Monday, March 06, 2006

NOT SURPRISING

A nice email from the founders of Podblaze.com, informing me that the free ride is over....


"Hello Podblaze Free Member,

We regret to inform you that we will be deleting all the
free accounts effective this Friday, March 10, 2006. We
have not made this decision lightly.

But the staggering cost of providing bandwidth has kept us
operating at a significant loss for several months now.

If you wish to continue podcasting with Podblaze, please
login to your account and upgrade to at least the $14.95
per month level. Upgrading will remove you from the list
of accounts to be deleted.

It was our sincere hope from the beginning that we could
offset our costs through selling advertising on the site.
However, that support has not been sufficient to keep us
in business.

We hope you have enjoyed using our service decide to stay
with us. But if you can't afford to stay, we understand.

Sincerely,
Rodney Rumford & Steve Humphrey
Founders of Podblaze.com"



Well, Rodney and Steve, I'll think about it. I do like Podblaze, and the paid service (like the one for the "Smoke and Mirrors" podcasts) is pretty good.

But, once again, it's an example of the people generating the content who are also paying for it to be made available. This happened with mp3.com as well. One day, after 2 years of paying around $30 a month to have our music online and available for download, POOF!

It was all gone.

3 Comments:

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Jackson said...

Although I can't, at this moment, find any connection to the Bush administration, don't think I'm not working on it.

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger Hue B. Mooksuki said...

would you or anyone you know pay 45 bucks a month for a service which includes:

- website (100% editable on a web based content manager, you also can change key words and descriptors for each page)
- blog
- up to a gig of podcasting space
- 10 email address
- unlimited email aliases
- Search Engine Optimization services
- AND a free case of the beer of your choice!

ok, would you do it if the beer wasn't included?

This looks like one of those spam comments, but i'm working on a project right now that includes all the above. Band width is a real bitch on the bottom line, and I'm doing some tweaking on the model. I've been working on this idea since mid summer, and almost ready.

Is this something that someone like you or someone you know would go for?

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger Jackson said...

I think it does. Toss in a t-shirt and you have a deal.

 

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