Invalid podcast image errors

If you get an "Invalid podcast image" error when you’re adding a podcast on the Google Play Music Podcast Portal, here are some of the most common ways to troubleshoot why the podcast image referenced by your podcast’s RSS feed is invalid.


  • Your podcast’s Image URL needs to start with: http://, https://, or ftp://.
  • Make sure your podcast’s image loads at the URL included in your podcast’s RSS feed.


  • Your podcast’s image needs to be included in your podcast’s RSS feed using one of the following tags: <googleplay:image>, <itunes:image> or <image>.
  • If a <googleplay:image> tag isn’t included, <itunes:image> will be used instead.
  • <image> is only used if <googleplay:image> or <itunes:image> aren’t included.
    • If you include a <googleplay:image> or <itunes:image> tag and a <image> tag, only your <googleplay:image> or <itunes:image> tag will be used. Make sure your <googleplay:image> or <itunes:image> URL loads and includes an image that meets Google Play Music Podcast Portal’s format, size, and shape specifications.


  • Make sure your podcast image is in JPEG or PNG format.
    • Other image types like PDF or GIF can’t be used.

Size & shape

  • Check if your image is square-shaped (equal height and width). All podcast images need to be square.
  • Your podcast’s image needs to be at least 600 x 600 pixels.
    • The recommended image size is between 1200 x 1200 and 7000 x 7000 pixels.
    • If your podcast's image is smaller than 1200 x 1200 pixels, you'll see a warning when adding your podcast.
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