I ordinarily would have just tweeted about this, but it’s a little longer than what I can explain in 140 characters. I hope the SMUG community (and the broader world of what Shel Israel calls Twitterville) can provide the answer.
We have some podcasts listed in iTunes, and would like to be able to change the feed address in the directory. We’ve switched to a better way of publishing the podcasts, and also are using Feedburner to enable us to get better statistics.
So in essence we want to be able to update our iTunes listing for these podcasts to have the new RSS feed addresses instead of the old ones. We would prefer to not have to create duplicate entries for the podcasts in iTunes, and we want to completely switch over to the new RSS feeds without losing our existing base.
We don’t see any way to do this in the iTunes directory. Is it even possible?
I had done a quick Google search with the question and got this result; no answer here, either. So I’m turning it into a SMUG research project.
Here’s my hypothesis: I’m thinking it may not be possible to update the feed in the iTunes directory because when you subscribe to a podcast feed using iTunes, what really happens is your iTunes goes to the podcast directory and grabs the feed URL. Then when you launch iTunes again, it goes directly from your computer to that feed address to look for any new episodes (without checking back to the iTunes store/directory). So even if you could update the feed in the iTunes directory, your subscribers’ desktop clients wouldn’t be notified.
Does that seem like a reasonable explanation? Does anyone really know whether that’s the answer?
Has anyone successfully migrated from an older RSS feed to a new one, in iTunes and in other directories? Do you have recommendations on how to do this?
This is a new kind of Chancellor RAQ: instead of questions for the Chancellor, these are questions from the Chancellor.
I would appreciate any answers the community can provide. And once we get the answer, hopefully we will have definitive guidance that future Googlers will find high in the rankings.
I received notice yesterday that my listing of Chancellor Conversations in the iTunes Store Podcast Directory, which I submitted as part of the Podcasting 110 course, was approved.
So now, it’s even easier: just click this link to subscribe to Chancellor Conversations in iTunes.
I had always wondered how those links worked, in which podcasters put little “Subscribe in iTunes” icons on their pages. Now I know. Apple sends the code, and you just hyperlink from your page.
Here’s what the Chancellor Conversations page looks like in the iTunes directory (click the image to enlarge):
I hope you’ll subscribe in iTunes and continue to learn about social media with me.
A podcast is the perfect vehicle for providing in-depth audio and video information to an interested audience. And not just an “audience,” but a community: if you use a blog to distribute your podcast, listeners can provide feedback through their comments. This post is a recap of Social Media University, Global’s 100-level Podcasting courses, and will take you step-by-step through everything you need to create your own podcast
Best of all, the education is completely FREE. SMUG has no tuition, and all of the tools to create and distribute your podcast used and recommended in these courses are free.
You’ll learn how to:
- Subscribe to podcasts for FREE using iTunes
- Record your audio files for FREE using Audacity
- Use WordPress.com as your FREE server for delivering podcasts (a $20 savings over typical costs, exclusively for SMUG students)
- Enhance your podcast feed through Feedburner so you can get traffic and usage data, and so your users can more easily subscribe, and
- Get your podcast listed in the major podcast directories like the iTunes Store and Podcast Alley.
You’ll do all of this without spending a penny, but just investing your time, assuming you have access to a computer with a built-in microphone. Then, after you’ve experimented with your own personal podcast, you will have the confidence born of first-hand knowledge and hands-on experience that will enable you to make decisions on how and whether to use podcasting in your work or volunteer organizations. Here are the 10 steps to your free podcast:
- Podcasting 101/Social Media 106: Introduction to Podcasting
- Podcasting 102: Becoming a Podcaster
- Podcasting 103: Creating Audio Files Takes Audacity
- Podcasting 104: Adding ID3 Tags to Your Audio Files
- Podcasting 105: WordPress.com is My Podcast Server (and Yours)
- Podcasting 106: Creating an RSS Podcast Feed
- Podcasting 107: Posting a Podcast Episode
- Podcasting 108: Subscribing to Your Podcast
- Podcasting 109: Hotter Podcast Feeds through Feedburner
- Podcasting 110: Listing Your Podcast in iTunes and Other Directories
Upon completion of these 10 steps, you will receive your non-accredited Associate of Arts in Podcastology and will be added to the SMUG Dean’s List. Then you’ll be ready to explore advanced courses at the 200-level and above, learning about production enhancements like better recording devices, adding music to your podcast without going to jail, conducting interviews remotely through Skype, mixing tracks and adjusting recording levels, and otherwise making your podcast more professional.
Please give your feedback on this 10-step free podcast program, either in the comments below or on the individual courses. We’re always open to suggestions on how we can improve the educational experience.
And if you find the program helpful, please use your blog, Twitter, Facebook — or the buttons below — to share it with your friends and colleagues.
iTunes, Podcast Alley and Yahoo are among the major directories that people use to search for podcasts that interest them. If you’ve created a podcast and want it to be widely heard, getting listed in these directories is important.
So just how do you go about doing this? Glad you asked! Podcasting 110 takes you step-by-step through the process of getting your podcast listed, and reviews how you can guarantee that your podcast can be found through Google.
Here’s where Chancellor Conversations is listed on Podcast Alley.
- Go through the earlier courses in the Podcasting curriculum so that you will have a podcast of your own
- Submit your podcast feed in iTunes
- Submit your podcast feed in Podcast Alley
- Submit your podcast feed in Yahoo Search
- Put your podcast feed in a widget on your own WordPress.com blog
- Post links to the directory listings of your podcast in the comments below
If you really want to impress the Chancellor with your thirst for knowledge, subscribe to Chancellor Conversations.
This is a one-credit course in the Podcasting curriculum for Social Media University, Global. It shows you how to subscribe to the podcast feed you’ve created (or to our guinea pig Toby Palmer’s) using a manual cut-and-paste method.
Here’s the slidecast for the course. When you’re done viewing it, see the homework at the bottom.
1. Try clicking this link and see what happens. Then describe what happened in the comments below.
2. Open iTunes, and copy and paste this URL into the “Advanced/Subscribe to Podcast” window as described in the slidecast above.