When you submit your podcast feed to iTunes, you’re submitting not just the episodes, but also all of the metadata that you’ve created for your show in Libsyn or Seriously Simple. ITunes will read the feed URLs and take all of that information to display on iTunes.
To upload your show to iTunes, you’ll need to log into iTunes Connect with your iTunes account. If you don’t have an iTunes account, you’ll need to make one. Logging into iTunes Connect will take you to the Podcast Connect page. You can click the plus icon in the top lefthand corner to reveal a field for you to paste in your RSS feed URL.
After you paste the feed into the field, click the “Validate” button on the right. If there’s a problem – for example, if you don’t have any episodes loaded yet and your field is empty – you’ll get an error message. If everything is OK, you’ll get a message saying that your feed is prepared for submission. Click the blue “Submit” button to submit your feed. You’ll be able to see details like the cover art, the title and author of the show, the category of the show, and so on.
It’s important to know that it takes Apple about a full day to approve new podcasts, so take that into account if you’re planning to launch your show on a specific date. If you’re submitting around a weekend, it could take up to two days.
Takeaways From this Lesson:
- Create an iTunes account to log into iTunes connect
- ITunes won’t accept an empty RSS feed, so make sure that you have an episode before you submit to iTunes
- Remember that it can take a full day for your show to be approved