I may, or may not, be releasing this today in Podnews; but thought you might find it interesting. There's been a significant change in how the Apple Podcasts app works.
I just added my experimental (non iTunes feed) at least the add URL button is still there. I assume that must poll the rss feed (I could look at my logs I guess).
@jamescridland Confirming, I got a lot if complaints after releasing yesterday that the episode wasn't "showing up in the Apple app".
@jamescridland God this is a great explanation. Thanks for doing this research James. One question: can you tell if the app is pulling per episode show art from Apple’s cache now vs the origin?
@jamescridland Verified on the server side, the request is coming from the phone app, not the crawler.
But since this podcast doesn't have an iTunes id, I wouldn't be surprised if the AP app fetches it directly in only this case. Would need server logs from other podcasts to verify.
James, I'm also curious: do you see an Apple-looking callback in your websub subscriptions?
@js @dave It could be a server switch; it could be that the beta worked differently. But I can absolutely guarantee that https://podnews.net/rss is never grabbed by Apple Podcasts iOS 14.5; and Apple confirm that is the app's new behaviour. So I'm quite interested if yours is still calling the RSS feed direct.
@js Apple have since confirmed my story. Your Reflections podcast doesn't appear to be in Apple Podcasts, so are you subscribed direct to the RSS feed? In which case... they haven't really kept the RSS parser in there for that, have they?! Goodness.
@jamescridland @js I have Reflections manually subscribed in my AP also and it works. So it must be local parsing. I can’t think of another way it would work unless Apple have some sort of shadow entries in their API. That seems unlikely though.
Also, of note, is the 14.5 version of AP now apparently reports “Apple Podcasts” instead of AppleCoreMedia when streaming. At least it does for me. Can you confirm this James?
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