Publishing your episodes to Apple Podcasts exposes your show to a large global audience, with potential listeners in countries all over the world. For your episodes to appear in Apple Podcasts, you must submit your show to Apple Podcasts for approval.
Plan the Timing of Your Submission
Libsyn recommends that you begin the submission process a full month before the date you want to launch your show on Apple Podcasts. The reason is that, after you submit, Apple can take up to 24 hours to approve your show. Then, it can take another week after that before your show becomes fully searchable in their store. Also, if you are publishing to any apps that pull your information from Apple Podcasts, it could take a full month for those apps to get access to your show from Apple.
It's also important to consider that, if your show gets rejected by Apple for any reason, submitting a month ahead of your launch date gives you enough time to address issues and resubmit.
Prepare for Submission
Before you submit, set up your show in Libsyn so that your RSS feed works properly. Apple uses the RSS feed generated by Libsyn to make your episodes available to your audience on the app.
You will use your Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed to connect to Apple Podcasts. Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed is your main RSS feed. If you want any information in that feed to be different than what you entered in your show settings, you can customize your Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed.
After you set up your show, make sure to publish your first episodes. You need to publish at least one episode (either a trailer or a full episode) but it is a good idea to provide a few. It's necessary to provide some content because Apple reviews it to make sure it meets their content guidelines.
When your show is set and you have at least one episode published, you're ready to submit to Apple Podcasts.
Submit Your Show
To submit your show to Apple:
- Click Settings in the top of your Libsyn account to display the Settings page.
- Click Destinations.
- In the Destinations table, click Edit in the row for Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed to display its settings page.
- Leave the Title, Author, and Description blank unless you want them to be different in the Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed than what you entered when you set up your show. See Customize Your Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed for more details.
- Click Next to advance to the next page.
- In the Apple Distribution Type field, select one of the following options:
I want Libsyn to submit my show for me
Select this option to submit your show to Apple Podcasts without using your own Apple ID.
- Your feed URL will be submitted using Libsyn's Apple ID.
- You will be able to manage your feed completely through Libsyn, but you will not have access to analytics in Apple Podcasts Connect.
- You won't be able to offer subscription content through Apple Podcasts Subscriptions while this option is selected.
- Only submit here if your podcast is not listed in Apple Podcasts. Submitting more than once may result in duplicate listings.
- Click Submit to immediately submit your feed.
I'll submit my show manually (Apple ID required)
Select this option to submit your show to Apple Podcasts using your own Apple ID.
- Your individual feed will be in Apple Podcasts Connect, and you will have access to analytics there.
- You will need your own Apple ID to submit subscriber audio to Apple Podcasts through Libsyn. See Set Up Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.
- Click Copy Feed URL to copy your feed URL to your clipboard.
- Click Apple Podcasts Connect to navigate to the Apple Podcasts Connect website.
- On the Apple Podcasts Connect website, create an account and submit your feed.
Once your show has been approved, Apple Podcasts will publish your episodes from your Libsyn feed when you publish your episodes. See Publish a Subscriber Episode to Apple Podcasts.
If you selected I want Libsyn to submit my show for me, you can reset this if you later change your mind and want to submit your show manually so you can have subscriber content. See Set Up Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.