If you’re starting your very first podcast (like tons of other people) figuring out how to get on all the major platforms can be tricky. iTunes is the leader in podcast distribution so naturally, many podcasters start by getting their show featured on their network. 

In order to get on iTunes, you will need to pick a podcast hosting service. This will help you distribute your content to iTunes and other podcasting platforms. Popular podcast hosting companies include:

  • SoundCloud
  • Podbean
  • Simplecast
  • Transistor
  • BuzzSprout

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be walking you through the steps of how to get your podcast on iTunes using SoundCloud as a hosting company.

How to get your podcast on iTunes:

Step 1. Record your first podcast episode.

Once you’ve picked a podcast hosting service, you’ll need to record your first episode. In order for iTunes, and other platforms, to review and accept your podcast RSS feed, they need to review your content. iTunes has certain requirements in order to validate your podcast, but following these steps should help you get your podcast live as fast as possible.

Depending on what software you use to record your podcast episode, you may need to convert your file into an MP3. Once you have the MP3 file ready, go to step 2.  

Step 2. Upload your episode to your podcast hosting company.

Whether you use SoundCloud or another popular hosting company, the upload process will be similar. For this tutorial, we will walk through the steps for uploading to SoundCloud.

How to upload an MP3 to SoundClound

1. Log into Soundcloud

2. Click the upload button

Uploading MP3 to SoundCloud

3. Drag and drop or upload your MP3 file to the upload screen.

Upload episode to soundcloud

Step 3: Make sure to fully fill out the episode details

1. Fill out your episode information. Make sure to provide as much detail as possible on the “Basic Info Screen” and “Metadata Screen”. This helps iTunes categorize your podcast.

Podcast episode information
iTunes requires your podcast artwork to be between 1400 x 1440 pixels to 3,000 x 3,000. We recommend using an image 3,000 x 3,000 to avoid any validation errors.

2. On the “Permissions” tab, make sure the “Include in RSS Feed” is checked. This will ensure your episode is view-able by the iTunes review team.

SoundCloud Include in RSS Feed

3. Click save.

Step 4: Locate your RSS feed URL

Your RSS feed is the key to getting on any podcasting platform. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It collects all the data you enter about your episode/show and distributes it through a URL. 

How to find your RSS feed in SoundCloud. 

1. In the top right-hand corner, click the three dot button and find “Settings”.

SoundCloud Settings Tab

2. Toggle to the Content Tab and find the RSS Feed URL. 

SoundCloud Content RSS Feed

Step 5: Submit your RSS Feed to iTunes.

Submitting your RSS feed to iTunes might take a few tries depending on your review process. It’s important that the episodes included in your RSS feed are professionally done so you can ensure iTunes accepts your show. 

How to submit your podcast to iTunes: 

1. Download and create an account on iTunes. 

2. In the top left-hand corner, toggle to “Podcasts”

Itunes welcome screen

3. Find “Submit a Podcast” in the right-hand column

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