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Yahoo! launches podcast service

Yahoo! has embraced podcasting in a major way with the launch of a new online destination that lets users easily find, listen to, rate and subscribe to podcasts. The service, which is now in beta stage and located at podcasts.yahoo.com, features a large podcast directory, community tools, and compatibility with iTunes and iPods.

“Yahoo! Podcasts offers community ratings and reviews to help people find the right podcasts for them, user tagging for better searching and discoverability, and a comprehensive podcast search,” explains Yahoo!. “In addition, Yahoo! is providing most popular and highest rated lists, category browsing and editorial picks. Yahoo! plans to add more features to Yahoo! Podcasts throughout the beta period, including personalized recommendations and easy-to-use publishing tools, which will allow anyone to create and publish their own podcasts.”

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Comments

1

It’s ugly. I really would have expected more from Yahoo! Looks rushed and incomplete.

Posted by Grubesteak on October 10, 2005 at 10:30 AM (CDT)

2

I agree.  Site is unorganized and is difficult to manuever around.  However, this is just a Beta so maybe there will be a facelift.

Posted by epie on October 10, 2005 at 10:46 AM (CDT)

3

Podcasts are lame, anyhow.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on October 10, 2005 at 4:13 PM (CDT)

4

Talking Madness: I don’t think this is about whether or not you think Podcasts are worthwhile.

I checked out the site and tend to agree with the other two comments - not laid out very well. I also tried to listen to a couple of shows but couldn’t get the stream started.

Posted by podeluxe on October 10, 2005 at 5:43 PM (CDT)

5

Podeluxe-

Podcasts are lame in and of themselves, so how could a site devoted to them look any better?  Of course this is just my opinion.

But while we’re on the topic of aesthetics, some of the most visited and talked about sites have a terrible look to them.  Drudge Report is the first one to come to mind.  Wikipedia, which I love, looks like garbage.  Craigslist which gets about 3 billion hits per month looks like hell, too.  I guess looks truly are only skin deep.

Just my thoughts…no need flame me for having an original thought, fanboy.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on October 10, 2005 at 9:54 PM (CDT)

6

Talking Madness: I think the Wikipedia interface is a good one. It is very clear and easy-to-use, plain so as not to distract. The YahooPodcast site, on the other hand, is almost impossible to navigate. There is far too much visual information, and try browsing the podcasts: you simply cannot do it.

As for podcasts being “lame”, is it really possible to have such an opinion on a medium of communication. While it would be okay to state that the majority of podcasts are boring or uninteresting, your statement is like saying that books or movies are lame as a whole: it is what is conveyed that is of importance, not the way it gets out.

Posted by PodPerson on October 12, 2005 at 5:06 AM (CDT)

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