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 CoHost

Fatima Zaidi, founder and CEO of Quill, felt that podcast hosting was still an unsolved problem, so created CoHost to try and scratch an itch she feels podcasters are still having.

The service boasts automated transcripts, a customisable website, download and link tracking, and a highly customisable and attractive embeddable player.

Anchor Free vs CoHost Professional

Anchor has the best price for this plan. You can upload more episodes with Anchor too. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas CoHost doesn't. However, CoHost offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan.

Anchor CoHost
Price $0.00 per month $59.95 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes 0 per month Unlimited
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 CoHost Professional

CoHost offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. However, Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas CoHost doesn't.

Anchor CoHost
Price $0.00 per month $59.95 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
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 CoHost Professional

CoHost offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. However, Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas CoHost doesn't.

Anchor CoHost
Price $0.00 per month $59.95 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

CoHost allows for Podcasting 2.0 transcripts. However, Anchor's user interface is a bit nicer than CoHost.