Feed Issues Update

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series iTunes Podcast Issue

I think I finally have my iTunes store podcast listing straightened out. Something about not having PowerPress display the media player and download links in my posts and having a YouTube embed instead. Once I allowed the media player to display the iTunes store listing refreshed with my latest episodes.

It shouldn’t work that way, no other directory had a problem. But…what works, works, I guess. Sadly I know have both the PowerPress player and the YouTube player in my podcast posts. I’m trying to figure out what to do about that. I’ll be leaving it for the time being, and maybe, hopefully, I’ll get it sorted out one of these days. For now I’m just thankful the listing has finally updated.

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Feed Issues

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series iTunes Podcast Issue

My iTunes store podcast listing is borked, the rss feed is working properly though, so use that for the time being.

I noticed the problem after uploading Follow Your Heart, and spent the next 12 hours trying to figure it out. I got it working again, kinda, I think.

There were multiple possible issues, but I couldn’t find any definite answers. Through trial and error I have decerned a few things that wreck havoc on podcast catchers and services.

  • the length of audio seems to be a factor, tracks under 40 seconds will cause some services to hang and stop processing the feed
  • feed aggregators are very finicky about formats and containers, many don’t know how to handle lossless ALAC encoded m4a, while processing lossy AAC encoded m4a just fine.
  • some services freak out over unicode characters in a podcast title, description, or post. I had a “₀” (SUBSCRIPT ZERO Unicode: U+2080) that caused issues.

Various podcast services and catcher are working again, and while the iTunes app on OS X, and Apple’s Podcast app on iOS are working, my iTunes store listing isn’t updating. Guess it’s a wait and see game at this point.

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A cool graphic

I’m a sucker for good infodesign, such as this graphic from Auphonic’s Audio Processing Statistics Explained page.

An infographic explaining the Auphonic waveform display.

What I’m most fond of is they didn’t overload it with redundant info, opting instead to have a series of graphics that examine a little at a time. Which reminds me, a friend recently told me I had two poems on my hands, not one. I objected. Still do. This isn’t like that!

Auphonic is a cool thing for podcasters and other audio producers. For an explanation, see Chooch’s review.

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