Yahoo was off to a good start, but a significant number of Podcasters are complaining including me, that the directory is not staying current. Yahoo has given podcasters explicit instructions on how to ping their service to let them know we have a new show online. Yahoo has not updated ours or many other podcasters show listings. At this very moment the only shows that are showing from my podcast are over a week old.
This is unacceptable and I have already received some complaints from new listeners complaining that the material they are downloading with the Yahoo Music Engine is out of date. Yahoo has said they are monitoring the various mailing list and a specific forum section setup on the Yahoo site but concerns and complaints have went unanswered.
Here we have a company that has put together a great resource but end up hurting podcasters in the short term because they are not checking RSS feeds on a regular basis and that they are not updating when we ping them. Like the directory Apple has we are already starting to see abuses of listings and podcasters using tags that are completely unrelated to their specific shows.