Annoying bug in GarageBand

Suddenly, chapters in podcasts produced with Apples famous audio software stop working. Here is a workaround for that bug.

If you produce your podcasts with Apple GarageBand, you probably have run into a strange issue – at least, if you are creating enhanced podcasts with chapters and links, as it is possible with the sophisticated AAC format.

Sometimes, the carefully selected hyperlinks are just missing in the exported file. The little clickable label that should be overlaying the cover art is not to be found. This is more than frustrating, since it cancelled out the whole post production effort, at least partially.

That’s how the links are supposed to look in the final podcast episode.

This annoying bug seemed to appear and disappear with every GarageBand update. I cannot recollect when I saw it for the first time, but with recent versions, things got worse. I almost never got my hyperlinks working the way they were supposed to.

Subchapters are the probable cause

The problem seems to occur with subchapters, i.e. with markers, which have no title and are therefore not a separate chapter, but change the URL and/or the picture within the current chapter.

Empty chapter titles are problematic.

I noticed that podcast episodes where there are no empty chapter titles usually work fine.

To make a long story short: if you struggle with that issue, try to avoid sub-chapters!

If you have any insights on this bug or any different hints, please let me know via comment form!

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  1. Unpleasant update to this post: Without the sub chapters, it worked for a number of recent episodes of our Digital podcast. With the latest episode, the links in the final file were missing, even though there were no sub chapters. Apple will need to fix this issue…

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