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How to Submit Your Podcast to Apple Podcasts (Formerly Known as iTunes)

This article is a step-by-step guide about how to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts.

(Updated 6/22/2020)

If your hosting service doesn’t automatically submit your content to Apple podcasts for you, you may have to manually submit your show. If that is the case, we have made a very simple step by step system on how to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts for you to follow so you can make sure you control your content.

You have probably heard of people talking about submitting your podcast to iTunes, but unfortunately, Apple has discontinued hosting podcasts on iTunes. iTunes’ podcast section grew large, and Apple decided that there should be a new platform (outside of iTunes) dedicated just for podcasts, Apple Podcasts.

Now iTunes and Apple Podcasts are two separate entities. This article is a step-by-step guide about how to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts. Apple Podcasts is one of the biggest podcast platforms, and submitting your show to them should be your top priority. 

First things first.

  • Make sure your show meets Apple’s requirements (system, feed, artwork, content, etc).

Outside of having content that is socially unacceptable, racist, sexist, and etc. Apple is very accepting of content. but there are some things that are best practices when starting a new podcast. Things like starting your podcast with a minimum of 3 episodes, content being at least 5 minutes long, and unique artwork per episode.

The artwork is the easiest thing to miss, often shows not be approved simply due to the fact that image is simply 1 pixel too big or too small. Make sure to follow the sizing guide to the letter. 1400×1400 to 3000×3000 in a square. No exceptions.

Apple Podcast requirements

Have your Apple ID on hand. You can create one for free here. If you are not sure if you have one or have forgotten it, you can find out with Apple ID Support. This is a very simple process, which basically acts as your login. You may have to verify the IP address/device you are using if you are using multiple apple devices, so please be aware.

Go to iTunes Podcasts Connect. This will become your main hub for submitting and managing your podcast on Apple podcasts. While the UI isn’t that great it is a great source for questions and additional detailed information on podcast management.

Apple Podcasts login screen
  1. Login with your Apple ID.
  2. Click “+” on the top left corner to add your show.
  3. Enter your RSS feed address.
  4. Validate and submit your show. 
  5. Apple sends you an email to confirm your podcast is under review, and it shows up in your dashboard. 
Apple Podcast's dashboard
  • When it’s approved, Apple sends you another email with the link to your active podcast.

A Couple of notes:

When you enter in your RSS feed please make sure you include the RSS link and not the feed itself. this will not validate.

Apple has been going out of their way to give more information to podcasters and get content approved faster. Once you submit your podcast to Apple it may take a number of days for your show to be approved.

If you every have to quickly update an episode, in case you typed in someone’s name wrong for example, you can force refresh from within the podcast on Podcast Connect, as well as suspend your show or delete it.

(Update) Apple Podcasts also now allows users to launch their show on a chosen date. Once your show has been approved simply make your show as hidden until the desired date. Once that day come, ‘unhide’ your show 12 hours before launch.

(Update) Some shows take time once unhidden or approved for public use. Servers are updated regularly and some people may be able to see your show while other have not. This is often due to people refreshing their app, which often happens once connected to WIFI. If a friend of person you are sending your show to cannot see a podcast after it has been made public right away please wait another couple of hours, and try again.

If you are experiencing any trouble, you can go to their Troubleshoot Submission Errors page. Also, if you need to submit your podcast to Google Podcasts, or Spotify we have you covered.

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