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Issues Publishing Podcast On iTunes

  1. catcherinthelieblog
    Member

    iTunes is consistently rejecting the url provided by my WordPress.com Settings/Media page and I don't have the technical know-how to figure out why. I've spent countless hours trying to solve it myself, but I'm getting nowhere and spinning my wheels.

    The blog I need help with is catcherinthelie.wordpress.com.

  2. catcherinthelieblog
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    Here's the podcast feed url WordPress tells me to submit to iTunes. When I do, iTunes says "We had difficulty downloading episodes from your feed."

    https://catcherinthelie.wordpress.com/category/podcasts/feed/

  3. catcherinthelieblog
    Member

    Archive.org is the site I use to host my mps file. Once I uploaded the file I found the following code to embed the media player in ,my blog post so visitors could play it at my blog. Archive.org indicated this code was specifically for blogs hosted on WordPress.com.

    [archiveorg Episode1--JaysAWildsCrazyGuy711153.21PM width=640 height=50 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]

  4. catcherinthelieblog
    Member

    Sorry, I meant mp3 file. I realize iTunes requires a direct link to the mp3 file, but a.) I can't find that direct link at archive.org and b.) even if we do somehow find it how do you use it in the podcast post and still have a player that works?

  5. catcherinthelieblog
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    Surely this can't be that difficult. It has to be a relatively simple solution that is not obvious on the face of it for those who aren't tech experts. Anybody? Somebody?

  6. catcherinthelieblog
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    Oh well. My guess is this is not the place to get help in this matter. Thanks for nothing.

  7. Does what's in this thread help you?
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/podcast-itunes-trouble?replies=9

    Or does what Staff said in the other iTunes threads like is one https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/problems-submitting-on-itunes?replies=4#post-2246243 help?

  8. catcherinthelieblog
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    Thanks, I had reviewed both of those threads previously and they weren't helpful.

  9. Then type modlook into the sidebar tags on this thread for Staff help. How do I get a Moderator/Staff reply for my question? https://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-help-in-the-forums/#how-do-i-get-a-moderatorstaff-reply-for-my-question Then please subscribe to it so you are notified when they respond. To subscribe look in the sidebar of this thread, find the subscribe to topics link and click it.

  10. catcherinthelieblog
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    Thanks. I did all that already.

  11. Good. All you need now is patience while waiting.

  12. Hi catcherinthelieblog,

    I have just done some research and found out that due to the way archive.org embeds are wrapped inside an iframe they will not show up in the feed.

    The solution is to import the media directly to your site allowing it to show up as embedded media to the feed and iTunes to pull it into the Podcast.

  13. catcherinthelieblog
    Member

    Thanks bdukes, but my media limit would be quickly exhausted if I just directly uploaded my mp3 files to WordPress.com and even the premium package wouldn't be enough. I plan on doing many podcasts hence archive.org as a file host.

    From the research I've done, iTunes apparently can't pick up my episodes from the WordPress-gernated feed because it doesn't have a direct link to the mp3 file. What if I try this. I have two podcast posts. One for my readers to listen to with the embedded media player from archive.org. I will categorize this podcast post in my blog posts category. The second podcast post will be hidden from public view and will be in the podcasts category and will be for iTunes feed purposes. It will just have the title and the link to the mp3 file at archive.org. I've already filled out the iTunes feed information when you go to Settings and then media, so I have my feed url/xml set up and all I need for iTunes is a proper podcast post that contains a link to the mp3 file at archive.org.

    Would that work?

  14. catcherinthelieblog
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    Here's the castvalidator page with warnings about how my feed url/xml could be improved, although it indicated it was a valid feed by iTunes doesn't think so. I have no idea how to correct the yellowed parts or even why they're yellowed. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Others seem to be capable of doing this.

    http://feedvalidator.castfeedvalidator.com/check.cgi?url=http://castfeedvalidator.com/cache/RSS_55a5a718776ef.rss

  15. I will categorize this podcast post in my blog posts category. The second podcast post will be hidden from public view and will be in the podcasts category and will be for iTunes feed purposes. It will just have the title and the link to the mp3 file at archive.org. I've already filled out the iTunes feed information when you go to Settings and then media, so I have my feed url/xml set up and all I need for iTunes is a proper podcast post that contains a link to the mp3 file at archive.org.

    Would that work?

    If the posts in the second category where hidden from the public (ie set to private) they will not show up in your feed. What I would recommend is adding a direct link to the file in the original post. Maybe something like "Download now" or you could try to hide the links in the original post with CSS which would not prevent them from showing up in the feed but would prevent your visitors from seeing the link.

    I'm a bit confused bu the validation results as I get: line 63, column 0: url must be a full URL: http://archive.org/download/Episode1--JaysAWildsCrazyGuy711153.21PM/Episode%201%20—%20Jay%27s%20a%20Wild%28s%29%20%26%20Crazy%20Guy%20-%207%3a11%3a15%2c%203.21%20PM.mp3

    Yet when I visit the URL given I am taken to your mp3 file. Could you try to upload a file name without any spaces or capitals and see if that helps. As I think it may be a problem with the way that either Archive.org or iTunes is decoding the URL.

  16. catcherinthelieblog
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    Excellent point about the spaces. It is funky with all the garbage and noise where the spaces are and it's possible it's obfuscating iTunes recognition software. I'll give it a try and resubmit to iTunes and we'll see what happens. Thanks. I'll let you know.

  17. catcherinthelieblog
    Member

    bdukes, that was it. I did as you suggested and tried the WordPress.com generated iTunes feed url and iTunes accepted it. WooHoo! The sweet smell of success!! It sure beats napalm in the morning.

    For those using this as reference in this case, the mp3 file I uploaded to archive.org had spaces and non alphanumeric characters in the title. Make the title all lower case with no non-alphanumeric characters and you should be safe to go.

    Thanks again bdukes. I'll close this out as solved. Another one bites the dust.

  18. Glad you're in business Catcher In The Lie, if you have other questions just let us know.

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