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Why do I need Transistor? Can't I just record my audio and upload it to Apple Podcasts?

You might think that Apple will host your podcast for you. But that's a common misconception!

Every podcast needs to purchase their own hosting for their MP3 files, to generate a valid RSS feed, and show notes.

iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and Stitcher are podcast players that also feature a podcast directory. But they're not hosting platforms. When you click "download" or "subscribe" in these apps, the request gets sent to whichever host your favorite podcast is using (like Transistor.fm!). The podcast player will then download the MP3 file from that server.

You submit the RSS feed that Transistor generates (which points to MP3 files that Transistor hosts) to Apple Podcasts. They don't host anything. (Learn more).

To get hosting for your podcast, sign up for Transistor. We feature:

  • Global audio CDN
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • Customizable websites
  • In-depth analytics
  • Embeddable audio player
  • Support for multiple users
  • Integrates with MailChimp, ConvertKit, and Drip.
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  1. Justin Jackson

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