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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 Pinecast

Pinecast began life in 2015, and its original code was made available to read and fork on Github. It was created by Matt Basta, a software engineer who would go on to work at Stripe Connect, which gave Pinecast an advantage in making it easy for podcasters to collect donations from listeners.

The service offers a flexible and highly-customisable podcast website, options to solicit feedback from listeners, exportable metrics including Spotify data, and easy submission to popular directories.

Castos Starter vs Pinecast Start

Pinecast'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 offers more storage at this tier.

Castos Pinecast
Price $15.83 per month $10.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 48 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Castos Growth vs Pinecast Hi-Fi

Pinecast'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 offers more storage at this tier. Castos will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Castos Pinecast
Price $40.83 per month $25.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Castos Pro vs Pinecast Crew

Pinecast'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. You can create a podcast network on Pinecast. However, Castos offers more storage at this tier. Castos will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

Castos Pinecast
Price $82.50 per month $35.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

Castos's user interface is a bit nicer than Pinecast.