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Everything you need to publish your podcast

System Requirements

The RSS Podcast Hosting Service configuration allows you to upload files of up to 200 MB.


Your Artwork Must Be
:

- JPG, PNG, or GIF image file

- Perfect square and at least 1600 x 1600 pixels. iTunes recommends images to be 3000 x 3000 pixels ( IMPORTANT: If you are distributing your music to the Amazon On Demand store, your artwork must be EXACTLY 1600 x 1600 pixels)

- Best-quality RGB Color mode (including black and white images)

- Resolution of at least 72 dpi (300 dpi is better)

- Only include text stating the artist name and release title (exactly as it appears in the title you enter in TuneCore) or image only with no text


Do NOT include :

- Extra text outside of your release title and artist name

- Mismatching text on artwork and artist name/title (i.e. if you're uploading a single but your art says the album title where the single will later appear, this is a conflict. You must enter the single's title or no title on the art).

- Email addresses, URLs, or any other contact information or any pricing information

- Stickers or other items from your artwork in case you are scanning it in from a physical CD - please remove them

- Anything suggesting that your release is a physical or digital product, such as "CD," "DVD," "Digital Exclusive"

- Cut off artwork (cut off text or images) or blurry artwork

- Artwork that is compressed into one corner with the rest of the image having white space

- Anything saying "iTunes" or referencing a digital store name or logo


RSS Podcast Hosting allows you to upload the following file formats:  mp3, mpg, mpeg, mov, wav, wma, wmv, ogg, wma, 3gp, amr, asf, avi, flv, jpg, jpeg, pdf, aif, aiff, m4a, m4v, epub

Subscriptions

Follow these steps:

1. Access to your Podcast dashboard with your email and password.

2. Click on "Subscription" tab

3. Click on "Cancel" button


Important

If you cancel your subscription you will not able to reactivate it.  

If your account expires or is cancelled in error, please contact support for possible reinstatement options.

Your podcast will be automatically deleted after 30 days.

RSS Podcast hosting offers 10 days free trial. Cancel anytime.


- Access your podcast account https://podcast.rss.com/?login

- From your Podcast dashboard, click on the "Subscription" tab.

- Check if your podcast status is "Paid" or "Trial"





After creating a new Podcast account you have to configure your podcast installation (homepage).

The page you are creating will be public.


1. Access your podcast dashboard https://podcast.rss.com 

2. Sign in with your email and password

3. Click on the button "Add new podcast"

4. Setup your podcast installation (homepage) information:

- Title: the title of your podcast

- Subtitle: the subtitle of your podcast

- Path URL: the path URL is a unique URL you will use to access your podcast. For example https://podcast.rss.com/myPodcastName

After creating your installation you will be able to see inside the "Podcast" installation and it will be available with your custom url, for example https://podcast.rss.com/myPodcastName  You can give out this URL and they will be able to listen to episodes here if they don't have a podcast player.


Important: You have to replace "myPodcastName" with the URL you choose during the podcast installation.

  • Access your podcast account https://podcast.rss.com/?login
  • From your Podcast dashboard, click on the "Subscription" tab.
  • Check your Plan type (Silver or Gold)
  • If your plan is Silver or Gold please contact us to upgrade your plan to Gold or get more storage


Right now each podcast user is allowed to create one podcast only.

Release 2.0 will allow customer to create multiple podcast installation with different URL.

In the meantime you have to create a new podcast account with a different email address.

We do not offer phone support.

Please open a support ticket clicking this link.

You will be contacted by our support staff shortly via email.

Your payments receipts are available in your dashboard.

- Access your podcast dashboard on https://podcast.rss.com

- Click login

- Enter your email and password

- Click on "Invoices" Tab



Follow this steps:

1. Access to your Podcast dashboard with your email and password.

2. Click on "Subscription" tab

3. Click on "Update card details" button


Podcasts

  • Add your email and password
  • Click on "Episode" > "Upload new episode"



Before you submit your podcast to iTunes or Spotify please change your cover art image and upload your first podcast episode.

After doing that you can easily find your podcast feed URL in your RSS Dashboard or from your podcast home page.


From you Podcast Dashboard

1. Sign in into your Podcast account from https://podcast.rss.com

2. Click on the "Podcast" tab to show your podcast installations


3. Click with the right button on the link "RSS Feed" and select the option "Copy RSS Feed"




From your Podcast's home page

1. Access your podcast installation ( https://podcast.rss.com/the-name-of-your-installation )

2. Click button "Copy RSS Feed"




Changing your Cover Art image is very simple.

