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About LibSyn

LibSyn is almost literally the first name in podcast hosting. They provide a rock-solid infrastructure and every possible feature you would expect from a mature platform. They have a huge user-base and run regular community events, many of whom are experienced podcasters who rely on LibSyn to run reliably.

LibSyn differs from most hosts in that it provides different RSS feeds for different apps and directories (as it calls them “destinations”) which is perhaps unnecessarily confusing, however when new directories and markets are opened up, LibSyn is almost always first in-line to adopt them.

The company is conservative in its development, often taking multiple years to roll out interface updates. This has meant they’ve fallen behind modern hosts whose designers and developers value user experience, however they offer support via email and they’ve been around for so long and have so many customers, that answers to most questions can probably be found in Facebook groups and Reddit threads.

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.

LibSyn Classic 250 vs Pinecast Start

Pinecast's plan is cheaper. Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. LibSyn doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with LibSyn. However, LibSyn offers more storage at this tier. LibSyn will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

LibSyn Pinecast
Price $15.00 per month $10.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 250 mb 48 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

LibSyn Advanced 400 vs Pinecast Hi-Fi

Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. LibSyn doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with LibSyn. However, LibSyn has the best price for this plan. They also offer more storage at this tier. LibSyn will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

LibSyn Pinecast
Price $20.00 per month $25.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 400 mb 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

LibSyn Advanced 800 vs Pinecast Crew

Pinecast's plan is cheaper. Pinecast offers the ability to host more podcasts. LibSyn doesn't allow custom websites on this plan. You can't hook up a custom domain to your website as you can with LibSyn. You can create a podcast network on Pinecast. However, LibSyn offers more storage at this tier. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Pinecast doesn't. LibSyn will also autopost your episodes to YouTube.

LibSyn Pinecast
Price $40.00 per month $35.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 800 mb 256 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

You might find Pinecast easier to use.