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Podcast RSS  - will I end up with multiple feeds?

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May 2, 2012 7:46 AM

This seems like a pretty basic thing but I wanted to clarify something.

 

I currently have a feed which I host on my webserver:

 

http://www.voxmelodica.com/audio/rss.xml

 

I've been having some problems with the image showing up but, from reading this forum, I understand I just need to wait...wait...wait. For some reason the images specified in the id3 tags within each m4a aren't showing up either, but I guess I'll wait for them too.

 

My question is regarding Feedburner and other such things. I thought using this might help me get iTunes to update quicker but when I try to set it up it says:

 

http://feeds.feedburner.com/voxmelodica-poetry-aloud

The address above is where people can find your new feed."

 

Does this mean I'll end up with a second RSS feed in addition to the one already on my webserver? If so, which one will iTunes look at? Will I then need to keep 2 separate RSS files updated? How do other people manage this? I certainly don't want to end up with multiple feeds that I have to update everytime I have a new podcast episode.

 

Any thoughts would be most welcome.

 

Ben.

iTunes, Podcast production
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)

    Your iTunes Store page is using the feed at http://www.voxmelodica.com/audio/rss.xml . It will continue to use this feed until you tell it otherwise.

     

    If you submit your feed to Feedburner it will then publish its own version of it, which with a new podcast you can then submit to iTunes (though it won't make it update any faster, the only advantage is that you might be able to get some statistics out of Feedburner). When you update the original feed, Feedburner will automatically update its version of it, so you have two versions of the feed but only need to update the original.

     

    However, the link you give leads nowhere.

     

    If you can get the Feedburner feed working and want to transfer iTunes to it you need to follow the procedure outlined here:

     

    http://www.wilmut.webspace.virginmedia.com/notes/podcast.html#move

     

    You must be careful to follow the instructions exactly and not make any errors in the URL of the new feed or you will lock yourself out of your podcast. Do not attempt this until you are 100% sure that the Feedburner feed is working properly.

     

    Incidentally your embedded images seem to be working perfectly well:

     

    itunespic.jpg

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)

    The author name is populated from the 'itunes:author' tag, not the 'itunes:owner' one, but this is correctly filled out: I'm afraid it's just a question of waiting.

     

    The 'podcast image' which appears on the Store page is referenced correctly in the 'itunes:image' tag, but the image is greyscale: it needs to be RGB (even though it's actually black and white only).You need to resave it as an RGB image with a different filename and amend the feed accordingly. Apple are now saying it should be 1400x1400 px (podcasts will not be chosen aas 'featured podcasts' if it's any smaller, though it won't prevent the podcast from appearing in the Store).

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