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LibSyn is almost literally the first name in podcast hosting. They provide a rock-solid infrastructure and every possible feature you would expect from a mature platform. They have a huge user-base and run regular community events, many of whom are experienced podcasters who rely on LibSyn to run reliably.

LibSyn differs from most hosts in that it provides different RSS feeds for different apps and directories (as it calls them “destinations”) which is perhaps unnecessarily confusing, however when new directories and markets are opened up, LibSyn is almost always first in-line to adopt them.

The company is conservative in its development, often taking multiple years to roll out interface updates. This has meant they’ve fallen behind modern hosts whose designers and developers value user experience, however they offer support via email and they’ve been around for so long and have so many customers, that answers to most questions can probably be found in Facebook groups and Reddit threads.

I use LibSyn, but under duress. I don’t bear them any active ill-will, but we as an industry have moved on, and there’s so much choice that it means companies can compete on ease-of-use, adoption of modern features, education and outreach. They’re putting in as much effort as they can on their new interface, and while it rockets their user experience a decade forwards, it’s still a decade out-of-date.

Of course, design isn’t everything, and people aren’t wrong for choosing LibSyn as a default, because its infrastructure is rock-solid. They’ve long supported dynamic content injection, they offer IAB-compliant metrics (at a price), you can upload content from a variety of sources (including FTP!) and you can push full episodes out to YouTube. They even support private podcast feeds and the ability to attach other things to your RSS feed than just an MP3 file. Their feature set is built up over 16+ years of experience with a variety of user needs, and put simply, when it comes to the tubes and pipes that make podcasts go, they know the landscape hands down.

But if you ever need to look at your stats and understand them, if you manage multiple podcasts and fear uploading to the wrong account (which happens more than you might think) or you want to manage a client’s podcast securely without sharing passwords (you should never share passwords if you can help it), if you want a modern, good-looking website for your podcast or an attractive player to embed into your blog, if you want tools to make it easier to share your content or you just want to be able to publish quickly, there are far better choices you can make.

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By Mark Steadman

Basic Intermediate Advanced
Price $15.00 per month $20.00 per month $40.00 per month
Number of podcasts 1 1 1
Episodes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Downloads Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 250 mb 400 mb 800 mb
Podcast website included
Use your own domain
IAB certified metrics
Republish to YouTube
Podcast network support
Transcripts
Feed locking
Create soundbite clips from episodes
Receive Bitcoin from listeners
  • Price
    from $15.00 per month
  • Ease-of-use
  • Transcripts
    No
  • Feed locking
    No
  • Receive Bitcoin from listeners
    No
  • Create soundbite clips from episodes
    No
  • Last reviewed
    3rd July 2021

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