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There are lots of podcast directories trying to read your RSS feed – not just Apple Podcasts. Just like your website needs to be browser compatible, your podcast feed needs to be compatible with services that read podcast RSS feeds.
Most podcast feed-readers are not as forgiving as Apple. If your feed can’t be read, it will most likely get skipped and not included in other podcast apps and sites.
We’ll tell you what’s wrong with the feed. Even warnings can cause problems for readers. Podcast feeds have more requirements than a traditional RSS feed, and with Cast Feed Validator, we’re checking all of those for you.
Note: I got a warning that my host (transistor.fm) was using a cdn (content delivery network) which I have no idea why that would be an issue, so take it with a grain of salt.
What it does
Not all podcast RSS feeds are created equally. It’s a common misconception that feeds accepted into Apple’s directory are valid, but this is not the case. The folks at Apple have spent years trying to enable their directory to accept any feed, even if it’s poorly formatted. As a result, oftentimes episodes and artwork will fail to reach listeners without the podcaster being aware. Contents of a poorly formatted feed are even less likely to reach their audience on other services and directories. Something no podcaster wants.
It’s in your best interest to correct any issues we find so all podcasting apps have not only your show, but all episodes. Podcast services expect feeds to be in the format we are testing for. For example, the latest popular listening app might not be able to read a feed that is improperly formatted, even if Apple Podcasts accepts the feed. The price a podcaster pays for having an invalid feed is listeners, usually in large numbers.
In addition to a new look, we’ve added a number of new tests. New features include: