Is iTunes Cleaning up Podcasts? the Official Letter

Yesterday on the , I talked about an email I received from . The story is an old I ran up until last year was still  up on their . I took everything down to make it go away and the listing stayed up on the . I continued to get 404 errors (page missing) from my error page, so I put the back up.

Finally on Monday I recieved the take down notice. It was really surprising since iTunes never really cleaned up the mess before. I had a few people ask me to post the letter, so here it is:

Dear Podcast Owner
Your podcast has been removed from the iTunes because no new episodes have been added in the past several months.
Name: Independent Music Podcast
Feed URL: http://www….xml
If you feel that the material in the podcast remains relevant to iTunes users, please feel free to resubmit the podcast here:
For more on podcasts on iTunes, please see the technical spec at

The iTunes Store Team

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If this is the case, we might be seeing a effort on Apples part. Let’s hope so – This is a great resource and if maintained can be a valuable tool. It also promotes iTunes by the vast amount of free content in an easy-to-use format.

Of course, time will tell. After all, this might just be a one-time thing. Maybe it wasn’t even initiated by Apple – enough people reported the broken xml and Apple finally responded. If that is the case, it’s time for an email campaign….

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