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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 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.

LibSyn Classic 250 vs Transistor Starter

LibSyn has the best price for this plan. LibSyn is also more generous in its bandwidth. LibSyn will also autopost your episodes to YouTube. However, Transistor offers the ability to host more podcasts. Transistor offers more storage at this tier.

LibSyn Transistor
Price $15.00 per month $19.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 10,000 per month
Storage 250 mb Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

LibSyn Advanced 400 vs Transistor Professional

Transistor offers the ability to host more podcasts. Transistor offers more storage at this tier. However, LibSyn has the best price for this plan. LibSyn is also more generous in its bandwidth.

LibSyn Transistor
Price $20.00 per month $49.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 75,000 per month
Storage 400 mb Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

LibSyn Advanced 800 vs Transistor Business

LibSyn has the best price for this plan. LibSyn is also more generous in its bandwidth. They also offer IAB-certified stats, whereas Transistor doesn't. However, Transistor offers the ability to host more podcasts. Transistor offers more storage at this tier.

LibSyn Transistor
Price $40.00 per month $99.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 Unlimited
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited 200,000 per month
Storage 800 mb Unlimited
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support

Other considerations

You might find Transistor easier to use. Transistor attempt to protect against feeds being imported into other providers without your consent.