iTunes Lookup Widget
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  1. sittingonacouch
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am having some serious issues with itunes lookup not finding my podcast. I know it's currently there, but can't seem to get it to work appropriately.

    My website is sittingonacouch.com. The Page that we are trying to show the recent podcasts is sittingonacouch.com/category/gaming

    While in Itunes I can find my podcast using my id or author name, but when I enter either in your app it doesn't work.

    Itunes ID: 615908452

    I use Bluberry Powerpress for podcasting would that interfere with the Itunes lookup. Any help would be appreciated.


  2. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    i'll have a look. give me a bit though. might take a day or two



  3. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    I did a quick test on one of my boxes with your itunes ID and it works just fine.

    I also had a look at you site and I think the problem lies in some other plugin or theme hijacking the jQUery library and inserting version 1.4 !

    essentially your site loads:

    which is over 3 years old (and some plugin/theme on your site clearly thinks that that's a good idea)

    As a first step therefore I would suggest to find out wahts going on there. I hazard a guess that if you let wordpress load its own version of jquery it will be all fine (you can always afterwards point to the googleapis. just make sure its a reasonably recent version).

    if you still got problems after that , let me know


  4. sittingonacouch
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I will find out why and get back to you. I am just the creative guy. I will talk to the man with the brains and forward this onto him. Thanks

  5. sittingonacouch
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay we don't know why it didn't update the code and fixed the part. Unfortunately, the podcasts don't show up. When I select that I only want the podcasts to show up.

    Sorry, the iTunes API did not return any results for this ID.

    That's what comes up. The only way to get it to show up at all is to have only collections and albums as well as podcasts unchecked, and then I just get the sittingonacouch>Gaming which takes us to the entire album instead of individual podcasts. What am I doing wrong?

  6. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    I had a bit of a rummage around and a few things seem to be the case:

    a) you are right that you should not have to uncheck all three. just the podcast should do. I'll have a look at why that is. Having said that, that's not the main issue (and you clearly found a way around that one by unchecking the other 2 as well. so far so good.

    b) whichever way i am searching the itunes api

    like https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?id=615908452&country=US&lang=en_us&explicit=Yes&entity=podcast&limit=200&version=2

    or in its simplest form:


    or variations thereof
    i only ever get one result which is your podcast and it does not seem to be subdivided into tracks

    if you can find a way ( see the documentation here http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/resources/documentation/itunes-store-web-service-search-api.html ) to return more than that one, please let me know.

    essentially - from what i can see - the iTunes api does not return a tracklist for a podcast as they are considered tracks and not albums (which have tracks/songs on them)

    i.e https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?id=282795787&limit=200&version=2
    (itunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/techstuff/id282795787 )
    returns only 1 result in the api call , but clearly has many tracks when i go to the itunes page.
    same goes for your podcast.
    Note though, that itunes calls them Items whereas when i do the same for a music album

    letssay: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/se/id129169609 - they are called songs

    I have no idea why apple decided to do it that way and I don't think I can find a way around that (unless, as mentioned above, you , or anyone who reads this threat, can find me an api call that returns all these "items" in a podcast......

    sorry, i dont think this will work unless you make all the "items" in your podcast distinct podcasts (and then use an artist id with your itunes-lookup-widget) or make it an album with tracks/songs

    i know that's not exactly what you want to hear, but at least it might explain whats happening


  7. sittingonacouch
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Actually that makes perfect sense. I appreciate the effort, and will keep using it for the time being since the only other method of doing it looks much worse.

    Thank you

  8. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    you're welcome.
    again, sorry I couldn't really fix that as it's out of my hands (at least until Apple employs me to sort their mess out :)

  9. tomstaniford
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Olly, I'm having the same problem. But I'm all up to date with software and have tried the javascript tick box.

    Here's my site http://www.tomstaniford.com

    And here's my itunes ID 507747517

    Any ideas?

    Thanks, Tom.

  10. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    i'll have a look.
    give me a bit

  11. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    you have the same problems as above.
    one of your plugins/theme is hijacking the wordpress jquery and is loading and old version from the googleapi's (i.e https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.4/jquery.min.js?ver=1.6.4

    try and fix that and let me know if you still have problems

    (i hazard a guess it's that thethe image slider...
    read here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-thethe-image-slider-stop-replacing-the-bundled-jquery?replies=4)

  12. ollybach
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    when i use your id on my test box it works fine (just using it out of the box so to speak)

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