1224 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2007 10:47 AM by epontius
It will take a while for iTunes to update its cached copy of your XML file. It is not immediate and can take up to several hours or days to update since it is only checking for a updated copy every so often. You can speed up the process slightly by requesting that iTunes go and grab your feed by "pinging" the iTunes server like such:
It also won't be immediate but it will in most cases only be hours rather than days.
what is your podcast ID? Or link to your podcast or XML?
The ping only tells iTunes that your XML feed has been updated and that it should go an grab it now or at least sooner than it normally would on its own.
Most likely the new XML that you have created and iTunes has grabbed may have an error that is preventing iTunes from properly reading the XML.
Without knowing what your XML looks like its hard to tell what the problem could be.
We submitted our podcast (first one) along with all of the other required data a couple days ago, were approved and up and submitted two more episodes yesterday, which are up now.
However, though its been three days or so and we have a very distinct title, Johnny Cash Radio, I've tried every search imaginable and can't find our podcast. Of course I have the direct feed URL into the iTunes store since we feature it on our site (www.johnnycash.com) but there's no way a client can find it (at least at this point) by doing a search while on iTunes using "Johnny Cash" as the search phrase. Any words of wisdom? You can also email me at email@example.com if ou prefer. Thanks.
The Official Johnny Cash Web Site
PC Windows XP
May take longer than just 3 days for it to show up. iTunes must have a truly humongous podcast database and it doesn't seem to be the most efficient database either...often taking a long while to build its search index.
Anyway, I ran the feed through feedvalidator.org and it popped up some concerns with the categories that are being used.
Looks like from looking at the code that you tried to put this in a subcategory of Movies & Television called Music...neither of which exist....also the Talk Radio category no longer exists.
So there is a possibility that iTunes just doesn't know where to put this podcast.
The current list of podcast categories are listed in the iTunes podcast tech spec:
as well as usage.
You'll want something like:
<itunes:category text="Music" />
<itunes:category text="TV & Film" />
And remove the old "talk radio" tag. You have a limit of up to 3 categories.
Anyway, see if changing the categories helps at all. Run the feed through feedvalidator.org again to make sure you don't have any outstanding problems.