On the blog I am going to share some of the processes and reflections I have on setting up a podcast, as I am moving into the podcast space in 2018. This was my first technical snag that had me spending well over an hour trouble shooting.
I am taking the FANTASTIC Power Up Podcasting Course with Pat Flynn, of whom I have been a fan for several years now. I highly recommend his course.
When I finished the first episode, got it uploaded to my media host and was ready to submit, I got my first error message on I Tunes. NOOOOO!
“Podcast artwork must be between 1400 x 1400 and 3000 x 3000 pixels, JPG or PNG in RGB color space, and hosted on a server that allows HTTP head requests.”
I went into my file host and changed the thumbnail artwork for my podcast.
I also tried changing it in the original mp3 file.
I tried re-uploading the media file to the host and no dice.
So what is the fix:
CHANGE YOUR GENERAL PROFILE PICTURE WITHIN THE MEDIA HOST (Lib Syn, Soundcloud, etc.)
It looks like I-Tunes was looking for my general profile picture in Lib Syn (instead of the thumbnail on the mp3 file) and that is the one it was blocking because it is not 1400 x 1400.
I am using Lib Syn, you can see below there is my profile name and the profile picture. that’s the one you want to change. Upload your podcast artwork that fits the requirements to there. Personally, I used http://www.canva.com to create my podcast artwork which automatically downloads to fit the requirements I Tunes wants.
Once I did this, I resubmitted my RSS feed for validation and review in I-Tunes et voila, it works!