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About Castos

Castos was formed in 2017 around the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, a popular way of self-hosting podcasts. Castos added analytics, hosting, and an embeddable media player, and now provides automated transcription, a simple website, and allows content to be republished to YouTube.

On top of this, the company also provides podcast editing services.

About Fireside

Built by long-time podcaster and developer Dan Benjamin, using the years of experience he gained running 5by5.tv (both content and infrastructure), Fireside is a solid service for those who take their podcast seriously.

Along with audio hosting, analytics and a website for your podcast, Fireside also provides rich show notes, allowing for the addition of host and guest bios, and a blog. If your podcast has multiple hosts who aren’t on every episode, you can specify the hosts that appear on a per-episode basis, and visitors to your website can see who hosted which ones.

For Benjamin, podcasting means going live-to-tape, and having show notes with lots of links, so Fireside has tools that make it easy to gather links to the topics you discuss, while you record.

If you’re relatively new to podcasting, or you just like badges, there’s a lightly gamified element to the Fireside content management system, that lets you earn achievements for reaching important milestones.

Castos Starter vs Fireside Starter

Castos offers the ability to host more podcasts. You can upload more episodes with Castos too. Castos is also more generous in its bandwidth. However, Fireside's plan is cheaper. Castos doesn't allow custom websites on this plan.

Castos Fireside
Price $15.83 per month $9.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes Unlimited 5 per month
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

Castos Growth vs Fireside Standard

Fireside's plan is cheaper. Castos doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Castos. However, Castos is more generous in its bandwidth. Castos will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Castos Fireside
Price $40.83 per month $19.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited 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

Castos Pro vs Fireside Professional

Fireside's plan is cheaper. Castos doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Castos. However, Castos will autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Castos Fireside
Price $82.50 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

Fireside allows for Podcasting 2.0 transcripts. Fireside attempt to protect against feeds being imported into other providers without your consent. Fireside allows you to designate portions of your episodes that can used to create audiograms in apps like Headliner. Fireside works with apps that support Bitcoin donations. However, Castos's user interface is a bit nicer than Fireside.