With everything that’s involved in making a DJ podcast, the creation part is the part you’ll want to spend the most time on, as this process is what will set you apart from other podcasters and help you build your DJ career. At the same time, once you’ve made your podcast, figuring out how to distribute it can be equally as time consuming, especially if you’re not familiar with how podcast distribution works. So to help you get started with distributing your podcast, here’s a quick guide to getting your DJ podcast on iTunes as well as some other important podcast feeds.
Sharing Your DJ Podcast on SoundCloud and YouTube
While iTunes is the main place people go to find podcasts these days, it’s worth noting that there are other, simpler distribution platforms that are gaining popularity in the podcasting world, namely SoundCloud and YouTube. There are two main advantages of using these mediums. First, that they’re simple to use; all you have to do is create your audio or video file and upload it using a descriptive title, making sure to include any relevant tags. Second, these services will host your podcast for you, which means you don’t have to worry about finding hosting space for all of your audio files.
On the other hand, iTunes offers two distinct advantages over SoundCloud and YouTube. First, iTunes allows people to subscribe to your podcast, so each time you publish a new episode, it will automatically show up in your subscribers’ podcast feed. Second, iTunes comes with a built-in audience of podcast listeners, whereas most people who listen to your podcast on YouTube or Soundcloud will be people you’ve directed there yourself.
How to Get Your DJ Podcast on iTunes
Getting your podcast on iTunes is a much more complicated prospect than distributing your podcast on SoundCloud or YouTube, so the rest of this post will be dedicated to explaining how that process actually works. The first thing to know is that in order to get your podcast on iTunes, you’ll need to match their specifications for media files, that is, you’ll need to be prepared to upload a 320kbps mp3 audio file as well as a 1400×1400 piece of cover art. In addition, you’ll also need to set up a web host and an RSS feed; these are what allow you to push new episodes to users through their podcast subscription. In terms of web hosting and RSS feeds, there are several routes you can go, so let’s take a look at some of your options below.
The most complex, but also most reliable method of getting your DJ podcast on iTunes is to set up the hosting and RSS feeds yourself. You can do this by hosting your audio files on a blogging platform like WordPress or Blogger, and then setting up an RSS feed through those sites to interface with iTunes. The details of the process are too lengthy to explain here, but for more information, you can check out the official WordPress guide here or the official Blogger guide right here.
Using a Podcast Host
A simpler option that many podcasters prefer is to use a podcast host such as Blubrry, Buzzsprout, or Podbean. These sites make the podcast distribution process much easier as they’ll host your audio files for you, and they’ll also automatically push your latest episodes to your distribution platforms of choice, which will allow you to easily get your DJ podcast on iTunes as well as other podcast feeds (or podcatchers) like Stitcher and PocketCasts. While some podcast hosting sites offer free accounts, these accounts will typically provide fairly limited hosting space, so if you’re hoping to make your podcast a common occurrence, you may end up having to pay for your hosting. For regular creators, paying a small fee could be worthwhile, as these services take a lot of the hassle out of podcast distribution. This allows you to focus your time on actually making the podcasts rather than figuring out technical details like hosting and RSS feeds.
Connecting to iTunes through SoundCloud
A final option worth mentioning is SoundCloud’s own RSS feed distribution system. If you’re already uploading your podcasts to SoundCloud, that means you’re already using their service to host your podcast. You can then set up an RSS feed from SoundCloud and submit the feed to iTunes. If you’re interested in going this route, SoundCloud provides instructions on how to do it here.
In our final post on DJ podcasts, which will be up on the blog in the coming weeks, we’ll discuss different ways to publicize your DJ podcast, as well as ways to actually make money from podcasting. To learn more about DJ podcasts, check out our recent post on how to record your DJ mixes, as well as the first post in this series on how to record podcast episodes. And, if you want to make really great DJ podcasts, be sure to join our ultimate DJ school for unlimited access to video lessons on everything you need to know about becoming a great DJ.