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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 Podcast.co

Podcast.co is a hosting service based in Manchester, UK. Founded in 2017, the company has grown to offer hosting, production, studio rental, advertising, education and more. It also runs the MatchMaker.fm service.

The service is aimed at “businesses and content creators” rather than hobbyists or dyed-in-the-wool podcasters, so it handles podcast distribution itself, abstracting the user from the RSS feed. However this doesn’t affect your ability to migrate away from the platform if you want to go elsewhere.

Although you don’t hear a lot from them in the usual podcasting circles, Podcast.co is spoken highly of and reviewed well amongst those who use it.

Buzzsprout 3hrs vs Podcast.co Starter

Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. They also offer the ability to host more podcasts. Buzzsprout is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Podcast.co doesn't. However, you can upload more episodes with Podcast.co. Buzzsprout doesn't allow custom websites on this plan.

Buzzsprout Podcast.co
Price $12.00 per month $29.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes 4 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 10,000 per month
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Buzzsprout 6hrs vs Podcast.co Pro

Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. They also offer the ability to host more podcasts. Buzzsprout is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Podcast.co doesn't. However, you can upload more episodes with Podcast.co. 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.

Buzzsprout Podcast.co
Price $18.00 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 20
Episodes 8 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 50,000 per month
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Buzzsprout 12hrs vs Podcast.co Business

You can upload more episodes with Podcast.co. 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. Buzzsprout is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Podcast.co doesn't.

Buzzsprout Podcast.co
Price $24.00 per month $99.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 16 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 100,000 per month
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.