Want to make your own podcast? Don't get hung up on where to host it! Sprouts and Anchors are platforms that allow you to share your podcasts with the world.
If you're not sure which is better for your project, this review is for you! Here, we'll examine Buzzsprout vs. Anchor and determine the pros and cons of both platforms and what using them to host your content might mean for your podcast.
interested? OK let's start.
What are Buzzsprout and Anchor.fm?
As we just hinted at in the introduction, both Buzzsprout and Anchor enable you to:
Host your podcast on their servers
Create cover artwork for your podcast
Distribute your content to various podcast directories
Additionally, they each offer a range of additional features, including audience analysis, mastering and recording tools, and monetization options.
Buzzsprout vs. Anchor: Major Services Compared
Buzzsprout and Anchor provide similar functionality, so we can compare them directly:
Buzzsprout vs Anchor: Hosting
As we just said, both Buzzsprout and Anchor allow you to host podcasts online. For this, your podcast will have its own landing page where the different episodes are listed.
Buzzsprout and Anchor also provide unlimited email list storage for your audio files and keep your full history of podcast episodes .
However, Buzzsprout limits how many hours of audio you can upload per month based on the pricing plan you choose. Unfortunately, there are no monthly plans for unlimited audio uploads.
In contrast, Anchor imposes no such restriction. But as a free service, Anchor's hosting doesn't offer that much freedom. For example, with Buzzsprout, you can customize your login page and host your own custom domain name . However, Anchor's podcast page is more limited because you can't add your own domain.
Anchor vs Buzzsprout: Podcast Distribution
Your own landing page isn't the only place your podcast should shine. That's why Sprout and Anchor enable you to share your podcasts with an extensive directory of podcasts.
Both providers give you the following coverage:
Buzzsprout also distributes to:
On the other hand, Anchor also covers Amazon Music and RadioPublic.
Your podcast must first be submitted to be assigned to these platforms. Then, once accepted, your podcast platform will automatically sync each new episode you upload to these podcast directories. With Buzzsprout, this process is manual. Anchor, on the other hand, can automatically submit your podcast to these platforms to ensure coverage of as many compatible directories as possible.
Buzzsprout also makes it easier and more engaging to share your podcast on social media and/or your own website. It does this with "Visual Soundbites," which displays your podcast's audio waves and cover art in an engaging podcast player. You can customize it to match your brand's colors. Unfortunately, Anchor does not provide similar functionality.