confusion between various elements of the site’s capabilities and offering – you have to get digging in order to get what you want from it and requiring that from launch is unfortunate. It can get confusing.

    But it’s still beta and I suspect in coming weeks I’ll get a very much more detailed picture of the whole thing, and perhaps get one or two things done more sensibly.

    Monitoring feedbak across the web – discounting the mess-up on day one with the RSS feeds being ‘hijacked’ and originator copyright information not being passed through – the overwhelming response is positive and that’s encouraging for a company that has taken so much abuse over the past year. I think Podshow will mature into a very strong product.