Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 1:38 PM (in response to Hewster2000)
It's not really possible to comment unless you would like to publish the URLs of both your feed and the Store page - this latter can be found by control-clicking on the podcast image (or where it should be) - and choosing 'Copy link'. Please include the http:// in both cases to make the links clickable.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 1:47 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
These are what make up my podcast
And this is what I get when I copy the URL from iTunes
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 2:05 PM (in response to Hewster2000)
Firstly, the link to the media file produces a download: it needs to be a direct link to the file, and it should play in Safari if you enter the URL there, not download. You need to host the file on an ordinary web server, not a sharing site which is what I assume Soundcloud is.
Secondly, the file which downloads is in fact an .m4a file. Now an .m4a file will play perfectly well in iTunes but possibly the fact that the feed is leading it to expect an .mp3 file is confusing the issue.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 2:14 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
Do you have any recommendations for where to host my audio for free? I had followed a video online which showed it working but it's now obvious that it doesn't.
I have literally spent 10 hours trying to get this podcast up and nowhere seems to explain in basic English how to do it. I don't have my own website and I'm not at all computer savvy, I just want to be able to upload my podcasts on to iTunes.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 3:03 PM (in response to Hewster2000)
You are unlikely to find a free hosting service which will do this, though for all I know it may be possible - mostly they make a profit by adding adverts to personal web sites, and are unlikely to encourage hosting of media files that they can't do this with. Possibly your ISP may offer website space as part of your connection service. However whatever you choose you should be aware that if you are subject to bandwidth limitations, any numereous downloads of your media files could eat into this significantly.
As to podcasting in general you may find it helpful to read my page on the subject which will give you some background information:
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 3:21 PM (in response to Hewster2000)
I am with libsyn.com - which is the largest podcast hosting company but it is NOT free.
If you are interested in getting your podcast up and working right away - go to libsyn and sign up for an account.
It is the easiest way to get an iTunes compatible feed and media hosting. Please let me know if you have any questions off line.
rob at libsyn dot com