8 of the Top Podcast Hosting Companies

April 27, 2016 - 5 minutes read

Finding a host for your podcast isn’t always easy. There are many different hosting sites who tailor to various user’s needs. Some are optimal for podcasts with larger audiences, others for podcasts with budgetary restrictions, and others for those who require a more simplistic approach. When considering a hosting site, take a second to think about not only your immediate specific needs, but also your needs for the long term.

  • Libsyn
    Libsyn is one of the first podcast hosting sites (est 2004.) It is most known for its simplistic interface, easy RSS link generation and customizable information for iTunes. Monthly storage ranges between 50MB and 1500MB.
    Pricing:
    $5 to $75 a month
  • PodBean
    PodBean is built for both podcast publishers and audiences, with the ability to browse and explore other hosted podcasts. It also offers Crowdfunding options for those looking to make some recurring revenue from listeners. Monthly storage ranges between 100MB and Unlimited with the option to host video as well.
    Pricing:
    $3 to $79 a month
  • BuzzSprout
    Buzzsprout is known for its fantastic customer support. It’s very easy to switch over to Buzzsprout if you’re with a different hosting company. All you need to do is enter your existing feeds URL, and they’ll import your episodes for you. Upload monthly between 2 hours under their free plan, and 12 hours under all of their paid plans.
    Pricing:
    $0 to $24 a month
  • Blubrry
    If you’re on WordPress, this will be a favorite, due to its simplistic WP integration. Blubrry offers integrated statistics, which can tell you your listeners’ platforms, podcast clients, geography, referrers and domains. This is great for getting you hooked up with advertisers. With bluebrry’s huge client base and the notoriety of some of its clients, you can expect a very reliable and established service. Monthly storage starts at 100MB, and increases to an unlimited capacity.
    Pricing:
    $12 to $80+ a month
  • SoundCloud
    Soundcloud introduced their podcast feature about a year ago. You can now generate an RSS feed for your podcast whereas before, Soundcloud was strictly an audio file host. The reach that Soundcloud has is pretty big as many musicians were already using the service before it added its podcast feature. Embed tools are offered that makes it easy to share your show on social media, blogs or other websites. Upload from 3 hours to unlimited per month.
    Pricing:
    $0 to $16 a month
  • Podomatic
    Podomatic makes it easy for anybody to be a podcaster. Just record your audio straight to the web and Podomatic will produce a feed that you can then use to subscribe your show to iTunes, etc. The huge community of podcasts hosted on podomatic make for a great platform if you’re looking to connect with other podcasters and grow your listenership. Storage ranges from 500MB under the free account to 5GB with the platinum account.
    Pricing:
    $0 to $24.99 a month
  • Spreaker
    With its appealing design and easy to use interface, Spreaker is one of the ‘friendlier’ podcasting sites to use. Most podcast consumption is done via the mobile device. Spreaker offers several apps that makes this extremely convenient for not only the consumer, but the host as well. Audio storage ranges from 10 hours to unlimited.
    Pricing:
    $0 to $119.99 a month
  • BlogTalkRadio
    A dominant force since its creation in 2006, BlogTalkRadio is the leader in live broadcasting because if its call-in feature. When it comes to monetization, you have the option of joining its RevEngine revenue sharing program, which shares 35% of the ad revenue from the advertising impressions generated by your listeners. If you’re new to the game, you can utilize the BlogTalkRadio Learning center, designed to break down the podcast startup process. Basic storage starts from 30 hours a month. The large plan allows for an unlimited amount of storage each month.
    Pricing:
    $0 to $249 a month

There are so many hosting services on the web. Choose one that best suits not only your immediate needs, but also your long term needs. If you already have a podcast running but aren’t entirely happy with the service, look around to see if another hosting company would be a better fit. Often times making the switch isn’t as complicated as you’d think!