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Libsyn Vs Blubrry | Where Should I Host My Podcast?

We compare two giants of the podcast media hosting industry!

Blubrry and Libsyn are two veterans of the podcast hosting world. If you were in a room full of podcasters then there's little doubt that most would host their show on one of the two. Both platforms have an excellent reputation and offer a fantastic service, definitely high up our list of the best podcast hosting services out there.

But if you've narrowed your hosting choice down to Blubrry vs Libsyn, how do you split them?

Firstly, full disclosure. At The Podcast Host we've hosted many of our shows on either Libsyn or Blubrry and are affiliates of either service. We do that, though, because they're both great! On that note, you'll get a free month with both Libsyn and Blubrry if you use our code when signing up.

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We highly recommend either service to anyone who asks about media hosting, so this article isn't about ‘which is better'. This is about finding the differences between the two, and recommending the right one for your context.

Price & Storage

The bottom line here is that Libsyn are slightly cheaper if we were to base it on monthly storage allowance. 250MB of storage at Libsyn is $15 a month, the same amount of storage at Blubrry is $20 a month.

The smallest monthly payment you can make with Libsyn is $5 for 50MB, whilst Blubrry's is $12 for 100MB.

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It's worth mentioning however that Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month on all their plans as part of their No-Fault Podcast Hosting. You can also replace your files at any time with no storage penalty.

How Much Space Will I Need for my Podcast?

Of course, space is a bit meaningless here – what you want to know is, how much do I need?!

Well, a decent quality minute of audio is just under a single MB in size. That's if you mix your show down at 128kbps. In this instance, a 10min episode would be just under 10MB.

I tend to mix spoken word content lower than 128kbps, and if you're using iTunes or Adobe Audition (rather than Audacity's LAME encoder) to create your MP3s, then you can go as low as 96kbps without any noticeable loss in quality. Many people actually go as low as 64kbps. If you want to read our full coverage of this debate, check out the podcast bit rate article here.

10mins of audio at 96kbps drops below 7MB, so you can cut down on storage (and help save your listener's data plan) by using this bit rate.

The upshot is, a weekly podcast doing 30 minute episodes every week is likely to use around 84MB per month at that rate. But extend much over the half hour mark and you'll be going beyond the 100MB per month plan.

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Websites & Publishing

When we get to publishing, there are a couple of differences worth noting. To kick off, let’s look at the mechanics of creating your podcast episodes online

Plug-ins for Self-Hosted Podcasting

Firstly, Blubrry stand out for the simple reason that they publish Powerpress – the de-facto king of WordPress podcasting plugins.

Powerpress gives you a huge amount of power to publish a show within your own WordPress website. It ties in with the WordPress editor to allow easy uploading of podcast episodes, never leaving the WordPress space.

Powerpress also comes with a slew of options around controlling your RSS feed, allowing you to work with multiple feeds should you need to have more than one podcast on the one site.

In mid-2019 Libsyn rolled out their Libsyn Publisher Hub plugin, which essentially plays the same role as Powerpress.

This means that you can link up your self-hosted WordPress site with your Libsyn account and work exclusively inside your site going forward. Like Powerpress, you can publish new episodes in there, without actually hosting the media on your own site.

The plugin is a massive improvement on Libsyn's previous Beta WordPress plugin. My one issue with it though is that you can only seem to place the episode player at the very top, or very bottom of a post. With Powerpress, you can position the player anywhere you like inside your shownotes.

In both cases you need to install the tool and enter your account details to set up the link, but after that uploading a podcast is a one step process, regardless of which service you use.

Additionally, with Libsyn you can create a post on WordPress directly from the Libsyn side with their On-Publish feature. Post customisation is, understandably, pretty limited here though.

Now this assumes that you're publishing the episode on your own self-hosted WordPress website (remember we've got a free course on how to self publish on WordPress). But that's not the only option.

Publishing Episodes With Your Media Host

The alternative to running a self-hosted WordPress website is to publish with either Libsyn or Blubrry.

Libsyn specialise in this and put a lot of work into their templates, offering a range of options in creating a home for your podcast on their website. That means you'll be running a mydomain.libsyn.com website, which is a great option for some people.

You can also whitelabel it, using your own domain, but running on Libsyn. This takes a lot of the technical stress out of podcasting. You don't have to run a website, keep it updated or worry about glitches. Libsyn will take care of the tech while you can stick to presenting!

For a nice example of a Libsyn website customisation, check out The Story Behind podcast.

Blubrry have always had a mydomain.blubrry.com option too, though they don’t promote it as a service. It’s Blubrry’s belief that shows should have their own website, though some of their customers still choose this option.

