Podcast Host WildVoice To Shut Down July 1Jun 29th, 2009 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Podcast Hosting, Podcasting
Users of free podcast host WildVoice.com have been notified that the service will cease operation next month. The latest (and perhaps last?) post on the company blog states:
“We will no longer be supporting the WildVoice.com site as of July 1, 2009. The site will shutdown sometime on or after that date.
We’re sure youâ€™ve noticed that WildVoice has not developed the type of thriving community that a free site on the Internet requires to survive. We’ve finally decided that we will not be continuing. You should take this time to download any of your shows from the site that you may not have copies of.”
When WildVoice debuted in 2006, it offered a free, unique Windows-based podcasting application, WildVoice Studio, and billed itself as an “online community” for creating, hosting, and sharing podcasts along with videos, photos, and blogs.
Not to sound like your mother, this should serve as another opportunity to consider how you archive, host, and broadcast your content. “Free” services are economical, but turn costly and aggravating when the service suspends operations. In the case of podcast host Podango last winter, content creators were given about three days’ notice (over the holidays) to back up and move their shows.
As podcaster Paul Colligan said at that time, “Donâ€™t just BE THE MEDIA â€¦ OWN THE MEDIA. Handing your content over to someone with a seriously flawed business model (and you know my feelings about Podcast Networks) with no plan of escape is as lame as launching a business with a seriously flawed business model and promising a world that you canâ€™t deliver.”
Have you had the experience of losing your podcast host? How did you handle the situation?