Apple sent an announcement (pasted below) to let podcasters know about their holiday schedule as related to iTunes and podcast submissions. Make sure to check it out so you can be prepared. The submission deadlines apply to new podcasts planning to launch on iTunes during this period. They also included their Support team holidays. We hope this helps you plan accordingly!
To prepare for the winter season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for Podcast submissions. If you plan on releasing new Podcasts on iTunes in December 2016 and January 2017, check the following submission deadlines:
Podcast Launch Date Submission Deadline
Dec. 5–11, 2016 Nov. 28, 2016
Dec. 12–18, 2016 Dec. 5, 2016
Dec. 19–25, 2016 Dec. 12, 2016
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Dec. 12, 2016
Jan. 2–8, 2017 Dec. 12, 2016
Jan. 9–15, 2017 Jan. 2, 2017
Holiday Support Schedule
If you have questions or need support, you can always reach out to our Podcasts Support team. However, keep in mind that they won’t be available on the below dates, and Podcast approvals and response times on or around these dates may be delayed:
November 24 to November 25, 2016
December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017
If you plan on launching any Podcasts during this time, we recommend submitting your podcast for approval as early as possible.