As you may already know, in iOS version 11, Apple added new tags to provide better support for serialized content, and these are now supported in PowerPress 7.1, including:
- iTunes:type, iTunes:episode, and iTunes:season: These tags were added to support serialized content. “Before this, all podcasts were assumed to be episodic,” explains Angelo Mandato, CIO of Blubrry.
- iTunes:episodeType: “This tag adds a way to mark special episodes,” says Mandato.
- iTunes:title: “At the episode level, this is Apple’s solution for podcasters who add episode numbers and other extra information to their blog post titles. The iTunes title should be clean of such meta information, since this information can now be specified by the other new tags previously mentioned.”
- content:encoded & iTunes:summary: This is a value containing the show notes for your episode. PowerPress has supported these tags for many years.
“We’ve known the content:encoded tag was necessary for years,” explains Mandato. “We have worked with the Apple team confirming we are in full compliance of Apple’s latest documentation.” Check out this helpful PDF from Apple laying out the new and updated specs to learn more about Apple Podcasts and tagging in iOS 11.
Powerpress Version 7.1 contains a few other upgrades and improvements, such as:
- Subscribe on iTunes has been changed to Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
- Secure HTTPS websites using Blubrry Podcast Media Hosting are now automatically supported. Media URLs are now automatically converted to HTTPS. You no longer have to edit past episodes if you switch from HTTP to HTTPS.
Please see the change log for a full list of upgrades and improvements.
Something we hope you won’t miss:
A barely-used feature has been removed due to being outdated and seldom-used. The Windows Media Player embed for wmv video and wma audio has been removed. Chrome, Safari, Firefox as well as Microsoft Edge browsers do not support the Windows Media Player embed, providing support for this is no longer practical. In its place will be a play link which will open the media on the device’s default media player.
Some not-so-fine print:
- PowerPress 7.1 requires WordPress version 3.6 or newer. WordPress 4.8+ is recommended.