Friday, July 06, 2007

Podcast Your Blog For Free


Ever fancied providing your blog readers with an audio version so that they can listen to your musings and witterings whenever they want to and on whatever device they want?

Odiogo empowers you to do just that by converting your blog posts into an audio podcast. They provide an automated podcast convertion, boasting “near-human” quality text-to-speech, of your site's RSS feeds so your subscribers can download and play them anywhere, anytime and on any device. The podcasts are compatible with both iTunes and Juice, both of which can be used to manage the subscription and downloading automatically.

Odiogo monitors the feeds to be podcast and whenever a change is spotted, it processes the new content, automatically excluding "non-content" parts of the page (such as links, images, ads, etc.) to ensure that they will not be included in the generated MP3 file, which is held on Odiogo's servers. It's even possible to get it to exclude certain parts of your blog text by using HTML tags in the content.

It generates the following files…
  • A new RSS feed enriched with the Odiogo produced MP3 files. This is the feed your end-users would include in their podcast software such as iTunes or Juice.
  • An M3U file used to stream all the news item of your feed. This file can be opened with multimedia players such as Windows Media Player or Winamp.
  • "light" XHTML and WML pages. These can be accessed to download and listen to the mp3 files on a mobile phone over an Internet connection.
  • An HTML page that provides…
    • buttons to automatically subscribe to the podcast feed.
    • a link to the M3U streaming file.
    • a list of all articles in the feed with a link to play each of the MP3 files.

Odiogo is compatible with all blog engines that publish RSS feeds such as Typepad, Blogger, or WordPress. Publishers get detailed statistics of downloads and can even make money via embedded ads.

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