I have a podcast that passes all validation tests I can find, yet iTunes won't accept it. I'm hoping someone here can tell me what's wrong with it.
The feed is http://www.loatoday.net/feed/mp3/
It validates correctly at validator.w3.org/feed
It validates correctly at castfeedvalidator.com
It validates correctly at www.feedvalidator.org
It even passes validation at podcastsconnect.apple.com/#/new-feed
The only possible problem I can find is a warning message that states, "line 1, column 38: Use of unknown namespace: http://podlove.org/simple-chapters"
I've checked with the developer of the WordPress plugin (Podlove Podcast Publisher), but they claim that this shouldn't be a problem and that all of the other podcasts using their plugin (they have more than 2000 installs) work just fine in iTunes.
I've asked for help at discussions.apple.com and the resident iTunes help expert (Roger Wilmut1) at that site says he can't find anything wrong with it either.
I've tried writing to PodcastSupport@apple.com for their assistance on two different occasions over the past 8 days, but so far I have received no reply from there, either.
The error email I receive doesn't really help either. It says: "An error was encountered while trying to add your feed."
That's all it says about the error. Then it gives me links to standard podcast resources.
I'm at a loss what to do next. Can anyone here tell me why Apple keeps rejecting my podcast feed submission?
ADDITIONAL EDIT: Just for the heck of it, I tried commenting out the namespace that the validators didn't like. It validated again, this time without incident, in all four places, but submitting the podcast resulted in the same, non-descript error email.
Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.