If you are looking to start a successful podcast, you should know that 2020 is the PERFECT time to start a podcast. That’s why we’ve prepared this full guide to best podcast hosting platforms available so you get it right from the start.

If you get podcasting right, you could make a lot of money as they fetch higher ad revenue compared to blogs or Youtube channels. You can read more on the 8 ways to make money with podcasts and podcast vs other platforms such as Youtube and webinars.

And why is this a great time to get started?

There will be 103 million podcast listeners in the US in 2020 and by 2023, that number will increase by 59% to 164 million.

The snapshot below shows the steep growth of podcasting in the US and across the globe.

Podcast Audience 2013 to 2023

Starting a podcast isn’t as easy as recording some audio and uploading it to some online sharing platform such as Youtube or iTunes. Before you share the audio that you’ve recorded, your files need to be stored somewhere where people with access to the internet will have access to it. Storing these audio files, therefore, require podcast hosting.

Wondering how podcasts works? The video below will give you a good visual explanation to complement our detailed guide:

I am writing this post to assist anyone starting out on the journey to build an audience through podcasts. This post will also assist you to pick the most ideal and perhaps your best podcast hosting platform available in the market.

If you are starting out, you should know that there are a range of options available for you. These are the key available podcast hosting platforms available:

  1. Free podcast hosting: You can pick the free unlimited podcast options
  2. Starter podcast hosting: This is mainly for sole podcast entrepreneurs as well as small audiences such as churches with fewer sessions
  3. Enterprise podcast hosting: If you are a growing agency, a church or have a significant number of listeners, you can pick the enterprise options.

We have spent over 100 hours (combined) comparing the various podcasts hosting plans as we prepared to share our list of best podcast hosting providers available. The main aim of the exercise was to enable anyone with a dream of being successful in podcasting to pick the best hosting platform available.

Below the list below, I have provided detailed reviews of each hosting provider that made to this list.

How we ranked our top podcast hosts:

Below are some of the factors we used to rank these podcasts hosts:

  1. Reliability,
  2. Cost/Price per month,
  3. Technical support,
  4. Monthly upload volume,
  5. Compliance,
  6. Storage,
  7. Monetization,
  8. Ease of use,
  9. Marketing features and,
  10. Integrations with apps

In the next section, we answer the basic question to give you a good understanding of what Podcast hosting is and how it works.

What is Podcast Hosting?

Podcast hosting is where you upload your audio files and get an RSS feed for your podcast. When you start your podcast and decide on a podcast host, you can rely on it to have your files uploaded, stored and the host to provide your show’s information and generate a feed.

Podcast Hosting vs Web Hosting:

Podcast Hosting Web Hosting
Made of large media files, around 25 MB for a 30-minute audio file recorded at 96 KbpsMade of small files, a typical web page is only about 1 MB and the content is cached in the browser to make it easy for future visitors to access it
Large bandwidth needed for downloadSmall bandwidth needed
Servers need to be able to support multiple downloads simultaneously. Most podcast hosts provide unlimited storage and bandwidthMost servers can easily support multiple downloads of files simultaneously but most hosts require you to upgrade your hosting plan if you outgrow the starter plan. Only Bluehost offers unlimited bandwith with its shared plan
It has built-in Monetization opportunitiesNo built-in opportunities but you can have ads such as Google Ads or other premium ads once you significant pageviews
Optimized, distribution-ready RSS feedsNo distribution-ready RSS feeds

Why Choose a Podcast-Specific Host?

You may be wondering why you need to go for a podcast-specific host and the basic answer is this. With podcast hosting, you get unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth, a feature you can’t get with web hosts unless you want to pay a significant amount. Podcast host servers are also configured to allow simultaneous downloads of large media files.

Aside from the above key reasons, here are more features you can get with podcast-specific host:

  1. Advanced analytics reports on your listeners,
  2. Marketing tools to grow your audience,
  3. Streaming compliance
  4. Social sharing options,
  5. 24/7 support, and more.

