Overview of feed requirements

Apple Podcasts has very specific feed requirements. Below we will list out the basic requirements and their corresponding fields in Dovetail Podcasts.


Podcast feeds must conform to RSS 2.0 specifications.

If you’re hosting the feed on your own servers please ensure that there are NO duplicate <enclosure> URLs in your feed. Apple Podcasts will ignore previously used <enclosure> URLs.

Apple Podcasts recommends artwork for a series be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels at 72 DPI. The size should be 512kb (while Apple Podcasts does not recommend an image size, this meets the requirements for NPR One and Spotify).

All series episodes, XML, and artwork are hosted on publicly addressable servers with byte-range requests enabled.

All series must contain a GUID (globally unique identifier).


Certain tags are required in your RSS feed in order to submit it to the podcast apps. In the table below we’ve listed these required tags and their corresponding Dovetail Podcasts fields. 

iTunes Feed Requirement

Dovetail Podcasts Field








Profile Image


Apple Podcasts Category


Homepage URL


  • <itunes:name>
  • <itunes:email>


  • Feed Owner Name
  • Feed Owner Email




Marks the series as clean or explicit. If a series is marked as “clean” but a specific episode has mature themes or curses a producer can mark that episode as  "explicit" on the backend.




Copyright notice for content in the series.



Feed URL

If you change the URL of your series feed, you should use this tag in your old feed.



Episodes > Published episodes

An episode must be published in the feed in order for third-party podcast apps to accept a feed submission



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