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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 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.

Captivate Personal vs Transistor Starter

Captivate is more generous in its bandwidth. 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 Transistor doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate.

Captivate Transistor
Price $19.00 per month $19.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 12,000 per month 10,000 per month
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Captivate Professional vs Transistor Professional

Captivate allows for a custom website on this plan. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Transistor doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate. However, Transistor are more generous with bandwidth. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Captivate Transistor
Price $49.00 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 60,000 per month 75,000 per month
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Captivate Business vs Transistor Business

Captivate allows for a custom website on this plan. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Transistor doesn't. You can create a podcast network on Captivate. However, Transistor are more generous with bandwidth. They will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Captivate Transistor
Price $99.00 per month $99.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 150,000 per month 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

You might find Transistor easier to use. Transistor attempt to protect against feeds being imported into other providers without your consent. However, Captivate allows for Podcasting 2.0 transcripts.