You should, however, create a website for your podcast (link to my guide on how to start podcast blog. You don’t need to host your podcast files on your website but it can be a great marketing site to allow people to find you. You can easily start a WordPress website/blog and can pick one among these select hosts ideal for podcast websites.

So the next step is to answer our most critical question:

What is the Best podcast hosting platform?

I personally recommend BuzzSprout and it is my number #1 pick in our list of best podcast hosting platforms in 2020. I have used Buzzsprout and have first-hand experience and can confidently attest to why it’s the best podcast host.

However, there are several options available as I mentioned above. Read the reviews below the list below to learn which one is most ideal for you.

The next section has a list of the best hosts you can pick for your podcast.

10 Best Podcast Hosting in 2020

  1. BuzzSprout.
  2. PodBean.
  3. Transistor.
  4. Simplecast.
  5. Captivate.
  6. Spreaker.
  7. Smart Podcast Player.
  8. Podcast Websites.
  9. Audioboom.
  10. Libsyn

Review of the Best Hosting Providers for Podcasts:

1. Buzzsprout: #1 Pick for Ease of Use

Buzzsprout is my top pick podcast hosting provider and there are several reasons I have recommended to hundreds of our readers. It currently boasts of over 100,000 podcasters and I picked it as the favorite on this list because of its ease of use.

Buzzsprout also has features that make it stand out such as:

  1. You get your own custom website, similar to this (free plan) or this (paid plan)
  2. You get your published podcasts listed on top directories such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Alexa, Overcast, among others.
  3. When you start your podcasts, you are able to view advanced accurate stats to track your progress.
  4. Very easy upload and automatic episode optimization. You won’t have to worry about the file type or the bitrate (tech stuff). Buzzsprout takes care of it. Just upload it!
  5. Buzzsprout can also assist you to transcribe your episodes – saves you time! Unlike Podbean that has a list of recommended transcription vendors, Buzzsprout’s software supports automated transcription. Just another reason why Buzzsprout came top ahead of Podbean. FYI, transcription costs about $1/ audio min but that can add up quickly.
  6. If you run a group-based podcast platform such as church podcasts, you can have an unlimited number of people as team members. You may think this is an insignificant podcast feature but you’ll thank me later if you chose Buzzsprout over other single-manager platforms
  7. You can also easily embed a beautiful podcast player on your site similar to the one shown below:
buzzsprout embed on site

I promised, I’d get back to the ease of use.

The 1-minute video below will show you how easy it is to use Buzzsprout:

Buzzsprout got a Wikipedia mention as one of the ‘free hosting providers’ similar to archive.org. It’s not really similar to archive.org but here is the truth; Buzzsprout has no upfront costs or billing when you sign up and this has been the case since 2009.

Below is a snapshot of their website:

buzzsprout, #1: overall best hosting platform for podcasts

The free plan is great for you as a beginner just starting out your podcast and yet to really build a community/audience. This free plan enables you to upload 2 hours of audio files and can store the files for up to 90 days. This free plan is one preferred by most churches

You can opt for their paid plans which range from $12 to $24 per month and you can be assured with the following:

  1. Host your files indefinitely,
  2. Get unlimited storage,
  3. 250GB of bandwidth per month,
  4. Support approximately 20,000 to 40,000 episode plays per month,
  5. Embed a podcast player right on your website.
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Buzzsprout also enables you to easily create podcasts, upload them, edit title and description and easily submit them to major directories.

It takes less than 2 minutes to create and upload your podcast file to Buzzsprout:

Another reason I like Buzzsprout is that you can add chapter markers which are great at helping your listeners understand the details of your podcast. You don’t have to use this feature but several podcasts now provide this breakdown as it gives more incentive for interested users to listen.

The table below shows comparisons of Buzzsprout’s pricing plan including the free plan that allows you 2 hours of upload per month.

Buzzsprout pricing plans

Get started with Buzzsprout’s $24/month plan today and get 12 hours of audio uploads per month and save on any additional hour of upload you need.

Below is a detailed video review of Buzzsprout:

You can also check out our review and comparison of Buzzspout vs other podcast hosts such as Podbean, Simplecast, Transistor and why we prefer it to Podbean and others.