- Sign in in you podcast home page http://podcast.rss.com/your-podcast-installation (replace "your-podcast-installation" with your real path)

- Click on the "Admin" link on the top of the page

- Enter your email and password

- In your "iTunes Store Setting" click "Change iTunes Cover Art" link

- Upload your new cover image (hint: some directories are very picky about the image size, for example: 1600x1600).

- Important: Refresh your Feed RSS and go to "Admin" > "Episode" > "Force Update RSS Feed"


We are working on a new version release in order to include usage stats of each Podcast on our server.


iTunes: iTunes doesn’t provide podcast subscriber numbers.

Spotify: https://podcasters.spotify.com/faqs

Google Play Podcast: https://support.google.com/googleplay/podcasts/answer/6260344?hl=en


Stay tuned!

There are a lot of tools on line you can use to check if your podcast RSS feed is working or not.

One of them is the website podba.se

Just add your podcast feed URL, for example "https://podcast.rss.com/myPodcastUrl/feed.xml"

https://podba.se/validate/

Important: replace the "myPodcastUrl" path with your real url name.

- Access to you podcast URL https://podcast.rss.com/yourPodcastName (Replace yourPodcastName with your real URL path)

- Click on the admin button on the top right corner of the page

- Add your email and password

- From your podcast admin click  on "Manage tags" in the Episode section

- You will able to delete, edit and create new categories (tags)






- Sign in in you podcast installation http://podcast.rss.com/your-podcast-installation (please replace "your-podcast-installation" with your real URL path)

- Click on the "Admin" link on the top of the page

- Add your email and password

- Click on "Force update RSS Feed" under the "Episodes" section.



Rss Podcast hosting offers the option of adding an image to your long podcast description.

The image has to be hosted on an external server (so you have to know you image URL).

For example if you wanted to add the following image: 

https://rss.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-250.png



Click on the image button inside the long description editor:


Add the following information:

- Source: https://rss.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-250.png

- Image description: Your image description

- Dimension: automatically displayed





One of the most recurring questions has been why iTunes and the iOS Podcast app don't show the artwork associated to single episodes yet keep displaying the main podcast artwork/cover art.


The short answer to this question is that, at the moment, the iOS podcast app and iTunes do NOT seem to implement the <itunes:image> tag (artwork) for single episodes, and they keep showing the main podcast artwork (see also discussion here).

RSS does successfully implement all the recommendations from Apple in regards to the itunes specific podcast tags, including <itunes:image> both at the feed and at the item level. According to the technical specs

The <itunes:image> tag is also supported at the <item> (episode) level

However Apple does not implement this specific recommendation neither in the iOS podcast app nor in iTunes. Currently, the artwork associated with a single episode (<item>) using the <itunes:image> tag is simply ignored.


The only way to show artwork (one or more images) associated with a single podcast episode is to use GarageBand for Mac and create an "enhanced podcast".


- Access your podcast URL https://podcast.rss.com/yourPodcastName (Replace yourPodcastName with your real URL path)

- Click on the Admin button on the top right corner of the page

- Add your email and password

- Click on "Change my podcast details" links



- Access your podcast URL https://podcast.rss.com/yourPodcastName (Replace yourPodcastName with your real URL path)

- Click on the admin button on the top right corner of the page

- Add your email and password

- From your podcast admin page click  on "Edit / Delete Episode" link in the "Episode" section


- Click on the "edit/delete" button on the single podcast episode





Rss Podcast hosting offer the option to add an image to your long podcast description.
The image has to be hosted on an external server (so you have to know you image URL).

For example if we want to add the following image:

https://rss.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-250.png



Click on the image button inside the long description editor:


Add the following information:

- Source: https://rss.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-250.png

- Image description: Your image description

- Dimension: automatically displayed






The cover art image for a single podcast episode comes from the Mp3 file.

MP3 files have the ability to store more than just audio data. Using the built-in tagging capabilities of the MP3 file format you can add data such as artist and song names and genres. You can also embed album art in an MP3 file. Most software media players can show album art when you play a song, as can many personal media players such as the iPod. Embed album art using Media Player in Windows 7 or iTunes on a Mac.


Windows 7

Step 1: Run Windows Media Player from the Start menu. You can also double-click an [MP3](https://itstillworks.com/13579348/what-is-an-mp3) file to run Windows Media Player if it is your computer's default music player.

