Podbean’s Newest Embeddable Podcast Players

We’ve upgraded our embeddable podcast players to offer even more great options for Podbean podcasters!

For embedding a single audio episode, we now offer a square player along with the standard rectangular option. Simply go to “Publish”->”Episodes” and click on “Share and Embed” to see the player options.

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We’ve upgraded the multi-track player to be better than ever also! Go to “Settings”->”Player”->Embeddable Podcast Player, for the HTML5, responsive, mobile-friendly player. This player updates instantly with your latest episodes!

Some of the great features of this player include:

  • Scrollable episode list (the most recent episode shows prominently at the top with an episode list at the bottom that users can scroll through to listen to older episodes)
  • A social share button at the top, making it easy for fans to share your content
  • A full screen option
  • Responsive design automatically adjusts for different size screens and mobile viewing
  • Customization: choose color, size (standard options or custom), font, show/hide the share button, and auto play off/on. Click “more options” to customize.

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We hope you love the new players! You can contact us at support.podbean.com with any questions.

How to Fix Problems with Your Podcast Not Appearing or Updating in iTunes

How long will it take for my podcast to show up in iTunes? Why aren’t my new episodes showing up in the iTunes store?

Because many listeners use iTunes for podcasts, these are common concerns we hear about from Podbean podcasters. Here’s how to check problems with your podcast updating in iTunes and what kind of timing to expect from iTunes. We recommend you ask listeners to subscribe so they receive your latest episodes and we also strongly recommend you share your podcast site and the Podbean apps as great options for listeners to access your content.

For new submissions to iTunes:
If you have recently submitted your podcast to iTunes, please visit your Podcasts Connect account to check the submission status and any possible errors*. If there are no problems, you can click the “refresh feed” link. Please be patient as iTunes experiences occasional delays.

Please note, as Apple states, “If your podcast is approved, you receive an email confirmation indicating your submission review is complete. Your confirmation email also includes the link to your active podcast. The podcast link is live on the iTunes Store shortly after the email is sent. Your podcast is not searchable in the iTunes Store until it is indexed, which can take up to 24 hours.”

You can read about testing your podcast here. You can use feedvalidator.org to make sure your feed is valid. If you are rejected, please check Apple’s specifications and reasons for rejecting podcasts.

For podcasts already in iTunes experiencing update delays:
Once you have completed the steps to submit your podcast’s RSS feed to iTunes, iTunes and the Apple podcasts app should automatically update when you publish new episodes in Podbean. Apple states it takes up to 24 hours to show new episodes once you add them to your RSS feed, and unfortunately we cannot control any delays with iTunes. Your subscribers in iTunes will get new episodes even if it they’re not showing in the iTunes store yet.

If you don’t see your new episode after 24 hours, check the status of your podcast in Podcasts Connect to ensure there are no feed errors.

How to Get My Podcast on iTunes

iTunes is a popular place for listeners to discover and subscribe to podcasts so for most podcasters, one of the most important early steps is to submit your podcast’s RSS feed to iTunes. Submitting to iTunes is easy when you host on Podbean!
To get a podcast on iTunes, please follow these simple steps:

1.       Publish at least one episode with an iTunes supported file format.  You may read about how to publish a podcast in Podbean here and which file formats are supported in iTunes here.
2.      Set your Podcast title, description, category and logo in your Podbean account’s “Settings” page.  Pay close attention to the title, description and author fields as the iTunes Store uses these fields for search.  Your Podbean channel logo will be used in iTunes as your podcast cover art.  The logo image must meet the iTunes specifications: cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 2048 x 2048 pixels. Read more about specifications for podcasts on iTunes.
3.      Get your podcast RSS feed by going to Settings->Feed/iTunes in your Podbean dashboard. At the top, you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/). This is the information you need for iTunes.

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4.        Go to the iTunes store (you will need to login or create an iTunes store account), find “Podcasts” and on the right sidebar and you will see a list of items including “Submit a Podcast”. Click there and you will be redirected to Podcasts Connect (or go directly to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/), Apple’s podcast management area. You will have to login with your Apple ID. You can view and manage all the podcasts you’ve submitted here.

Click on the “+” button to submit a new podcast feed. Validate and submit. You can check the status of your iTunes submission in Podcasts Connect.

Once you register your podcast with iTunes, you will get an iTunes feed ID which you can input in your Feed/iTunes settings in Podbean. Your podcast will then be automatically updated by iTunes.
*Please note that there are sometimes delays with iTunes updating, which we cannot control. If you have subscribers in iTunes, they will get your latest podcast but there may be slight delays in it showing up in iTunes.

How to Publish a Podcast with Podbean

This video gives a brief overview of setting up your podcast channel on Podbean and creating an episode.

When you use Podbean for podcast media hosting, you will upload your audio or video files to your Podbean account. Podbean handles storing and serving up your media files to your listeners. Your account comes with an RSS feed that is used to share your content across the web (for example, on iTunes and other directories and apps). Once you have uploaded new content, your RSS feed updates these other sites accordingly (sometimes iTunes and other sites may have a slight delay in updating).

Podbean also creates a blog-like site for your podcast (the domain will be username.podbean.com, with the username you set when you create your account). You can use this as your primary website, or you can set your own domain if you already have a website or wish to include your podcast as a page within a larger brand (or you can use our embeddable players on any site).

How to Promote Your Podbean Premium Podcast Content

Podbean makes it easy to promote and share your premium content across the web! We’ve created html coding you can grab right from your dashboard to embed “Buy Now” and “Subscribe” buttons.

It’s as simple as this: When you create premium content (as a single episode or as part of a subscription plan), simply click on “Share and Embed” by that episode. You’ll be directed to the share and embed page where you will find the html coding for premium content below the embeddable player information. For single episode premium content, the coding will create a “Buy now” button; for subscription content, it will embed a “Subscribe” button which takes customers to your Podbean premium plans page.

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For more information on creating premium content with Podbean, check out How to Charge a Fee for Single Podcast Episodes and our Premium Content FAQs in the Podbean Support Center. Podbean makes it easy for you to earn income from your podcast content!

 

Now Available in Podbean: Charge a Fee for Single Episodes

Podbean offers podcasters the optimal tools for podcasting success, including an array of integrated, customizable monetization options. Podbean now offers podcasters even more ways to monetize, with single-episode premium content that users can easily download for a fee. Users who wish to access this content will be directed to pay for the episode through a simple process and podcasters will receive immediate payment, via Stripe.

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We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to earn money from special podcast content. Read our FAQ “How to Charge a Fee for a Podcast Episode” to get started!