If none of the above reasons have enticed you, you should also know that you get a free $20 Amazon gift card Plus when you sign up for Buzzsprout.

2. PodBean

Podbean is my #2 pick podcast host you can rely on in 2020. It is my second recommendation after Buzzsprout above and I mostly like it most for its unlimited hosting services, distribution and promotion of podcasts. Aside from that, you can get started with Podbean for free! Unlike Buzzsprout that limits the number of downloads per episode, Podbean allows unlimited downloads.

Podbean company was founded in 2006, Podbean provided unlimited hosting, distribution, and promotion on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Amazon Alexa. They also promote your feed on all other major apps while providing reliable 24/7 support.

As of this review in Feb 2020, there are over 340,000 podcasters using Podbean and over 6.8 billion podcast downloads and a whopping 10+ million episodes on the website.

Podbean user stats Feb 2020

What you get with a free tier:

  1. 5 hours of file uploads per month,
  2. 100GB of bandwidth per month and
  3. Basic stats.

Their $9/month plan, called Unlimited Audio offers the following:

  1. This plan gives you unlimited audio storage
  2. Unmetered Bandwidth
  3. Beautiful Podcast Themes
  4. Map your own domain
  5. Comprehensive Podcast Stats
  6. iPhone and Android App
  7. Premium Content

Their $29/month plan offers the following:

  1. Unlimited Storage
  2. Unmetered Bandwidth
  3. Beautiful Podcast Themes
  4. Map your own domain
  5. Comprehensive Podcast Stats
  6. iPhone and Android App
  7. Premium Content

Aside from the features you get with each of the above plans, Podbean also has the following key features:

  1. Easy to monetize: It allows you to dd your own sponsored ad campaigns
  2. YouTube version: Auto-upload to youtube
  3. Automatic posting to Facebook and Twitter

Below is a helpful Podbean video review:

When you sign up for either of the paid plans, you get the first month for free. Get started today here.

3. Transistor

Our list wouldn’t be complete without Transistor podcast host that’s great for professionals that require advanced analytics. If you have a large and growing audience, you can rely on Transistor for everything you need to grow your audience.

While transistor is great as a holistic host providing a range of services, it is recognized as a great podcast host for private podcasts.

transistor

Some of the tools include:

  1. Unlimited shows,
  2. Managing multiple users per account,
  3. Generating branded websites your own domain name,
  4. Distributing your podcast, and
  5. Viewing advanced analytics.

Transistor host a number of popular podcasts including Drift, Honeybadger, and Cards Against Humanity.

Transistor starter plan

$19/month starter plan is the cheapest of them all and has the following features:

  1. Unlimited podcasts
  2. customer support – live
  3. Advanced podcast analytics
  4. 2 additional users (per podcast)
  5. Podcast website
  6. Up to 10,000 monthly downloads

With this plan, you can’t remove branding from the player

Professional Plan:

The professional plan costs $49/month and has the following features:

  1. Unlimited podcasts
  2. customer support – live
  3. Advanced podcast analytics
  4. 5 additional users (per podcast)
  5. Built-in podcast website
  6. Up to 50,000 monthly downloads
  7. Enhanced private podcasting
  8. Number of private podcasts
  9. Number of private subscribers (per podcast)

4. Simplecast

Simplecast is my fourth-best podcast hosting provider and is known for powering popular brands. Unlike other podcast hosts in this list, Simplecast has an advanced analytics platform. It also provides podcasters with the easiest way to publish their audios to the world owing to its one-click publishing to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or other platforms.

Simplecast podcast homepage, 4th in the list but ranks top with its analytics platform.

Simplecast makes it our best podcast hosting plans because it powers some of the world’s most prominent brands such as Facebook, Twitter, SHOWTIME, NIKE, POLITICO, FastCompany, Harper’s Bazaar. Harvard University, and Barneys New York.