Step 2: Locate the MP3 file in the Media Player library. If the song that you want to add album art to is not in the library, drag it to the Media Player window and drop it.

Step 3: Right-click the MP3 file and then select Find Album Info. Media Player searches online for music matching the selected MP3 file and displays thumbnail images in a new window.

Step 4: Click the thumbnail containing the correct album art, and then click "Next." Click "Finish" to add the album art to the MP3 file.


Mac OS X

Step 1: Run iTunes from the dock or the Applications folder.

Step 2: Click the Advanced menu at the top of the window, and then select Get Album Artwork to have iTunes find the artwork for all the songs in the iTunes library. Alternatively, right-click a single MP3 file and select Get Album Artwork to have iTunes find the album art for that song only. If iTunes finds the correct album art it modifies the MP3 file automatically. If iTunes is unable to find the album art, continue to the next step.

Step 3: Right-click the MP3 file and select Get Info.

Step 4: Click the Artwork tab.

Step 5: Drag an image file to the Artwork tab and drop it. Alternatively, click the "Add" button, locate an image file on your computer and double-click it. Click "OK."


Tip

If Windows Media Player is unable to locate the album art for a song, use a custom image from your computer. Right-click an image file and select Copy. Then right-click an MP3 file in the Windows Media Player library and select Paste Album Art.

The redirection service is not available right now. It's still in development and will be added in release 2.0.

iTunes

RSS is a hosting company, and has no influence on whether or not iTunes will accept your RSS feed. iTunes generally accepts feeds within 24 hours to 2 weeks. If you have not heard back from them within this time range, please reach out to them directly.

Before you actually submit your feed to iTunes, please review "Setting up your RSS" feed Help Center section to ensure that you have followed all requirements needed.

- Upload at least one podcast episode

- Change your Cover Art Image

Once you have made sure that your RSS feed is customized to your liking, make sure that it is a valid feed by copy-pasting the RSS feed from your podcast installation URL.


You must have an active Apple ID to submit podcasts to the iTunes Store Apple Podcasts directory. You may create a new Apple ID if you do not already have one.

1. Sign in to iTunes Podcasts Connect (https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/)

2. Click the iTunes Connect Add podcast button at the top left of the iTunes Connect dashboard.

3. Enter your RSS feed into the provided text box and then click the “Validate” button.

4. A Feed Preview will load if you do not have any validation errors. Please take a moment and review your podcast artwork, description, general information (e.g. description, categories, etc), and episodes. Please see the Validation Errors section if you have any problems validating your podcast feed.

5 If everything within the Feed Preview is correct, click the “Submit” button.


1. Go to podcastsconnect.apple.com

2. Select "My Podcasts"

3. Select the show you want to remove

4. Select "Delete Podcast"

It can typically take up to 24 hours for iTunes to update your podcast. If your podcast is valid and you are unable to see the changes to your podcast on iTunes after 24 hours, please reach out to them directly.


Spotify

To submit your Podcast RSS Feed to Spotify visit the following webpage and  copy/paste your podcast RSS Feed XML in the appropriate box.

Create your Spotify Podcast account, this is the page you are looking for:

https://podcasters.spotify.com/submit

Once you've submitted, it usually takes between 2-5 days to show up. You can quickly search the app for your podcast each day until it appears.

Your podcast data is updated daily, and always shows data from yesterday and before. When you add new podcasts or episodes to your RSS account, their data will synchronize one day later.


Please reach out podcasters-support@spotify.com with your request and Spotify team will help you out. To get help faster, please include the name of your podcast, the link to your old and new RSS feeds and the email address of your Spotify account.


Account

If you are not able to log in to your account please verify that you have validated your email address.

After creating your RSS podcast account you were sent a confirmation email to the email address you provided at sign up. This is an example of that email:

Locate the validation email in your inbox and click on the orange button at the bottom of the email to validate your email address and account.

If you did not receive this email, please check your email's Spam folder too.

If you made a mistake typing your email address when you signed up. please open a support ticket below.

If you forgot your password please follow these steps to change your password.

1. Access this page: http://podcast.rss.com

2. If you're already logged in please logout by clicking the "Logout" button on the top of the page.

3. Click the "Login" button

4. Click the "Forgot your password" link and follow the instructions to reset your password.


Very Important: the reset password process does not work if you did not validate your email address

A few minutes after you created your account a validation email is sent to you.

Click on the orange button "Confirm your email address". 

After validate your email address your RSS account will be activated and validated and you will be able to reset your password.



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