DISCONTINUED: How to Publish Podcast Episodes to SoundCloud Automatically from RSS

UPDATE: Yahoo! has shut down Pipes, which was key to this process. Thus, this method will no longer work. Please subscribe to the blog, podcast, and email newsletter for future updates on a new method.


I don't recommend SoundCloud as the primary home for your podcast, but it's a good additional distribution channel. Here's how to automatically publish your podcast episodes from your podcast RSS feed to your SoundCloud account, using Yahoo! Pipes and If This Then That (IFTTT).

Podcast RSS into Yahoo Pipes

1. Run your podcast RSS through Yahoo! Pipes

Visit the Yahoo! Pipe I created for you and enter your podcast's title, website, and podcast-only RSS URL. Click Run Pipe. Then, right-click on “Get as RSS” and copy the target URL.

Optionally clone the pipe into your own Yahoo! account for advanced editing and control.

IFTTT to SoundCloud

2. Connect Yahoo! Pipes and SoundCloud with IFTTT

Create or login to an If This Then That (IFTTT) account and visit the IFTTT recipe I created for you. You may need to activate the SoundCloud channel.

Replace the RSS URL in the first field with the feed URL you copied from Yahoo! Pipes.

You could click “Add Recipe” right now, or customize the fields, especially the tags field to include any global tags that apply to every episode of your podcast.

When you're finished, click “Add Recipe.”

Podcast published automatically on SoundCloud

3. Publish and wait

The process is now setup! Just publish new podcast episodes and they will automatically publish to SoundCloud from this time forward. (Old episodes won't be published for you.)

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Franklyn Monk
8 years ago

That sounds awesome!
I only have a free SoundCloud account, what happens when I hit the upload quota? Does it stop working, or are old items deleted?

Franklyn Monk
8 years ago

That would be cool. I’m gonna have to check to see if there’s anything I don’t mind loosing and I’ll probably implement this. I’ll reply here with my findings, but it might be a couple days before I have the chance.

Prescott Perez-Fox
7 years ago
Reply to  Franklyn Monk

Not sure if you discovered the answer for yourself, but what happens is that your old episodes are disabled, but they are not deleted. If you were to purchase an unlimited account, for example, you could bring them back with all the same details.

Prescott Perez-Fox
8 years ago

Do you know why you have to go through Yahoo Pipes? Why won’t a Libsyn RSS feed work?

Prescott Perez-Fox
8 years ago

Cool, I’ll give it a spin. I’ve heard you can do something similar using Spreaker.

Prescott Perez-Fox
8 years ago

Just put this into effect. We’ll find out on Monday morning if it picked up the new RSS feed!

Here’s a question, though, what happens if Yahoo Pipes goes bye-bye? It seems to pop up every now and again, but looks like the product itself hasn’t been updated since 1999.

Prescott Perez-Fox
8 years ago

Looks like it worked! (screenshot attached). The only things to note are that by default the file is not available for download, it will use your Profile avatar rather than the feeds cover artwork, and descriptions from Libsyn which may have HTML can’t be displayed. In my case, I copy-paste the WordPress description into Libsyn so that if someone has the Podcasts mobile app, they can have the links be actual links, but SoundCloud doesn’t like this.

I’m going to make a 3-minute stop into SoundCloud part of the episode post-release workflow. We’ll see how it all goes!

Thanks for the tip.

Prescott Perez-Fox
8 years ago

Forgot the screenshot

Stuart Mackey
8 years ago

This has to be the best news I’ve heard this week! Thank you so much, Daniel!

Brian Baulch
8 years ago

Could this system possibility be modified to work for other audio podcasting platforms such as audiboo , spreaker, and mixler ?

Prescott Perez-Fox
7 years ago

FYI, I had some problems this morning with the latest episode. It worked twice, but somewhere this workflow seems to have stopped. I can’t tell if it’s IFTTT or Pipes or SoundCloud, but I’m going to handle it manually today and see what happens next week.

Prescott Perez-Fox
7 years ago

Another episode failed to publish. Anyone else had trouble with this?

Firepype
Firepype
7 years ago

We have a service that does exactly what you guys are wanting to do and more. Once you setup your account you simply drag your podcast episode (with metadata embeded) to a dropbox folder that we monitor and we automatically send it to SoundCloud, Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion using the title, description and tags embeded in the mp3. We can even automatically tweet a message with a link to your media file hosted at any or all of these sites. Once you do the initial setup, you’ll only need to drag and drop to distribute your episodes to all your channels. You can signup free at http://Firepype.com. Hopefully you guys might find this helpful.

The SDR Show
The SDR Show
7 years ago

Daniel – I tried 2 weeks in a row – and it didn’t work – can I hire ya to get it working for me? theboys@theSDRshow.com

reynalay
reynalay
7 years ago

Thank you so much for this video! It really helped me out! Thank you.
http://www.reynalay.com

Kristian Serrano
7 years ago

Now that SoundCloud offers an RSS feed for podcasts and unlimited hosting for $15 a month, do you still not recommend SoundCloud as a hosting solution?

Suzanne Lay
Suzanne Lay
7 years ago

Can you direct me to a post about why you don’t recommend it… or offer a brief explanation here?

Suzanne Lay
Suzanne Lay
7 years ago

Thank you both very much for taking the time and offering such helpful replies.

Kristian Serrano
7 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne Lay

Since the time I had originally posted my question, I had run my podcast from SoundCloud for about 14 recordings and then switched to Blubrry. What follows is why.

Initially, I thought it would be easiest and more cost effective to host the on SoundCloud. It worked well for a little while, but I began to notice some features lacking from SoundCloud, and it seemed that its developers had a strange sense of priorities when it came to hosting podcasts. For example, they refuse to reenable HTML formatting of show notes (even through markdown) and the editable published field does nothing as the published date is determined by the actual upload date on the server. (Seriously, SoundCloud?) Forget about scheduled publishing. Oh, and they also decided to remove the embedded player from Facebook posts and instead link to their site, citing user experience as the reason and no plans to revert that decision.

There are also rumors of SoundCloud facing some issues with generating revenue and funding as well as legal issues with the major music labels, ads being inserted in the service, and a subscription model coming up for listeners. As a result, I began to have concerns about hosting on SoundCloud because the service in general seems to be having an identity crisis. Are they trying to be a community for musicians? A podcasting platform? A music subscription service? The “YouTube of audio” regardless of content type?

It seems SoundCloud wants to do too many things with mediocrity rather than be really good at one or two things. As a result, all of its users suffers.

Kristian Serrano
7 years ago

Oh, yeah. They also rename your files.

Kristian Serrano
7 years ago

Sure. I plan to keep my eye on SoundCloud in case they figure things out, but I’m skeptical.

Bob Joel
Bob Joel
7 years ago

I’m getting an error that the audio file size is too big, what is the file size limit? Thanks!

Stephanie b
Stephanie b
7 years ago

Looks like Yahoo! Pipes went before Feedburner. Are you working on another solution for this automation? I wish IFTTT supported an ingredient for files in the enclosure tag!

ALan Jay
ALan Jay
7 years ago

Did you ever find a replacement?

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