About Captivate

Captivate.fm was formed in 2018 by Mark Asquith and the team behind Podcast Websites. It quickly grew, backed by a strong brand and a focus on podcast marketing.

The content management system is easy to use – with its UI getting a big facelift in the spring of 2021 – and it boasts IAB certified metrics. Each podcast includes a reasonably-customisable website, and for those using WordPress, a plugin that makes integrating podcast content into an existing website easier.

Where Captivate differentiates itself in its messaging and, to some extend its toolset, is around podcast growth. Trackable subscription links make it easier to share your podcast and push listeners to follow your show in their favourite apps, and the CMS can generate press kits you can use to pitch your podcast to newsletters and other media outlets.

If monetisation is on the horizon, you can generate a “one-click sponsor kit”, and rely on those IAB certified metrics to give your advertisers confidence your numbers are legit.

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.

Captivate Personal vs RSS.com Student & NGO

Captivate offers the ability to host more podcasts. Captivate allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate. However, RSS.com's plan is cheaper. They're also more generous with bandwidth.

Captivate RSS.com
Price $19.00 per month $4.99 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 12,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Captivate Professional vs RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Captivate offers the ability to host more podcasts. Captivate allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate. However, RSS.com's plan is cheaper. They're also more generous with bandwidth.

Captivate RSS.com
Price $49.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 60,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Captivate Business vs RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Captivate offers the ability to host more podcasts. Captivate allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas RSS.com doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate. However, RSS.com's plan is cheaper. They're also more generous with bandwidth.

Captivate RSS.com
Price $99.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 150,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

You might find RSS.com easier to use. 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, Captivate provides private feeds.