What happens after I submit my RSS feed?

After submission, your podcast will be reviewed by Apple for approval. This process may take up to five business days. You can monitor the status of your show in Podcasts Connect, or wait for a confirmation email.

If approved, the confirmation email will include a link to your show. This link will be live shortly after the email is sent. Your show will become searchable on Apple Podcasts within 24 hours. 

If rejected, review your RSS feed against our content and artwork requirements. You can also find more detailed reasons, specific to your show, in My Podcasts.

Why was my show rejected or removed?

We’ve highlighted some of the most common issues, with examples, that cause shows to get rejected to help you better prepare your feeds before submitting them for review. 

Review the feed, image and content requirements as well as Podcast best practices for additional reasons. You can also see specific details regarding your show’s status in My Podcasts in Podcasts Connect.

Incomplete metadata
These are some things to avoid:

  • Including placeholder text from your hosting provider
    <description>New podcast weblog</description>
    <description>Cover art photo provided by [name]</description>
    <description>Description goes here</description>
    <description>Podcast by [author name]</description>

  • Repeating verbatim the title or author name in the description
    <title>The Very Hungry Tourists</title>
    <itunes:author>Dr. María Sánchez and John Appleseed</itunes:author>
    <description>The Very Hungry Tourists by Dr. María Sánchez and John Appleseed</description>

  • Incorporating irrelevant or spam metadata.
    <title>The Very Hungry Tourists | Travel | Explore | Learn</title>
    <itunes:author>Dr. María Sánchez, coach and travel enthusiast</itunes:author>​

  • Including episode numbers in show titles.
    <title>The Very Hungry Tourists Ep. 01</title>

Inaccurate language
The language spoken on the show must be congruent with the language specified on the RSS feed by the language tag. 

Invalid artwork

  • Placeholder images from your hosting provider.
  • The iTunes Store logo, Apple Podcasts logo, or the Apple logo.
  • Visual representation of the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or any other Apple hardware.

How do I resubmit a feed?

Should your show fail our review process or be removed from our catalog, review your RSS feed and content to ensure compliance. Then, revalidate the feed and resubmit via Podcasts Connect.

For more information on how to troubleshoot failed, rejected, or removed shows, see Podcasts Connect Help for more information. 

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