iTunes: zero episodes

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  • #1818290

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hello.

    I am trying to host a podcast on iTunes via my WordPress site. I have uploaded the audio files to my WordPress site (using the additional media storage space option) and have created a feed using Feedburner. When I try to test the url prior to officially submitting it on iTunes by using the subscribe feature, it shows “Zero episodes”.

    On a side note, the icon/image shows up, but it also states “Comments on: Listen” instead of the podcast title which should be “The Dark Light.”

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    The blog I need help with is mikhailbuer.com.

    #1818411

    timethief
    Member

    I have zero experience with podcasting and cannot help you, so I’ll tag this thread for a Staff follow-up. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    #1818419

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Sounds good. Thank you So much!

    #1818495

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    Hi there,

    Just to confirm, did you use the Podcasting guide to set up your Feedburner feed?

    Could you also share a link to that Feedburner feed so we can take a look?

    That will help me understand what’s going on with the feed. :)

    #1818519

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hello,

    Yes, I did follow the instructions using the Podcasting guide. It was very helpful!

    The Feedburner link is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mikhailbuer

    The one listed above is the “Feed Address”. The “Original Feed” is http://mikhailbuer.com/episodes/feed/

    The website page that I will be hosting the original podcast episodes on is: http://mikhailbuer.com/episodes/

    Hope this helps. I appreciate the assistance and look forward to your response. Please let me know if you need any further information.

    #1818520

    raincoaster
    Member

    That’s your problem: you are putting them on a static page. By definition, static pages do not have an RSS feed. Create each podcast as a separate blog post, and use the category Podcast for it. Then give Feedburner the RSS feed for that category page.

    #1818550

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hi raincoaster,

    Thanks for the help. I think I’ve almost fixed the problem. I’m currently working on creating a separate Post for each episode of the podcast. (I currently have 1 and 2 available.) I’ve made sure to set each Post category accordingly (as “Podcasts”).

    Unfortunately, iTunes now states that I only have one episode available. And it’s only showing episode 2 now.

    Another issue I’m having a problem with the iTunes podcast title and description. I’m not sure how to go about setting up the pages so it displays this information properly.

    i.e. title should be: “The Dark Light”
    It currently has “The Dark Light>>Podcasts”

    and description should simply be “A dark podcast in which Mikhail Büer recounts his life story; a supernatural tale of blood, lust and love lost accompanied by a variety of gothic industiral, ebm and synth pop.”
    It currently has this plus parts of the playlist and some code.

    Thanks for all the help!

    #1818554

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    Hi there,

    Unfortunately, iTunes now states that I only have one episode available. And it’s only showing episode 2 now.

    I see both of your episodes when I visit your Feedburner feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mikhailbuer

    That means everything is working on the WordPress.com end and in your Feedburner feed. It’s possible that iTunes is just taking a while to see and update the changes to your feed. If that continues to be a problem, you can check the iTunes help pages and forums:

    Another issue I’m having a problem with the iTunes podcast title and description. I’m not sure how to go about setting up the pages so it displays this information properly.

    You can change the details about your podcast in your Feedburner feed settings at http://feedburner.google.com/ . You can click on your feed title there and edit it under “Edit Feed Details.”

    Please let me know if I can provide any further help with this. :)

    #1818568

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hello Rachel,

    Thank you for the help! I found out what I was doing wrong with regards to having all of the current episodes show up on iTunes. They’re both there now, so that’s squared away.

    I’m still having issues with the way the podcast title is being displayed on iTunes. It currently says “The Dark Light>>Podcasts” on iTunes. When I follow the instructions to edit the feed title on feedburner, it simply states “The Dark Light” without the >>Podcasts at the end. Could this possibly be due to iTunes picking up the category from WordPress somehow?

    Also, the description under the title of each podcast episode on iTunes has the information that I’d like to include (intro: “A dark podcast in which Mikhail Buer…” etc. etc.) but it also has the beginnings of the music set list and what looks like some code. Is iTunes also picking this up automatically from my post in WordPress? If so, is there a way in which I can format my post in such a way in which iTunes only includes the intro without the playlist, code, etc.? …hopefully without removing the set list from the actual post itself?

    Thank you all so much for the help! What was once a frustrating experience has become an enjoyable and educational journey.

    #1818570

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    I’m glad you’re enjoying this process! It can get a little tricky when you’re juggling three different services (WordPress.com, Feedburner, and iTunes) but it’s so satisfying when things start falling into place. :)

    I’m still having issues with the way the podcast title is being displayed on iTunes. It currently says “The Dark Light>>Podcasts” on iTunes. When I follow the instructions to edit the feed title on feedburner, it simply states “The Dark Light” without the >>Podcasts at the end. Could this possibly be due to iTunes picking up the category from WordPress somehow?

