This is a short guide to online podcast hosting services and podcast management systems. It’s mainly a list of dedicated services that have got to the market early and new ones I add from time to time. Many more podcast services will no doubt emerge over the coming months; at the bottom of the page there’s a group of tags with links to help you find them.
Although this page is updated periodically, hosting prices and features are subject to change so check each web service for current details. The list provides a combination of free and premium hosting services to enable a quick comparison of features. It also presents a partial view of the range and type of podcast hosting systems currently available.
Many podcast services tend to emphasise iTunes compatibility as a marketing tool because it has a major market share. This may become less uniquely significant in the future as other major players like Amazon and Microsoft release competitive music download services and devices. Also the growth in open source, independent music distribution models, combined with p2p file sharing protocols like BitTorrent, will continue to have an influencial impact on the way audio and video content is distributed.
If you’re looking for music to podcast, see Podsafe Music Resources for an overview of free, legal music downloads suitable for podcasting, along with a further selection of podcasting tools and services.
I also maintain several Squidoo lenses designed to help podcasters:
- Feed Pitstop: Syndication Tools and Services for Web Feed Management – A one-stop lens for Web feed discovery, management and promotion.
- Podsafe Content Lens for Legal Audio and Video – A guide to freely available audio and video content licensed specifically for use in podcast productions. Learn about the advantages of podsafe content, where to find it and how you can use it.
- Podvox – Practical Voice Recording Tips, Help and Resources for Podcasters – A two part lens designed to orient people with voice recording for podcasts and podcast production techniques. Subjects are approached in easy-to-read bite-sized chunks, suitable for people of all experience levels. The lens also provides a wide range of podcasting resources.
You can access all of my audio, music and web-tools lenses at http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DavidHolmes
List of Podcasting Hosts
Blipmedia.org formally Rizzn’s Podcaster offers free podcast hosting forever with unlimited space, unlimited size, and unlimited bandwidth. When you sign up to BlipMedia, you get a free profile page with an address at ‘profiles.blipmedia.org/your username’. This allows people to find you and find your podcast. You can have your offsite blog, your blog feed, and your podcast feed displayed in the blipmedia directory for free. Update: Blipmedia now appears to be closed.
BlogMatrix provides an easy-to-use web-based solution for audio and video podcasting. Hosting plans start at under $5/month with unlimited monthly bandwidth.
Castpost will host your MP3s and automatically generate your feed. You just add the URL for your feed (ex: http://yourname.castpost.com/feed/feed.xml) to podcast directories, including Apple’s iTunes. Then users can browse, find, and subscribe to your personal radio show. Users who sign up during Castpost’s Alpha test period will receive a year of free basic service. Ads may be placed to cover costs. Alpha accounts will have unlimited bandwidth and 100MB of storage.
Dircaster is a script that can be used on a server that supports PHP4 or greater. It generates an RSS feed suitable for podcast clients, based off the MP3 files in that directory. Drop the script into a directory, files can then be added to the directory to create podcasts. NOTICE: Appears to be unavailable but you can contact the developer if you’re interested (Feb 2006).
GarageBand Podcast Studio offers a free hosting service for bands and musicians.
Hipcast is a weblog publishing service that lets you upload video, MP3 or WAV files for streaming (podcasting). The service plan starts at $4.95 per month or $49.97 per year. There’s unlimited storage space but bandwidth usage is subject to terms, currently 1,024 MB of streaming audio bandwidth per month, then billed at $1.95 per additional 1GB.
ICanCast.com has three podcast hosting options.
- $5/month – 100 mb space – 10 GB bandwidth/month
- $10/month – 250 mb space – 25 GB bandwidth/month – blogging installed
- $20/month – 500 mb space – 50 GB bandwidth/month – full website hosting
Internet Archive provides free audio hosting for anyone wishing to share files under a Creative Commons license. Once uploaded you’ll need to link to the files from a web page. The web page should have a RSS feed that supports media enclosures. Otherwise a service like feedburner.com can be used to create a podcast enabled feed. Free blogging services like MSN Spaces or Blogger.com are popular for doing this. How to Podcast with Blogger and SmartCast.
LibSyn – liberated syndication – are offering a podcast hosting service with unmetered bandwidth at the following rates:
Level 1 – Podcast Basic – $5 Monthly.
100mb of storage per month with unlimited bandwidth usage. This level of service is recommended for once-a-week podcasters.
Level 2 – Podcast Standard – $10 Monthly.
250mb of storage per month with unlimited bandwidth usage. This level of service is ideal for weekly distribution of high-quality audio, such as music distribution.
Level 3 – Podcast Advanced – $20 Monthly.
5250mb of storage per month with unlimited bandwidth usage. This level of service is for the several-times per week podcaster.
Level 4 – Podcast Professional – $30 Monthly
800mb of storage per month with unlimited bandwidth usage. This level of service is ideal for the daily podcaster.
You can create categories so people can subscribe to a select subset of your podcasts for example music or talk. There’s a free login ‘sandbox’ feature that lets you test drive the service first. Read more about the features here.
