Lee actually told me about this a couple weeks ago. I had thought they were saving this for the Podcast Media Expo, but Mike Arrington seems to have gotten a scoop:
Podcast network and hosting service Podango is beefing up its service with the purchase of podcast publishing software from GigaVox Media. The content-management system, called GigaVox Audio Lite, allows podcasters to automagically manage the different parts that make up an audio or video podcast, including ads, intros, promotions, and other program material.
Podango, which is based in Bountiful, Utah, hosts 1,300 podcasters across 250 different stations, including Mommycast, Duct Tape Marketing, and the Apple Phone Show (which Podango produces itself). Later this week, it will launch Girls Gone Geek, which CEO Lee Gibbons describes as a “cross between the View and Motorcycle Maintenance.” Something tells me it’s going to do okay. All told, says Gibbons, Podango-hosted shows are downloaded two million times per month, which is up from a mere 20,000 downloads six months ago. He is shooting for 10 million downloads a month by next March. And you thought podcasts were dead.
I had a discussion today with Lee, which can be heard on today’s podcast (episode 137), that touched on not only a lot of what new things are offered to Podango producers through this acquisition, but what he sees in the world of audio podcasting in the near future.
I know a lot of our audience is very interested in learning what’s new in the world of video production and monetization, and it’s important to note that what Podango can do for audio podcasters can also be offered to video podcasters to a large extent, which is why 137 is a very important episode for those types of folks.
We only had time for about 10 minutes of the interview for the show, but if you are interested in more of what Lee Gibbons had to say, I’ve made available the full 20 minute interview here in the blog posting.
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