How to Submit Your Podcast to Google Play Music

Google will finally support podcasts in their Google Play Music app and catalog! Here's how to submit your podcast to Google's new podcasts directory.

  1. Visit g.co/podcastportal.
  2. Click “Get Started.”
  3. Login with your Google account.
  4. Click “Add a Podcast.”
  5. Review and accept the terms of service.
  6. Enter your podcast-only RSS feed.
  7. Check your email (the address in your RSS feed) and verify your ownership of this podcast feed.
  8. Click “Publish Podcast.”
  9. Wait for approval.

Find more podcast apps, directories, and everywhere you and your podcast should be™ at Podcast Places™.

About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.
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Prescott Perez-Fox
7 years ago

At first there was an error with my artwork, but I refreshed the feed and it came through. Not sure what the issue was, but perhaps others are having trouble with images.

Kevin Craine
Kevin Craine
7 years ago

I’m also experiencing the same difficulty with the artwork. Tried refresh…still no bueno

Prescott Perez-Fox
7 years ago

I believe it’s also on Libsyn (everything else is). I had success upon refresh so hopefully alls well that ends well.

briteidea
briteidea
7 years ago

Thanks so much for the link and instructions. This was easy for me to setup my new Podcast on something other than iTune. – D3

zenrunner
zenrunner
7 years ago

Thank you Obi Wan.

Tyler Inloes
7 years ago

I have tried adding my podcast feed but it keeps telling me it doesnt have the right tags. This is the feed i use for itunes. i am so confused?

Matt Auckland
7 years ago
Reply to  Tyler Inloes

Have you validated your feed over at http://feedvalidator.org/ ?

Pat Coakley
7 years ago

Thanks for this, Daniel. I used my powerpress/website feed @tylerji517:disqus , not the ITUNES feed, and it worked perfectly. Given the new YouTube “Red” option that includes all the music as well as videos, this feature might be very helpful. Are their podcasts up yet? Or, is this all for a future debut of podcasts? Appreciate the practicality of your information!

Matt Auckland
7 years ago

Appears that this isn’t available in the U.K yet. I’m wondering if I can get around that issue with a US VPN link.

Matt Auckland
7 years ago

Hi Daniel, yes I can confirm it works. I downloaded the Tunnel Bear app for Windows desktop, as the Chrome browser app doesn’t seem to trick the page. So using the desktop app I set-up a free Tunnel Bear account, switched it to United States, and then using IE went to the link in this post. Even creating my podcast account using my existing UK Google Account didn’t seem to cause any issues. Just adding my shows now! #WIN

Matt Auckland
7 years ago

Oh forgot to mention, it was approved quickly with no problems.

TomRaftery
TomRaftery
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt Auckland

Oh man – thanks Matt. I hadn’t thought to use a vpn. I assumed because my Google account was based in Spain (where I live) that it wouldn’t work. But lo, after reading your response, I tried a vpn, and it worked a treat. Now submitted and awaiting for approval. So thanks a million.

James Roberts
James Roberts
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt Auckland

I have a Mac so what would you recommend as an app instead as I am also in UK?

Matt "Producer Matt" Auckland
Reply to  James Roberts

Tunnel Bear also works on Mac as well as Windows: https://www.tunnelbear.com/apps/mac

Rachel Lankester
3 years ago

Thank you!

Maria Fernandez
7 years ago
Reply to  Matt Auckland

Matt, please let me know if VPN works. I’m also in the UK.

Matt Auckland
7 years ago

I can confirm it does work.

John Artman
John Artman
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt Auckland

VPN or proxy works.

Rodger Paxton
7 years ago

I getting a generic error: “Error processing RSS feed.” Any ideas?

Rodger Paxton
7 years ago
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Mark Eckdahl
7 years ago

Great stuff, thanks for quick tutorial, love it! I am submitted, waiting for approval.

Byron TGI Friday
7 years ago

Daniel, if using Feedburner, does this mean it’s ok to enable the Smart Podcast?

