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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.

Shannon has been working in marketing and communications for over 15 years, helping businesses communicate their messages and build community. She is Podbean’s Director of Communications and Corporate Podcast Specialist. Shannon has extensive experience in blogging, digital marketing, writing, editing, and public relations.

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