How to get your podcast on iTunes

18 Dec

This is going to be a different kind of post, because when I was trying to get my podcast (which I’ll write about later, but check it out if interested!) on iTunes I discovered that it was an obnoxiously difficult process and that there weren’t any simple instructions online. It’s free to do, but involves a few steps. So, for anyone starting a podcast, here’s how to get that up and running where the world can listen!

  1. Record your podcast as an mp3. I use Garage Band to do this, but you can use any recording software.
  2. Get an account on the Internet Archive.
  3. Once you have an account, log in and click on the “Audio” button along the top black bar of the site.
  4. Along the right side, next to your name, you will see and “Upload” button. Click on it and upload your mp3. Don’t close this tab!
  5. Now you need a wordpress site. Other free hosting sites should also work, but I’m familiar with using wordpress. If you already have a blog, you can use that one or create a new one.
  6. Create a new category that will be just for the audio files of your podcast. Mine is called “Podcast Episodes” (pretty simple) but you can name it whatever you want.
  7. Create a new post. The title should be the title you want to have show up in iTunes for that episode. If you want to include a short episode summary, that should be the body of the post. Make sure that you assign that post to the category that you’ve created for your episodes.
  8. Underneath the text for the episode summary, type audio(I had to screenshot that so it wouldn’t try to create an actual audio file)
  9. Go back to your archive.org page (remember, you didn’t close that tab). Under VBR MP3, there is a link. Mine usually says something like 7.4 MB, but that will depend on the size of the file. Copy the url on this new tab.
  10. Paste this url where the “x” is on your wordpress draft.
  11. Publish the draft! Now, it should be a short blog post with an audio file that you can click to play.
  12. Now, you need an account on feedburner.org. This is a free service provided by Google that will create the RSS feed that iTunes will grab your podcast from.
  13. Once you’ve created an account and verified your email, it will ask you to create a feed. Into the url box, paste the link for the category that you are posting your episodes to. For example, mine is: http://riversidevoicepodcast.wordpress.com/category/podcast-episodes. Yours will be different, of course. Check the “I am a podcaster” box.
  14. Click “next” until you get to the “configure your podcast” page. At this point, you can add an image that will be the thumbnail for your podcast on iTunes. You can also add a description of your podcast.
  15. Keep clicking “next” until it says “Your podcast is ready for the world”. You can, of course, change any of the settings on these pages as you wish, it’ll just still work if you don’t.
  16. Now, go to the iTunes store. Click on “podcasts” along the top and then “submit a podcast” along the right edge.
  17. Along the very top of your feedburner page, you can click “my feeds.”
  18. Then, next to the title of your podcast, there is a little signal icon. Click on it.
  19. In the “subscribe now” box, copy the link under “…with something else”
  20. Paste that link into the box on iTunes.
  21. Now, you wait! Once your podcast is approved (should take a day or two), you’ll be on the iTunes store! In the future, you’ll have to add your files to archive.org and then create a wordpress post, but as long as you categorize it correctly and set up all your links properly, it should link directly to Feedburner and then to iTunes in a couple of hours.

I hope this was helpful! Good luck creating your podcasts and please let me know if you have any questions – and if you successfully upload a podcast with these instructions!

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