Wed, 21 May 2008
So this is an email I received the other day from the Itunes Store...
Dear Podcast Owner
The following podcast has not been included in the iTunes podcast directory.
Name: The Live Music Podcast
Feed URL: http://www.livemusicpodcast.net/rss
Submissions may not be included in the directory for a variety of reasons. For more information, please see the podcast technical specification at http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/techspecs.html.
The iTunes Store Team
As you can imagine this was quite a shock to me since I have been podcasting for a little over a year and have been listed in the store for almost as long. I have tried emailing them back for more of an explanation as to my termination but so far have not received a response. The only explanation that I can think of is that 1) the management of one of the artists I featured complained or 2) someone who works for the store thought I was infringing on copyrights. It's tough for me to know since the email contained such little information and rather than emailing me to allow me to remove any particular episodes they kill the entire show...way to take the shotgun approach. Whoever it was probably failed to read my website's MP3 disclaimer which explains that I will voluntarily remove any music at the owners request.
The good news....fortunately this will not affect anyone that is already subscribed to my podcast. Subscribed listeners should receive new episodes of the show automatically but if not you may have to re-add the rss feed. If you haven't subscribed in Itunes you can still subscribe by selecting "Subscribe to Podcast" from the Advanced menu and entering http://www.livemusicpodcast
The biggest downer of this is that new listeners will have a much harder time finding my podcast without the aid of the Itunes store. That being said, word of mouth will probably be the most effective advertisement which I leave in your hands. Another thing you can do to help out the LMP is email the Itunes Store to try to get the show reinstated. If you would like to file a complaint click here and maybe if enough people bother them they will listen.
Thanks in advance for your support!
Category:Other -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT