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Apple Podcasts (iTunes and Apple Podcasts App)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Apple Podcasts (iTunes) host my podcast?

No, Apple Podcasts is a podcast directory and they don’t host any audio files. They are just providing a great place for people to learn about your podcast. To get your podcast listed in Apple Podcasts, you’ll need to host your podcast online and create a valid RSS Feed. These are a few of the things Buzzsprout does for you.

Can I login to Apple Podcasts to make changes to my listing?

Yes and No. You can login to Apple Podcasts Connect to update your RSS feed URL, but all other changes are made by updating your RSS feed. If you’d like to update your listing you’ll want to edit your podcast details in Buzzsprout.

Can I sell my podcast in the iTunes store?

No, Apple does not currently allow you to sell your podcast in the iTunes Store.

Do I have to submit my feed every time I publish a new episode?

No, after you are accepted into the Apple Podcasts directory, you’re good to go. Apple Podcasts will check your RSS feed every 24 hours and update your listing accordingly.

Submitting your feed to Apple Podcasts (iTunes and Apple Podcasts App)

How can I test my RSS feed before I submit it to Apple Podcasts?

Your podcast feed will be validated during the submission process. Read more about how to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts using Podcasts Connect.

Do I need an Apple ID and iTunes account to submit a podcast?

Yes, it doesn’t cost anything to submit a podcast to the Apple Podcasts, but a valid Apple ID is required.

How long does it take for Apple to approve a podcast submission?

It typically takes between 24 hours and 14 days to approve a podcast. The times vary because they have real people review and approve your show.

If you’re having an issue with your podcast submission taking longer than 14 days you may want to contact Apple Podcasts.

Why didn’t Apple Podcasts approve my podcast feed?

Some reasons why your show was rejected could include the show’s content containing unauthorized copyrighted material, profane metadata, erotica, illegal solicitations, or hate speech. You can troubleshoot failed, rejected, or removed podcasts here.

Can I re submit a podcast that’s been rejected?

Yes. If you believe you fixed the reason your podcast was rejected you can try submitting the feed again.