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.
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.