Tutorial: How to Create a Podcast RSS Feed?

Create Podcast RSS Feed with Feedity Using our RSS feed generator tool, you can create a podcast RSS feed for submission to the Apple iTunes Store or other podcast distribution services.

Step 1: Publishing your Podcast

Once you've recorded an episode, you can upload the audio or video file(s) to your website server or a media hosting service like SoundCloud (recommended) or Internet Archive.

Step 2: Create Podcast RSS Feed

Next, you can use Feedity to make an auto-updating RSS feed for the podcast. If you've uploaded your media to SoundCloud, then contact us to get access to our SoundCloud Feed API (unofficial) and skip rest of the steps below. If you've uploaded your media elsewhere, then continue following the steps below.

On our homepage, enter the public URL (address) of your podcast webpage to create an instant feed for the podcast using our Visual Selector tool or Advanced Refinement feature. The podcast webpage should ideally include episode titles, summaries, images and direct links to media files.

When you want to add a new podcast episode, you can upload your media files and update the podcast webpage with the new episode details, as you normally would. Feedity will automatically update the podcast RSS feed and relay it to iTunes.

Podcast RSS feeds created with Feedity meet all industry standards for a valid RSS 2.0 feed and include relevant media enclosures.

Contact us if you need any help with creating or refining your podcast feed.

Step 3: Include iTunes Podcasting Elements

Next, you must include some required and recommended iTunes podcasting elements (metadata) like category, subcategory, cover art image, search keywords etc., in the podcast feed.

To include this metadata, you can simply route the podcast feed created with Feedity through FeedBurner (a free service from Google). Just add your Feedity feed in FeedBurner (use HTTP URL of your Feedity feed, since FeedBurner doesn't support HTTPS URLs), and then add the podcast information on FeedBurner (under Optimize tab > SmartCast menu). FeedBurner will assign a new feed URL to the podcast feed. Your podcast feed contents will still be auto-generated by Feedity, but the metadata will be applied by FeedBurner, before relaying it to iTunes.

Contact us if you need any help with optimizing your podcast feed.

Step 4: Submit Podcast Feed to Apple iTunes Store

Next, you can submit your podcast feed (i.e. the Feedity-FeedBurner feed URL or the Feedity-SoundCloud feed URL) by clicking Submit a Podcast in the Podcast Quick Links of the Podcasts section in the iTunes Store. An Apple ID is required.

You can also link to your podcast RSS feed from your website and share it on social networking sites. The simplest way to directly link to your podcast feed from your website and have it open in iTunes for website visitors is to use the following URL schema:

itpc://FEEDURL (e.g. itpc://feedity.com/website-com/feedid.rss or itpc://feeds.feedburner.com/YourWebsitePodcastFeed)
For more details about submitting podcast feeds to the iTunes Store, please checkout the 'FAQs: For Podcast Makers' and 'Making a Podcast' pages on the Apple website.