I recall in one of your previous episodes were you recommending disabling Feedburner Smart Podcast option.

Thanks

Matt Auckland
7 years ago

I use SmartCast, but only the “Media RSS” option, not iTunes. Seems to work ok for me.

Beca Lewis
7 years ago

Awesome! Thank you Daniel!

Jim Harris
Jim Harris
7 years ago

When I do step 6 and enter my rss feed (http://avenueg1.podomatic.com/rss2.xml), I get the error text:
“Podcast RSS feed must include a podcast title, an author and an email. Please update your RSS feed to continue. Missing Email Address. The podcast RSS feed must have an email in the or tag. This email address is used to verify that you are the owner of the podcast you are attempting to submit”
I’m pretty clueless.

Rowell Dionicio
7 years ago
Reply to  Jim Harris

Jim, your RSS feed doesn’t actually contain an email address in the tag. This could have been done inadvertently. You can fix this if you’re using a plugin to set up your RSS feed. If you’re using PowerPress, you can find this setting under Settings > iTunes.

David Alan
David Alan
7 years ago

Ok so I tried to submit it but I keep getting this error “Podcast RSS feed must include a podcast title, an author and an email. Please update your RSS feed to continue.” So I dont understand I am using Libsyn as my hosting service everything is in the fields that is required! What do I do? Please help!

Rowell Dionicio
7 years ago
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David Alan
David Alan
7 years ago

Thank you. I have already looked at that. For some reason it still doesn’t work. Everything that is required is filled out so now sure where to go from here.

David Alan
David Alan
7 years ago

It’s in the original post. Here it is again. Thanks for your help!
http://daconfessions.libsyn.com/rss

David Alan
David Alan
7 years ago

Thank you. I will. I have everything filled out but I will contact them. Thank you agai for all of your help!

David Alan
David Alan
7 years ago
Reply to  David Alan

LOL good news! I just changed the email address and it went right through. LOL Thanks again for your help!

Chris Risse
6 years ago
Reply to  David Alan

I had the same problem with my Libsyn feed. FeedBurner fixed the problem… for now.

Greg
7 years ago

Doesn’t seem to be taking any submissions at this point. Thoughts?

BFC Elite
7 years ago

I’m curious how long Google Play Music usually take to approve new podcast submissions? I submitted to Sticher, iTunes, and Google Play Music at the same time. ITunes and Stitcher approved within hours and I’m going on 2 days and still no approval from Google. What have others experienced?

BFC Elite
7 years ago

Thank you for the quick response! Will stay patient!

Mark Deal
6 years ago
Reply to  BFC Elite

I guess Google got better. Submitted a new show on a Tuesday (6 months after Google Play got into podcasts) and it was approved in a couple of hours.

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago
Reply to  BFC Elite

It’s going on 9 days now for me.

Mark Deal
6 years ago

Very good article. I followed the instructions to submit a one day old podcast and it took about 2 minutes. Google accepted the show in a couple of hours (Apple took much longer). Does google provide a public link to a podcast like iTunes does?

Kendrick-Kamau Nasser El-Negas

i got an error page for some reason.

Liz Massey
Liz Massey
6 years ago

My error page looks like this: The application encountered an error while loading. Try to reload the page.

That’s all it says, and then when I try to reload nothing happens.

Peter Drew
Peter Drew
6 years ago

Dang it.. Not available in my country = Australia 🙁

Screencast TV
Screencast TV
6 years ago

not available in UK either

Bryan Teare
6 years ago

Hi Daniel. Do you know if it’s possible to submit our podcast if we’re in a country that doesn’t yet support podcasts in Google Play music? So that people in other countries still find the show?

Dustin Stucky
Dustin Stucky
6 years ago

Google play is not accepting my Feedburner RSS feed. It says that I’m missing the tags , , and – I can see all of those in the XML source on Feedburner. I’ve been on Stitcher and iTunes both for months now, but would like to get Google Play up and running too. Any advice?

