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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 Transistor

Founded in 2018, Transistor is a relative newcomer to the hosting space, and has since leant its services to some big names including VH-1, Basecamp, and Kickstarter.

Although not as full-featured as others, lacking an adequate podcast website or IAB-compliant metrics, for professionals looking for affordable hosting for a podcast whose website is handled elsewhere – or where the podcast forms part of a larger offering – Transistor is easy-to-use and lightning-fast to launch with.

The service was born out of one of the founders’ work projects, so it carries the DNA of a service meant for companies that are using a podcast as part of a wider media strategy. In that respect, it’s not a good fit for hobbyists and beginners, but its no-nonsense interface makes it a good pick for busy show runners.

The Podcode podcast, the audio version of the Podcode.tv channel, is hosted with Transistor.

Buzzsprout 3hrs vs Transistor Starter

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

Buzzsprout Transistor
Price $12.00 per month $19.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
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 Transistor Professional

Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. Buzzsprout is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Transistor doesn't. However, you can upload more episodes with Transistor. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Buzzsprout Transistor
Price $18.00 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 8 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 75,000 per month
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Buzzsprout 12hrs vs Transistor Business

Buzzsprout has the best price for this plan. Buzzsprout is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Transistor doesn't. However, you can upload more episodes with Transistor. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Buzzsprout Transistor
Price $24.00 per month $99.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes 16 per month Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 200,000 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 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 Transistor easier to use.