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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 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.

Buzzsprout 3hrs vs Pinecast Start

Pinecast's plan is cheaper. You can upload more episodes with Pinecast. Buzzsprout doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Buzzsprout. However, Buzzsprout offers more storage at this tier. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Pinecast doesn't.

Buzzsprout Pinecast
Price $12.00 per month $10.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 4 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

Buzzsprout 6hrs vs Pinecast Hi-Fi

You can upload more episodes with Pinecast. Buzzsprout doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Buzzsprout. However, Buzzsprout 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.

Buzzsprout Pinecast
Price $18.00 per month $25.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 8 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Buzzsprout 12hrs vs Pinecast Crew

You can upload more episodes with Pinecast. Buzzsprout doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Buzzsprout. You can create a podcast network on Pinecast. However, Buzzsprout 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.

Buzzsprout Pinecast
Price $24.00 per month $35.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 16 per month 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

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