Evan Williams, who is the CEO of Odeo, decided to write a podcasting site roundup based on Alexa rankings (which by everyone’s judgement are pretty far off the mark and can be easily gamed if you have all your staff running Alexa and visiting your site).
I’m glad Digital Podcast, which I have built with my bare hands made the list, but I guess I have to say I’m a little pissed at Mr. Williams for dissing the site by to calling it Yet Another Podcast Directory. Digital Podcast,without any venture capital backing, was up and running a full 8 months before Odeo showed it’s face , which may make Odeo the Yet Another Podcast Directory since Digital Podcast was way ahead of Odeo, and just about any of the podcast directories except ipodder, Podcast Alley and Podcast.net.
I started Digital Podcast in December, 2004 because at the time Podcast Alley’s servers were crashing almost daily and Podcast.net was also offering very sporadic service. And iPodder was a mess, as it is to this day.
Digital Podcast also fails to get recognition from Mr. Williams as being the provider of the Digital Podcast Search Service, which powers the Nokia Podcasting Application and 60 plus other applications and for being one of the lead developers of the Open Podcast Directory Application.
Mr. Williams also calls out PodTech’s and Melodeo’s venture capital funding, yet he seems to fail to mention Odeo is also a venture backed company and has a good sized development team working away.
Yahoo’s Podcast site also gets some dissing from Mr. Williams, and he fails to mention that Yahoo’s Podcast site won a Webby for the site and just won the People’s Choice award for best podcast directory.
So here’s my round up (excluding the Digital Podcast Directory which I run and use all the time because I use the Digital Podcast toolbar and it’s the fastest way I know of to find a podcast). I’m not using any Alexa rankings because I know they are BS, I just have to look at my own site statistics to know Alexa’s toolbar is way too small a sample to provide accurate stats.
My recommendations are based on working every night after work in the podcasting arena since Dec, 2004.
Best Podcast Directory Site – Yahoo Podcasts
(hopefully we will catch them with the Open Podcast Directory Application)
Best Podcast Community Sites – Podcast Alley and Podcast Pickle
( The guys at Pickle also get my recognition for a site that came from way behind to catch and maybe beat Podcast Alley – I don’t know how many people work on the Pickle site, but they have done an awesome job of rapidly building community)
Best Podcast News – Podcasting News
Best Video Podcasting News – Video Podcasting News
Best Web Service – Digital Podcast Search Service (sorry I couldn’t resist)
Best Podcasting Toolbar Plugin for Firefox – Podcast Search Toolbar (also one of Digital Podcast’s contributions which includes the Digital Podcast Search Service, Podcasting News’ feed, Podcast Pickle’s feeds, Podcast Alley feeds, and Video Podcasting News feeds)
I did my homework and that’s my list. Positive, constructive and sites anyone interested in podcasting should check out. I just wish people like Mr. Williams who have lots of followers would do their homework before they decide to start dissing the rest of the community.