As a result, Blubrry provide a basic WordPress site to everyone who hosts there.

But, right now, if you want to host your website with the media host, rather than have your own WordPress site, Libsyn is the best option.

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Podcasting Statistics

Libsyn Podcast Hosting Statistics

Country Stats in Libsyn

Both platforms offer exceptional stats. If I want to find out how many people listened to my show on Stitcher on an iPhone in Detroit last month, I can do that.

A big difference here is that Libsyn's stats are staggered based on your pricing platform. You get no stats for $5 a month, but you can add $2 to bring it up to $7 per month for basic stats. You're still on the basic stats package at $15 per month, and move up to advanced stats by paying $20 per month or more.

Blubrry Podcast Hosting Statistics

Client Stats in Blubrry

Blubrry on the other hand offer their Professional stats on all packages, from their lowest monthly rate of $12 per month and up.

In terms of Blubrry's Professional stats v Libsyn's Advanced stats, I've not found any way to split them and say that one is better than the other. There are a few little differences but, for your average podcaster, there's very little in it.

Blurbby are IAB Certified, which means they're in compliance with podcast measurement guidelines. Libsyn also deliver their stats based on these guidelines and are working towards certification. Both have been proven to be equally robust platforms.

On this front, it really depends how important stats are to your show. Measuring basic download numbers is important in the long run, but is knowing exactly where these downloads are coming from, what they're coming through, etc?

Well, it can be, depending on your show. Especially if it's a location-specific show and you offer some sort of physical product or service that requires your customers to be on location.

If you're looking for comprehensive stats at a lower cost, then Blubrry is the best option here!

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Players

In December 2015 Libsyn launched a brand new player that embeds or publishes in your posts. The player is fully customisable and displays your cover art (either your series artwork, or an episode specific cover), along with share buttons, a full episode playlist, and a download button.

Libsyn Podcast Player

Not to be left behind, though, Blubrry recently released a new player as well. This player is available to Blubrry hosting customers, working with Powerpress.

The new player has social and subscribe buttons and can be used on almost any website, so you don’t necessarily need to be using a WordPress site to host externally. The player is designed to work on all devices too, be it a phone, tablet, or otherwise.

Blubrry Podcast Player

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Apps

Your show can have its own custom mobile app built by Libsyn if you are on their $20 a month plan, or higher. There's a one-off development fee of $50 to have this done. It's paid during sign-up, after you complete the forms which detail your requirements, and then there is a $10 a month additional fee for the apps.

Libsyn's smartphone apps aren't directly connected to your RSS feed, so you can publish app specific content such as PDFs, photos, videos, and extra audio. These can be used as an extra incentive for listeners to download your show's app, instead of subscribing in a podcatcher.

Blubrry don't have an in-house app option. Instead they direct you to an external app development partner, reasoning that they prefer to send you to someone who does that exclusively.

If an app is important to you, and you want to have it included in your hosting, Libsyn is the way to go.

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Premium Content

You can offer your listeners premium content with both Blubrry and Libsyn. If you want to offer a paid subscription service to your listeners then premium content is a great incentive, and just one of the monetisation options covered on Podcraft series 6. So how do both platforms differ in the services they offer here?

With Libsyn, your premium content is set up and delivered through their MyLibsyn subscription management service. With this, the end user can consume your premium content on the webpage Libsyn has set up for you on your own website with their HTML5 player, and also via a free custom smartphone app for your show for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices.

Libsyn's goal with their premium service is to “make it easy for your audience to consume your premium content – but also lock it down so people can’t share it out of your control.”

With Blubrry, you'd set up your premium content inside your website (on PowerPress, and not via the Blubrry interface). This means your paid subscribers would be given an I.D. and password to your site, where they could log in and consume your premium content.

Monetisation is always a big issue for podcasters – we have to pay the bills… It's something we talk about a lot inside the Podcast Host Academy, though, so if you're struggling with it, join us in there.

Libsyn DestinationDestinations & Social Media

Libsyn offers up what they call “destination publishing” which means you can control exactly where each new episode does or does not go. You can publish to any day/time in the future to the minute to each directory, independently of each other.

You can also set up Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in and more as destinations and publish custom messages and links to each of them.

Podcast Directories

Both services enable you to be listed in every major podcast directory – including Spotify.

Both services also support the new iTunes/Apple Podcasts tags. This means you can add episode numbers, season numbers, and have your show displayed as “serialised content” if you want new listeners to begin at episode one.

Summary

Whether you choose to host your podcast on Blubrry or Libsyn, I know you'll be completely satisfied with the service you receive. It's really about weighing up these differences between the two and deciding which service best suits your podcast's needs.

