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iTunes reporting Podcast URL not valid

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I have a podcast approved through iTunes ( and this is the XML feed for it ( however when I subscribe to it, iTunes says "does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL. Please check that you have entered the correct URL and try again. When I paste the same URL in Safari it brings up the feed with a total of 2 items, which there should be. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,955 points)
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    Feb 22, 2011 2:57 PM (in response to rem1701e)
    Classic mistake number one, I'm afraid. Your 'category' tag reads

    <itunes:category text="Science & Medicine">

    In XML, an ampersand ('&') is used to indicate the start of a code, and a semicolon to indicate its end. When iTunes sees the ampersand it thinks the entire rest of the feed is a code; this renders the closing 'channel' and 'rss' tags invisible, and that invalidates their opening counterparts, and there goes the entire feed.

    You need to replace the '&' with the code &amp; -

    "Science &amp; Medicine"
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