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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.

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.

Fireside Starter vs Pinecast Start

Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. You can upload more episodes with Pinecast. They're also more generous with bandwidth. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with Fireside. However, Fireside has the best price for this plan. They also offer more storage at this tier.

Fireside Pinecast
Price $9.00 per month $10.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes 5 per month Unlimited
Downloads 10,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 48 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Fireside Standard vs Pinecast Hi-Fi

Fireside has the best price for this plan. They also offer more storage at this tier. However, Pinecast are more generous with bandwidth.

Fireside Pinecast
Price $19.00 per month $25.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 75,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Fireside Professional vs Pinecast Crew

Pinecast's plan is cheaper. You can create a podcast network on Pinecast. However, Fireside offers more storage at this tier.

Fireside Pinecast
Price $49.00 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

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