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Podcasting Newbie Faceplants Into Cement (8 posts)

  1. 4evrblu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have been to the Mickey Mouse Podpress forums, and so far no luck. It is as dead as a doornail there.

    I promise to be gentle with my questions, as they reveal my ignorance and I don't want the experts heads to explode.

    So, let me begin by handing out some duct tape first. OK, start at the left ear, pull firmly...thats it. Don't let the noise scare you. OK now, around the bottom of the chin, up around the right side of the head, over the top and back down the left side. Do this over and over to totally wrap your head in duct tape. This will prevent bone shrapnel from getting out of hand. After all, you do not want innocent bystanders to get hit by shards of bone when your head does indeed explode from the clearly stupid newbie questions I am about to ask.

    OK, good. Let's begin, shall we.

    I have uploaded and installed the podpress directory into my very cool blogs plugins directory. I have made all the premission changes and activated the plugin to great fanfare. I can hear the cheers even now as they reverberate in the Hall's of Blogness.

    Upon going to options I quickly realized that I am in over my head. At least somewhat.

    First, iTunes:FeedID is a formfield I must fill in. Is this suppose to be a link to MY podcast RSS feed or is this a link to iTunes RSS feed? Where can I find both. For I know I will need them. And which of the two will I put in the iTunes:FeedID field. I know - seems self-explanatory to the average human, but I am clearly below average.

    Second, and this goes to my first question: The "Podcast Feed URL" - what is this, where is it and how does it differ from my standard RSS feed?

    Third, is the common approach to create a directory for your podcasts, upload them, store them there, and link to them from within your entries? What size is typical for, say, a 14 minute audio only podcast? My firsst one, in AAC format, is about 150 mb. I guess I have a big mouth, huh!

    Fourth - the installation guide that comes with PodPress have 4 "easy" steps to Podcast heaven, the fourth looking like this :

    4. To add a link to itunes on your website, set
    the FeedID in the PodPress options page, and
    then add this code in your template

    <?php podPress_iTunesLink(); ?>

    Ummmmm.....OK. Add a link to iTunes on my web site? A link to where at iTunes? Like this - http://www.apple.com/itunes/ ???? And what good does that do?

    As far as <?php podPress_iTunesLink(); ?>, what "template page" do I add that too?

    Man I feel like such an idiot.

    Almost done guys....bare with me.

    Fifth - iTunes:Subtitle and iTunes:Keywords - Are these to be different for each podcast I upload. In fact, are all the options to change for each podcast I record and upload, or do I make the settings once for all podcasts?

    Rainman appreciates your kind patience.

  2. theiconoclast31
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    All of those options are only important if your podcast is listed on iTunes. (How do I get my Podcast on iTunes?)

    Assuming that's done and you're accepted, you'll get your FeedID and FeedURL from Apple once your podcast is listed.

    When your podcast is listed on iTunes, there will be a listing for your podcast in the Apple.com's Podcast Directory. To get a link to that page, you use the <?php podPress_iTunesLink(); ?>. You place it somewhere in your index.php, single.php, or sidebar.php page, depending on where you'd like the link to be.

    You enter the Keywords and Subtitle once and it applied to all of your podcasts.

    Yeah, 150mb is too much. My 17 minute MP3 was 16mb.

    Also, if you have any podcasting-and-not-Wordpress-related questions, Apple runs a really nice Podcaster's Forum.

  3. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    as theiconoclast implied, it is NOT required for your podcast to be recognized by iTunes, for you to use Podpress. You can use it anyway, right away, before you get yourself added to iTunes. Podpress is useful anyway, for putting a streaming mp3 player and donwload links on your blog. And, when you later get into iTunes, all the nice podcasts you have posted with Podpress will show up in iTunes.

    A few more things,

    iTunes:FeedID -- you get from Apple, as he said above. It took me a month to figure that out.

    Podcast Feed URL -- this is one of your automatic WordPress feeds. It might just be your main blog feed, or it might be the feed of your "Podcast" category (that's it for me).

    Q: Third, is the common approach to create a directory for your podcasts, upload them, store them there, and link to them from within your entries? A: Yes. It's easiest if you store all your mp3's in 1 folder which Podpress knows is your audio folder, that way your mp3's appear in a drop-down menu when you're on the Write Post admin page.

    Q: What size is typical for, say, a 14 minute audio only podcast? A: My music podcasts are 128kbps mp3. They are smaller than the size you listed, but sound great for music. I'm not sure the advantages/costs of using ACC format, but I would think that limits your audience to iTunes users, whereas mp3 works on more programs/players.

    Good luck & keep us updated!

  4. theiconoclast31
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    as theiconoclast implied, it is NOT required for your podcast to be recognized by iTunes, for you to use Podpress. You can use it anyway, right away, before you get yourself added to iTunes. Podpress is useful anyway, for putting a streaming mp3 player and donwload links on your blog. And, when you later get into iTunes, all the nice podcasts you have posted with Podpress will show up in iTunes.

    Ahh, but there's no extra functionality offered by the FeedID unless you're on iTunes, right?

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm in the process of getting my podcast approved, actually.

  5. 4evrblu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Apple is not taking my podcast feed urls It spits them right back out. I am about to just give up. And the size of my podcast is 20 MB. I was looking at the size of the file before I converted it to mp3. Whew.

    Anyway, when I go to iTunes store and click PODCAST, there is a podcast button that you click to add. It asks for the Podcast Feed URL I have tried several, starting with the one that WP generates automatically. Then I tried one for categories. In each instance, iTunes rejects it and says it needs a RSS 2.0 feed. Huh?? That is what WP generated. So why wouldn't it take it?

    As you can see by http://ironmind.cfcure.com the Podpress works. But getting the whole podcast rss thing to work is boggling my tiny brain.

  6. theiconoclast31
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Read Apple's FAQ that I linked to earlier. It tells you, step by step, exactly how to make the feed.

  7. 4evrblu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    OK thanks, I must have missed the link. I apologize, I will let ya know what happens. I am sure you are sweating with anticipation at my next post. LOL Thanks Again.:)

  8. 4evrblu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks Guys

    Issues Resolved

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