We received the following notification from Apple’s Podcast Team today:

Apple Podcasts podcast submission system will be offline from approximately December 21, 2012 through December 27, 2012 (Pacific).  During this time, you will be unable to submit new podcasts to the Apple Podcasts Store.  New episodes may appear in existing podcasts in Apple Podcasts Store slower than usual due to increased seasonal system load.  Full functionality to the Apple Podcasts podcast submission system will be restored on or about December 28, 2012.

So if you’ve recently signed up or have started a new show and have yet to submit it for inclusion in the Apple Podcasts Store you’ll need to do so within the next day or two or wait until December 28th.  Also during this December 21st – December 28th time window please be aware that it might take longer than normal for new episodes to appear in the Apple Podcasts Store.  We’ll update this post if anything changes.