Popular brands using Simplecast

Simplecast is a favorite of the big companies because of its features, which include:

  • It has a one-click tool that enables you to publish and distribute your episode at a go in all listening platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, among others
  • It has a powerful framework that is particularly built for audio that facilitates the delivery of millions of audio in minutes every day.
  • It has a first of its kind analytics platform that allows you to understand your listener’s preferences, to compare episodes trends to expand your listeners.
  • Simplecast Show Migrator enables you to migrate to Simplecast seamlessly
  • Simplecast is oEmbed-ready that makes it easy for you to use them on-site builders such as Squarespace and WordPress, blogs like Medium, and across all social media.
  • Simplecast has Recast, a podcast sharing and discovery tool that allows you and your listeners to share custom clips of your episodes for increasing your traffic.
  • Has Simplecast API 2.0, the most advanced audio publishing and distribution tool available in the market that enables you to build your website, use it as an upload tool, a listening app, and to create your analytics dashboard.

Pricing

Simplecast costs depend on the type of podcaster, as an independent podcaster or Networks and Businesses. Also, prices vary with the podcast plan.

Simplecast provides its ‘Independent Podcaster’ hosting services through three plans, which are the Basic Plan, Essential plan, and Growth. The Basic plan costs $15/month billed monthly, Essential costs $35/month billed monthly, while the Growth plan costs $85/month billed monthly.

The image below shows ‘Independent Podcaster’ plans and prices:

simplecast pricing

Simplecast hosts podcasts for ‘Networks and Businesses’ through two plans, Professional and Enterprise, as shown in the image below:

Simplecast plans

Prices for ‘Networks and Businesses’, however, are not revealed to the public; interested parties must contact the Simpecast sales team. 

Pros 

  • Simplecast enables private podcasting by allowing you to select the ‘Hide from RSS’ option
  • Uses Redcast, the Industry’s first listener-powered audiogram tool that facilitates your engagement with your audiences
  • Provides hassle-free migration
  • You can manage all your shows from one account
  • You can create a website with Simplecast
  • Its lightning-fast analytics help you to keep track of your podcast, which translates into more traffic
  • It has a powerful audio framework that prevents audio outages.

Cons

Simplecast has minimal disadvantages because it is a great podcast hosting plan. However, critIc argue that Simple can better its services;

  • by availing API Publishing tools to all pricing options.
  • It is not the cheapest podcast hosting platform in the market
  • Has a re-encoding file speed of 128kbps, which might be troublesome when mixing highly-produced audio dramas that require higher bitrates
  • Has a limited number of total monthly downloads that can be a problem for established podcasts with large back catalogs

Simplecast vs Libsyn

  • Simplecast and Libsyn differ in their prices and hosting plans. The cheapest Libsyn cost is $5/month and its most expensive plan costs $150/month. Comparatively, the most affordable Simplecast hosting plan goes for $15/month prepaid annually and its most expensive plan costs more than $85/month prepaid annually for its customized platforms.
  • Simplecast provides unlimited storage for all its plans while Libsyn has unlimited storage for all its tiers except the advanced 1500 and advance 3000 plans that you have to dork out an extra coin
  • Simplecast has limited downloads per month for all its plans while Libsyn provides unlimited downloads for all its hosting plans
  • Simplecast provides analytics for all its hosting plans free of charge, while Libsyn charges its $5 plan 2$ per month for analytics. However, Libsyn provides free analytics for all other plans.\
  • All Simplecast plans  have IAB Certification while only Linsyn’s Advanced plans have the certification
  • Simplecast allows you to use your own website without an extra cost while Libsyn charges you $2 per month to use your own domain
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 Simplecast vs Buzzsprout

  • The most affordable Simplecast plan costs $15/month prepaid annually while the cheapest Buzzsprout plan goes for $12/month.
  • Simplecast has limited participants in all its hosting plans except for Enterprise, while Buzzsprout has no limitations in all its plans
  • Buzzsprout provides money-back guarantee while Simplecast does not
  • Simplecast has an embedded player while Buzzsprout does not
  • Simplecast provides Network App Listing while Buzzsprout does not
  • Simplecast gives a free 14-day trial while Buzzsprout gives a free 90-days trial

