Hi there podcasters,
On April 28th, we started tracking RSS downloads
as its own unique, private metric to help creators more clearly understand how their audience is engaging with their content. Previously, RSS downloads and SoundCloud plays were tracked together under the same “plays” metric. Now, podcasters can clearly see RSS download activity and the country, city and top app data associated with those downloads.
For podcasters who were using SoundCloud to distribute their sounds via RSS before April 28th 2015, play counts may appear higher on older episodes and lower on newer episodes, but the difference in displayed play count is not due to any loss of listenership. Rather, the play count displayed publicly on newer tracks may appear lower because the public play count now only reflects SoundCloud plays and excludes RSS activity.
Hope this helps to clarify any confusion around recent changes in your stats.
All the best & happy podcasting,