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New Version of the iTunes Podcast Plugin (70 posts)

  1. garrick
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you're running a podcast through WordPress, I could use your help testing the latest version of the wp-ipodcatter plugin for making a iTunes compatible feed (including keywords, duration, and block).

    The latest version also includes an admin panel under the WordPress Options tab for setting itunes:subtitle, default categories, and cover images.

    As an added bonus, you can also turn your blog's comment feed into a podcast.

    http://garrickvanburen.com/downloads/wpipodcatter09a.zip

  2. AdBuster
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I installed the plugin and filled the info in the ipodcatter admin panel, but Still no image in the image square in iTunes... can you help ?
    My rss is : http://boudaz.com/blog/wp-rss2.php

    Thanks !

  3. garrick
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Run your feed through the Nobody Likes Onions FeedCheck. If the images show up, then it's up to Apple.

  4. AdBuster
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It does show up in onions... damed Apple !?%/

  5. fmckinnon
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hey - I installed the v7 and it worked great, and v9 seems to work fine, too. A few things I'm unsure of, though:

    First, my feed is at:
    http://www.highestpraise.com/podcast/?feed=rss2

    #1: Although I've entered "Religion and Spirituality:Chrisanity" as the category:subcategory ... which shows up fine in the <itunes> tags ... the main rss category is: <category>Talk Radio</category>

    I don't have "Talk Radio" entered anywhere??

    #2: In the <item> tags, it doesn't complete "author" ... it leaves this blank:
    <itunes:author> </itunes:author>

    The author is completed earlier in the RSS feed, but not in the <item> area.

    Look forward to your reply,
    Fred McKinnon

    http://www.highestpraise.com/podcast/

  6. fmckinnon
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK - fixed the author thing ... it was parsing from the WordPress author's tag ... which was only "siteadmin" ... I logged into WordPress > Users > SiteAdmin and updated the profile by filling out the name, etc., and this corrected it.

    As for "TalkRadio" - that is hard coded in the wp-rss2.php file ... I talked to Garrick and he told me about it ... I just changed it to the category of my choice, and all is well - no errors, no missing tags. Great plugin!

  7. garrick
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The next version of the plugin won't have 'talk radio' hard coded.

  8. jeremy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    This plug-in is looking great! I found the one on your site, but was disappointed that it didn't include support for cover images. Please keep us posted about future versions. And thanks for making it!

  9. garrick
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Jeremy,

    The 0.9a version supports both Apple's 300*300 iTunes cover image and an RSS standard channel image @ 144*144px.

    http://garrickvanburen.com/archive/call-for-testers-wp-ipodcatter-09a
    http://garrickvanburen.com/downloads/wpipodcatter09a.zip

  10. jeremy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yeah, sorry, I know this. That's why I was excited to find the thread. Keep up the great work!

  11. garrick
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  12. addictedtorace
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I installed the plugin, activated, did everything as instructed, but I'm getting the following error message when I check it in the Nobody Loves Onions feedchecker:

    Xml Data error '80040002'
    Unable to parse Xml: The following tags were not closed: rss, channel, item.

    /feedcheck/incRSS.asp, line 135

    Any clues?

    My RSS is at:
    http://www.addictedtorace.com/?feed=rss2

  13. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    take a look at what feedvalidator says:

    http://feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http://www.addictedtorace.com/?feed=rss2

    Looks like the plugin can't find the getid3 directory. It looks like I
    neglected to include it in the v1.0 zip file.

    My apologizes. Redownload the plugin fromhttp://garrickvanburen.com/download/wpipodcatter.zip , and upload the getid3 directory to your plugin directory.

    Let me know if that solves the problem.

    The code in the getid3 directory automatically detects the duration of the podcast for the itunes:duration tag. It only does this if the mp3 files are in the same directory as WordPress.

    Thanks for setting up your podcast like this and bringing this oversight to my attention.

  14. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Couple of issues I have found with version 1.0 using feedvalidator.com:

    - "Undefined channel element: itunes:link" <itunes:link rel="image" type="video/jpeg" href="http://www.wachs.org/weddingcast/audio/podcast_cover.jpg">Countdown to Chaos</itunes:link> This does not seem to be a well formed tag. Why is the link going to the artwork and not the actual MP3 file?

    - All my durations show as "Invalid Duration". My podcast MP3 files live in a directory called "audio" inside the root wordpress directory. Must I put these MP3's in the root of wordpress?