Tyrrone D. Hinton
Tyrrone D. Hinton
6 years ago

Hello. I’ve been trying to get my rss feed onto Google Play, but it is not accepting it as well. I keep getting the error message that The RSS is missing fields, that it must include the author, title, and email address. I’ve been on Podomatic and iTunes for a long while now and haven’t had an issue. Please help.

Tall Shon or T.S
Tall Shon or T.S
6 years ago

Question i have my podcast on Google play but how long does it take to update with new episodes?

Tall Shon or T.S
Tall Shon or T.S
6 years ago

Thank you i figured it out.

Everett Morris
Everett Morris
5 years ago

What did you have to do? Mine did not update with the second episode.

Zachary Devon
Zachary Devon
6 years ago

I uploaded and the podcast was accepted overnight, but I cannot find it on the play music podcast area, does it take a while to publish after going live?

RT
RT
6 years ago

Can someone please provide an example of what the proper RSS is supposed to look like? I entered in my RSS feed: http://rchidspodcast.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/podcast and got the following error: “Required RSS feed fields are missing”. Can someone please help? Thanks.

Rolland
Rolland
6 years ago

Thanks for getting back to me Daniel. I am in iTunes and I used my FeedBurner feed to get onto iTunes….is still doesn’t work. My issue is that I can’t figure out how to meet the requirements that Google Play Music requires. What do I need to add to the feed I provided above in order to make it work? This is where I am stuck.

Rolland
Rolland
6 years ago

Checked with feed validator, it’s a good feed. Thanks for your help.

Mikel Branch
Mikel Branch
6 years ago

Thanks for this. I recently launched and only knew of Stitcher and iTunes. I have a question regarding the link above about where to put your podcast. There are 11 pages of directories. Do you think this is feasible? Where do you put yours?

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[…] First and foremost, your podcast should be available on your website.  However, you want people to find it elsewhere as well.  If you know how to create an RSS feed, which is pretty easy using a platform like WordPress, it’s not hard to get your podcast included on iTunes.  Because iTunes is exclusively on iPhones, you should also include your show on sites like Stitcher and Google Play. […]

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Thanks Daniel!

Brian Weber
Brian Weber
5 years ago

Thank you so much for this Daniel!!

Unfortunately I don’t use Word Press for my site, (I use Weebly). I followed the steps above, but wondering about the further instructions in your email:

“Make sure you include the Google Play Music URL in PowerPress > Settings > Destinations > “Google Play Music.” This will make it available for Subscribe on Android.

Then, I recommend making a /google or /googleplay URL and linking to it from your site.”

Will my podcast be available for Subscribe on Android? Should I make a /google URL? What would go on that page?

Bill Nowicki
Bill Nowicki
5 years ago

I have a feed on Google Play. But it does not show up in the app and I have 0 downloads for the latest episode. I publish through Libsyn…

Any ideas

http://mariettastories.libsyn.com/gpm

Anna @authenticparenting.com

Excellent! Thank you so much. I just did. It was easy.

Everett Morris
Everett Morris
5 years ago

Hey. My podcast was approved and published. I uploaded second episode. The episode doesn’t show up in Google Play. Is there something I need to do with each episode? Point of origin is SoundCloud. Thanks.

Andrew Wang
Andrew Wang
5 years ago

My podcast is in Google Play but analytics for all episodes show as 0. On an iPhone, the Google Play app does not show a podcast option anywhere. Same for using Safari. However, I can find my podcast when browsing Google play on a desktop. Weird?

Deer Stand Hill
Deer Stand Hill
4 years ago

My podcast is on iTunes but when I try to submit it to google play, I get an error stating “unable to crawl feed.” Is it because I have video content on my feed? it as been validated

Deer Stand Hill
Deer Stand Hill
4 years ago

Nevermind, I just realized that i used a different gmail account! Duh! The feed has already been posted! Search for Deer Stand Hill. Thanks

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Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)

Very helpful- thank you! Is there a way to check to see if you’ve been approved? I can’t seem to find one and it’s been a couple days. My podcast is on Google Podcasts, which I understand is not the same as being on Google Play.

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