Simplecast vs Podbean

  • Simplecast provides unlimited storage and uploads for all its hosting plans while Podbean has limited storage and bandwidth for its free plan; all other plans are unlimited and unmetered respectively.
  • Simplecast provides comprehensive podcast statistics in all its plans but Podbean provides basic stats in its free hosting plan.
  • Podbean has a free hosting plan while Simplecast only has a 14-days free trial
  • Simplecast provides audio hosting while Podbean does not
  • Simplecast uses podcast RSS Feed but Podbean does not
  • Simplecast has a 99.99 uptime guarantee but Podbean doesn’t
  • Simplecast does not provide cloud hosting but Podebean does
  • Simplecast uses an embedded player but Podbean doesn’t
  • Simplecast offers Network App Listing but Podbean does not
  • Podbean offers 24/7 support but Simplecast does not as its customer care is only available via live chats and emails
  • Podbean provides a free website builder but Simplecast does not.

Simplecast vs Soundcloud

  • Simplecast is available on all devices but Soundcloud is only through a smartphone App
  • Simplecast does not have a free hosting but Soundcloud does
  • Simplecast allows you to distribute your podcast to all updated audio listings but Soundcloud does not
  • Simplecast has five tiers of podcast hosting while Soundcloud has two. Soundcloud charges $8.25/month billed yearly for its paid plan while the cheapest Simplecast plan goes for $15/month prepaid annually.
  • Simplecast provides full stats and embeds controls for all its plans but Soundcloud provides basic stats and embed controls for its free plans and full stats and embed controls in its Pro Unlimited plan.

 Simpecast vs Transistor

  • Simplecast is more affordable than Transistor because its basic plan cost $15/month billed yearly while the Transistor’s most basic plan goes for $19/month billed annually
  • Simplecast allows fewer users per podcast thaN Transistor because it allows 2, 4, and 9 team member seats for its Basic, Essential, and Growth plans while Transistor accommodates 2, 5, and 10 users in its  Starter, Professional, and Business plans.
  • Simplecast allows more downloads per month than Transistor. Simplecast has limits of 20k, 50k, and 120k for its Basis, Essential, and Growth plans while Transistor enables 10k, 50k, and 150k in its  Starter, Professional, and Business Plans
  • Transistor allows you to run more than one show per plan for one monthly price while Simplecast charges you for every show in a particular tier

Simplecast vs Anchor

  • Simplecast is a subscription-based podcast hosting platform while Anchor provides an unlimited free podcast hosting platform
  • Simplecast is suitable for all business sizes while Anchor is most fitting for persons who are to keen with branding their content

You can try Simplecast for 14 days at no cost to you (Free trial) and can get 50% off the first two months. For the free trial, you don’t need to use your credit card to sign up.

To get started, register on their website here.

5. Captivate

If you are looking to grow your audience, Captivate is your go-to podcast host. It’s the cheapest plan of $12/month allows up to 12,000 downloads by your listeners.

Captivate

This podcast is owned by Rebel Base Media, which runs a number of podcast sites. Mark, the CEO of Rebel Base Media announced the launch of Captivate in Jan 2019. Barely 15 months later, Captivate captured our attention after it outdid a number of popular podcast hosting brands.

It prides itself as the world’s only growth-oriented podcast host owing to its features such as;

  • Laser-Accurate Easy-to-understand podcast statistics
  • Unlimited Podcasts/RSS feeds for one inclusive price
  • Stunning Podcast Player on any device and platform
  • Inbuilt call to action that helps you to generate more leads
  • Automatic Podcast Website
  • Auto-generated links to Overcast, Pocket Casts, and more that loop in more subscribers

Some of the corporations that use captivate are Fincon, Podcast Movement, Youpreneur Summit, Harvard University, MeetEdgar, Entrepreneur, and Santander.