MediaBlog is a free, unlimited space/bandwidth podcast hosting and blogging service. A wide range of media file types can be uploaded each up to 99 MB in size. Multiple uploads can be handled simultaneously and changing the order in which episodes of your podcast appear is a simple matter of editing the Date property of that media item. Audio and video files are placed into your designated podcast folder and a podcast RSS feed is automatically generated. All podcasts have a splash page and the integrated blog system allows you provide a more full-featured experience for your subscribers (example). You can also publish videos, images or blog posts directly from a cell phone PDA or other Internet-capable devices.
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth usage
- Up to 99 MB individual file size
- Automatic podcast RSS feed generation
- Integrated blog and media gallery service
- Social, tagging and community tools
- Handheld and mobile publishing
- Site customization features
MoveDigital (formerly Prodigem) allows you to publish your audio and video files as direct downloads, as a mobile phone stream or via BitTorrent. The service features a web widget that makes it easy to reblog your MoveDigital links. Included with the web widget, via its ‘Share’ button, is a notion called ‘social bandwidth sharing’ which allows other users to directly add bandwidth into your account from wherever you may have placed your widget. For direct downloads, bandwidth is only deducted from your account for completely delivered files. You don’t get penalized if someone stops downloading half way through. As well, your bandwidth always rolls over to your next membership period, so it’s always there for you.
FreeTrial 30 days – One gigabyte (1 GB) of storage space. Ten gigabytes (10 GB) of MoveDigital delivery.
Basic $10 – One gigabyte (1 GB) of storage for a full year. ten gigabytes (10 GB) of MoveDigital delivery. Each additional gigabyte of MoveDigital delivery will be $1.00.
Standard $101 – Five gigabytes (5 GB) of storage space. One hundred gigabytes (100 GB) of ultra high speed MoveDigital delivery. Each additional gigabyte of MoveDigital delivery will be $0.79. Access to "Auto Publish" and "P2P SmartSeed" features.
Plus $1010 – Ten gigabytes (10 GB) of storage space. One thousand gigabytes (1000 GB) of ultra high speed MoveDigital delivery. Each additional gigabyte of MoveDigital delivery will be $0.59. You and your audience will be able to add delivery gigabytes to your account.
Premium $10100 – One hundred gigabytes (100 GB) of storage space with more available on reasonable terms by request. Ten thousand gigabytes (10000 GB) of ultra high speed MoveDigital delivery. Each additional gigabyte of MoveDigital delivery will be $0.39.
MyPodcasts.net supports audio podcasting, video podcasting and Flash streaming. There are three pricing plans.
- 25MB audio/video storage & 500MB of data transfer – Free 30 Day Trial
- 500MB audio/video storage & unlimited transfer – $9.95 per month
- 2GB audio/video storage & unlimited transfer – $19.95 per month
OSCDN is an open content delivery network and file storage service. Direct Download Storage offers Unlimited Online Storage and Bandwidth for your files for about $6.95 a month whether you store 100MB or 200GB. Billed every 3, 6, and 12 months, it allows you to give a direct link to files you upload. NOTICE: We are Currently Unable to Offer this Service at this time (FEB 2006).
Ourmedia.org provides free web hosting and online tools for all your media files forever. Created by volunteers, Ourmedia is an open-source project positioning itself as The Global Home for Grassroots media. It is partnered with Creative Commons, Wikipedia and the Internet Archive (see below) which provides hosting and bandwidth for the files. Drupal has agreed to host the site for free through its Bryght hosted service.
To use the service you must be willing to share your works with a global audience. Most types of media files and content are welcome, including but not limited to; audio, ebooks, films, games, original music, photographs, screencasts, software and video.
The ourmedia hosting service fully integrates community features like blogging and forums. The community also functions to facilitate learning about a range of communication techniques and the craft of digital creativity.
Free membership lets you:
- Publish your works for a global audience to see or hear
- Get a free weblog
- Post comments to any media page or blog on the site
- Participate in the Forums
- Learn more about how to create personal media
- Socialize with other creative individuals
The site design is well thought out and easy to navigate. For example selecting ‘browse media’ takes you to the site map. This is a simple list of topics with the RSS links alongside so you can get straight to the feed without having to click deeper. Here’s the main RSS feed from the home page.
Pcastbaby provides hosting and transcoding of audio/visual media files to podcasting and streaming formats. Offers start with a free account of 50 MB storage (bandwidth unclear).
- Basic Account $4.95 per month
500 Mb of disc space and your own personalized URL for podcasting. 1 year subscription $49.50 (2 Months Free)
- Standard Account $9.95 per month
1000 Mb of disc space, your own personalized URL, a special FTP site for large file uploads and a dynamic Google Map of your podcast subscribers. 1 year subscription $99.50 (2 Months Free)
Podblaze.com gives you your own podcasting website & domain for free. Your podcast station address would be (www.yourpodcastname.podblaze.com). Everything is automatically created for you and your audio/podcasting site has a streaming media player, RSS feed, own logo, show notes and links areas. Member sites have priority listing in the podcast directory.
- Producer Standard: 200MB of storage + 2000MB of bandwidth
- Producer Advanced: 500MB of storage + 5000MB of bandwidth
- Corporate Basic: 1000MB of storage + 10000MB of bandwidth
- Corporate Advanced: 1000MB of storage + 20000MB of bandwidth
Podbus.com hosting prices start at $5 per month for 300 MB of storage space and 5 GB of monthly bandwidth. