Apple has released iOS 11 including new features for its podcasting app.
Here's what's new and what you’ll need to do to ensure your content is ready.
Where to start
In the past, podcast apps have assumed listeners want to start with the most recent episode, rather than at the beginning. The Apple Podcast app will now distinguish between two different types of content:
- Episodic: For content where listeners are served the most recent episode first, following how the system has traditionally worked.
- Serial: A new method for chronological content, that should be consumed from the first episode to last.
How to update your existing show
1. Sign into your Whooshkaa account, click “Shows & Episodes” then select "Shows" from the side menu on the left. Locate the show that you wish to edit and click on its title or "Overview" button. From the "Overview" tab, click the "Edit" button.
2. Adjust your show "Type" choosing either “Episodic” or “Serial.”
3. To save these changes, click the "Update" button at the bottom of the page.
Seasons & Episodes
You are now also be able to help listeners distinguish between seasons of your show, alongside what audio is an episode, trailer or bonus piece of content.
This means you should no longer list episode/season numbers in your show title, the Apple Podcasts app will now have the information needed to sort them correctly.
How to add seasons and differentiate between your content
1. If your show has seasons, simply adjust the “Number of Seasons” number (follow step 1 and 2 above and then select the season number).
2. To save these changes, click the "Update" button at the bottom of the page.
3. To make changes to existing episodes, navigate to your “Shows & Episodes” from the side menu on the left. Locate the show that you wish to edit and click on its title or "Episodes" button and locate the episode you wish to edit. Click on the episode's title to edit it.
4. Adjust the “Season” and “Episode” numbers.
6. Adjust your episode "Type" choosing between "Full", "Trailer" or "Bonus."
7. Make sure you remove any episode/season numbers in your show's “Title.”
8. To save these changes, click "Update Episode" and repeat steps 3-7 to update other episodes.