Sunday, 4 January 2009

Getting iTunes to Update Immediately

There are a couple of instances when you would really like iTunes to go straight out and make your newly updated RSS feed available to your audience.

The first is probably when you are first starting podcasting and are so excited that you just can't wait to get your new shows up and available on iTunes.

The second is when you have recently posted a new show, suddenly realized there is something wrong with the show, and want to pull and/or replace it.

iTunes provides a nice little feature to allow you to force it to 'ping' your RSS feed so that it is serving up your current feed to listeners.

Generally, the iTunes robots will probably only crawl your RSS feed every few hours, so it may take a number of hours for change on your feed to be reflected on iTunes.

But, by using the ping feature, you can speed up that process by forcing iTunes to take a look at your updated RSS feed almost immediately.

The way that you get iTunes to come and take a look at your feed is to type a special URL in to your browser. The URL is formatted like this :

https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast?feedURL=http://FEEDURL

So, for instance, my podcast feed URL is :

http://feeds.feedburner.com/RunningFromTheReaper


I would type the following URL in to a browser to force iTunes to ping my feed :

https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast?feedURL=http://feeds.feedburner.com/RunningFromTheReaper

And, provided I've typed it correctly (and my podcast is listed on iTunes of course!), I get output like this :



So, next time you need to get iTunes to take a look at your podcast feed quickly, give this a try.

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