Prodigem is now and is a huge disappointment!

Being a long term Prodigem user, and having actually written about the service in my book on Podcasting I am disappointed in some of the stuff they missed in the roll out of the re-launched service and have a couple of concerns.

First they did not forward the old prodigem RSS feeds which is a monumental mistake to the new account RSS feeds they transfered.

Second on the new service they have a direct download of the media on the website, and a RSS feed for the direct download. The better choice would have been to use my original RSS feed in the place of the new direct download RSS feed on the website or at least made it a option. What bothers me about this is that they poll my RSS feed for new content so they know what the direct download link is and what the original RSS feed is.

Third when they poll my RSS feed and download the new file to create the BitTorrent feed, with data they are not importing the description data. This causes the listing to have no description data so people that visit that site have no clue what the content is about.

I am not thrilled about their RSS feed with the direct download that originates there as I already have a rss feed with the direct download. Plus their are no real download stats anymore. These folks at this point do not care about giving me access to what the transfer totals are.

So what needs to do is this. Is give account holders the option to place our original RSS feed in that direct download spot. Import our complete RSS feed and display the data from that rss feed in the listing.

They have taken a perfectly good service put a new pretty wrapper on it, and reduced the functionality by at least 50%, and in my eyes at least made it a resource that is not friendly at this point to content producers. It sure looks pretty though.

It is to bad they removed some of the old features and missed the mark on some others. For the meantime I will be moving my RSS BitTorrent feeds to a service that cares about my attention data, and respects the information in my RSS feed. What continues to kill me about these new roll outs is that they don’t talk to their USERS and ask them to look over the site. It took me less than 2 minutes to find these glaring issues.

Plus there is no contact info on the website where a person can send these types of complaints directly to. []

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

One thought on “Prodigem is now and is a huge disappointment!

  1. Todd, I’m reporting back some 10 days since we launched MoveDigital (and you wrote this review). I’m happy to report that in this short time, we’ve addressed every issue you raise above. I’ll go through your list and explain:

    First, the issue that you bring up about RSS feeds not forwarding only existed on day one because of a DNS propagation problem at that time. All old Prodigem user URLs do point to their new MoveDigital counterparts including feeds.

    Second, as part of our launch this weekend of MoveDigital’s “Auto Publish” feature, you can now tell us to use your external RSS feed on your public user page. Auto publish is a premium feature (available on Standard or higher accounts, I’ve enabled it on your account) which includes not only the ability for us to automatically create BitTorrents from your feed, but also to automatically create Mobile streams of your podcast/videoblog.

    Third, Auto Publish much like Prodigem’s auto torrent now of course uses your feed data and incorporates it into the p2p feed that we provide each of our users. The functionality that you saw in your account on day 1 which was not pulling your feed metadata was an exposed leftover of the autotorrent feature from Prodigem. With these last 10 days, we revamped it, worked the bugs out and it works as one would expect it to work.

    Fourth, per your comment about download stats, I’m not sure what exactly you mean. Each file you upload includes the download count to its left in our web widget. As well, each public file page includes the download count as well as torrent seed/leecher ratio if a BitTorrent exists.

    Fifth, on day one we added a “contact” page with relavent information for getting help and information about MoveDigital.

    All together, I would say MoveDigital has much more to offer than Prodigem ever did. The ability to create mobile streams, the pay-as-you-go model, the ability to donate bandwidth to other users, the shiny interface, bandwidth rollover… I personally think these blow what Prodigem was out of the water. I hope you’ll take another look and possibly even consider a revised assessment. Its the cliche of Beta, but “release early, release often” is guiding our development and that means over time we hope to become a bigger and bigger asset to our users.

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