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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.

About Castos

Castos was formed in 2017 around the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, a popular way of self-hosting podcasts. Castos added analytics, hosting, and an embeddable media player, and now provides automated transcription, a simple website, and allows content to be republished to YouTube.

On top of this, the company also provides podcast editing services.

Buzzsprout 3hrs vs Castos Starter

Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Castos doesn't. However, you can upload more episodes with Castos.

Buzzsprout Castos
Price $12.00 per month $15.83 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 4 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

Buzzsprout 6hrs vs Castos Growth

You can upload more episodes with Castos. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube. However, Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Castos doesn't.

Buzzsprout Castos
Price $18.00 per month $40.83 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 8 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

Buzzsprout 12hrs vs Castos Pro

You can upload more episodes with Castos. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube. However, Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Castos doesn't.

Buzzsprout Castos
Price $24.00 per month $82.50 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 16 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

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, you might find Castos easier to use.