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 and 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 Web server or a media hosting service like SoundCloud (recommended for audio content) 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 use the form below to create a podcast feed within seconds using our feed API (requires sign-up), and see the last step below to submit your podcast to the iTunes Store.

Sign up to create a podcast feed from SoundCloud or your site, and publish to iTunes, Stitcher, MixCloud, TuneIn etc.

SoundCloud Profile Id

For example: if your SoundCloud profile URL is 'www.soundcloud.com/johndoe' then your Id is 'johndoe'
Podcast Category

Choose a relevant category for your podcast on the iTunes Store

You must upload suitable images for your SoundCloud profile avatar (used as podcast cover art) and individual media (used as podcast episode art) in the JPEG/JPG format (RGB) with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 2048 x 2048 pixels, for the feed to be acceptable by the iTunes Store. Disclaimer: this feed API is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, SoundCloud. It's an unofficial but reliable interface developed by us to supplement or enhance the service provided by SoundCloud. By using this API, you accept our Terms of Service.

If you've uploaded your media elsewhere (i.e. not on SoundCloud), then enter the public URL (address) of your podcast webpage on our homepage to create an instant feed for the podcast using our Visual Selector tool or Advanced Refinement feature. Your 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, if your media is not uploaded to SoundCloud, but elsewhere, then 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) to the iTunes Store at itunes.apple.com/.../publishPodcast (an Apple ID is required).

You can use the same podcast feed to publish your podcast on Stitcher (see submission info), MixCloud (see submission info), TuneIn (see submission info) and other podcast or streaming services.

Moreover, you can share the podcast feed on social networking sites or link to it from your website. 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.