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Apple Podcasters Program overview
Learn how to join the Apple Podcasters Program so you can offer listeners a premium subscription to your podcast.
Create an Apple Podcasts Connect account
Learn how to set up an Apple Podcasts Connect account so you can submit your podcast to Apple.
Agreements, tax, and banking overview
To sell subscriptions to your podcast on Apple Podcasts and receive payments from Apple, submit the required agreement.
Manage your Apple Podcasters Program membership
If you are part of the Apple Podcasters Program, learn how to renew, transfer, or cancel your plan.
Set up contact information
Learn how to set up and manage contacts for your agreement in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Set up tax information
If you plan to sell Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, learn about required tax forms and how to submit them on Apple Podcasts Connect.
Set up banking information
If you are offering Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, submit your banking information so you can receive payments from Apple.
Users and access
Learn about the roles and permissions available in Apple Podcasts Connect to help your team manage your podcast, view analytics, and track sales and payments.
Apple Podcasts content guidelines
Before submitting your show or offering a podcast subscription, review the Apple Podcasts content guidelines.
Subscriptions best practices
Follow these tips for setting up your subscription to accurately describe and promote your show.
Follow our technical guidelines for creating channel, subscription, and show artwork.
To create a podcast that is easily streamed without straining listeners’ bandwidth, encode and compress your audio in a format that produces the smallest file size possible.
Podcast RSS feed requirements
Review the requirements for a podcast RSS feed and see examples of correctly formatted XML tags.
Apple Podcasts categories
Choose a category that best reflects your show, so it appears in relevant searches and recommendations on Apple Podcasts.
Using Chapters on Apple Podcasts
Learn how chapters and chapter artwork can enhance the experience for your listeners on Apple Podcasts.
Channels, subscriptions, and Apple Podcasts Connect overview
Get a step-by-step walkthrough of how to set up a channel and subscription in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Set up your show for a subscription
As part of the Apple Podcasters Program, learn how to set up your show to offer ad-free episodes, access to archived content, early access to episodes, and subscriber-only shows.
Set up a subscription
To set up a subscription in Apple Podcasts Connect, prepare promotional information and artwork, add pricing and an optional free trial, and include subscriber audio for your episodes.
Submit a show
Submit a show via an RSS feed that’s hosted by a third-party provider or create a show in Apple Podcasts Connect if you are part of the Apple Podcasters Program.
Create a channel
In Apple Podcasts Connect, you can create a channel to list multiple podcasts in one place.
How to create an episode
You can create an episode in Apple Podcasts Connect or via an RSS feed with a third-party hosting provider.
Test your podcast RSS feed
After meeting all of Apple’s podcast requirements, test your show’s RSS feed before submitting it for review.
Validate your podcast RSS feed
Use Apple Podcasts Connect to validate your show’s RSS feed before submission.
Before they’re available on Apple Podcasts, channels, shows, and subscriptions are reviewed to ensure they comply with our content, subscription, and artwork guidelines.
Find a hosting solution
Find a hosting provider to create and manage your podcast RSS feed.
Insights to help launch a successful subscription on Apple Podcasts
Here a few takeaways we’ve learned since launching Apple Podcasts Subscriptions that can help podcasters create premium experiences that resonate with audiences.
Availability, rights, and release date
Select the countries and regions where your podcast should be available, set the release date and time for shows, and ensure you have all required content rights.
Remove a subscription from Apple Podcasts
Learn more about what happens when you remove a subscription from Apple Podcasts.
Update your podcast metadata
Learn how to update your metadata via an RSS feed or directly in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Manage subscription pricing
Learn how to schedule a price change for your subscription and how it affects your subscribers.
Manage your podcast
Get an overview of the features in Apple Podcasts Connect that will help you manage your shows on Apple Podcasts.
RSS feed refresh
Learn how to refresh your RSS feed if you don’t see your changes on Apple Podcasts.
Change the RSS feed URL
Whether you host your RSS feed or partner with a third-party provider, learn more about changing your podcast RSS feed URL.
Archive or restore a channel, show, or episode
If you no longer need to manage a channel, show, or episode, you can archive the content and restore it in the future when needed.
Transfer ownership of a podcast
Find out how to gain ownership of a podcast or transfer a podcast to someone else’s account.
Statuses in Apple Podcasts Connect
Learn about the status of your show, episode, channel, or subscription in Apple Podcasts Connect and what may need your attention.
Understand your analytics
Learn more about show analytics and what do if your show isn’t visible in the Analytics dashboard.
Measure podcast performance
Use Analytics to gain a better understanding of how users are listening to your shows and episodes on Apple Podcasts.
Learn about requirements for collecting Apple Podcasts listening data and the minimum thresholds for aggregating data.
Analytics best practices
Ensure that Analytics data is available to you by following these best practices for episode metadata.
Explore new analytics features
Learn about the latest analytics updates and features added to Apple Podcasts Connect.
Payments and financial reports
Learn about the minimum sales thresholds required to receive payments from Apple and how to download monthly financial reports.
Download subscription reports
If you’re a member of the Apple Podcasters Program and have channels with paid subscriptions, you can download reports that track the sales and renewals of subscriptions around the world.
How subscription grace periods and billing retry work
Learn how Apple Podcasts helps you keep subscribers through grace and billing retry periods.
Automatic Downloads on Apple Podcasts
Automatic Downloads make it easy for listeners to play and resume the podcasts they follow across devices.
Availability of Apple Podcasts features
Learn about the availability of free podcasts and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, see all available Apple Podcasts app languages, and view the annual fee for the Apple Podcasters Program by country or region.
Content infringement and digital rights management (DRM)
Learn about DRM and how to report a violation of your intellectual property rights.
Make sure your channel name, podcast titles, and episode titles are specific and unique so they may appear in relevant search results.
