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 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.

Fireside Starter vs RSS.com Student & NGO

RSS.com's plan is cheaper. You can upload more episodes with RSS.com. They're also more generous with bandwidth. However, Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan.

Fireside RSS.com
Price $9.00 per month $4.99 per month
Number of podcasts 1 1
Episodes 5 per month Unlimited
Downloads 10,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Fireside Standard vs RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Fireside offers the ability to host more podcasts. Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. However, RSS.com's plan is cheaper. They're also more generous with bandwidth.

Fireside RSS.com
Price $19.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 75,000 per month Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Fireside Professional vs RSS.com All in One Podcasting

Fireside offers the ability to host more podcasts. Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. However, RSS.com's plan is cheaper.

Fireside RSS.com
Price $49.00 per month $12.99 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited 1
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

You might find RSS.com easier to use. However, Fireside works with apps that support Bitcoin donations.

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