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Create an Apple Podcasts Connect account
Learn how to set up an Apple Podcasts Connect account so you can submit your podcast to Apple.
Find a hosting solution
Find a hosting provider to create and manage your podcast RSS feed.
Podcast RSS feed requirements
Review the requirements for a podcast RSS feed and see examples of correctly formatted XML tags.
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.
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.
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.
Agreements, tax, and banking overview
To sell subscriptions to your podcast on Apple Podcasts and receive payments from Apple, submit the required agreement.
August 27, 2020
Search enhancements available in more languages
Listeners can now discover shows and episodes based on audio transcripts in 10 more languages.
Set up contact information
Learn how to set up and manage contacts for your agreement in Apple Podcasts Connect.
May 7, 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.
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.
May 7, 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.
Set up banking information
If you are offering Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, submit your banking information so you can receive payments from Apple.
February 7, 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.
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.
December 16, 2019
Best listens of 2019
Explore the shows that topped this year’s charts and made our editors’ list of favorites.
Test your podcast RSS feed
After meeting all of Apple’s podcast requirements, test your show’s RSS feed before submitting it for review.
December 9, 2019
Manage show launches
Control your show’s launch date after submitting it for review.
Validate your podcast RSS feed
Use Apple Podcasts Connect to validate your show’s RSS feed before submission.
December 9, 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.
Before they’re available on Apple Podcasts, channels, shows, and subscriptions are reviewed to ensure they comply with our content, subscription, and artwork guidelines.
August 9, 2019
Enhanced categories now available
Review the category selections to help maximize your show’s potential on Apple Podcasts.
June 4, 2019
Listeners will now be able to discover shows based on audio transcripts, topics, and people.
Update your podcast metadata
Learn how to update your metadata via an RSS feed or directly in Apple Podcasts Connect.
June 4, 2019
Enhanced Apple Podcasts categories
Learn about enhanced categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime, and dozens of new subcategories.
Manage your podcast
Get an overview of the features in Apple Podcasts Connect that will help you manage your shows on Apple Podcasts.
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.
April 22, 2019
Optimize your show’s metadata
Review our tips for creating podcast metadata, including your show title, author name, and description.
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.
Create a channel
In Apple Podcasts Connect, you can create a channel to list multiple podcasts in one place.
Transfer ownership of a podcast
Find out how to gain ownership of a podcast or transfer a podcast to someone else’s account.
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.
RSS feed refresh
Apple checks podcast RSS feeds to detect new episodes and other metadata or artwork changes and will display changes on Apple Podcasts within 24 hours after detecting them.
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.
Understand your analytics
Learn more about show analytics and what do if your show isn’t visible in the Analytics dashboard.
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.
Hosts and guests
Review the file formats, guidelines, and submission requirements for podcast host and guest images.
Content infringement and digital rights management (DRM)
Learn about DRM and how to report a violation of your intellectual property rights.
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.
Troubleshoot podcast availability
Know what to look for if you can’t find your show on Apple Podcasts.
Promotional requests and artwork
If you are selected for a feature promotion on Apple Podcasts, make sure your artwork meets the requirements and guidelines.
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.
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.
Make the next great podcast trailer
Know the different kinds of podcast trailers and learn how to make one for your show.
Explore new analytics features
Learn about the latest analytics updates and features added to Apple Podcasts Connect.
Troubleshoot artwork issues
Learn how to address error messages related to submitting or updating your podcast artwork.
Apple Podcasts embed player
Use the Apple Podcasts embed player to feature your podcast on a website.
Manage subscription pricing
Learn how to schedule a price change for your subscription and how it affects your subscribers.
Manage your Apple Podcasters Program membership
If you are part of the Apple Podcasters Program, learn how to renew, transfer, or cancel your plan.
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.
Follow our technical guidelines for creating channel, subscription, and show artwork.
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.
Apple Podcasts content guidelines
Before submitting your show or offering a podcast subscription, review the Apple Podcasts content guidelines.
March 8, 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.
Apple Podcasters Program overview
Learn how to join the Apple Podcasters Program so you can offer listeners a premium subscription to your podcast.
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.
Troubleshoot audio upload issues
Learn how to address common audio upload errors you may see 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 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.
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.
Payments and financial reports
Learn about the minimum sales thresholds required to receive payments from Apple and how to download monthly financial reports.
Subscriptions best practices
Follow these tips for setting up your subscription to accurately describe and promote your show.
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.