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iTunes search can't find my show by my keywords

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Dec 5, 2012 3:13 PM

I'm the maker of Machigai Podcast, which is available in iTunes. I use WordPress 3.4.2 and Blubrry PowerPress 4.0.4 to publish the show. I cannot figure out why iTunes cannot find my podcast when searching on any keywords, except "Machigai". It seems that iTunes is not finding the information I've entered in the "iTunes" tab of the Blubrry PowerPress Settings.


Looking at my feed itself in the browser, I see that, rather than displaying my iTunes program subtitle or summary, it instead shows the "tagline" from the WordPress general settings! Still, the text from the iTunes Program Summary does display in iTunes -- but an iTunes search for words that appear in that summary does NOT bring up my show, nor does a search for any of my "iTunes Program Keywords".


It's worth noting that much of this text is in Japanese. I had found with Feed Validator that there was an encoding problem with the feed, but I fixed that problem several days ago, and the search problem persists. (INCLUDING for Keywords that are IN ENGLISH)


I'm out of ideas. Any suggestions?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,955 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:26 PM (in response to stingpin)

    I tried searching on your first keyword, 英会話 , and it brought up a large number of podcasts. Of course I don't know what this word is, but it appears to be a common one. Certainly the English keywords are going to appear in many podcasts so you are competing with them to appear in the results. (This is quite apart from the fact that the keyword search can be unreliable.)


    In iTunes the 'itunes:subtitle' and 'itunes:summary' appear to be showing correctly. When you view the feed in a browser these tags, which are specific to iTunes, do not show - what shows is the 'description' tag and again this is showing as expected.


    For reference, your feed is at - please when you have a question always post your iTunes Store page URL and that of your feed, to save detective work.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,955 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:30 PM (in response to stingpin)

    When you look at any podcast feed in a browser (which not many people do) what you see is the 'description' tags. The 'itunes:subtitle' and 'itunes:summary' tags only appear in iTunes.


    If you have a keyword which is fairly common it will appear in many podcasts, possibly hundreds, and obviously iTunes can't show them all. This may well be what has happened here - as far as I could detect that word turned up in the podcasts it did find. I'm afraid it is what it is and there's nothing you can do about it.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,955 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 2:14 AM (in response to stingpin)

    I can't offer any other explanation. No-one outside the Store staff know exactly how the search works. As far as I can tell your keywords are entered correctly, so I'm afraid there isn't really anything you can do about it.


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