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 and social media automation service, and premium FeedBurner alternative. After graduating from Oxford University in 1987, Phil built on his high tech, consulting, and marketing leadership experience, and by 2005 the seeds of FeedBlitz were germinating. Private equity investment followed shortly thereafter, and the rest - as they say - is history. He also authored "List Building for Bloggers" {}, outlining proven email strategies to build your audience, increase engagement, and grow your income. Pre-FeedBlitz, Phil was vice president of product marketing for enterprise network security management company OpenService (now LogMatrix), and vice president of technology at the web testing company RadView Software.