Researching your podcast hosting options? Do you want to see exactly how Castos and Simplecast stack up? We’re giving you a straight-forward look at how Castos’ features compare to what Simplecast has to offer.
Looking For A Simplecast Alternative? Meet Castos.
On the surface, it appears Castos and Simplecast offer similar podcast hosting plans. 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 Simplecast 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 Simplecast
Castos is the best alternative to Simplecast 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 Simplecast and Castos compare.
|Upload & Bandwidth Limits|
|Unlimited upload time and bandwidth||Restricted bandwidth limits for all plans. Unlimited upload time.|
|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 Simplecast.|
|Use Seriously Simple Podcasting to manage your podcast directly from WordPress.|
Publish episodes, customize the embeddable player, and view analytics from one dashboard.
|Feature not currently supported by Simplecast.|
|Advanced Analytics For Every Plan|
|View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform on every plan.||Advanced analytics only available on Growth Plan starting at $85/month.|
|$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go||Feature not currently supported by Simplecast.|
Podcasts From One Account
|Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series. Manage multiple podcasts from one account for a fixed price.||Manage multiple podcasts from one account.|
|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.|
We don’t have upload or bandwidth limits for any plan so you can podcast until your heart’s content. Simplecast restricts your bandwidth, stunting your growth.
Every Simplecast plan restricts your bandwidth per month. 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 tune into your latest content.
For podcasters who are committed to growing a successful show, bandwidth caps will only get in the way.
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 every episode.
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.
You’ll also find similarities between Castos’ and Simplecasts’s plans. Each include:
- 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
For a better look at how our features and costs compare, check a few scenarios below for what you can expect to pay with Castos versus Simplecast:
|Podcasting Needs||Castos Plans||Simplecast Plans|
|> Publish 4x 60 minute episodes per month|
> Access basic analytics for every episode
|>Manage two podcasts|
>Publish 2x 60 minute episodes per month per podcast
>Access advanced analytics for every episode
|>Publish 2x 60 minutes episodes per month|
>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 Simplecast.|
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. That’s not possible with Simplecast.
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 Simplecast, requiring you to do everything manually. For those repurposing a podcasts into video content, Castos’ automatic YouTube Republishing tool saves you time and headaches.
Castos makes podcasting with WordPress seamless with our Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin. With Simplecast, that option doesn’t exist.
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
Simplecast doesn’t have a WordPress plugin so you’ll have to find a workaround and spend more time managing your show.
Learn how Castos and Seriously Simple Podcasting work together to make your workflow more efficient. No more toggling between multiple platforms so you can focus on the fun stuff.
With Castos, gain deeper insights about your podcast with our advanced analytics. They come standard with every plan. At Simplecast, you’ll have to pay more for the same stats.
One part of growing a podcast is understanding what’s working, and what’s not. The only way to know which episodes your audience is consuming is by analyzing the data.
We believe in providing every podcaster the tools they need to build a successful show. That’s why we include detailed analytics within every plan. Each episode includes total listens, geographic breakdowns, and device and platform details right in your dashboard.
To access the same information with Simplecast, you’ll have to upgrade to their Growth Plan. Starting at $85/month, you’ll spend $66 more per month compared to our Starter Plan that offers the same features.
Use Castos’ pay-as-you-go transcription feature and easily get a word-for-word transcript of your episodes at just $0.10/minute. With Simplecast, you’ll have to pay for a 3rd party service.
Making podcasts accessible is a priority for our team, leading us to integrate with Rev for our podcast transcriptions. Easily transcribe each episode, download the PDF, and publish the them to your podcast’s website for your hearing-impaired or ESL listeners. As an added bonus, you’ll unlock SEO benefits and have an easy way to repurpose episodes into written content.
Transcriptions cost $0.10 per minute so a 30-minute episode will cost you $3. We’ll add these additional costs to your monthly or annual billing notice so everything is in one place.
Simplecast doesn’t offer transcription services directly from your dashboard so you’ll need to pay for a 3rd party service or freelancer.
See how easy it is to generate an episode transcription from your Castos dashboard.