This guide will show you how to upload your podcast to Apple Podcasts (iTunes). You’ll need your podcast hosted before you can submit it to Apple Podcasts.
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If you have an RSS feed for your podcast and would like to make it available on Apple Podcasts, you can submit it using Podcasts Connect. This article will guide you through the process of submitting your podcast.
Podcasts Connect is a platform provided by Apple that allows you to manage your podcasts on Apple Podcasts. You can use Podcasts Connect to submit new podcasts, edit existing ones, and view statistics for your episodes.
What You Need
Before you get started, you’ll need the following:
-Your podcast episodes in MP3 format
-Episode artwork at least 1400×1400 pixels in JPEG or PNG format with a minimum file size of 1400KB and a maximum file size of 3000KB
-Your show title
-A description of your show
-Artwork for your show at least 1400×1400 pixels in JPEG or PNG format with a minimum file size of 1400KB and a maximum file size of 3000KB
-Your podcast website
-An iTunes ID (this can be your Apple ID)
How to Submit Your Podcast to Apple Podcasts
The first thing you need to do is create an RSS feed for your podcast. You can do this using a service like Feedburner or Podbean. Once you have created your RSS feed, you will need to submit it to Apple Podcasts.
To do this, you will need to log in to your iTunes Connect account. Once you are logged in, click on the “Podcasts” tab and then click on the “+”Sign in the top right-hand corner of the page.
Enter your RSS feed URL into the “Feed URL” field and then fill out the rest of the form. Once you have submitted your podcast, it will be reviewed by Apple and, if approved, will appear in iTunes within a few days.
How to Optimize Your Podcast for Apple Podcasts
Before you upload your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you need to make sure that it is optimized for the platform. Here are a few tips:
1. Use high-quality MP3 files. Apple Podcasts supports MP3 files with a bitrate of 96 kbps or higher.
2. Use AAC files. AAC files offer better sound quality than MP3 files, so they will provide a better listening experience for your listeners. However, they also take up more space, so you may need to use a higher-quality bitrate if you decide to go with AAC files.
3. Use ID3 tags. ID3 tags help identify your podcast episodes and can help organization software like iTunes organize your podcast episodes correctly.
4. Use accurate metadata. Be sure to include accurate and keyword-rich titles, descriptions, and artwork for each of your podcast episodes. This will help potential find your podcast in Apple Podcasts and other directory sites.
5. Choose the right category for your podcast. When submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you will need to choose a primary and secondary category for your show. Select categories that best describe your podcast content so that it can be easily found by potential listeners
Now that you know how to upload your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you start sharing your episodes with the world. Just remember to follow the guidelines, and be patient while your show is being reviewed. Once it’s live, make sure to promote your podcast in as many places as possible to attract new listeners.