What do I need to know about my podcasts for the HTTPS transition?
At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple noted that they will soon require all apps to pull their content through secure links (HTTPS), and by 2017, will no longer support apps that fail to do so.
After January 2017, if you would like your podcasts to play in an iOS app, that either is new to the App Store or requires regular updates, your podcasts will need to be secure URLs. The podcast feed as well as any content embedded in your podcast feed, including audio and/or images, will need to be secure as well. The Digital Services team has been working hard behind the scenes to do all we can to do as much of the heavy lifting we can for you.
Even with us taking these steps, this can still be a confusing process, so we want to walk you through what to do.
What You Need To Know
- On my website
- In my app
- In NPR apps and platforms
- Third Party Products (iHeart, TuneIn, Apple Products)
- Core Publisher - Core Publisher offers automated podcast creation based on tag, program, topic, and/or category. We have updated all RSS feed links and embedded media and audio within your Core Publisher podcasts to secure https for you.
Learn more about how to locate your podcast URLs in Core Publisher.
- Podcast Provider - If you use a podcast provider like Podtrac or Libsyn, you will need to contact your provider and request that they provide you with your secure podcast links.
- Core Publisher
If you utilize the automated podcast creation in Core Publisher, we have updated your podcasts for you. If you're not sure where to locate your new secure podcast links, visit this article. No action is required by your station.
- Non-Core Publisher
If you are not a Core Publisher site, once you have received your new secure podcast URLs, we recommend updating any references on your website to your new secure podcast URLs.
In My App(s)
- Apps using Core Publisher - Podcast Feeds
We have updated all RSS feed links and embedded media and audio within your Core Publisher podcasts to secure https for you.
- Images - mediad.publicbroadcasting.net
- Audio - cpa.ds.npr.org
- Apps using Core Publisher audio – Individual audio on posts/ not in podcasts
Contact your app developer and request that they configure your app to begin pulling secure versions of your audio link from cpa.ds.npr.org.
- If you have an app, we recommend that you contact your app developer and send them your updated secure podcast URL(s).
In NPR App(s)
- For NPR One, the NPR News App, and other NPR products we pull your podcast information into our apps and products based off of what you have entered into StationConnect. If you want your podcasts to be present in our apps, you will need to add your secure links into StationConnect. As of December 15th, 2016, StationConnect will not allow you to enter a new http: link. All podcast link edits will require an https: URL.
- If you are a station with Core Publisher podcasts, we will update all of your podcast links in StationConnect for you. No action is required by your station.
- If you are a station with non-Core Publisher produced podcasts, you will need to get your secure podcast links from your provider, log in to StationConnect.org, and find/replace your podcast links with your secure URL(s). Learn more about how to update your podcasts in StationConnect.
- iHeart Radio - Send iHeart your new links. Learn more details about contacting iHeart on nprstations.org.
- iTunes -
- Core Publisher Podcasts - We are working with Apple to see if we can programmatically make the updates for you.
- Non-Core Publisher Podcasts - Please review the iTunes Instructions for updating your podcast URLs: https://help.apple.com/itc/podcasts_connect/#/itca489031e0
- Apple Music - Apple Music updates do NOT have to be done by January 1st. NPR DS (Jackie McBride) will facilitate the updating of station streams in Apple Music. Look for communication from Jackie in January about the next steps. Meanwhile, please contact Jackie if you have any questions:
- Jackie McBride - email@example.com.
- Jackie McBride - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Internet Radio by Apple - Internet Radio is not Apple Music, rather it is something stations manage, and directly set up with Apple. Please click on the following link for guidance on updating your streams: http://support.itunesinternetradio.com/
- TuneIn – This is something stations manage, and directly set up with TuneIn. Please follow these steps for updating your streams in TuneIn:
Send an email to both of the following people at TuneIn:
If you have any questions about the steps outlined above, please contact the Station Relations team by submitting a ticket.
Questions? Having Trouble? Contact Station Relations
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