    I took a look at your Feedburner feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/mikhailbuer and I still see the title “The Dark Light » Podcasts” instead of “The Dark Light.” I think I found the issue — I mistakenly gave you the wrong instructions for changing the feed’s title. Sorry about that!

    To change the Feedburner feed title (and not just the title you see on your Feedburner My Feeds page), you’ll need to go to your feed in Feedburner and click on the Optimize tab. In the left-hand column there, click on “Title/Description Burner.” There you’ll be able to enter a new title and podcast description, and that should change the title that iTunes uses.

    Is iTunes also picking this up automatically from my post in WordPress? If so, is there a way in which I can format my post in such a way in which iTunes only includes the intro without the playlist, code, etc.? …hopefully without removing the set list from the actual post itself?

    You should be able to customize what appears in each episode’s description by using the Excerpts feature. When you’re in the post editor, you can add a custom excerpt for the post — that will go into your WordPress.com feed and should be pulled into Feedburner and iTunes.

    Please let me know how that goes! :)

    #1818574

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for all of the help! With your excellent advice, I have managed to get the podcast title to display correctly as well as change/update the podcast description.

    There’s still just one thing that iTunes is still doing that I can’t quite figure out how to correct. On the podcast description on iTunes, it has my updated description, but iTunes is still including some strange looking code as well.

    This is what is says: Join Mikhail Büer as he recounts his life story; a supernatural tale of blood, lust and love lost accompanied by a variety of gothic industiral, ebm and synth pop. <img alt=””border=”0″ src=”http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif? host=mikhailbuer.com&blog=40347217&post=268&subd=mikhailbuer&ref=&#038’feed=1 ” width= “1” height=”1″ />

    I have no idea what this code is or why it is showing up in the iTunes podcast description. It is definitely not included in the feedburner description.

    Thanks again!

    #1818575

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    Ah yes, that code is coming from the WordPress.com feed, which is being pulled into Feedburner and iTunes. That code is a feature of all feeds at WordPress.com — it’s used for tracking your blog’s stats.

    We’re working on a built-in podcasting feature for WordPress.com that would fix that code so it doesn’t show up in your podcast episodes on iTunes. However, we don’t have an exact timeline for when that feature will be ready to launch.

    That code won’t do any damage in the meantime — I’m sorry I can’t get rid of it for you now, but we’re working on it. :)

    #1818576

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Hrm okay. I’m glad that there is something in the works to fix that. Do please keep us/me posted!

    And thank you all so very much for the help. You rock!

    #1818577

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    You’re welcome! I’d suggest following our news blog Hot Off the Press to make sure you catch the announcement when our podcasting feature is released. :)

    #1818580

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    Just when I thought I was all set to go, I have come across yet another road block. The following error message occurs when I try to submit my link (via feedburner) to be included in the iTunes podcast listings:

    “Podcast cover art must be at least 600 X 600 pixel JPG or PNG, in RGB color space, and hosted on a server that allows HTTP head requests”

    I found some general info on other forums; there was mention of an enclosure tag and iTunes deceleration…but I am unsure of what this is. As a general rule, I haven’t used the WordPress text editor yet.

    I’ve made sure to include some tags and an image in each episode’s post on my WordPress.

    Thanks for the help guys.

    #1818584

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    Hi there,

    The cover art for your podcast is controlled by Feedburner. Here’s the tag in your Feedburner feed that controls the cover art:

    <itunes:image href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/MikhailBuer/TDLBadgesm.jpg" />

    I see you’re currently using an image hosted on Photobucket, and it looks like it’s only 360 × 385 pixels. You’ll need to upload a larger image and make sure that Photobucket meets the other iTunes requirements.

    Another option is to upload the podcast cover art to your WordPress.com media library (at Media > Add New in your dashboard). I have heard other users mention that iTunes is now requiring images to be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels, so you might also want to try uploading a larger image (just in case).

    You can then change the image in your Feedburner feed by going to the Optimize tab and clicking on “SmartCast.” Under “Podcast image location:” on that page you can change the image used for your podcast cover art.

    Just let me know if you have any questions about that. :)

    #1818585

    mikhailbuer
    Member

    I am happy to inform you that my podcast has been successfully submitted to iTunes and is currently in the review process! Thank you everyone who helped me along the way. Hopefully this thread will help others in their podcasting journey.

    And thank you for the link to the Hot Off The Press news blog. I will definitely follow that.

    #1818587

    rachelmcr
    Staff

    Hooray! I’m glad I could help with the process. :)

    Happy podcasting!

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