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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 Pinecast

Pinecast began life in 2015, and its original code was made available to read and fork on Github. It was created by Matt Basta, a software engineer who would go on to work at Stripe Connect, which gave Pinecast an advantage in making it easy for podcasters to collect donations from listeners.

The service offers a flexible and highly-customisable podcast website, options to solicit feedback from listeners, exportable metrics including Spotify data, and easy submission to popular directories.

Anchor Free vs Pinecast Start

Anchor has the best price for this plan. You can upload more episodes with Anchor too. They also offer more storage at this tier. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Pinecast doesn't. However, Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Anchor.

Anchor Pinecast
Price $0.00 per month $10.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes 0 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 48 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Anchor Free vs Pinecast Hi-Fi

Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Anchor. However, Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer more storage at this tier. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Pinecast doesn't.

Anchor Pinecast
Price $0.00 per month $25.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Anchor Free vs Pinecast Crew

Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. Anchor doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Anchor. You can create a podcast network on Pinecast. However, Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer more storage at this tier. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Pinecast doesn't.

Anchor Pinecast
Price $0.00 per month $35.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

Anchor's user interface is a bit nicer than Pinecast.