Delete and resubscribe to the Weekly Show feed, as the current RSS feed is correct on iTunes now. You will only see the Weekly Show podcasts again, as in the past. Sorry about the issue; it was an accident.
Read on for the gory details if you care to…
RSS Redirection & You
Folks, transitioning to this new web site has been challenging. We migrated because it gives us a platform to eventually deliver new content, forums, digital downloads, etc. We believe it will help Packet Pushers grow in the long-term.
One of the biggest challenges with this transition has been RSS feeds. RSS feeds are a big deal for a site like ours. Many of you use RSS to subscribe to blogs and shows, and iTunes uses RSS to send new podcasts to your iPhone, etc. If RSS breaks, subscribers fall by the wayside, and everyone is sad.
Switching to a new web provider meant a new RSS URL hierarchy. We (Greg, mostly) went to a lot of trouble to make sure our old RSS URLs would be honored and then automatically redirected to new feeds. Our provider had to build the redirects for us (this is a fully managed platform on the backend), but didn’t get all of the 301’s correct.
Why Your Weekly Show iTunes Feed Is Buggered
We were able to get the provider to fix most of their screw ups with little drama. However, one was a bugger — the Weekly Show RSS feed that iTunes was using got redirected to an RSS feed with ALL of our shows. Not just the Weekly Show. Whoops. There was no way for the provider to fix that, as the bogus RSS feed iTunes was using for the Weekly Show is used by other things. So, we couldn’t simply redirect again without breaking those other things. We had to manually update iTunes with the correct RSS. Like savages.
How To Fix Your Weekly Show iTunes Feed
By default, the iTunes client won’t check for a new RSS, and iTunes won’t notify the client about the change without a 301. Since we did the savage, manual RSS update, there’s no reason for your client to have been automatically updated, from what we understand. Therefore, your iTunes client is likely using the “full feed” RSS right now.
To resolve this issue? Delete and resubscribe to the Weekly Show feed, as the current RSS feed is correct on iTunes.
Our Humble Apologies
Changing to the new site was not an opportunity for us to cram new content down your throat. Greg and I are both introverts. We didn’t want any extra attention while cutting over to the new site, believe us. We would have been happy if no one knew the difference except for the new logo. Please accept our apologies that your iTunes (and other podcatchers) went bonkers downloading a bunch of content you didn’t expect. It wasn’t on purpose. It wasn’t a random act of marketing. It was just a mistake.