Ratings and reviews
Listeners and subscribers can leave ratings and reviews of your podcasts on Apple Podcasts.
Customer support for listeners
Listeners and subscribers reporting issues with a show on Apple Podcasts should reach out to Customer Support to investigate and resolve their issues.
Hosts and guests
Review the file formats, guidelines, and submission requirements for podcast host and guest images.
Make an impact with your podcast artwork
Learn tips for creating and designing great artwork for your listeners.
Become an Apple Services affiliate partner
Join the Apple Services Performance Partner Program to earn commissions each time a podcast subscription purchase is made from an affiliated link you share via email, social media, digital ads, or other marketing activities.
Apple Podcasts embed player
Use the Apple Podcasts embed player to feature your podcast on a website.
Start with a brief
Learn how a brief helps you turn your podcast idea into a real show, then see how to make your own.
Present your podcast
Learn how to package your show for Apple Podcasts by creating a complementary visual and verbal design.
Make the next great podcast trailer
Know the different kinds of podcast trailers and learn how to make one for your show.
Elevate your marketing assets
Discover tools made by Apple that help you leverage the Apple Podcasts brand to promote your podcast.
Connect on social media
Learn what fans expect on social media and how you can use different platforms to grow your podcast’s audience.
Promotional requests and artwork
If you are selected for a feature promotion on Apple Podcasts, make sure your artwork meets the requirements and guidelines.
Troubleshoot audio upload issues
Learn how to address common audio upload errors you may see in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Troubleshoot podcast availability
Know what to look for if you can’t find your show on Apple Podcasts.
Troubleshoot artwork issues
Learn how to address error messages related to submitting or updating your podcast artwork.
Hear from the creators behind Apple's Best Podcasts of 2021
Creators behind two of this year’s top shows share how they recorded in cramped closets, coped with creative challenges, and more.
Tenderfoot TV’s hustle is reshaping an industry
Tenderfoot TV cofounder Donald Albright talks tactics, tools, and tough lessons learned in podcasting.
How Betches went from meme machine to burgeoning podcast business
Betches cofounder Jordana Abraham talks about building a rapidly growing podcast community, what subscription benefits are appealing to listeners, and using podcast analytics to guide marketing efforts.
Lemonada podcasts: Therapy you can subscribe to
The cofounder of Lemonada reflects on growing a podcast network in a pandemic and rolling out subscriptions.
November 05, 2021
New RSS feed refresh
Introducing the RSS feed refresh which displays the latest updates on your RSS feed.
October 19, 2021
Holiday delivery deadlines
Check dates to submit new shows, channels, or subscriptions in November or December.
September 21, 2021
iOS 15 for Apple Podcasts
With the release of iOS 15, new sharing and personalization features are now available in Apple Podcasts.
August 09, 2021
Upcoming tax changes for podcasts
Coming soon, tax changes in certain regions will result in an adjustment to your proceeds.
July 29, 2021
What’s new for Apple Podcasts with iOS 14.7
Listeners on iOS 14.7 will enjoy new enhancements to Library that make it easier to manage their shows and episodes.
July 01, 2021
A notice about download reports
Listeners on iOS 14.6 may experience an issue with automatic downloads for new episodes that can reduce the number of downloads reported by third-party hosting providers.
June 08, 2021
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels launch worldwide on June 15
To prepare for launch, follow these tips so that your subscriptions and channels shine.
May 28, 2021
An update on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels
To ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June.
April 21, 2021
Introducing Apple Podcasts Subscriptions
Creators in more than 170 countries and regions can offer premium subscriptions on Apple Podcasts by enrolling in the Apple Podcasters Program.
April 21, 2021
Apple Podcasts Connect new features
Apple Podcasts Connect has been updated with a streamlined design and new features that make it easier to manage shows on Apple Podcasts.
March 08, 2021
The Apple Podcasts Kids & Family Collection with Common Sense Media
Apple Podcasts partnered with Common Sense Media to launch an editorially curated Kids & Family category in the U.S. that features safe, timely podcast recommendations for parents.
January 19, 2021
Introducing Apple Podcasts Spotlight
Spotlight is a new monthly feature from the Apple Podcasts editorial team highlighting podcast creators.
November 16, 2020
Introducing the Apple Podcasts web embed
The new Apple Podcasts embed player offers you a way to showcase your podcast on a website.
November 16, 2020
Optimize your show for Siri and Alexa
Siri and Alexa can help listeners find and subscribe to your show on Apple Podcasts.
August 27, 2020
Search enhancements available in more languages
Listeners can now discover shows and episodes based on audio transcripts in 10 more languages.
May 07, 2020
Apple Podcasts international expansion
Your show on Apple Podcasts is now available in 20 additional territories throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania.
May 07, 2020
Curated news collection
The updated News category page on Apple Podcasts is now hand-curated and features providers and shows from select news sources.
February 07, 2020
Show availability and content updates
Our system routinely monitors your show’s RSS feed to ensure any new episodes, artwork, or metadata edits are displayed on Apple Podcasts within 24 hours.
December 16, 2019
Best listens of 2019
Explore the shows that topped this year’s charts and made our editors’ list of favorites.
December 09, 2019
Manage show launches
Control your show’s launch date after submitting it for review.
December 09, 2019
Updates to host and guest image specifications
We’ve updated the aspect ratio of host and guest images displayed on show and episode pages.
August 09, 2019
Enhanced categories now available
Review the category selections to help maximize your show’s potential on Apple Podcasts.
June 04, 2019
Listeners will now be able to discover shows based on audio transcripts, topics, and people.
June 04, 2019
Enhanced Apple Podcasts categories
Learn about enhanced categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime, and dozens of new subcategories.
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.