It’s the time of the year!
When podcasters take a break…
When your listeners either stop listening or binge listen…
When you try try try try to put out an episode hard as you can and holiday end of the year duties get in the way…
And then, when you are READY TO DO IT…something goes wonky…
We wanted to prepare you, just in case you happen to be scheduling big releases, new podcast launches or maybe simply keeping up your current podcast schedule and you need help or support from Apple.
Every year, the iTunes team takes a holiday and their support is on a different schedule and submissions and updates are also on a bit of a different timeframe.
The Apple team sent out an email last week, preparing podcasters for this ahead of time!
We are posting the excerpt from the email that is most relevant to you so that they are aware of what’s coming!
The bummer is that you only got this email if you currently have a podcast in iTunes, so all of you about to be podcasters have no idea! So here you go, directly from Apple!
To prepare for the winter season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for Podcast submissions. If you plan on releasing new Podcasts on iTunes in December 2016 and January 2017, check the following submission deadlines:
Podcast Launch Date ● Submission Deadline
Dec. 5–11, 2016 Nov. 28, 2016
Dec. 12–18, 2016 Dec. 5, 2016
Dec. 19–25, 2016 Dec. 12, 2016
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Dec. 12, 2016
Jan. 2–8, 2017 Dec. 12, 2016
Jan. 9–15, 2017 Jan. 2, 2017
Holiday Support Schedules
If you have questions or need support, you can always reach out to our Podcasts Support team. However, keep in mind that they won’t be available on the below dates, and Podcast approvals and response times on or around these dates may be delayed:
November 24 to November 25, 2016
December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017
If you plan on launching any Podcasts during this time, we recommend submitting your podcast for approval as early as possible.
There you go! #BePrepared! Happy Holiday podcasting!