Amazon Music & Audible
Amazon operates Amazon Music, which has a podcast directory, as well as the audiobook platform Audible, which also offers podcast content.
To submit to Amazon Music
- Head to Amazon Music for Podcasters.
- Either click the Get started button (left of the page) or the “Add or claim your podcast” link to the right of the page.
- Sign in with an Amazon account.
- Enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL, select your country from the dropdown, and click Submit. (The country list has lots of mistakes in it, so you might not find your country where you expect to.)
- Review the linked terms of service and tick the box to confirm you agree with them, then click the Confirm email button.
- Wait for an email from Amazon Music, which contains a big button labeled Confirm ownership. Click it.
After 24 hours, visit the Amazon Music website in your region (for example: music.amazon.co.uk) and search for your podcast by name. Select your podcast from the search results, and copy the URL from your browser’s address bar. This is your Amazon Music podcast URL.
Anghami began its life in Lebanon in 2011 as the “first legal streaming platform” for the Arab world. They now cover digital distribution for music, as well as providing a podcast listening experience.
Submitting to Anghami
- Visit their podcast submission form.
- Paste your RSS feed URL into the box provided and click “Next”.
- Watch out for a verification email and enter the code from that email into the “Verification code” box on the Anghami form. Click “Next”.
- Select a genre, country, and language (either Arabic or “International”). Tick the “Explicit content” box if you need to. Then hit “Next”.
To find your Anghami link, wait a day or so and then
- Visit the Anghami web player.
- Search for your podcast. If you don’t find it straight away, click “View all results”, then filter by “Podcasts”.
- Find your show in the search results, and click it.
- Copy the URL in your browser’s address bar. That will take Anghami users to your podcast.
You can also “claim your profile” with Anghami, to access analytics and to manage your listing.
Regardless of whether you use or like Apple products or you think your audience is likely to, the Apple Podcasts directory – or what used to be called “iTunes” – is the first place to submit a new feed to. It’s by no means the only place that matters, but it’s the first, as many apps still use Apple’s directory to help listeners find new podcasts.
Submitting to Apple Podcasts
- Start by going to Podcast Connect and logging in with an Apple ID. If you don’t already have one, you can create one from the website.
- Make sure the Podcasts tab is selected, click the blue + button next to the title, and select “New show”.
- Choose “Add a show with an RSS feed”.
- Enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL.
- Click Add.
If you can’t get past step 1, you might be in the “login loop”. Here’s how to get out of it.
CastBox is a popular podcast player for iOS and Android. It also has an Alexa skill for integration with Amazon’s family of smart speakers.
To submit to CastBox
- Visit the CastBox website and click the “Sign in / Sign up” link.
- Choose a social media account to login with, or create an account with an email address.
- One logged in, hover over your avatar in the top-right-hand corner of the page, and select “Creator Studio”.
- Click the grey Claim ownership button near the top of the page.
- In the popup box that appears, enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL, and the email address associated with your podcast.
- Click Submit.
- Wait for an email from CastBox. When it arrives, scroll past all the marketing and get to the link headed “You can claim your show with this link”. Follow that link.
- Read and confirm you agree to their terms of service.
To get your CastBox URL, to share with others or add to your podcast website:
- Back at the CastBox “creator studio”, click the tab on the right-hand side of the page, titled Claimed.
- Click your show artwork. This will open up your CastBox podcast page in a new tab.
- Copy the URL of the page from your browser’s address bar. This is your CastBox podcast URL.
Gaana is one of India’s answers to Spotify, boasting over 200 million monthly users.
Submitting to Gaana
- Create your free Gaana account.
- Verify your email address with the link sent to your inbox.
- Register your feed with Gaana.
- Enter your RSS feed and hit Tab to let the page update.
- Enter your name in the “Signatory name” field.
- Select your podcast’s language.
- Search for categories your podcast fits into.
- Select one or more subcategories (Gaana calls these “podcast tags”).
- Read and agree to Gaana’s terms and conditions.
- Click “Submit”.
After your show is submitted, you’ll need to wait for approval from Gaana. This can take up to a week, after which you’ll get your show’s public URL which you can list on your website.
Goodpods is a podcast player that aims to be more like “Goodreads for podcasts”. It’s aimed more at the casual listener, who’s perhaps unaware that there’s an alternative to the Apple Podcasts app, Spotify, or heaven forbid, BBC Sounds, and is similarly unaware of the vast array of shows they could be listening to.
One of its marquee features is part of the Goodpods “Top shows” screen, which you can access from the Search tab. When claiming your show on Goodpods, you can specify that you’re an indie creator, so when prospective listeners toggle the “Indie only” switch, your show could have a much higher chance of appearing in the ranking.