Pricing

simplecast pricing

Captivate has three pricing tiers, which are;

  • Podcaster that costs $19 per month
  • Professional that costs $49 per month, and
  • Brand Plan that costs $99 per month

Pros 

  • its clean, simple, and easy-to-use setup
  • Its provision of 24/7 support
  • Flexible podcasting with no contracts
  • Provides free migration
  • Its quick, simple, and easy-to-use from your website, external sites, and social media profiles because it can be embeded everywhere
  • It synchronizes easily and fast with Captivate’s WordPress Plugin, Captivate Sync.
  • It provides maximum exposure owing to its links to all major podcast directories
  • It enhances your branding because it allows customizations
  • Provides useful analytics that enhances monetization

Cons

  • You cannot link individual episode posts on your Captivate pre-built site

6. Spreaker

If you a fan of using mobile for most functions including creating and distributing podcasts, Spreaker is your best option. Spreaker came 6th in this list and users talked very highly of the Spreaker Studio available for both mobile and Desktop users.

spreaker podcast

Spreaker is an all-round podcasting solution that allows listeners to find unique podcasts and podcasters, chat with hosts as they listen in live, leave comments on episode pages, follow Networks, and ‘like’ their favorite episodes. Also, Spreaker provides a competitive podcast hosting platform owing to its simplicity and its high speeds of the podcasting process.

Spreaker is an effective podcast host owing to its superb features that include:

  • Easy to use a recording app on both the desktop and mobile
  • Has the ability to migrate content using an RSS feed importer and connecting to external tools and mixers
  • Audio storage space for hosting shows
  • Automatic episodes sharing content to social networks
  • One-click distribution to submit podcasts to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer among others
  • Embeddable players

Spreaker Pricing

Streaker provides podcast hosting through types of plans, the professional and Enterprise.

The professional plan has four tiers, which are the Free Speech, On-Air Talent, Broadcast, and Anchorman. Free Speech is free always, On-Air Talents costs $6/month billed yearly or $7/month billed monthly, Broadcaster costs $18/month billed annually, and Anchorman costs $45/month billed yearly.

The image below shows details of the Professional plan tiers and their pricing.

spreaker plans

The Enterprise plan has two tiers, the Station and the Custom. Station costs $100/month billed yearly while the price for the Custom plan is tailor-made.

The image below shows the Enterprise pricing.

spreaker pricing

Pros

  • It’s available in English, Italiano, and Espanol
  • Podcasters can connect with their audience in social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and Vox Nest
  • Provides analytics that allows you to improve your marketing strategies
  • It is available on IOS and Android mobile, which enables you to record and manage your podcasts on the go.
  • It has a free plan

Cons

  • Users cannot cancel their active subscription during an active period.
  • Podcast Monetization tool is not available to free users

7. Smart Podcast Player

Smart Podcast Player makes the list on the best Podcasting hosting platform in 2020 because it is the only podcast player that allows you to grow your email list directly owing to its unique and superb feature that allows you to capture your listener’s email addresses. 

smartpodcast player

The smart podcast player is a reliable podcast software because:

  • It’s the only podcast software that a customizable web-based player that enhances binge-listening while keeping the audience in your website
  • It has a track player (the Smart track player) that enables you to highlight each episode
  • Has a sticky player that highlights your most recent track
  • Has an in-built mobile player that adjusts automatically to fit mobile phones and tablets
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Pricing

Smart Podcast Player provides its hosting services through two pricing options that suit your level of podcasting.

Both plans have the following features:

  • Display unlimited episodes
  • Has a Smart Track Player
  • Enables image customization
  • Enables email capture
  • Has a down button
  • Have a social sharing button
  • Enable color customization
  • Provide email support
  • Have plugin updates
  • Have the speed control button

Pros

  • All paid subscription plans can be canceled any time
  • Allows the purchase of multiple licenses
  • Has a 60 days money-back guarantee
  • It has high performance-speed
  • It is mobile friendly
  • It facilitates email marketing through its email capture feature
  • Enables social sharing
  • Facilitates branding with its custom colors

Cons

  • All purchases of the Smart Podcast Player are for a single license of the software
  • Does not have the annual billing pricing for the ‘most flexible’, which can be cumbersome
  • Works only with WordPress
  • Does not provide support on weekends

You can get started with Smart Player Podcast here.