I think it’s fair to say that they both have a slightly different ethos when it comes to media hosting.

For Blubrry, it’s very much about the simplicity and speed of “post – upload – publish” from the dashboard of your website. If I wanted to work within my own site as much as possible, then I’d host with them.

As for Libsyn, it’s about letting their site handle the distribution of your files, and their belief in having different feeds for different destinations. If I wanted to publish episodes exclusively to destinations like Stitcher, for example, I’d host with them.

Remember, if you're still struggling to choose, or you need help setting it all up, we can help you out if you're a member of our Podcast Host Academy

I'd love to hear what you think of each provider.

Why did you choose Libsyn over Blubrry, or vice versa?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion:

64 Comments

  1. Zack on 21st June 2016 at 7:22 am

    Curious: what is the purpose of either service? Why can’t I store it anywhere in the cloud, and have people download it while I monitor metrics?

    • Matthew McLean on 29th June 2016 at 9:01 am

      Hi Zack. Signing up with a media host (like Blubrry or Libsyn) gives you an RSS feed that your listeners can subscribe to, and you can submit to podcast directories (like iTunes) to be listed there. Some cloud-based services will allow you to set something like this up, but as they are not designed to operate as podcast media hosts it’ll often be much more bother than it is worth, and you’ll run in to many problems. The stats you can get from both media hosts mentioned here are outstanding for monitoring metrics too. Hope that helps!

  2. Darin Bell on 19th August 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am just starting a podcast. I am recording episodes and creating my website. My question is this. I plan on hosting with Libsyn and have just assumed I would use Powerpress. But in this article, and others I have read, including getting info directly from Libsyn, you mention the concern about the RSS feed eating up shared hosting website bandwidth. I thought that was only a concern if you hosted the podcast media files on your website hosts servers? Libsyn says that even having just the RSS feed from your website is a big concern because of bandwidth issues. So if I host my podcast files with Libsyn, use Powerpress to generate the RSS feed, is my shared hosting provider going to come back to me and say I am using too much bandwidth if my podcast really takes off and garners a high volume of downloads? If you could help, that would be great.

    • Colin Gray on 22nd August 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Darin, thanks for the question, and it’s a good one.

      Yes, some people argue that bandwidth can become a problem if you’re hosting your own RSS feed. The thing is, your RSS feed is never going to be huge. Even the biggest RSS feeds that Powerpress will produce might reach around 1MB but no more generally. But, the problem is, as you say, if you become really popular, you might have thousands of people loading this page every day. And often multiple times a day. You have all of the podcast directories doing so too, like iTunes, Stitcher, etc. This adds up.

      For example, one show we know has been around for years and has a feed which is a few bytes over a megabyte. They get a decent number of listeners – around 1k per episode – but their RSS feed gets 82,000 hits per month. That works out at 88GB in total bandwidth over the month.

      Now, most hosting plans claim to give you free bandwidth but, of course, there’s ‘fair use’ in there. They don’t tend to tell you what their ‘fair’ maximum is, but you’ll be told what your storage is. The common bottom-end webhosts, like Bluehost or Hostgator, tend to offer something like 30 to 50GB of storage. So your bandwidth would be expected to be at least a factor of 10 to 100 more than that. So, 88GB on an RSS feed isn’t really going to worry them. But… if you become a LOT more popular, that increases fast.

      What I would say is that having control over your RSS feed has it’s pros. It’s good to have full control over something that important to your show. But, with that comes a bit of responsibility. And that means paying a little more than your basic web hosting is going to cost. As soon as you move up to the higher level hosting packages then you don’t have to worry about that kind of bandwidth at all. And if you’re serious about your show, you want to make sure you’re on a decent hosting package anyway.

      Alternatively, if you don’t want to have to worry, nor pay a bit extra for web hosting, then by all means outsource your RSS feed to Libsyn or Blubrry. They’ll both let you move your RSS feed if you need to anyway, which is the biggest concern, and they’ll handle any amount of bandwidth requirements you can throw at them with the great service they’re both known for.

      Hope that helps!
      Colin

      • Lex on 24th October 2017 at 8:35 am

        I run a popular podcast, and I agree with you: in the early years, I was using a company to host the podcast on a shared server; twice I was booted from two different companies because when I put out a release, they were hit with thousands of downloads (including from other countries) and it was crashing their servers. They didn’t care what podcasts were (not a well known word back then), and told me I had 24 hours to remove my files. After the second time, i went to Libsyn (been with them for 10 years). I’m now considering going to Blubrry and that’s why I’m here. Great article!

  3. James on 8th November 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I’m hosting my website with Squarespace. Would this mean that I’d be better off with Libsyn rather than Blubrry due to Blubrry’s affiliation with Powerpress? Thanks!

