Researching your podcast hosting options? Do you want to see exactly how Castos and Buzzsprout stack up? We’re giving you a straight-forward look at how Castos’ features compare to what Buzzsprout offers.
Looking For A Buzzsprout Alternative? Meet Castos.
On the surface, it appears Castos and Buzzsprout offer similar podcast hosting options. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll notice a few crucial differences in our services. If you’re on the fence about whether Buzzsprout is the best podcast host, keep reading. We’ll show you how our features and costs compare to help you make a decision.
Castos Features Compared To Buzzsprout
Castos is the best alternative to Buzzsprout for your podcast hosting needs. We offer additional features, straight-forward pricing, and the peace of mind that we’re committed to podcasters in the long run.
Here’s exactly how Buzzsprout and Castos compare.
|Upload & Bandwidth Limits|
|Unlimited upload time and bandwidth||Bandwidth is capped at 250GBs and all plans include an upload time limit|
|Core features included within our Starter Plan for $19/month. |
Earn 2 months free with our annual plans.
|Core features included within Basic plan for $12/month.|
Additional costs for going over upload and bandwidth limits.
|Use Seriously Simple Podcasting to manage your podcast directly from WordPress.|
Publish episodes, customize the embeddable player, and view analytics from one dashboard.
|Plugin only creates an embeddable player. Required to manage your podcast within Buzzsprout’s dashboard, then replicate the workflow on WordPress. |
|Automatically Convert & Publish Podcast To YouTube|
|Use Automatic YouTube Republishing to convert episodes into video files and publish them to YouTube.|
Host both your audio and video files with Castos.
|Feature not currently supported by any plan.|
You only have the ability to host audio files with Buzzsprout.
|Uploaded Files Altered|
|Castos doesn’t alter your files, ever.||All uploaded files converted to 96 kbps.|
Podcasts From One Account
|Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.||Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.|
|Episode Transcriptions||$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go||$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go|
|Use Your Own Domain Name For RSS Feed Link||RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.||RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.|
|Advanced Analytics For Every Plan||View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform.||View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform.|
We don’t have upload or bandwidth limits for any plan so you can podcast until your heart’s content. Buzzsprout doesn’t let you do that.
Every Buzzsprout plan includes limits on the number of hours you can upload per month. Their most expensive plan at $24/month only allows you to upload 12 hours per month. Want to experiment with longer episodes or try publishing more frequently? That may require purchasing additional upload hours or bumping up a more expensive plan.
On top of upload limits, Buzzsprout also imposes a 250GB/month bandwidth limit. This limits the number of people who can listen to your episodes. If you run out of bandwidth in a given month, listeners may not be able to download or listen to your latest content.
Calculate the amount of bandwidth you need using Podtopia’s Bandwidth Calculator. Grab your average episode file size in MBs, how often you publish new episodes, and estimated subscriber count to figure out your bandwidth needs.
Castos doesn’t believe in limiting your creative process so all of our plans include unlimited uploads and bandwidth, period. Upload as many hours as you want and rest easy knowing your audience will always be able to download your latest content.
You’ll have the freedom to experiment with new concepts, host multiple shows, and podcast until your heart’s content with Castos. We prefer that you grow your podcast without worrying about limitations and unexpected costs.
Our plans feature fixed prices and you’ll save more with an annual plan. Buzzsprout doesn’t offer annual cost-savings and you pay extra for more upload hours.
You’ll find similarities between Castos’ and Buzzsprout’s plans. Each of our plans include:
- Advanced podcast analytics
- A customizable podcast page that features your episodes in one place
- Automatically distribute episodes to every podcast directory
- Easy, one-click imports of any existing content
But we differ in one key aspect: price predictability. Buzzsprout’s basic plan starts at $12/month, compared to Castos’ $19/month Starter Plan. But here’s how you may incur additional costs using Buzzsprout (bandwidth needs calculated with Podtopia’s Bandwidth Calculator and assuming a 60 minute episode is 50MBs):
|Podcasting Needs||Castos Plans||Buzzsprout Plans|
|> Publish 4x 60 minute episodes per month|
> 1,000 total plays per month = 240GB bandwidth needed
|Basic Plan + 1 additional upload hour|
|>Publish 4x 60 minute episodes|
>2,000 total players per month = 400GB bandwidth needed
|Pro Plan Upgrade + 1 additional upload hour (for additional upload needs)|
|>Publish 4x 60 minute episodes|
>Republish podcast to YouTube automatically and host video files
Automatically republish your podcast to YouTube using a static background image.
Do you film while recording your podcast? Host your video and audio files with Castos and republish it to YouTube and WordPress.
|Features not supported by Buzzsprout.|
At Castos, we don’t see the sense in penalizing you for creating more content or for rapidly growing a huge following. Launch your podcast with our Starter Plan at $19/month or save $38 with an annual plan. When your podcast is a hit and starts generating 20,000 plays a month, you’ll continue to spend the same amount for your hosting needs.
Castos makes podcasting with WordPress seamless with our Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin. With Buzzsprout, you’ll spend more time managing your podcast between two platforms.
Buzzsprout has a WordPress plugin but it has limited features, only allowing you to embed a player on your website. You have to toggle between the Buzzsprout dashboard and WordPress to publish a new episode to your website, adding unnecessary steps to your workflow.
With Seriously Simple Podcasting, you can manage your podcast directly from the WordPress dashboard you know and love. With robust features and an intuitive interface, there’s a reason over 20K+ podcasters trust Seriously Simple Podcasting.
Here’s everything you can do directly from your WordPress dashboard using Seriously Simple Podcasting:
- Upload audio and video podcast episodes directly to WordPress
- Files are automatically synced with your podcast hosting provider (like Castos)
- Display podcast episode lists, single episodes, or playlists anywhere on your site
- Change embedded player settings with customized colors and episode images
- Feature custom subscribe links to any podcast listening platform
- View episode analytics within WordPress dashboard
With Buzzsprout Podcasting, you’re only able to add an embedded player using the Gutenburg media block.
Automatically republish your podcast to YouTube with Castos and be discovered by their 2 billion monthly users. And we’ll host both your audio and video files. With Buzzsprout, it’s more complicated.
Many podcasters choose to film video while recording new episodes to repurpose their podcast for YouTube. With Castos’ Pro Plan, you can host your video and audio files for one low price.
If you haven’t started filming videos alongside your episode recordings, try our Growth Plan. Each time you upload a new episode to Castos, we’ll convert the audio files into a video format and add a static background image. Then we’ll republish the episode to your YouTube channel automatically.
Neither of these features are available with Soundcloud, requiring you to do everything manually. For those repurposing a podcasts into video content, Castos’ automatic YouTube republishing tool saves you time and headaches.
See how easy it is to set up Automatic YouTube Republishing with Castos’ Growth Plan.
Castos doesn’t alter your files in any way when you upload them to your dashboard. Buzzsprout can’t promise that.
Buzzsprout automatically converts uploaded files to 96kbps not matter which bitrate you might have previously set when editing the episode. For those who don’t spend anytime editing their audio files, this won’t be a big deal.
But for the podcasters who spend timing editing and mixing each episode, having the hosting provider automatically alter the final file can be a game changer.
Castos doesn’t touch our customer’s uploads and leaves the episode exactly how you envisioned it to sound. At Buzzsprout, you’ll have to pay an extra $6/month to turn off this automatic file conversion feature.
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