New Podcast Capabilities with FeedBlitz AutoCast

Introducing “AutoCast” – the latest extension of FeedBlitz’s RSS feed management services for bloggers, podcasters and online publishers. Ideal for those seeking a FeedBurner alternative, FeedBlitz’s AutoCast features provide a new option for producers seeking a replacement for the old FeedBurner SmartCast service.

FeedBlitz AutoCast Settings

While replicating the most useful and commonly used features and benefits of FeedBurner SmartCast for FeedBurner refugees, one critical feature has been added to enable podcasters and video bloggers to migrate their iTunes feeds to FeedBlitz without losing their audience. FeedBlitz’s AutoCast can optionally insert the iTunes <itunes:new-feed-url> tag to an RSS feed, redirecting iTunes to the podcast source’s new location. This enables simpler migration of iTunes subscriptions both to and from FeedBlitz, ensuring that podcasters and their audience can be assured they won’t be “trapped” at FeedBlitz like they have been at FeedBurner.

Key capabilities of FeedBlitz’s AutoCast service include:

  • iTunes new feed tag insertion
  • Download tracking
  • Automatic enclosure creation
  • iTunes categorization
  • iTunes podcast feed tag extensions
  • Highlighting podcast media for non-podcast subscribers in feeds and email
  • Automatic podcast detection in FeedBlitz’s FeedBurner migration service

Enabling FeedBlitz AutoCast is automatic from now on for feeds migrated to FeedBlitz from FeedBurner when FeedBlitz detects that the FeedBurner SmartCast service is active. AutoCast can also be managed from the FeedBlitz RSS feed’s settings page.

I’ll talk about the service’s capabilities in more detail tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you’re a podcaster, start a trial.

Meet Phil Hollows

Phil Hollows is the Founder and CEO of FeedBlitz, the email marketing, RSS feed and social media automation service, and premium FeedBurner alternative. He is also the author of “List Building for Bloggers,” - - highlighting proven email strategies that build your audience, increase engagement and grow your income “ without the geek speak. Phil started what became FeedBlitz in 2005, raising private equity investment in 2006. Before that, he’s held a variety of high technology, consulting and marketing positions in both the US and the UK since graduating from Oxford University in 1987. Phil’s lived in the US for nearly 22 years. The father of two teenagers and currently living in greater Boston, MA, Phil enjoys hearing from folks stateside how much they love his accent, and from friends and family back in England how American he sounds