    • Matthew McLean on 10th November 2016 at 9:39 am

      Hi James. You could still embed the Blubrry player in your posts, but yeah I’d probably go with Libsyn on this one.

  4. Ky T on 10th November 2016 at 1:16 am

    I currently have a podcast in blogtalkradio and am tires of them. I was thinking of going to Libsyn (your blog has me now considering Blurry). How hard is it to move from blog talk to one of these platforms? Are they somewhat similar?

    • Matthew McLean on 10th November 2016 at 9:42 am

      Hi Ky. I’d start by contacting Blogtalk and asking them the process for moving to a new host. They should have something in place. Libsyn or Blubrry will also help you with anything you need over at their end.

  5. Beashi on 10th November 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I’m planning to have the option to read transcripts of my podcasts available on my site. Would I be able to do this on either Libsyn or Blubrry? I don’t expect my site to have heavy traffic (maybe a few hundred visitors and/or streams per day) but I am planning to publish a short 5-10 min episode every day. Do you think signing up for a shared hosting plan with Bluehost or HostGator be better than going with Libsyn or Blubrry?

    • Matthew McLean on 15th November 2016 at 11:45 am

      Hi Beashi, you can certainly get your website from Bluehost, HostGator etc, but you’ll also want a media host like Blubrry or Libsyn to host your podcast files. If you don’t want to pay for both, you can get a basic website/landing page through your media hosting account and you can copy transcriptions into your episode posts.

  6. Keith on 7th December 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I currently have self-managed hosting via AWS Cloudfront. I was controlling the amount of bandwidth and data via a subscription service, which worked great until it didn’t.

    Being the only person running the show, providing ongoing customer support became too much of the focus and less on content. Now, I rely on donations but my bandwidth has exploded. It’s now doubled in costs and expected to triple by the end of this month. This is not only sustainable but not affordable.

    So, I’m looking at Libsyn and Blubrry. I use category podcasting (which is a big deal for a lot of my subscribers) and it’s not clear that Libsyn offers that where Blubrry totally does. I can cut back on the size of my offerings to fit into the smaller storage offering of Blubrry but it will be tight.

    In the meantime, I’ve had to put up a roadblock to my site because I just can’t afford it until I can get switched over to one of these services.

    I run a music podcast. I’ve used Libsyn before and their customer service is outstanding. I currently use PowerPress for my categories and player of choice and Angelo from Blubrry is truly outstanding to work with when there is an issue.

    I’m leaning more towards Blubrry despite the higher cost and lower storage. Can you provide any guidance as to what else I should consider when making my final decision? I don’t see myself going back to Premium Content even though I know Libsyn handles all customer issues.

    i don’t want to regret my decision and frankly just want a place I can permanently call home. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    • Matthew McLean on 12th December 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Keith. Yeah Blubrry or Libsyn will sort out the bandwidth issues. To choose between them, just curious as to why you’re using category podcasting? Cheers

  7. J Harper on 21st December 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Good afternoon, I want to start a podcast and I currently have an account with Blubrry and I am a little unhappy with my experience. I hate working with word press. I want something clean and simple to upload. Again, I create content for the podcast, I am not a web designer, just the mp3s really. I just want something clean and simple that allows me to easily integrate my stuff to iTunes and google play, etc. I want something simple to use and maintain for someone again, who does not know coding. I really like the Joe Rogan podcast interface and player on his site. Should I go with Libsyn or Blubrry? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Matthew McLean on 22nd December 2016 at 1:19 pm

      You can use either purely as a media host without involving WordPress or your own site, if that’s the route you were looking to go down? I’d probably sway with Libsyn on this one.

  8. Muhammad Imran on 26th December 2016 at 7:58 am

    Hi, I am using Blubrry and planning to shift to Libsyn. the sole reason for this is: I want my podcast to get onto Spotify and from what I’ve heard, Libsyn can help your podcast get on to Spotify. Is that true? Please guide me a little her. Thanks.

    • Matthew McLean on 28th December 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Muhammad. At the moment podcasts on Spotify hasn’t been opened up to everyone so there’s no guarantee you’ll get listed in there until that changes. Libsyn can recommend shows to Spotify, but the folks at Spotify have the final word over whether they get listed or not. Once podcasting on Spotify is open to everyone I’ve no doubt you’ll be able to get in there using Blubrry too, so if this is your only reason for wanting to move then I’d caution against it.

  9. Anti-Inertia on 30th December 2016 at 8:57 am

    Hello,

    Excellent article. Thank you.
    I’ve been contemplating a podcast for some time. Initially, this will be a solo act –No interviews or other hosts. Optimistic, of course, that the content (and how it’s delivered) can stand on its own.

