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Your RSS Feed and Apple Podcasts

Do I need an Apple ID to submit a podcast?

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

How do I create an Apple ID?

  1. If you haven’t already, download iTunes. Mac computers and iOS devices already have it installed.
  2. Enter the iTunes store by clicking the link on the top right.
  3. From the Store menu, choose Create Apple ID. Click Continue on the resulting screen.
  4. Enter payment method. iTunes asks for a payment method, but does not charge for creating an account or submitting a podcast.
  5. Click continue.

How do I submit my RSS feed to Apple Podcasts?

Apple makes it really easy to submit your feed, but you will need an Apple ID to do so (for more on creating an ID, see the answer above). Once you have your Apple ID ready, just login to Buzzsprout and click on "iTunes and Directories." Follow the steps on that page and you'll be all set.

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

iTunes takes between 24 hours to 14 days to approve a podcast. The times vary because they have real people look over and approve the show.

If you’re having an issue with your podcast submission taking longer than 14 days, contact iTunes.

Why didn’t iTunes 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 error (marked the content correctly as explicit for example) you can try resubmitting the feed to Apple Podcasts again. You may have to change the name of the podcast initially to show that it’s not a duplicate podcast.

My podcast was rejected, what can I do?

If you think your podcast was rejected in error, contact Apple Podcasts for support.

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

No. After Apple Podcasts approves your feed, you’re good to go. Apple Podcasts will check your RSS feed every 24 hours to check for any updates.

How do I change my RSS feed in Apple Podcasts without losing subscribers?

Podcasts Connect has a step-by-step guide for updating your RSS feed URL: