Researching your podcast hosting options? Do you want to see exactly how Castos and Soundcloud stack up? We’re giving you a straight-forward look at how Castos’ features compare to what Soundcloud has to offer.
Looking For A Soundcloud Alternative? Meet Castos.
At the most basic level, Castos was designed for and built by podcasters. We didn’t rework an existing product to enter the industry, we purposefully created it to solve problems we were facing when producing a podcast. Soundcloud was built for musicians, not podcasters.
Using Soundcloud for podcasting creates unnecessary hurdles, making your workflow more time consuming.
Castos Features Compared To Soundcloud
Castos is the best alternative to Soundcloud 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 Soundcloud and Castos compare.
|Manage Multiple |
Podcasts From One Account
|Unique RSS feeds created for every new podcast series. Manage multiple podcasts from one account for a fixed price.||Feature not currently supported by Soundcloud.|
|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 Soundcloud.|
|Use Seriously Simple Podcasting to manage your podcast directly from WordPress. |
Publish episodes, customize the embeddable player, and view analytics from one dashboard.
|Soundcloud doesn’t support a WordPress plugin.|
|$0.10/minute, pay-as-you-go||Feature not offered by Soundcloud.|
|Use Your Own Domain Name For RSS Feed Link|
|RSS feed URL can be based on your current domain name for free.||Feature not currently supported by Soundcloud.|
|Advanced Analytics For Every Plan||View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform on every plan.||View listens by episode, geographic breakdowns, and listens by device and platform only with Soundcloud Unlimited Plan.|
|Upload & Bandwidth Limits||Unlimited upload time and bandwidth for every plan.||Free plan limits uploads to 3 hours/month. Pro Plan limits sizes to 4GB per file. Each plan includes unlimited bandwidth.|
Castos lets you host multiple shows for one low price so you can podcast until your heart’s content. With Soundcloud, that’s not possible.
Castos doesn’t believe in limiting your creative process. All of our plans include hosting multiple podcasts under one account, period. Upload as many episodes 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, produce 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.
With Soundcloud, you’re unable to host multiple podcasts under one account. This forces you to pay extra for an additional plan. You’ll spend more to manage your podcasts and waste time toggling between multiple accounts!
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 Soundcloud:
|Podcasting Needs||Castos Plans||Soundcloud Plans|
|> Publish 4x 60 minute episodes per month|
> Use your own domain name for RSS feed link
|Soundcloud Pro Unlimited Plan|
Plan doesn’t support hosting your RSS feed on your own domain name.
|>Manage two podcasts|
>Upload 2x 60 minutes episodes per month per podcast
|2x Soundcloud Pro Unlimited Plans|
|>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 Soundcloud.|
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 Soundcloud, you’ll have to do it all manually.
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 makes podcasting with WordPress seamless with our Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin. With Soundcloud, 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
Soundcloud 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.
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 Soundcloud, 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.
Soundcloud 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.
Already have a domain name for your brand? Castos will generate your RSS feed link using your website URL for free. Soundcloud doesn’t offer that.
Using your own domain name for your podcast’s RSS feed allows you to keep your podcast under one cohesive brand name.
With Castos, that means your RSS feed will look like https://www.mybrandname.com/feed instead of https://soundcloud.com/yourpodcastname. Your branding stays consistent and all written, video, and podcast content is all in one place. This makes it easier for your fans to discover everything you have to offer.
If you don’t have a website yet, don’t worry. Castos provides a customizable podcast webpage that houses all of your podcast episodes for free. Your audience can listen to your show and subscribe on their preferred listening platform from your podcast webpage. In this case, the URL will be yourpodcastname.castos.com.