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since re-designing my site my podcasts no longer work In iTunes

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   I run a podcast site about the UK adult industry. the site is


The site was a wordpress site and the plugin for the podcasts was podpress, it all worked fine. Then the site was re-designed to what it was now, since then people can't subscribe to my podcast.


Podpress sives you the RSS feed filled in for you and it is unchanged. The actual podcasts on my server are in the same location yet when I even try to search for the stream in podpress it tells me that the podcast is not avaibale in the UK.


Why it says this I have no idea. I am not very techical at all so anyone who maybe able to help will have to explain tis very very easily.


I got it working the first time round by tring to submit the rss feed which is but it wouldnt take it, so I tried valiatiing the RSS feed and it came back valid by using, it still didnt work so I signed up to an imputted it, feedburner then gave me a new RSS feed and I inputted that to intunes and it was passed and working in a matter of hours. I also never had to add a new feed every tiem there was a new epsiode, I just had to update my site with anew wordpress post and it worked fineand always updated with a new epsiodein Itunes and everyhting was perfect until then.


Now its not working at all since the re-design I have no idea why its not working.


Can anyone else me please, I have been stuck on this for about 2 months and now I am trying this forum instead in the hope someone has had the same problem.


I have dne a screen caption of what podpress says is my RSS feed for the podcasts.



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

    You should be aware that the p-word is automatically censored in this forum (just so you don't get confused by the appearance of the asterisks) - this doesn't have anything to do with iTunes.


    The feed which was evidently submitted to iTunes was at - this contains an 'itunes:new-feed-url' redirecting iTunes to which appears to be the identical feed.


    This is not a podcast feed. Although it contains some 'itunes:...' tags it does not contain the 'enclosure' tags which carry the URLs of the media files and which are necessary for iTunes. Indeed there appear to be no links to media files anyway.


    iTunes does not display episodes which have no media files, so consequently your podcast appears empty: this would be sufficient reason for it to be removed from iTunes. (I have of course no idea whether the content of the media files, when they were present, was in itself unacceptable - given the title of your podcast I suppose that's a possibility.)


    You have created your podcast in WordPress, so obviously as it was working originally something has gone seriously wrong with the process (which seems to be quite a common occurrence with WordPress), however I can't advise on this. I'm afraid you will have to sort out your podcast so that it is a podcast, with properly formatted media file references, and re-submit it as a new podcast. When you do this you will need to change the title slightly or you will be told the feed has already been submitted (this is an irritating bug in the automated part of the submissions process).

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

    I can't advise on the specifics or WordPress. When you add an episode to your podcast, you obviously have to provide a media file, such as .mp3; this has to appear in the feed within an 'enclosure' tag containing its URL and some other information. Evidently you did this successfully before, but whatever you did more recently has evidently caused the files not to be added, and indeed seems to have removed all the older ones. I'm afraid this is something you will have to sort out within WordPress. I don't know whether they have support, or whether there is a dedicated WordPress forum you could ask for help in.


    Once you have got your media files back into the feed you will have to submit it as a new podast. If you keep the same title the Store software will recognize it and tell you the feed has already been submitted (even though the podcast was subsequently removed). To get round this you will have to make a small change to the title so that it looks like a different podcast: you can always change it back once the podcast has been accepted. So so for example your title at present is 'The UK (censored) Podcast' and just entering a hyphen between the second and third, and third and fourth words may well be sufficient. Once accepted you can take them out again.

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

    You shouldn't try to edit the feed directly; you have to make the changes in WordPress and then re-publish: if you make changes in the actual feed I would assume that WordPress will over-write them the next time you add an episode - that's what usually happens with this sort of program.


    You need to find out how to add media files to your episodes within WordPress: you did it before, but something you did since has unravelled this, and it's that you need to investigate.


    You can view the feed by control-clicking (Mac) or right-clicking on the link above and choosing 'download link' or equivalent. You can then drag the feed onto the icon for TextEdit or another plain text editor in order to look at it, but as I say it's not worth trying to actually edit it.

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

    Apart from the fact that your File Size field is set to 1 and you don't have anything in the Duration field (though not a good thing, neither should incapacitate a feed) I'm afraid I can't help you - I don't have any experience of WordPress or really know anything about it (except that it seems to cause more problems reported on this forum than pretty well anything else).


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