    I’ve thought about two avenues for media hosting: Soundcloud and converting the Audacity recording from MP3 to a YouTube video (a slideshow really).

    Later, I’m hoping to interview/panel over Skype. But I’ve not yet looked into that. Given the content theme, I’m hoping it’s a recorded audio-only Skype dialogue (no video). In other words, I don’t currently anticipate this to be a live stream (not against it though).

    The website, I was hoping to keep simple; which’s why I’ve chosen Google’s Blogger platform (not a WP guy).

    Finally, I’m trying to avoid Libsyn, Blubrry, and Spreaker (thoughts on that one, btw?).

    Any advice for me given all of that?
    TIA

    • Matthew McLean on 9th January 2017 at 10:43 am

      Hi TIA, any reason for wanting to avoid Libsyn, Blubrry, or Spreaker? They are pretty much the 3 best podcasting media hosts available right now. You mention also publishing to Youtube – Libsyn has a very easy way that let’s you do that without doubling your workload, worth a look https://support.libsyn.com/faqs/social-youtube/

  10. A Rolita Adams on 9th January 2017 at 2:32 am

    This has been the most helpful article that I have read comparing Libsyn and Blubrry. It helps that you actually use both for different purposes. Thank you so very much.

  11. Zdenek on 31st January 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Hello, I would like to know what criteria do you use to decide whether you host your particular podcast with libson or blueberry. What if I decide to switch away from libson or blueberry or they disallow my host for whatever reason, is there a danger that I am going to lose my podcast? I would like to have an one hour show every week, so what would be the price tag? Also how do I choose the webhost for my site? Thank you for your answers.

    • Matthew McLean on 1st February 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Zdenek. I’ve covered prices/storage in the article, and also how I’d choose between them in the summary. Both hosts will allow you to move your show/leave at any point, so you won’t have any issues on that front! You’ll always own your podcast feed when using Libsyn or Blubrry.

  12. Rande Friedman on 17th February 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Matthew, I am currently building a wordpress website and signed with Blubrry. Their customer service is very good and Michael responds immediately. My issue with them is their audio player looks great, however their email subscribe button is not configurable. Contact information is not sent to me.

    Does Libsyn provide a solution?

    • Matthew McLean on 22nd February 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Rande, I believe the closest thing Libsyn have is the MyLibsyn Premium option https://www.libsyn.com/my-libsyn-premium-content/ this does offer listener stats but I can’t confirm whether or not that includes contact info of your subscribers. Worth asking them though, there’s a contact form on the page.

    • Todd Cochrane on 31st March 2017 at 5:11 pm

      The SubscribebyEmail.com option is designed to give podcast listeners another option to subscribe to a show. It is not designed as a mailing list service.

      Nothing stops a podcaster from setting up their own mailing list.

  13. Al on 20th February 2017 at 1:36 am

    Hi,

    I was curious if when you sign up with Bluberry do you get an automatic free site with Word Press? If so, how does this work?

    • Todd Cochrane on 31st March 2017 at 3:55 pm

      With Blubrry you get a free WP site with your hosting account

  14. Denis on 22nd February 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve been publishing my podcast on SoundCloud for the first month or so that we’ve done it, but we’ve run out of free upload time, so i’ve been trying to figure out which host to use. The most important factors for us are statistics, and availability to the listeners. It would seem, based on the article, that Blubrry is the best option for stats. Are both options readily available to subscribe to on iTunes and for Android users as well? I’m an iPhone user so I’m not sure how Android users go about downloading podcasts since i’ve always used iTunes on my phone. Is there an easy way to explain this to the Android using listeners?

    • Matthew McLean on 23rd February 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Denis, I really like Libsyn’s capabilities for this sort of thing. You can publish your podcast to virtually anywhere podcasts can be found very easily. For Android users, have a page on your website titled ‘subscribe’ and put links/buttons to places like Stitcher. Check out http://subscribeonandroid.com too, a very useful tool.

  15. Cody on 23rd February 2017 at 6:11 am

    Any thoughts on Omny?? They are running $9/month of unlimited uploads. I’m not knowledgable enough in the area to know if they aren’t offering something that Blubrry and Libsyn are.

    • Matthew McLean on 23rd February 2017 at 11:56 am

      I’ve no experience with them at the moment Cody. Will need to have a look.

  16. Danielle on 7th March 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for this helpful article. I am about to launch my podcast. I have a website that was created by a friend’s website company. You mentioned Blubrry is the one to go with in that situation. However, my friend said they would integrate what I post on Youtube onto my website. You mentioned Libsyn being better for promoting on social media and specifically posting to Youtube.

