Yahoo ‘Peanut Butters’ Their Podcasts Site

    September 26, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

The pruning of extraneous services at Yahoo continues, as news emerged that the Yahoo Podcasts Beta will shut down on Halloween.

 Yahoo 'Peanut Butters' Their Podcasts Site
Yahoo ‘Peanut Butters’ Their Podcasts Site

Brad Garlinghouse’s Peanut Butter Manifesto may have claimed another victim. The Yahoo Podcasts beta that launched in October 2005 won’t go beyond its second birthday.

Visit the site today, and this message appears at the top of the page: "Yahoo! apologizes deeply, but we will be closing down the Podcasts site on Oct. 31, 2007."

Both Read/WriteWeb and Mashable noted the writing on the wall for Yahoo Podcasts. Marshall Kirkpatrick and Adam Ostrow wrote on the respective blogs about alternatives to Yahoo, but only Kirkpatrick made a passing reference to the elephant sitting in the middle of the podcasting industry.

That would be Apple’s iTunes, which has the brand recognition and millions of iPod owners connected to its services. If this were a game of Clue, we would guess Yahoo Podcasts was done in by Steve Jobs, in the server room, with the Cat-5 cable. J’accuse!