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About Anchor

Anchor began its life in a way not dissimilar to Clubhouse: an audio sharing tool frequented by Silicon Valley investors and growth hackers. In 2018 it pivoted to providing free podcast hosting, and has remained a popular choice for beginners and those wanting to save money.

Anchor has a well-considered mobile app that makes content production easy, however it’s geared more towards a style of podcasting that doesn’t really offer value or sustainability: a sort of call-in talk show with added music, thanks to Spotify. This offering adds confusion into the market, as it leads people to think that commercial music can be used in podcasts, and that the “podcasts” produced through the Anchor app can be heard on any app (which they can’t).

Anchor is simply a low-friction way to upload content that can be serialised via RSS. Onboarding is simple, and every podcast gets a cute single webpage. In that way, it’s a solid choice for those who use a podcast as a highlights package of a live Zoom call, Crowdcast show, or who are repurposing audio from a YouTube channel, since its lack of features or useful analytics essentially make it a hard-drive with an RSS attachment.

Spotify bought the product in early 2019, and it’s now IAB compliant, so although the metrics are fairly high-level, the numbers themselves should be accurate. It’s important to them since Anchor relies on DAI to make money.

About Buzzsprout

Up until a couple of years ago, Buzzsprout was something of an also-ran, but has seen major growth since 2018 and is now arguably the world’s biggest podcast host.

They share a lot of user-interface DNA with Libsyn, Podbean and similar companies that arose in the early 2000s, but since 2020 have been leading the charge in adoption of standards like the Podcast Index’s podcast namespace.

The company’s vast educational resources, predictable pricing (including a free tier) and their somewhat silly name position Buzzsprout as a solid service for the hobbyist looking to flex their muscles. Podcasters looking to host their own website will likely want something more flexible than the out-of-the-box solution, but for all their positioning as a casual service for beginners, it has features and support for those ready to take their podcast more seriously, including IAB-certified analytics, dynamic content insertion, transcription, and an attractive embeddable player.

Anchor Free vs Buzzsprout 3hrs

Buzzsprout offers the ability to host more podcasts. You can upload more episodes with Buzzsprout. However, Anchor has the best price for this plan.

Anchor Buzzsprout
Price $0.00 per month $12.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes 0 per month 4 per month
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Anchor Free vs Buzzsprout 6hrs

Anchor has the best price for this plan. You can upload more episodes with Anchor too. However, Buzzsprout offers the ability to host more podcasts.

Anchor Buzzsprout
Price $0.00 per month $18.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited 8 per month
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Anchor Free vs Buzzsprout 12hrs

Anchor has the best price for this plan. You can upload more episodes with Anchor too. However, Buzzsprout offers the ability to host more podcasts.

Anchor Buzzsprout
Price $0.00 per month $24.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited 16 per month
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

Buzzsprout allows for Podcasting 2.0 transcripts. Buzzsprout attempt to protect against feeds being imported into other providers without your consent. Buzzsprout allows you to designate portions of your episodes that can used to create audiograms in apps like Headliner. Buzzsprout works with apps that support Bitcoin donations. However, Anchor's user interface is a bit nicer than Buzzsprout.