    My podcast will be every other week for 1 hour. I want to get the word out using Facebook and Twitter. It has the potential to get a lot of followers if it takes off. I will want to be able to monitor statistics (which both seem equal on that front).

    Libsyn or Blubrry? Please advise.

  17. Ryan Chacon on 17th March 2017 at 5:05 pm

    From a player perspective, I like SoundCloud’s plays the best and will probably use that on our WordPress site regardless of who I host with but I I have not read much about Spreaker or BuzzSprout or PodBean — how would you compare these to Libsyn and Blubrry? I am leaning with Blubrry because overall the look and feel is more attractive. Our goal is to publish to iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher Radio, list the podcasts on our site via SoundCloud’s player, with that being said which do you recommend overall? Also, stats are a big deal to us (one reason we are considering not hosting with SoundCloud)–Thanks!!

    • Matthew McLean on 23rd March 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Ryan, the other 3 hosts you mention are all good and credible options. I personally favour Libsyn though, especially when it comes to easily publishing on multiple platforms.

  18. Carsten Jakob on 22nd March 2017 at 8:55 am

    Hi Matthew.

    I am looking forward to start my new podcast from scratch on. I do have my own domain name and my best friend is hosting websites, so i already got my email server set and working as well as the domain linked to my webspace. WordPress is not installed yet. I have not worked with wordpress yet but it does not seem to difficult to install on my friends servers, right? I am looking forward to go more professional with my podcast in future, would you recommend blubrry or libsyn, specially regarding my own domain and own email server, as well as easy creation of the website ? Thanks for helping me out on this one.. its so confusing on some of the other websites and books and you are my last resort, thanks buddy

    • Matthew McLean on 23rd March 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Carsten, WordPress won’t be difficult to install and get to grips with. Blubrry might be a better option here if you want to do everything inside your own site.

      • CJ on 6th April 2017 at 3:30 pm

        Additional to my other question of today, would I loose traffic on my website using Libsyn and will using Libsyn ? Thanks so much !

    • Colin Gray on 23rd March 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Carsten, remember we have a course on installing and working with WordPress. Check out the installing page here – https://www.thepodcasthost.com/podcast-website/part1/installing-the-basic-podcasting-website/

      Hope that helps!
      Colin

      • CJ on 6th April 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Thanks Colin. My wordpress site is in progress, thanks to your tutorials. Its really difficult for me to decide between blubrry and libsyn, pls help out on this one. I have my own wordpress site, own domain and website host. I really need to monetize everything, I’m gonna make my living out of the podcast and the website. Therefore I want to post on the most common social media sites as well. Since I will be travelling through some countries without the best internet connection as well, I want to the uploading process as easy as possible to the social medias, to the podcast host AND very important to my wordpress site as well, without loosing any possibilities on the marketing and monetizing aspect. Libsyn sounds more and more interesting, even though I tended more to blubrry first. Please help me on this one, as well on disadvantages of libsyn using my own domain? Thanks for your time

  19. Jesse on 30th May 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for the detailed rundown! I’m currently hosting my podcast with Blubrry, but I might need to move it to Libsyn. Do you know if this is possible? Search results show many resources for going from Libsyn to Blubrry, but not the other way around.

    • Matthew McLean on 31st May 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Jesse, yes you can move from Blubrry to Libsyn or vice-versa, just get in touch with them and let them know what you’re looking to do.

  20. TAYLOR on 5th June 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Great article! I am currently trying to create an internal podcast for the company I am working for. I’ve been researching like crazy and can’t seem to find a host that offers a private/password option that isn’t too expensive. I found that Podbean offers a podcast option specifically for businesses but the cost is ridiculous. We have about 700 sales reps that will be listening to the podcast, and we plan to do one 20 minute podcast each week. If we need it to be private and for internal use only, what would you suggest?

  21. APW on 15th June 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hi gents, what’s your view on A-Cast either when starting out or when you’ve been going a while? Can you shed any light on the revenue structure – I hear they’re free to use, and their ‘fee’ is that they sell the advertising space for you/drop in larger firms’ adverts beginning/middle/end of the show. So sounds like much less control for the podcaster, but also a few less things to look after if you’re running solo/with a small team.

  22. Larry Berger on 23rd July 2017 at 12:48 am

    This is an exceptional article; thank you! I’d be curious as to any thoughts as to which which of these platforms (or perhaps others or a plug-in) are best for publishing and managing non-RSS audio (e.g., simple non-episodic HTML5 on-demand players that also allow download or social sharing) to WordPress. We hand publish these via WordPress posts at present and I’d love a simpler interface rather than a myriad of posts to check for standardized format. For these audio files, discovery and syndication is not as important since we rely on sending users links to the content. Thanks!