8. Libsyn

Libsyn is our 8th best podcast hosting provider you can get in the market in 2020. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can rely on this 16-year old podcasting services provider. In 2020, it has over 40,000 registered podcasters and over 60 million audience listeners.

Libsyn Podcast Host

Libsyn is a powerful podcast hosting that allows you to control your podcast, hosting, distribution, and monetization through its features such as:

  • Custom Podcast Branding Tools including the podcast page minisite, smartphone app for both iOS and Android, Custom Domain, and Color Swatches
  • Custom Episode Publishing and Optimization tools unique to your podcast such as WordPress Libsyn Publisher Hub, Compliant RSS Feed, Audio, Video, PDF, and Text Posts, File Manager, FTP Upload Support, and Libsyn Directory Listing.
  • Provides Advanced Stats that facilitate smarter marketing investment with powerful audience insights.
  • Monetization Tools that enhance the control of your brand
  • Competent support
  • Enterprise Level Tools specifically for professional producers, networks, and corporations.

Pricing

Libsyn provides podcast hosting through 7 tiers, which are the Classic 50, Classic 250, Advanced 400, Advanced 800. Advanced 1500, Advanced 3000, and Libsync Pro. Classic 50 costs $50, Classic 250 costs $15, Advanced 400 costs $20, and Advanced 800 goes for $40, all billed monthly.

The image below demonstrates the four most popular plans.

libsyn pricing plans

One of the most competitive features of the four plans is that they allow unlimited audiences.

Comparatively, Advanced 1500 costs $75 per month while Advanced 3000 costs $150 per month, as shown in the image below.

Libsyn plans with more storage

Finally, LibsynPro is most suitable for professional producers, networks, and corporations, which has quote-based prices.

Pros

  • It allows you to publish your podcasts everywhere
  • Provides detailed audience stats with advanced plans
  • Facilitates monetization through premium content subscriptions and opt-in advertising
  • Has excellent uptime
  • Its is compatible with mobile phones owing to its mobile-compatible player
  • Enables automated-social media sharing
  • Has custom smartphone apps that facilitate your podcast branding

Cons

  • Additional features like statistics, mobile app, and storage comes at an extra cost
  • Its does not offer a free trial period

9. Audioboom

AudioBoom is an on-demand audio and podcasting distribution platform that provides business to business services to the radio, media, and podcast sectors. For podcasters, AudioBoom is a hosting platform that also enables them to distribute and monetize their audio content.

AudioBoom key users and partners are Russell Brand, Cumulus Media, Westwood One, Associated Press, Zee TV, and The Guardian.

AudioBoom key features include:

  • Unlimited audio hosting on branded podcasts through a publisher dashboard
  • Automated distribution through partnerships with Google Play Music, Stitcher, Facebook, Twitter, Deezer, Spotify, and iTunes
  • Embedded media players
  • Advanced analytics and consumption data
  • Monetization via podcast sponsorships and a built-in ad network

Pricing

AudioBoom has two podcast hosting plans, the Podcasters, and the Podcast Pros. ‘Podcasters’ cost $9.99/month billed monthly or $99 per year. It is appropriate for individual podcasters that want ad-free options. ‘Podcast Pros’ is suitable for podcasters that have over 10, 000 plays per episode. The cost of ‘Podcast Pros’ is customized.

Pros

  • Enables unlimited episodes per month
  • Provide simple hosting that facilitates the easy and fast upload of new episodes or importing an existing podcasts
  • It is available in all distribution platforms
  • Provides advanced analytics that enhances your marketing strategies

Cons

  • Monetization is only possible with episodes that attract more than 10, 000 plays
  • Support is only available submitting your query online or using the FAQs available on its website

10. Anchor 

Anchor is our tenth best podcast hosting platform for 2020 and I picked it as a favorite for being the only host that provides all podcast hosting services, 100% free. In a popular Medium article, Anchor’s co-founder Nil Zicherman made the case that the podcast hosting cost shouldn’t be a reason you aren’t starting your podcast. As of this review in 2020, Anchor is now owned by Spotify after its acquisition in February 2019 for about $340M.

anchor podcast host - 10th.JPG

Anchor is especially beneficial to persons who are venturing into the podcasting industry and have limited resources to invest in the business. Furthermore, Anchor provides convenient podcasting services because it is an all-in-one-platform where you create, distribute, and monetize your podcast from any device.  Meaning that you can use Anchor either on Android platforms or iOS. 

