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 RSS.com

RSS.com bills itself as an easy way to upload and manage podcasts. The service offers one-click submission to several podcast directories, and partners with Podcorn to provide customers with access to sponsorship opportunities.

Chief among the benefits for new podcasters with only one show is there is essentially one price to pay, forever. Their “all-in-one” plan offers unlimited downloads, but customers pay per podcast, and there isn’t a way to manage multiple podcasts under the same account.

Anchor Free vs RSS.com Student & NGO

Anchor has the best price for this plan. You can upload more episodes with Anchor too. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't.

Anchor RSS.com
Price $0.00 per month $4.99 per month
Number of podcasts 1 1
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 RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't.

Anchor RSS.com
Price $0.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts 1 1
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 RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Anchor has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't.

Anchor RSS.com
Price $0.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts 1 1
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

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

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