Ever since I started my podcast, one of the biggest problems and issues I had was getting this damn image artwork to show up on iTunes podcast or the iTunes site.
Seriously, it took months before I finally figured it out. Seemed like forever. There aren’t really any good, sound set of instructions on how to do this. So I made my own ;-)
Hopefully this video tutorial can find all those people that are having this same problem.
In this video I show you exactly how I did it.
(Click here to watch How to Get Podcast Image Artwork to Show Up on iTunes on YouTube)
As I mentioned in the video, there’s only one tool you’ll need and that’s the ID3 Editor, (not an affiliate). This is a paid tool. There are free ones out there but really aren’t worth the trouble. I tried several and just didn’t work for me.
There’s probably other ways to do it, but this is the way it was taught to me, it worked, so now I’m teaching it to you.
Below I’ll have a written step by step guide on how to do this.
Step 1: Paste Image Link in Feedburner
Your image has to be
600 x 600 1400 x 1400 px. This is the recommended size by iTunes.
Uploaded your image to where ever you host your files. You can uploaded right to your wordpress, (it’s what I do). Or you can use s3Amazon, Photobucket, or any place that will host it and provide you a link to the actual “Image”.
Once that’s done, you’ll go to your feedburner backoffice. Click on the Optimize tab. On the left side Click on SmartCast. To the left look for “Podcast image location” and paste the image link in that field. Scroll down and click save.
This should take care of the iTunes website part of it.
Step 2: Tagging Your Audio File
Now we’re going to tag your audio file with the image artwork. This will make the artwork show up in your iTunes directory, which is the part where most people have trouble with. This is what got me.
You’re going to need an ID3 Editor. This one works for both PC and Mac. I’m a Mac so my ID3 Editor may look different.
Quick note: You’ll do this part after you’ve finished editing and rendering your audio file and it’s basically ready to upload.
Open the ID3 Editor and find your audio file you want to add image artwork to.
Click on Pictures. You can either Drag your image artwork or click on Add and find your desired image artwork. Click on Update. And that’s it, you’re pretty much done here.
Find your audio file and make sure it’s tagged with the image artwork. If all looks good, then proceed to uploading it to where ever you host your audio files.
Remember that it will take a few days to a few weeks for iTunes to update it on their end.
So that’s it for me here. Hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. And I especially hope that this tutorial finds all those that are having trouble with this because I know how frustrating it is. I tried for months to figure this out before I finally did.
Is there another way?
If there’s another way you know of how to do this, let us know by jotting it down in comments below. Thanks ;-)