  23. Shira on 5th September 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Hello, I have a similar question to James above re Squarespace. I also have a new website on Squarespace, so I’m guessing Libsyn would be a better choice, but the fact that Blubrry is more generous with its storage (which I think means I wouldn’t have to worry if a pod episode took 60 minutes or longer) makes me want to go with Blubrry. Which issue do you think is more important, and which site would you recommend? Thanks.

  24. Anna on 6th October 2017 at 5:41 am

    Thanks – it’s a good article.

    I have recently signed up with Libsyn – and after 3 weeks of constant frustration, delays and hassle by which point I STILL have not published my first podcast – I’m fed up and leaving it for Blubrry.

    Why? Libsyn’s customer support is EXTREMELY POOR. And to me – high quality, easily accessible customer service is as imporant is not MORE important than pricing etc of the service or product. Their knoweldge database is all over the place, the interface is clunky with many glitches which they deny, many of their resources are out of date following an upgrade 7 months ago (!!), they have very limited hours of support, no real time support options, it takes 2-5 days to receive a reply to support ticket (especiall over the weekend from the other site of the world) and many of their support staff don’t read the tickets closely, reply selectively to questions and frankly, don’t have the required knowledge. To top it all up – I have recenly installed their WordPress plugin which has corrupted my website, even after uninstalling it the only solution for me was to restore my whole website from backup.

    and of course, there is no way I can contact Libsyn suport when I need them.

    I have had enough – their platform MAYBE good, but customer support is the worst I have even seen.

    So I’m pulling the plug.

  25. Jaime Buckley on 22nd October 2017 at 12:41 am

    Matthew,

    Thank you for this fantastic comparison. I needed it. For some strange reason, I thought Bluberry was a WP plugin to hook UP TO Libsyn and publish podcasts, LOL. Now I know and…knowing’s half the battle.

    *G.I.JOE!!*

    (ahem)

    Anyway…bought a Libsyn account…used your promo code.

    • Matthew McLean on 23rd October 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks very much Jaime, and glad you found it useful!

  26. phylicia k on 26th November 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Great Article! Thank you for the detailed comparison. I would like to know your opinion in regards to choosing a host for my specific needs. I will have my own domain name ( any recommendations on a reputable domain provider?) and detailed stats on how the podcast is doing. I also would like to add a blog and have the ability to integrate other interactive features on the website. Would Libsyn or Blubrry fit best for my needs? Thank you.

    Phylicia K

  27. Ken on 7th January 2018 at 5:56 am

    I’m looking at hosting media files to blubrry. I’m pretty sure that will be my decision. I plan on hosting my page on either inmotion or hubwebhosting, both part of the same family. What do you know about them? They’re a bit more costly than the usuals sitting at the top of the hosting food chain, but they seem to offer quite a bit too and seem to be reliable. Hub offers much the same as inmotion, though inmotion has multiple wordpress server options, one difference being that Hub offers unlimited storage. I know there’s generally no such animal, server resources will determine that actual limit, same as with their “unlimited bandwidth”. Inmotion, like blubrry, put a soft cap on “number of monthly visitors” for their wp options based I’m sure on server resources. Hub doesn’t identify the soft cap, and are pretty much up front that it all depends on actual resources used. My wp page should be minimal, show outlines, scripts, limited images, probably a comments section, so I’m thinking my biggest concern regarding load would be on the number of listeners hitting my link to blubrry. Any thoughts on any of this? Thanks.

  28. Jim on 9th January 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Hello thanks for the podcast info. I am about to start a podcast, and I think I’ll start with the lowest-level service with Libsyn, with stats (total of $7/month). Do I also need to set up a separate website, that I buy the domain name for, use a web-builder to set up, etc.? I thought Libsyn will provide me with a website for the podcast. Have I misunderstood that? If I’ve understood this correctly, what are the pros and cons of either: 1. not setting up a separate website and just using the one provided by Libsyn; and 2. setting up a separate website? Thank you!

  29. Melissa on 29th January 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Hi there! Thank you SO SO much for this amazing article. I am extremely new to the Podcast game. I listen to them every single day but I want to start my own this year and your articles have been such a huge help with how I understand things now. I currently have a blog and wanted to add another communication outlet into my life, hence why I am starting a Podcast.

    This is going to be a dumb question, so please forgive my ignorance on this one. But how do I go from downloading my podcast episodes on my hosting site (from what I am reading based off of this article and the comments left, I think I am going with Lisbyn) to getting them on the Podcast app for iPhones? I know the RSS feed is connected to this some how, but I just don’t quite understand that piece right now.

