Podcast Epsiode Titles Shown Incorrectly

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    In my opinion, it is clearly a issu between WP dot com and Apple Podcasts App. My feed works perfectly well everywhere else. But blame Apple is kind of no sense too since I have another podcast in a WP dot org blog that woks perfectly well with Apple podcast App. So, maybe the issu is related to the “dot com” WP or even with the audio plug in in use at WP dot com that is different from the on in WP dot org.


    This ‘solution’ makes no sense! I have only one Gravatar image… which is not on any of my posts. If the RSS feed is always taking the Gravatar from my feed, how exactly can I change that so that it gives each of my episodes the correct title? If I change the name of it, it’ll just change all the episode titles to the new name. I need the episodes to have the correct individual names!

    I have set up a new test feed on Tumblr and so far the episode names are appearing correctly on the podcast app, and elsewhere. If this can’t be sorted behind the scenes, then I suppose I’ll have switch to Tumblr.



    Agree with outofthecanon here, why is the gravatar information passed through with each post, when it is not required.

    Anyhow, i have now moved my site away from WordPress.com to a selfhosted site, and suprise suprise my podcast episodes are now working a treat –Hooray for me

    Booooo! for wordpress.com – This really needs sorting and can see this getting a more and more popular issue, possibly an option to turn off your gravatar



    Hi again,

    Sorry to be vague – I’m asking for additional clarification on this. I’ll advise when I have more information – sorry for the delay!



    Hi zandyring, anything new about this issue?


    Same problem for “Oscar & Martins Podcast” too.

    Often doesn’t the shows show up when subscribed. But always shows up in the iTunes Store. So the listeners must manually download them.


    … Our cover photo shows up in the Podcaster App, but not in Computer iTunes? Similar problem?



    We’re still looking at this – apologies for the delay!



    Hi all,
    I’m having a slightly different issue here. I subscribed my wordpress blog to itunes a long time ago. A year ago I needed to change the description and the art work that appears in Itunes store as I changed it on my blog. I contacted apple support and tried everything with them and they said that I have to add some code to my blog’s rss feed. But the problem is that I CAN NOT ACCESS NOR EDIT the rss feed. The following code I copied from the apple support page http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html#example) is the code i need to add to my feed with modifications off course.
    (<itunes:image href=”http://example.com/podcasts/everything/AllAboutEverything.jpg” />)
    (<description>All About Everything is a show about everything. Each week we dive into any subject known to man and talk about it as much as we can. Look for our Podcast in the iTunes Store</description>)

    Where can I add this code and add the info needed for my blog to show properly on itunes store???
    Please it has been a year now since I changed the image and the description and till now can do nothing about it.

    My blog’s url is : http://casa-egypt.com/
    The itunes url is : https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mhtt-kasa-msr-casa-egypt-broadcast/id398177221?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Thanks is advance



    We’ve been looking into the issue of the image/description not showing up, and so far can’t find anything on our end that would prevent the image/description from updating and refreshing as intended. We ask that users with this issue check their SmartCast settings with Feedburner and make sure all the information there is accurate, and also make sure that all settings comply with Apple recommendations here:



    Dear zandyring. Thank you for helping us out with this issue. However, I do not agree with you on this statement:

    … so it turns out that this is working as designed… it’s pulling the title for images, not incorrectly naming the podcast.

    It looks at the HTML for the post and looks for all the Images and then sets the title based on the tags that appear in the generated HTML giving priority to the title attribute over the alt attribute

    If it pulls the title of an image as the post title, then each episode of the podcast is indeed being incorrectly named. I have a podcast setup form an independently hosted WordPress installation and the feed that it is outputting does not include any of the additional <media:title> tags.

    Please see if it possible to clean up the XML outputted from WordPress.com, or at least include the option to output a “simple” feed without any unnecessary information such as gravatars and images.




    Podcasting is not officially supported in WordPress yet. What we do at WordPress.com is probably different from the plugin you’re using on WordPress.com.

    In our case, we draw from the image title as it is essentially the “cover” image.

    I have, however, noted your suggestions for possible future enhancements.



    any news on how to fix this? just started a podcast and it is indeed showing my gravatar name as the episode title, but only once i begin the download in the podcasts app, bit frustrating. any help would be greatly appreciated as there are obviously a few people having this issue




    Not yet, we’re still looking into this.



    Just thought I would post to let everyone know that I too have this problem with podcast episode titles being pulled from IMG tags.

    I have been searching for a solution with no luck since the Podcast app originally came out, and had just about given up all hope, until I found this thread. It’s frustrating to see those crazy titles persist and yet be so helpless to do anything about it.

    I would hate to think that the only way to fix this is to switch to another blogging platform. That would be a bummer, because I’m a huge WordPress fan and longtime user.

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