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  • movablebeast


    Greetings! I’m helping a friend with his WordPress setup and everything is working just fine…except for podPress. Considering that his site revolves around a podcast, this is a do or die question.

    If you take a look at the blog at, you can see that it looks just fine. We’re using the WP-andreas09 template with some minor changes. If I use Firefox 2.0 to subscribe to the RSS feed, it works perfectly. The URL for the RSS feed appears to be

    Now, here’s the interesting thing. If I look at the same feed in Safari on a Mac, things get really wacky. Every episode contains links to the current file and all previous files. For example, if I had five files named file1.mp3, file2.mp3, file3.mp3, file4.mp3 and file5.mp3 (file5 being the most recent episode), the feed (when viewed in Safari) shows all five files for episode 5, the first 4 files for episode 4, the first 3 files for episode 3, etc…

    If I go into Juice and subscribe to the URL seen above for the feed file, Juice goes out, grabs all 102 episodes, and lists them, but the downloads don’t seem to happen.

    Likewise, if I try entering the URL into iTunes, I get no joy. It just returns with a message stating that “” does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL.

    Can anyone tell me what might be going wrong here?


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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    You might want to make sure you have the latest podPress version. You also might want to email the author, because your feed is returning a non-XML document. The Content-type: is coming back as text/html, which is why it probably is not recognized as a valid feed. The type should be text/xml instead, and as near as I can tell, podPress does use this, in the latest version.

    I was having a similar problem. I moved my site from GoDaddy to BlueHost. After the move, iTunes would not see my RSS feed as a valid podcast URL. This was running WP 2.0.2 and podPress 7.0.

    At the suggestion of Todd, a support tech at BlueHost, I upgraded podPress to 7.3, and the problem instantly went away. iTunes can see my feed just fine now.

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