Apart from its free podcast hosting services, Anchor has made podcasting easy, fun, and economically-empowering because of its features such as:

  • It has a one-click distribution, which makes it easy for you to distribute your content to all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Conveniently, Anchor does not force you to use their One-Click Distribution as it is entirely optional. Anchor gives you the option of managing your RSS feed and distribution yourself..
  • Anchor monetizes your podcasts through anchor sponsorships and listener support. Anchor matches you with great brands that are interested in sponsoring your show. After that, you choose which brands you want to integrate into your podcast, which one you will monetize, and where to put the ads. Also, Anchor adds you a button on your Anchor profile that listeners use to sign up for monthly donations that sponsor your podcast.
  • Anchor provides you with straightforward analytics that enables you to track your growth and enhance your growth by understanding your listeners.
  • Anchor’s episode builder is easy and intuitive because it does not require editing and it provides you with a visual list of segments. As such Anchor is suitable for beginner podcasters.
  • Anchor’s editing tool makes it easy for you to edit your podcast from any device. Anchor’s editing tools are especially easy to use as a beginner because they are designed specifically for podcasting.
  • Anchor creation tools allow you to add any music from Apple Music or Spotify, a feature that is available in Anchor only.
  • Transcriber also generates video transcriptions automatically for audio sections that are less than a minute long. Video transcriptions enhance marketing because they offer beautiful, animated videos to your social networks.

Pricing

Anchor provides podcast hosting services entirely free, forever.

Below is a video review of Anchor.fm review:

Pros

  • It is absolutely free
  • It is versatile because it is a platform creating, editing, and hosting your podcasts.
  • It is easy to integrate listeners into your show because Anchor allows listeners to record messages concerning a show and it pops up inside your show account. Consequently, you just drag and drop the listener’s messages into the audio of your show, which enhances communication between you and your audience.
  • It enables you to use music that matches your content from Spotify, Google Tunes, and Apple Music.

Cons

  • You do not have control over content as your files are stored with a third party
  • Sponsorship is limited
  • It doesn’t have all the features that will make your podcast succeed.

11. Blubrry

Blubrry is our eleventh best podcast hosting platform in 2020.  Blubrry prides itself as the most flexible tool for podcasting.

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Also, Blubrry has the largest podcast directory in the world as it has over 750, 000 podcasts that touch on any possible content that you could think of. Blubrry podcasting hosting is popular because it provides you with all the resources that you require for creating, editing, and publishing your podcast. For instance, Blubrry offers you a large podcast directory to grow your audience, PowerPress podcast plugin, statistics, media hosting services, and adequate podcasting support.

Other Blubrry podcasting features include:

  • Storage with no-fault overage
  • Optional Advanced Statistics
  • Long-tail Podcasting
  • Availability of FTP or Web Upload options
  • World-class CDN with over 35 data centers worldwide
  • Free Migration option
  • Optimized for iTunes, Google Play, and podcasting
  • Free email support for every account
  • Podcast RSS Feed, and 
  • Availability of Pro-production services

Pricing

Blubrry podcast hosting services prices are more affordable than many other podcast hosting platforms. Blubrry provides podcasting hosting through five tiers, the Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Professional.

Its costs start at $12. Month, while its highest cost is unlimited. The Medium tiers cost $20/month, the Large tier is priced at $40/month, and the Extra Large tier costs $80/ month.

All plans have unlimited bandwidth and support audio and video content except for the Small tier that supports audios only.

Pros

  • Provides unlimited bandwidth for all its uses
  • Provides premium analytics in all its plans
  • Gives a 25% allowance for all users that subscribe for extra storage

Cons

  • Power Press is not beneficial to websites that do not use WordPress
  • It is complex for non-WordPress users
  • It does not provide a free option
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