Audioblogger has been an amazing, free resource for the past year or so permitting anyone with a phone to podcast for free. By dialing a San Francisco phone number (most often I would guess with a cell phone) a ton of people have gotten into podcasting via Audioblogger. According to an email sent out by the Audioblogger folks yesterday (and this webpage on odeo.com), they are discontinuing the free phone to podcast service effective November 1st.

As of November 1, 2006, Audioblogger will no longer accept phone calls. MP3s made with the service will continue to be hosted and served but you will no longer be able to use Audioblogger to post new audio. Audioblogger is an independent product, run by Odeo, Inc., a small startup company in San Francisco, CA. We are not affiliated with Google or Blogger except that we operate and provide the Audioblogger service. Given our limited resources, we have to make tough decisions about what projects to focus on. And we’ve come to the difficult decision that Audioblogger demands too many resources, time, and money for us to continue its operation.

The email also included the following links for audio podcasting:

Gabcast – http://gabcast.com
Hipcast – http://hipcast.com
Gcast – http://gcast.com
Odeo Importing – http://www.odeo.com/create/addfeed
Twitter – http://twitter.com

Yackpack and Vaestro are two other web-based audio sharing tools that I’ve tried, but as far as I know they don’t support RSS feeds or podcasting. I’m sorry to see Audioblogger’s phone to podcast feature go away.

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