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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 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.

Fireside Starter vs Transistor Starter

Transistor offers the ability to host more podcasts. You can upload more episodes with Transistor. However, Fireside has the best price for this plan. Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan too.

Fireside Transistor
Price $9.00 per month $19.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes 5 per month Unlimited
Downloads 10,000 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

Fireside Standard vs Transistor Professional

Fireside has the best price for this plan. Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. However, Transistor will autopost to YouTube, unlike Fireside.

Fireside Transistor
Price $19.00 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads 75,000 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

Fireside Professional vs Transistor Business

Fireside has the best price for this plan. Fireside is also more generous in its bandwidth. Fireside allows for a custom website on this plan too. You can also hook up a custom domain to your website. However, Transistor will autopost to YouTube, unlike Fireside.

Fireside Transistor
Price $49.00 per month $99.00 per month
Number of podcasts Unlimited Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 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

Fireside allows for Podcasting 2.0 transcripts. 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, you might find Transistor easier to use.