121: iTunes Problems: The Ones You Know About And The Ones You Don’t

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Have you noticed? iTunes has been having problems lately.

SHOWNOTES FOUND AT

https://PodcastFastTrack.com/121

It’s not JUST that it’s now supposed to be called “Apple Podcasts” - and we’re all strongly encouraged to make that change yesterday - even though Apple’s own systems still say “iTunes” in multiple places (even in some URLs).

There’s are many more iTunes problems going on.

This episode isn’t meant to be snarky - just informative. You need to know about issues relating to the Big-A so you can do what’s needed for YOUR podcast.

This episode I dig into the facts about recent issues and the best-practices I’ve learned (so far) regarding iTunes / Apple Podcasts

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE
  • [1:21] The is a multi-part episode within an episode. Don’t give up too soon
  • [2:31] The switch from iTunes to Apple Podcasts: best-practices for podcasters
  • [5:03] Show and episode titles: The ban-hammer is coming DOWN!
  • [13:04] An example of the difficulty Apple’s naming policy causing
  • [16:59] The iTunes/Apple Podcasts directory is not updating properly
  • [21:50] Podcasts Connect exists and is very helpful to YOU
  • [26:59] The glitchy nature of the iTunes apps: desktop and iOS
  • [29:59] Why we indie podcasters owe a debt of gratitude to Apple
RESOURCES MENTIONED

Our Podcast Consulting Services:

https://PodcastFastTrack.com/consulting

Download a new “Listen on Apple Podcasts button here:

https://podcastfasttrack.com/Apple-Button

Libsyn’s podcast: The Feed

https://thefeed.libsyn.com/

My upcoming show: The Great American Roadshow

Watch for it! Or Listen for it! Or whatever!

Why iTunes is NOT a chart

https://PodcastFastTrack.com/98

The iTunes/Apple Podcast manipulation crisis (Article):

https://discoverpods.com/game-hack-manipulate-apple-podcast-charts-itunes/

The Feed episode about the Overcasts Ad (1:15:00 - ish):

https://thefeed.libsyn.com/130-podcast-marketing-and-podcast-communities

Check your iOS stats in depth on Podcasts Connect

https://PodcastsConnect.apple.com

Overview of how to use Podcasts Connect:

https://www.appcoda.com/itunesconnect-app-analytics/

Apple’s own video about how to use Podcasts Connect:

https://itunespartner.apple.com/en/podcasts/overview#podcast-analytics

Tunes partner resources

https://itunespartner.apple.com/en/podcasts/faq

iTunes podcast marketing best practices

https://podcaster.apple.com/

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