The podcast industry is booming! Podcasting is becoming increasingly accessible and popular to content creators, bloggers, RJs, businesses, brands, and anyone else who wants to launch their own audio show or channel. But how do you launch your very own podcast? What are the best free online podcast creation and hosting platforms?
Want to launch your very own podcast or audio show?
The following are five best free podcast platforms for creating, launching, and hosting, that creators can select from:
Hubhopper Studio is India’s first and only end-to-end podcast creation platform. It offers tools for everything from recording, editing, and launching to distributing, marketing, and analyzing — all for free.
• Free Hosting
• Free Recording
• Free Editing
• Distribute Everywhere
With Hubhopper Studio, once you create and launch your podcast, your podcast gets distribution that no other platform can provide. With the click of a few buttons, your podcast goes live across all major podcast platforms and streaming platforms, including the likes of Apple Podcasts, CastBox, Spotify, TuneIN, Stitcher, etc. Not just this, but you get access to a distribution and integration network meant for the Indian creator and listener. This includes streaming platforms like Gaana, in-cab entertainment like Ola Play and Mahindra Glyd, smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Saregama Carvaan, and mobile phone integrations across all major mobile phones including Samsung, Karbonn, Micromax, etc.
In February, Spotify announced that they acquired Anchor, a platform that makes quality podcasting easy and fun. Anchor’s free podcast recording software allows you to record high-quality audio. Next, you record an unlimited amount of episodes and distribute them to all major websites with one click.
Anchor makes it easy to drag and drop different audio clips to rearrange segments in your episodes. They also give you a free landing page with a custom URL for your show.
PodBean offers unlimited hosting services, distribution and promotion on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Alexa, and all the major apps, and 24/7 support. PodBean has been in the podcasting hosting space since the beginning, starting back in 2006.
You can get started for free. On this tier, you can upload up to 5 hours of content per month, but are only allowed 100GB of bandwidth per month. Their open plan gives you some basic stats, but you need to upgrade to their $9/month plan to get more detailed analytics.
However, if you’re serious about running your professional show you will have to get their $29/month PodBean Unlimited Plus Plan. This plan offers unlimited audio hosting and video storage.
BuzzSprout is one of the easiest to use podcasting hosting provider for beginners. They have been in the business since 2009 and has built a strong community of podcasters which includes some of the top podcasters around.
If you are just getting started, then you’ll find it to be incredibly easy to use. They will also automatically submit your episodes to all the top podcast directories which ensures that your podcast is available on all devices and apps.
The downside is that even their paid plans have storage and bandwidth limits.
Pricing: Limited free plan for 90 days. Paid plans start at $12 / month for 3 hours upload.
SoundCloud is a popular music and podcast hosting platform. The good thing is that you can embed any podcast epidsode from SoundCloud by simply placing the URL anywhere in your WordPress posts and pages.
SoundCloud is free for up to 3 hours of uploads. Their free plan gives a good starting point for beginners who want to test the waters first.
Their paid plans come with more storage, bandwidth, advanced statistics, monetization and distribution options. It is easy to use but not the most flexible or customizable podcast hosting plan.