New Apple Podcasts Categories: Updated in Podbean

As you may have heard, Apple Podcasts has announced new podcast categories. You can view the detailed list of updated categories and information from Apple here. Apple will be rolling these out in the coming weeks. Therefore, Podbean has updated the available category options in the Podbean dashboard to reflect these changes in Apple Podcasts.

What do I need to do to update my categories for Apple Podcasts?

Go into your Podbean settings to review your channel category and the full list of options. Log into your Podbean account and go to Settings→”Channel Category”. To change your category, select your preferred category and click the “Update Options” button at the bottom. This will make the appropriate changes to your feed, which will be picked up by Apple and implemented as they do their roll out later.

If you’re starting a new podcast, you can now submit feeds in Podcasts Connect with the updated category values. So, simply follow the normal steps for setting up your podcast and submitting to Apple Podcasts.

Additional categories: You can also go to Settings–>Feed/iTunes and find iTunes: Categories to choose a 2nd and 3rd Apple Podcasts category. Please note as per Apple’s documentation: “Although you can specify more than one category and subcategory in your RSS feed, Apple Podcasts only recognizes the first category and subcategory.”

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Podbean Support team.

How Long Will It Take to Make My Podcast to Appear in iTunes?

Once you have submitted your podcast to iTunes, the amount of time until it will be available depends on the iTunes review process. You can check the status of your submission in Podcasts Connect. If there are any errors or you have been rejected, please check the problem and resubmit. You can see a list of reasons for being rejected or removed here. Validation errors can occur for a number of reasons such as “mismatched tags, artwork that does not meet the minimum requirements, or unescaped ampersands”. Podcasts Connect displays validation errors at the top of the new podcast page.

Once your podcast is reviewed and approved by Apple: “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.”

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.