    - "Keywords must be words separated by spaces" <itunes:keywords>Pre-wedding Podcast</itunes:keywords> It seems my keywords are separated by spaces. If I want to hard code these keywords, do I need to do that in rss2.php?

    The actual page is: http://www.wachs.org/weddingcast/wp-rss2.php

  15. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    cwachs,

    The itunes:link tag error with FeedValidator is a known issue. The href should be a link to your podcast's 'cover image'. Set this as a URL in the WP-iPodCatter options panel, under Podcast Cover Image URLs.

    On the 'invalid duration' issue, make sure the 'local path to audio files' at the bottom of the WP-iPodCatter options panel is the full server path to your /audio/ directory. In your case, I suspect it will be your WordPress recommended File Upload destination directory with /audio instead of /wp-content.

    If you want to use the same keywords for every podcast, then yes, it may make more sense to hardcode them in the RSS file. Alternativesly, you could set 'pre-wedding podcast' as the default category and select 'use WordPress categories' for itunes:keywords.

    Was this helpful?

  16. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am still unable to get the duration tag working. In the local path, I have "/Volumes/Web/wachs-org/weddingcast/audio/" which is the path on my machine to the MP3 files. The root of WordPress is in "/Volumes/Web/wachs-org/weddingcast/" I've tried using just "/audio/" in the path for MP3 files but that does not work either. Am I using a http://.... path for this?

    Chad

  17. ad
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I can't Activate the plugin, because i can't see the it. Can i use it on my pc? Thanks.

  18. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    cwachs, two questions; 1. can you set the duration manually? 2. is the getid3 directory in the wp-ipodcatter.zip file in your plugins directory?

  19. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    ad,
    I don't know of any reason why it wouldn't work on Windows.

    Could you try activating one of my other plugins, wp-catt or wp-ical (both at http://garrickvanburen.com) and let me know if you experience the same thing.

    Also, let me know if there's other plugins that are & aren't visible for you.

  20. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Garrick, yes, the "getid3" directory is in the plugins folder. To be honest, I don't know how to set durations manually with WordPress (I am embarassed to say). I've tried to code this for each posting but have not succeeded.

  21. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    cwachs,
    In your 'create new post' or 'edit post' screen, do you see an 'iTunes Podcast Tags' section right below the 'Publish' buttons?

  22. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    >In your 'create new post' or 'edit post' screen, do you see an 'iTunes Podcast Tags'
    >section right below the 'Publish' buttons?

    I do. I also have about 200 "Custom Tags" listed now that all say itunes:duration and are all empty. It is taking hours to manually delete all of them and more keep apprearing.

  23. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Gotcha. My apologies on the mass of empty custom tags - that bug has been fixed. I'd recommend removing them using a database admin tool like phpMyAdmin. It will be faster than through WordPress' admin tool. Make sure you have v1.0 of the plugin and let me know if multiples re-appear after you've eradicated the existing ones.

  24. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am running 1.0 I downloaded this for the first time 1 week ago.

  25. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    cwachs, thanks. Do you have any other duplicate tags, like explicit, category, or block?

  26. cwachs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No, however, I am hard coding the keywords and do not use explicit tags - but I see no other duplicate tags in any postings. The only postings with duplicate tags have an mp3 enclosure tag with them (ie: only my podcast posts have duplicate duration tags).

  27. DineVine
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I Installed the plug in as directed and activated it. However I can't seem to cause a change in itunes ( cover image, summary, artist etc) I am fairly new to this and would be grateful for any help.

    My feed does not validate in Feed validator nor in Nobody Likes Onions.

    http://www.feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http://diningonthevine.com/wp-rss2.php

    Please help

    The following error comes up in Nobody likes Onions
    Xml Data error '80040002'
    Unable to parse Xml: The following tags were not closed: rss, channel, item.

    /feedcheck/incRSS.asp, line 135

  28. garrick
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    DineVine,

    iTunes may take weeks to update (I wish is was more responsive also).

    Back to something we can fix. Is the getID3 directory ncluded in the wp-ipodcatter.zip file into your plugins directory?

    If not, give that a shot. If so, definitely let me know.

  29. DineVine
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for getting back so quick.
    A folder named getid3 was with the download. It contained 22 files. I just uploaded all of them.

    I did not see a file specifically named getit3 directory though.

  30. jessieb
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i hate to ask this, because it may be glaringly obvious, but how does ipodcatter know where to look for the audio file? i'm currently trying to link to it within the post using an anchor tag. is this incorrect? the <guid> is just the URL for the post itself.

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