Castos: A Buzzsprout Alternative

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.

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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

Castos

Unlimited uploads, podcasts, and episodes on all plans

Buzzsprout

Bandwidth is capped at 250GBs and all plans include an upload time limit

Predictable Pricing

Castos

Core features included within our Starter Plan for $19/month.

Earn 2 months free with our annual plans.

Buzzsprout

Core features included within Basic plan for $12/month.

Additional costs for going over upload and bandwidth limits.

WordPress Plugin

Castos

Use Seriously Simple Podcasting to manage your podcast directly from WordPress.

Publish episodes, customize the embeddable player, and view analytics from one dashboard.

Buzzsprout

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

Castos

Use Automatic YouTube Republishing to convert episodes into video files and publish them to YouTube.

Host both your audio and video files with Castos.

Buzzsprout

Feature not currently supported by any plan.

You only have the ability to host audio files with Buzzsprout.

Uploaded Files Altered

Castos

Castos doesn’t alter your files, ever. The files you upload to Castos are exactly the ones your listeners hear.

Buzzsprout

All uploaded files converted to 96 kbps, resulting in sub-optimal listening experience for your audience.

Manage Multiple Podcasts From One Account

Castos

Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.

Buzzsprout

Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series.

Episode Transcriptions

Castos

$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go

Buzzsprout

$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go

Use Your Own Domain Name For RSS Feed Link

Castos

RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free either through Castos’ Custom Domain feature or via your WordPress site.

Buzzsprout

RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.

Advanced Analytics For Every Plan

Castos

View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform.

Buzzsprout

View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform.

No Credit Card Required

We don’t have upload 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.

Tip

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, unlimited Podcasts, and unlimited Episodes on all plans. Upload as many hours as you want and rest easy knowing your audience will always be able to access 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:

Publish 4x 60 minute episodes per month

1,000 total plays per month = 240GB bandwidth needed

Castos Starter Plan

$19/month or $190/year

Buzzsprout Basic Plan + 1 additional upload hour

$16/month or $192/year

Podcasting Needs:

Publish 4x 60 minute episodes

2,000 total players per month = 400GB bandwidth needed

Castos Starter Plan

$19/month or $190/year

Buzzsprout Pro Plan Upgrade + 1 additional upload hour (for additional upload needs)

$54/month or $636/year

Podcasting Needs:

Publish 4x 60 minute episodes

Republish podcast to YouTube automatically and host video files

Castos Growth Plan

Automatically republish your podcast to YouTube using a static background image.

$49/month or $490/year

Castos Pro Plan

Do you film while recording your podcast? Host your video and audio files with Castos and republish it to YouTube and WordPress.

$99/month or $990/year

Features not supported by Buzzsprout

At Castos, we don’t see the sense in penalizing you for creating more content. Launch your podcast with our Starter Plan at $19/month or save $38 per year 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 30K+ 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 Buzzsprout, requiring you to do everything manually. For those repurposing a podcasts into video content, Castos’ automatic YouTube republishing tool saves you time and headaches.

Action

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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