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When does Apple Podcasts update?

When does Buzzsprout send my updates to Apple Podcasts?

Apple Podcasts does not receive updates from Buzzsprout or any podcast hosting services. Instead, they “pull” any updates from the individual RSS feeds every 24 hours (roughly).

What Buzzsprout does do for you: Buzzsprout immediately updates your RSS feed with any new episodes as soon as you publish them in the software and provides everything Apple Podcasts needs to update their listings as soon as they make the pull request.

How long does it take for Apple Podcasts to update my podcast listing?

Apple Podcasts updates their main podcast listings every 24 hours. While this is the rule of thumb, we have seen instances where it takes a little longer for the pull request to be made.

If you’re experiencing an issue where your podcast listing hasn’t been updated in more than 72 hours, contact Buzzsprout support for help.

Is there anything I can do to get Apple Podcasts to update faster?

Unfortunately, no. Apple Podcasts doesn’t provide podcast producers or hosting providers with a tool that alerts them when an update has been made to an RSS feed. The good news is the delay doesn’t affect any of your subscribers. They will receive the updates immediately after they’re published in Buzzsprout.

Can I change my Apple Podcasts artwork?

Yes! Your show’s main artwork in Buzzsprout is the artwork iTunes publishes on your listing (since it’s in your RSS feed).

To change your artwork: 1. Log into your Buzzsprout account 2. Hover your mouse pointer over your existing artwork and click "Update Artwork" 3. Delete your current artwork 4. Upload a your new artwork

Buzzsprout will immediately change your RSS feed to reflect the changes, but Apple Podcasts may take between 24 and 48 hours to update their main listing.

Remember, Apple recommends creating artwork for your podcast that still works well when scaled down to thumbnail size on mobile devices. Before you create your podcast artwork, review the Top Podcasts chart for examples of compelling artwork. To be eligible for featured placement in Apple Podcasts, artwork must be a 3000 x 3000 pixel JPEG or PNG file with 72 dpi in the RGB color space. You can also use specific images for individual episodes.

I just updated my show’s description, why hasn’t it shown up in iTunes or the Apple Podcasts App?

Apple Podcasts takes at least 24 hours to update its main listing. In some cases, we’ve seen them take longer (48-72 hours) to update podcast info like artwork and description.

If you’re experiencing an issue where your podcast listing hasn’t been updated in more than 72 hours, please contact Buzzsprout support.

I published my episode yesterday, why isn’t it list in iTunes or the Apple Podcasts App?

Apple Podcasts takes can take up to 24 hours to update its main listing with any new updates to your podcast. Not to worry though, the delay does not affect your subscribers, as they will get the updates immediately after you publish them in Buzzsprout.

If you’re experiencing an issue where your podcast listing hasn’t been updated in more than 72 hours, please contact Buzzsprout support.

How can I test if my episode is in Apple Podcasts?

Since Apple Podcasts can take a while to update its main listing, subscribe to your own show if you want to see how the episode appears to your subscribers.

You can subscribe to your show by visiting your iTunes listing in the iTunes store and selecting “Subscribe” directly underneath your show’s cover artwork. You can also subscribe from your iOS device by searching for you podcast through the Apple Podcasts App.

Do the people who subscribe to my podcast have to wait for Apple Podcasts to update before they will get my latest episode?

Nope. Anyone who subscribes to your show will immediately receive your latest episode as soon as it’s published in Buzzsprout. This happens based on the refresh interval the subscriber sets when they subscribe. If the episode hasn't downloaded in the background, it will start to download once the Podcasts app is opened.