How to resubmit a Feedburner podcast to iTunes
For months—months—I’d had trouble submitting the Comparative Media Studies Colloquium podcast feed to iTunes.
Today I finally had a free morning to really sort through these issues.
- When I tried to submit Feedburner’s podcast feed, I would get the message “It appears the feed has already been submitted.”
- That was a problem because the podcast was not listed in the iTunes podcast directory
- iTunes is notorious for not responding to requests for help, though I can’t blame them
(There were also problems with converting our podcast feed to XML and discovering that Feedburner now requires a Google account, but that’s not for now.)
After rooting around a dozen different help forums, one thing was clear: the only way to resubmit a podcast feed so that iTunes doesn’t think it’s a duplicate is to change certain key XML data. Though no one in these forums knew so, it turns out that you can change this data within Feedburner itself:
- Log in to your feed
- Click the Optimize tab
- In the sidebar under Services, click Title/Description Burner
- And within that, tweak the description of your podcast
I went an extra step and changed more, since all of that “Optimization data” is actually what shows up in your podcast feed’s XML. So I added geotag info, a new image, and selected the SmartCast and SmartFeed options….all the more to make it appear different from the previous version already submitted to iTunes.
The podcast should be on iTunes sometime next week. And though I hate to wait for it, this email I just got was so very sweet:
Dear Podcast Owner
Your podcast feed, [ http://feeds2.feedburner.com/MITCMSColloquium ] was successfully added and is now under review.
The iTunes Store Team