Podcasts can be seen as a cross between radio shows and a blog. It can be produced by virtually anyone with little outlay and only very basic knowledge of IT. If you want to publish a podcast, Apple’s iTunes is one of the best place for you. To publish a podcast on iTunes is very easy, and takes less time to get it up and running. Here is how you can do this:
Steps on How to Publish Podcast to iTunes
1 Sign in/Sign up for an Apple ID
Sign into your iTunes account using your Apple ID. If you are just new to the Apple world, you will need to create an Apple ID. To create an Apple ID, download the iTunes app from www.itunes.com and install the software. Click on the iTunes store option on the left screen to begin setting up your account. You can also visit Apple website to create Apple ID
2 Make a Podcast
Since you now have an iTunes account and have logged in to your account, you can now proceed to making either the video or audio for your podcast. After making the podcast, make sure you save it in a format that is supported by iTunes, such as, mp4, mov, m4v, mp3, m4a, and pdf or epub format for text.
3 Design the Podcast Cover Image
After the making of the podcast, create a 1400x1400 pixel image file in either PNG or JPG format in the RGB color. This image will be used as the album cover for your podcast. If you are to include any text on the album cover art, you should make it readable.
4 Upload the Podcast to Your Website
Host the audio or video file on your website before uploading the podcast to iTunes. You can use a WordPress or some other platforms to design your website, and some freeware FTP software to transfer files from your PC to the internet. To host the file, you can build a basic website that would tell prospective listeners a bit more about your podcast in general and more about the particular podcast show.
5 Generate an RSS Feed
To generate an RSS feed for your podcast, you can use various online RSS creation service, or create one yourself using a text editor for XML document creation.
6 Make an iTunes Feed
Once all your podcast has been added to your website, and you have associated them with the right label, then your RSS feed is almost ready. All that is needed for the RSS feed to be ready is for you to add some extra iTunes-specific information to the feed. Information like, your podcast category, and the location of your podcast cover image.
7 Upload Podcast to iTunes
To upload your podcast to iTunes, copy and paste the web address for your podcast RSS feed, and then click on validate. You will need to wait, so as to make sure that iTunes has received your podcast. A Feed preview will load if you do not have any validation errors. Visit the Validation error section if you have any problem with validating your podcast, and if everything within the Feed Preview is ok, click on the submit button to submit your podcast to iTunes.
After submitting your podcast, Apple will send you an email to notify you that your podcast is under review. It may take up to 10 days for your podcast to be approved. Once it has been approved, Apple will send you an email titled “iTunes Store Podcast Approved Notification” and will also include your own unique iTunes subscribe URL
How to Add Podcast to iTunes
iMyFone TunesMate is a software that allows you to transfer media files between your iPhone and computer/iTunes freely. The software acts as a bridge between your iPhone/iPod/iPad and iTunes/PC without causing any synchronizing issues. It allows you to transfer music, video, and photos between your iOS devices and also uninstall apps. Some of the features of iMyFone TunesMate includes:
- Ability to transfer between an iPhone and a Computer/iTunes – iMyFone TunesMate offers a two-way transfer, that enables you to transfer media files between your iOS device and your iTunes or Computer
- It also gives you the opportunity to preview files on your iOS device from your computer, so as to selectively transfer media files between the two devices.
- With the help of iMyFone TunesMate, you can easily synchronize data between your Computer/iTunes without the fear of erasing the data from your device.
Exporting podcast from you iOS device (iPhone) to iTunes has been made easier with the use of iMyFone TunesMate. To export an iPhone podcast to your iTunes, take this following steps:
Step 1: Launch the iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
Step 2: Click on “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” option, it will scan all the media files on your iPhone.
Step 3: After the scan, all the media file on your iPhone that are not on your iTunes library will be shown.
Step 4: To export all the podcast on your iPhone to your iTunes, select the Podcast folder option only and click on start. All the podcast on your iPhone would be transferred to your iTunes.
Step 5: To export a specific podcast on your iPhone, choose the podcast and then click on Export>Export to iTunes. The particular podcast would be transferred to your iTunes.