Submitting to Goodpods
- Download and install the Goodpods app for your smartphone.
- Open the app and register as a podcaster, then follow the instructions to claim your podcast(s).
iVoox (pronounced “ee-Vox”) is an app and directory for Spanish-language podcasts. It also carries English-speaking podcasts, and addition into the directory can open your listener base wide, as more Spanish-speaking listeners discover podcasts.
Submitting to iVoox
- Start at the US iVoxo website in English. You might be redirected to an iVoox site in your country. Also note that some parts of the website are still in Spanish, so use a translation website or browser plugin if you get stuck.
- Click the “Login” link at the top right of the page and login with a social media account, or click “Register” and create an account using your email address.
- Once logged in, if the language has switched back to Spanish, select your language from the flag menu at the top-right of the page.
- Click the Upload button in the top-right-hand corner of the page.
- Select the “Podcast from a feed” tab.
- Enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL and click the Check URL button.
- iVoox uses its own category system, so select the category or categories that best match the ones your podcast already uses.
- Select “tags” that apply to your podcast, from the dropdown menu.
- Select “Podcasting” as the “Genre”.
- Select the language of your podcast.
- Enter “channel” information. If your podcast is part of a network, you might want to add the name, description and logo for your network. Otherwise, enter your podcast name, add a short description, and upload your cover art. (Ignore the image specs, as the uploader will want to crop your image to be square, like your podcast artwork.)
- Translate and review the iVoox terms of service, tick the box to agree to them, then click Enviar (Submit).
JioSaavn is one of India’s answers to Spotify, boasting over 100 million monthly users.
Submitting to JioSaavn
- Create your free JioSaavn YourCast account.
- Verify your email address with the link sent to your inbox.
- Register your feed with JioSaavn.
- Enter your RSS feed and hit “Continue”.
- Select a primary language if one isn’t already set.
- Select up to three categories.
- Select “Other / I don’t know” for the hosting provider, as that’s just a mistake in their form (you can search for your host if you like, but there’s no reason to).
- Select your country of origin, or the country the podcast relates to.
- Check you’re happy with your author name.
- Click “Continue” (you might have to click it twice due to a bug on the page).
- Look for an email containing the text “Your OTP for podcast verification”. Note the code and type it manually into the JioSaavn submission page.
- Click “Submit podcast”.
After your show is submitted, you’ll need to wait for approval from JioSaavn. This can take up to 10 days. Once you’ve received the email confirming your podcast is live in JioSaavn:
- Log back into JioSaavn YourCast.
- Select your podcast from the left-hand menu (if you’ve submitted more than one show).
- Click the button with the three horizontal dots, on the right side of the page.
- Select “Copy link”.
The address in your clipboard is the public URL for your podcast on JioSaavn.
Player FM is a free podcast player that syncs across devices. As well as having an iOS and Android app, Player FM is also accessible on the web.
Submit to Player FM
- Visit the Player FM website.
- Click the menu button at the top-right of the page, and select the “Login” option from the dropdown menu.
- Choose a social media account to login with, or create an account with a password.
- Once logged in, go to the Player FM feed import page.
- Enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL in answer to the first question.
- Select “Public” for the second question.
- Click the Import feed button.
- Wait for a few seconds for the page to refresh as the app pulls in your feed contents.
- Copy the URL in your browser’s address bar. This is your Player FM podcast URL, which you can share with people, or add to your website.
Pocket Casts is a free app for iOS and Android, for listening to podcasts. It was previously a paid app, but following its acquisition by NPR and a consortium of other stations, it was made free.
Submitting to Pocket Casts
- Head to Pocket Casts’ submission page.
- Enter your podcast’s RSS feed URL and click the Public option below.
- Click the Submit button.
- Scroll down until you hit the section headed “Happy? Off you go, tell the world!”.
- Copy the URL in the box at the bottom of the page. This is your Pocket Casts podcast URL.
The Podcast Index
The Podcast Index is the brainchild of Adam Curry, one of the co-inventors of podcasting back in the early 2000s. He started the Index and founded the Podcasting 2.0 movement after growing concerns of unjust censorship. Anyone can submit to the Index and there is no central moderation, thus ensuring that any and all speech can be found within participating podcast players.
Submitting to the Podcast Index
A growing number of podcast hosting providers can submit your podcast to the Index on your behalf, which is the recommended method. If you’d like to be listed but your host doesn’t provide this integration, you can email email@example.com with your RSS feed URL, and ask them to add it for you.