    Thank you for your patience on this. I appreciate any info you can give me.

  30. Kathryn England on 13th February 2018 at 2:59 am

    Hi Matthew. Thank you for the valuable information. I produce informational, WP websites with audio files and would like to store these files elsewhere for speed, storage, and increased exposure. Yet, I am not your typical weekly podcaster as I many upload five audio files one day all with different themes (relationship advice, managing loss, making a career decision, instilling self-confidence in your kid). Minimally tech-savvy, I am eager to learn. Any suggestions as to which direction to take here, Blubrry or Libsyn?

    Many thanks!
    Kathryn

  31. Marc Farquhar on 26th February 2018 at 8:27 am

    Some of this article is out dated now, for instance dropping your link in to Facebook no longer creates a player as facebook has disabled this. Also did you do a section on comparing how many destinations each host distributes to? Libsyn now distributes to Spotify. Maybe it’s time for an update on this article because overall it’s a fantastic resource.

    • Karen on 3rd January 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Marc,
      Thanks for this update.
      I’ve only just read te article, almost a yer after you – a great one, but I’m not sure if it’s still up to date.
      Matthew doesn’t appear to be replying to any posts now.
      I’m thinking of using Lypsyn. Do you have any more updates on either platform?
      Many thanks,
      Karen

  32. Monique on 4th September 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Matthew,

    I am completely starting from scratch with everything I am looking to start my podcast as soon as get all necessary equipment and start off with the right platform. What do you recommend for someone who doesn’t have a domain or a website of their own where should I start. I can tell you that I want to add videos to my podcasts and I will be interviewing people at some point and I am also looking to gain income from my podcasts. I will add blogs as well and want to be able to add music with a great quality without technical glitches. Where do I start ??? Thanks In Advance

  33. Heather on 17th October 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Good Morning, New to podcasting( Audio Theater) Have created a 5 episode audio theater drama called Triple Six . Do I need a host to publish on iTunes or stitcher. Do you recommend just setting up a cartwheel on our website not really sure how to make any $ to continue to produce I was hoping to charge per episode but it looks like most of the audio productions are hosted on various sites and audio theater makes $ on advertising? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Feel like our product is not really a podcast more like a small budget film.

  34. Karen on 8th November 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I chose to go with Blubrry and have loved them due to seamless integration with my WP site… but their billing process is WEIRD and CLUNKY . It’s fine after you set it up for auto billing. But if anything goes awry, forget it! My card didn’t work so they sent me a note. I entered a new card. For some weird reason their site is not able to process this card. I checked and there are plenty of funds available in that card. HERE’S WHERE IT GETS HORRIBLE — Blubrry does not have anyone in billing who is available to process a card for you. They can’t even connect with billing and they dont have someone who can help you. I have no idea why they can’t process the card, and they don’t have anyone who can solve the problem. AND they canceled my podcasts so listeners can’t access them. I’m so frustrated. I’m now checking Libsyn though of course I am praying Blubrry gets their act together in the next hour!

  35. Nicole on 27th January 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Matthew! This article has been incredibly helpful to me, so thank you so much for going into so much detail about the two hosting sites! I am in the planning stages of starting my podcast, but I want to make decisions very very soon to get the ball rolling. However, with so many options out there and me not being very tech-savvy, it’s kind of getting overwhelming because I want to make sure I choose the best one! I have a feeling that eventually my podcast could become very big because it’s meant for all audiences, not just a specific audience. I want to have my own website to also post the podcast on, but I want my podcast to be on iTunes, Google Play, Spreaker, and dreaming big here, but Spotify and iHeart Radio one day too! Yesterday was the first day I looked into Blubrry, and I like that they offer Powerpress and a basic WordPress website (even though I wasn’t sure about doing my personal website with them), but how basic is it? I want my website to also to be like a blog where I share show notes and have a tab for my personal side gig and what not. I’ve heard great things about Squarespace and that’s what I’ve been thinking I was going to do, but this other option could save me some money. Just curious now what you think and what may be the best option for me. Thank you for your help!

  36. ismayil on 30th June 2019 at 12:05 am

    Thanks so much, such great content here!
    very helpful, much appreciated!!!

  37. Jesse on 12th September 2019 at 8:54 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for publishing yer another informative article. I am s little confused about one thing though. I already have a website that is up and running through hosted by Siteground and now want to launch a podcast off the back of the website. When you say that I need a podcast host like Libsyn or Bluebrry can I link my existing website to these hosts or do I need a totally new website?

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Matthew is an audio drama writer and producer who enjoys talking about podcasts. He makes the tea at The Podcast Host, and is a loyal servant of adopted house rabbits.

July 9th 2019