April 22, 2019

Best practices for episode numbering

Separating episode numbers from the title makes it possible for Apple to easily index and order content. We encourage you to use the <itunes:episode> tag to specify your episode numbers. For example:

  • <itunes:title>Mali Festival in the Desert and the Best Kebabas in Timbuktu</itunes:title>
  • <itunes:episode>1</itunes:episode>

If you decide to include episode numbers in the titles, we recommend doing so in the <title> tag. Use <itunes:title> to include just the title without its number. For example:

  • <title>01 Mali Festival in the Desert and the Best Kebabas in Timbuktu</title>
  • <itunes:title>Mali Festival in the Desert and the Best Kebabas in Timbuktu</itunes:title>
  • <itunes:episode>1</itunes:episode>