2863 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2010 3:40 AM by snh206
Here is the RSS: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/snh206/temp/itunes_aim.xml
It's the example RSS from the iTunes U Admin. Guide but with the <enclosure> and <guid> modified.
I doubt the problem is the RSS since it was copied from the example.
Message was edited by: snh206
I think I may have an answer.
I tried to setup a feed tab using your RSS in my secret lab. Normally, my first step in resolving feed tab problems is to open the target feed in a browser and check the feed XML. I was able to open your feed just fine, and the feed XML looks good at first read, so no real problems there. Where the problem exists, I think, is here:
That is a "typical" link that the feed encloses (it's for the "Namespaces Demystified" podcast). Problem is that when that link is opened, you're directed to the "ECS-TV Archive" login page and not the actual content. That's where Apple is likely having an issue with your feed…Apple expects real content and you're sending a HTTP form POST page in lieu of that.
Don't misunderstand though, it's legal to require that a feed tab login to a feed…you can use an HTTP basic or secure request and ask that Apple sign it using a SHA-256 tag (similar to what we do in our iTunes U portal websites). I tried to test that by establishing an account on your server (that is, I tried to create an "ECS-TV" account). But I'm not sure your system is going to accept a crazy request from some guy in the USofA. My overall aim was to see if I could create a feed tab that uses authentication by using account creds on your server.