The background is that the developer’s domain was messing around, which made people fear that the plugin was gone. Many blogs are using PodPress, and there have been reports that the current version (8.8) is somewhat messing with WordPress 2.5 installs. Even more blogs and sites will be able to use the plugin in the future, with Drupal support coming soon.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.