Soundcloud: Podcast Hosting Review

Soundcloud allows you to create content and expand your audience on this popular listening platform with millions of listeners.

Get access to unlimited hosting time and advanced statistics for every episode you upload.

Started in 2007 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, SoundCloud has evolved to become one of the largest music streaming services reaching over 175 million monthly users worldwide. Recently,  SoundCloud has focused on podcasting in addition to music.

SoundCloud offers both free and paid plans on the podcasting platform, suitable for desktop and mobile devices.

Best for Beginners and Advanced Podcasters

SoundCloud offers a Creator Guide for those wanting to progress their podcasting career on Soundcloud. Watch videos taught by experts and learn the ropes of podcasting 101: including audio recording to analytics.

Easy upload for automatic discovery. Share any audio format for free and increase your online visibility in a pool of millions on SoundCloud and beyond.

For beginners, they can start for free and upload for free to get a feel for the hosting service and go up from there.

Advanced podcasters can monetize their soundtracks by signing the SoundCloud Premier Monetization form if they are eligible. This is recommended for those with a large following base, so they are more likely to profit through many listens.

The repost plan utilizes monetization features to be put on the major listening platforms to increase revenue chances.

Integrated Plugin

SoundCloud has multiple plugins for easy website embedding.

  • SoundCloud Ultimate Plugin for WordPress
  • SoundCloud is Gold
  • SoundCloud Short Code
  • SoundPress plugin and more

Storage Limits

Storage limits are based on which plan you are currently in. The free plan has up to a 3-hour upload. SoundCloud The Unlimited plan has an unlimited amount of upload.

Bandwidth Limits

The bandwidth limit is 256kbps.

The High-Quality streaming format is encoded in 256kbps AAC. (same to an mp3 encoded in 320kbps).

Is it video-supported too? Video is supported and is one of the only podcasting platforms that enables this. To upload, choose the “Export Audio or Video” option from “File” and ensure the “Upload to SoundCloud” button is checked off.

After the translation process is done, you can log in to your SoundCloud account, set the tags, share, and other desired options to start the upload.

Statistics

Get immediate feedback with advanced analytics stats. This will help grow your audience by tailoring to the needs of the target market. Find out what topics your audience likes the best and keep making more of it to expand your fan base.

It will show in the last week what accounts have listened to your podcast and the number of plays it obtains under top listeners.

Provides listener location to see where your fans live in real-time.

Interact with fans and get immediate feedback with in-track comments. Listeners can comment at a certain section of the Soundcloud track to tell you what parts they resonate with or enjoy.

Most Soundcloud tracks have one-word comments for quick feedback such as “Amazing!” or “Terrifying!” to get user’s firsthand reaction to what they hear is helpful in the content creation process.

Listing/Integration into Podcast Directories

Host your podcast episodes in one place. SoundCloud.

Better yet, you can upload for free. Share your content with millions of daily, active listeners. Or, if you prefer to go private, you can share a link with a select amount of people to gain access to your work.

Immediately start hosting your podcast with SoundCloud and distribute your playlist with an RSS feed to your favorite podcast apps. Just sign up for a free SoundCloud account or log in to a previously existing account.

You can reach new audiences for your podcast through distribution platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn through an RSS feed on SoundCloud.

SoundCloud allows you to share this RSS feed into your favorite social media networking sites too.

Advanced Features

Soundcloud Premier Monetization: Monetize downloads on Soundcloud and other music services.

  • Firstly, ensure you’re eligible to monetize a podcast (or multiple) track by signing the agreement.
  • ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a unique code that is assigned to a sound recording and is needed to enable a track to be monetized
  • Use the same ISRC for a soundtrack recording wherever you make it available: worldwide and on podcasting services. When uploading or editing a track, you can have them made for you if you don’t already have ISRCs for your episodes.

User Impression/Reviews

A review stated they love the fact that you can upload and listen to tracks for free.

Another user stated that SoundCloud is a combination of social networking and streaming services. It is easy to use, and it has a better chance of getting content to go viral.

It has a beautiful and simple user front-end design, and the graphics of commenting on the music tracks are unique.

Other users have stated they have disliked minor features such as navigating the site.

On the other hand, there is nothing this user has disliked with Soundcloud so far. They’ve been a dedicated subscriber for a few years now and appreciate this platform’s growth and development.

However, they do dislike the fact that they sometimes can’t find a certain performer that they’re looking for. Or that it’s harder to listen when you’re offline when traveling.

If you’re not connected to wifi, you can’t really listen to it, even if you have the Soundcloud app downloaded to your desktop or mobile device.

It is a straightforward website, with nothing much to dislike. Although, this user wishes to see a new theme. SoundCloud has been using the same theme from many years ago and would want to see some change in the layout design.

Other than that, they believe everything is fine.

Current Pricing

All paid plans are billed monthly or annually at your choice.

  • Soundcloud Basic is free, gives you 3 hours of upload and HD storage.
  • Soundcloud Pro Unlimited is $15 per month, including unlimited upload time and everything in basic and repost pro. 30-day money-back guaranteed.

Repost by Soundcloud

is $2.50 per month to get heard on the most popular distribution track platforms. Monetization features only.