# Apple, podcasts and letsencrypt

Recently a friend wanted me to setup a simple podcast on iTunes for him. When he asked me I though “How hard can this be?”. After all, it is just an RSS feed. I looked up a sample, wrote the basic outline and validated it on http://castfeedvalidator.com/. The document looked something like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<channel>
<title>Name</title>
<description>Why apple podcasts are terrible, awful, no good very bad things.</description>

<ttl>1</ttl>

<itunes:author>Friend</itunes:author>

<language>en-us</language>
<itunes:category text="Education"/>
<itunes:explicit>No</itunes:explicit>
<itunes:image href="http://foo.com/img.png"/>

</channel>

This passed every validator so I put it into itunes’ own validator and I get the almost totally unhelpful error Can’t read your feed. Nothing more. Nothing to tell me if it was a 504, 404, parsing error, nothing. I spent ages mucking about with the file location, file name, little tweaks to the document. I was getting very frustrated at this point so I gave it a “Hail-Mary” google and went digging. It turns out that on about page 3 of a tangentally related google search someone mentions that Java doesn’t support lets encrypt ssl certs.