Transistor vs Simplecast for podcast hosting

Today we launched on Product Hunt, and we had quite a few questions like this:

How does Transistor compare to Spreaker and Simplecast?

Transistor is focused on brands

We’re building features for folks who want to use podcasting to grow their audience.

This includes big brands like Kickstarter and smaller personal brands like Ashley Baxter.

As Transistor iterates on the product, this differentiation will become increasingly obvious.

Currently, the value we provide brands looks like this:

Host unlimited shows on one account, for one price

Simplecast charges you $12 / month per show.

Transistor starts at $19 / month for unlimited shows.

  • Four shows on Simplecast: $48
  • Four shows on Transistor.fm: $19

We believe one of the best ways to get more listeners is to experiment with multiple formats. This could mean remixing your existing long-form content, into shorter podcasts (for example, a 5-minute highlight show).

On Transistor, you’re not penalized for starting more shows.

Transistor allows you to host multiple podcasts for one price

The other benefit is you won’t have to pay $12 per month for old archived shows. If you decide to retire a show, it just fits with the rest of the shows on your account.

Podcast websites optimized for search

Up until now, most podcast discovery happened in iTunes.

But, SEO is going to be increasingly important for podcasts going forward. Google recently announced that they’ll be showing podcasts in search results.

Our custom podcast websites are optimized for search. We automatically generate sitemap.xml for your site.

Clean, lean, smart podcast player

We generate a shareable landing page for every episode you publish. When you tweet that link, it embeds the audio player like this.

This audio player can also be embedded on a landing page, on WordPress, and in a blog post. You can set it to automatically play your most recent episode like this:

Also, look at how Goodstuff.fm is using our embedded player.

Goodstuff.fm embedded podcast player

In-depth podcast analytics built for businesses

When you need to report on your podcast stats at the next marketing meeting, you need to see the numbers that matter.

Best podcast analytics

Our podcast stats will show you:

  • Average downloads per episode, organized by “first 7, 30, 60, and 90 days.”
  • The number of subscribers you have (estimated based on past download history).
  • Listener trends over time.
  • A complete episode breakdown: order your episodes by total downloads, date, and average downloads.
  • How many people are listening on each podcast app (Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Overcast).
  • A map of where your listeners are from, worldwide.

Built-in newsletter integration with MailChimp, ConvertKit, and Drip

Your podcast should be helping you get more email subscribers! Our integration puts a subscription page on every page of your podcast website.

Collect email addresses on your podcast page

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