A popular question that we always get from clients and beginner podcasters is… How do I distribute my series? The simple answer: podcast distribution platforms. But it does not end there -- there are so many podcast hosting platforms that exist and it’s all about finding the one that works best for you and your series.
In this article we’re making choosing the right platform for you a little easier. We’ve compiled 10 of the most popular podcast distribution platforms and are giving you the rundown of each.
So let’s get started!
Simplecast is the hosting platform that our company swears by. Although on the pricier end, we highly recommend checking out the different Simplecast platforms and giving the free trial a try if you are unsure. Simplecast is a great distribution platform for more seasoned podcasters and their features (and prices) match that.
Price: $15 - $85/month
There are 3 packages within Simplecast:
They also have professional and enterprise packaging. You can contact Simplecast’s sales team to receive a quote on the price. Simplecast also offers a 14 day free trial with no credit card required for all plans.
Features: We love the features and design of the platform. Depending on the plan that you choose to go with, some of the features include:
Podbean is a great option for podcasters that are either just starting out or podcasting as a side hobby. If you are planning on really growing your series you may want to look at some of the other platforms suggested.
Price: $0 - $99/month
There are 4 different packages Podbean offers:
Although Podbean does not offer any free trials, you can always sign up for the free package or the cheaper options and upgrade if you decide you want more features.
Features: Podbean has a wide range of features and also package pricing so it can be a great hosting platform to start with if you’re just getting started. Again, depending on the package you choose, some of the features include:
Buzzsprout is a great option for podcasters that are a little less experienced as it’s easy to use and offers additional features that can assist with the production of your series such as transcriptions and “Magic Mastering,” a service that helps clean up your audio. If you’re a more seasoned podcaster, you may want to look into some of the other hosting platforms we’ve broken down.
Price: $0 - $24/month
There are 4 different packages that Buzzsprout offers (all based on the number of hours you’ll use per month with additional features in each package):
Buzzsprout also offers a free 90-day trial on all packages so you can test out which package is right for you and if the platform fits with your series. You’ll have to choose a package more on the number of hours that they come with rather than the features provided which can be an inconvenience to some podcasters.
Features: There are an array of features offered by Buzzsprout that are great if you are just getting into podcasting (e.g. transcription services, help with monetization, mastering assistance). Some of their features include:
Blubrry is a hosting platform that has been around for quite some time and is a platform that is more fitting to podcasters that have been in the space for a while. For some, Blubrry can seem a little daunting or confusing but through iterations, they have definitely cleaned up their platform.
Price: $12 - $80/month
Blubrry offers 4 priced packages and a 5th (the “Professional” package) that you can contact their sales team for. Their packages are:
The packages vary based on the amount of storage you would have in each. They start at 100MB/month for the Small and go up to 1,000MB/month for the Extra Large.
Features: Blubrry offers a variety of features that can help build and grow your podcast. Most of the packages offer all of the features listed except for the add-ons which you can pay for separately. Some of the features include:
Libsyn is truly the OG of podcast hosting platforms. They’re definitely one of the most widely known and popular ones among podcasters. With their price variances we’d say that Libsyn is a decent option for any level of podcaster out there.
Price: $5 - $40/month
Libsyn offers 6 different pricing packages that are mainly dependent on storage with some added special features as you get higher in price. Their packages include:
Libsyn does not offer any free trials or free plans so it’s a platform that you’d have to invest some money into to be able to try out. The numbers beside the plans are the amount of MB storage that you’d receive in each plan.
Features: Libsyn offers a variety of features that come with the majority of the packages offered. Some features come at an extra cost of around $2/month so this is something else to keep in mind as it can quickly increase your monthly cost. Some of the features Libsyn offers include:
Captivate is a newer hosting platform, launched in 2018. They state that they are the world’s only growth-oriented podcast host. What does that entail? Well let’s jump into the features and pricing.
Price: $19 - $99/month
Captivate is definitely on the pricier end of the podcast hosting options. They have 3 packages for you to choose from:
Captivate does offer a 7-day free trial if you want to try out their packages to see if it’s a good fit for you and what you’re looking for. The main difference between the packages is the number of downloads per month. These range from 12K to 150K downloads per month so the package you choose is very much based on your audience and projected growth. Again, you can always move up in packages if your audience grows over the limit.
Features: One unique and nice thing about Captivate is that all of their packages have the exact same features. The only thing that sets their packages apart is the number of downloads. Some of their features include:
Transistor is also a hosting platform that’s a little on the pricier side. The platform does offer some good features for podcasters and supports a high number of listeners per month so it’s easy for independent podcasters to fit into the cheapest package.
Price: $19 - $99/month
Transistor offers 3 different packages for users to choose from and there is quite a range of differing features in each. Their packages include:
Transistor does not offer any free packages but they do have a 14-day free trial if you wanted to test out their platform to see if it’s right for you.
Features: Transistor offers a variety of features but again, is very dependent on the package that you purchase. Some of the key features include:
Whooshkaa is a podcast hosting platform that is in the more expensive range. They do have a free package that isn’t advertised with the other 3 paid packages but only 1,000 downloads per month are included. We recommend looking into some of the alternative options that we’ve listed if you’re just getting into podcasting or are a hobbyist podcaster.
Price: $0 - $199/month
Whooshkaa offers 4 different plans for users to pick from. They split up the packages based on whether you’re an individual podcaster, part of a small team, or a business, and then assume what features you will need in each. Their packages are:
Like we mentioned, Whooshkaa does have a free package for you to try out as well. They also have the option to contact their team and customize packages to fit more of what you’re looking for, which is a great feature.
Features: They do offer some great features with the higher priced packages. Some of these include:
Now owned by Spotify, Anchor is a podcasting platform that has made waves over the last few years. They offer tools to create as well as distribute your podcast. If you’re just wanting to test out podcasting as an individual, Anchor can be a great free resource but if you’re a brand or a more seasoned podcaster, we recommend checking out some of the other hosting platforms we’ve listed.
Anchor is completely free to use -- there’s no cost to create or distribute your podcast. Their mission is to support creators free of charge, so that anyone that wants a podcast can have one.
Features: The main reason we recommend brands or more seasoned podcasters choose a different hosting platform is that while Anchor does offer some great features, it just doesn’t match up to some of the others out there that require payment for their services.
Some of Anchor’s main podcast distribution features include:
Price: $0 - $45/month
Spreaker offers 4 different packages with varying features for users to choose from. Their packages include:
Spreaker doesn’t offer any free trials but you can sign up for their free package if you want to test out the platform and move up in packages until you find one that suits you.
Features: Spreaker offers some great features for podcasters at all levels. Their live stream features are something that makes them unique. Some of their main features include:
Ultimately, it really depends on you as a podcaster and what you’re looking for, whether it’s price, number of downloads, storage, hours, etc.
As your podcast develops and grows, you may find yourself switching platforms as you learn more about what’s important for you. That's okay and completely expected! Don’t be afraid to try out different platforms whether it’s through their free trials or free packages. Testing is key!
If you have any further questions about distribution or podcasting in general, get in touch with our team!
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$18+ for 6 hours and up
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