Audio Hosting - free music sharing sites

Right now there are 27 audio hosting sites + 10 podcast hosting services ( last updated: September 2020 ) where you can store audio files and these sites are also suitable as a podcast hosting.


So if you are looking for a free mp3 file hosting service you have come to the right place, just choose the perfect host from the list below and start uploading your audio files.

Latest additions:: Swan.audio, SendMusic, Audiomack, HulkShare

TIP: You can also upload your audio or music file to YouTube. You just need to add a background image. Use your favourite editor, add one image (or more if you want), export as a video and that's it. You can start uploading.

What is podcast hosting?

It's a place to store and distribute your audio files. It will also generate an RSS feed (list of episodes) that you can submit to podcast directories. Usually you'll also get statistics and scheduling fuctionality.

Best Podcast Hosting Sites (some are FREE)

Below is a list of podcast hosting services, both free and paid.

  • Podbean - free plan for up to 5 hours of audio and 100GB monthly transfer, paid plans from 9 USD / month
  • Spreaker - 5 hours audio storage for free, paid plans from 6 USD / month
  • Podomatic - 500MB storage, 15GB bandwidth/month, paid plans from 8.32 USD / month
  • Anchor.fm - compleletly free podcast hosting
  • Whooshkaa - unlimited episodes & bandwidth, paid from 99 USD / month
  • Buzzsprout - free plan: 2 hours each month, episodes hosted for 90 days, paid plan from 12 USD / month
  • Podcasts.com - unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage space and unlimited podcasts.
  • PodcastGarden - with free account you can upload one episode per month, paid plan from 2.99 USD / month (unlimited episodes)
  • RedCircle - completely free podcast hosting, their business model is: we'll help find advertising for you, and we'll share the revenue from those ads
  • PineCast - 3 podcasts, 10 episodes per feed, 48MB file limit, no time limit
  • Soundbran.ch - from GBP 5 / month
  • Transistor.fm - from USD 5 / month for unlimited podcasts

As a podcast player/manager check out gPodder. Simple, open-source tool that is small and also portable (can run without installing).

Should you host podcast on your website?

No, you should not. If your podcast will be popular, you will need a lot storage and bandwidth (especially when you release new episode). And it can be too much for a standard webhosting. It can crash, or you account might be even cancelled.

Where to publish your podcast


Media Player Classic

After uploading the podcast online, you need to get listeners. Submit your pocast to iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Which player do you use?

I use Media Player Classic. It's a full featured player, that has a simple interface (very similar to the old Windows Media Player) and can play everything.

Recommended audio editor?
Audacity editor

For me it's Audacity - it's an open source multi-track audio editor and recorder. You can change playback speed and bitrate. Also great as trimmer if you need just cut file or if you need to compress it. If you have never used any editor before, don't worry, it's easy to use. Available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Audio converter

Not all services support all file types. If you need to convert your audio file, use fre:ac - an open source tool for converting between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk file format. Fast, as it has multi-core optimized encoder. Also great for ripping your CDs.

The best audio formats / audio codec ?
MP3 files
  • the most common audio format, if you convert your music to MP3, it'll be accepted pretty much everywhere
  • lossy audio compression
  • relatively larger file size when compred with modern formats
FLAC
  • lossless audio format
  • very high quality
  • open source format
WAV files
  • lossless format
  • very large file size
AAC
  • lossy format
  • similar size as MP3, but highr quality
ALAC
  • Apple Lossless Audio Codec
  • not too popular outside the Apple ecosystem
Microphone
Basic audio recording tips
  • Keep the microphone close to the source
  • Use a microphone pop screen (you can make your own very cheap)
  • Avoid ambient noice (close the doors and windows)
Sounds, music loops:
  • SampleFocus - each wek you'll get 10 free credits for downloading, get more credits for uploading
  • SampleSwap - free loops and audio samples for electronic tunes
  • Looperman - royalty free loops, samples and sounds
  • Soundpacks - download free sample packs
  • Adam Vitovsky - free songs for personal, noncommercial & commercial purposes
  • PacDV - free of charge tracks for your video, film, audio and multimedia productions, link back required
  • YouTube Audio Library - a lot of free songs and sound effects for videos that you monetize on YouTube

If you offer music files, sounds, please let me know and I'll add you to the list. Thanks!

Streaming platforms, listen on your phone or computer:
  • Spotify - one of the oldest
  • YoutubeMusic
  • Deezer - paid accounts offer better quality (FLAC - 1411 kb/s), the free account is limited to only MP3 - 128kb/s

All are ad supported and usually there is a limit of how many songs you can skip every hour (often it's 6 songs every hour).

Interesting audio tools
  • Labchip - easy to use program for creating sound effects for games, music and videos.
Check these books:

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If you run a site that isn't listed, link back to Audiohostings.com and send me all the details you can. At least name, url, maximum file size allowed, allowed audio file formats, if registration is required or not and if you allow direct linking of uploaded files. I'll be happy to add your site.

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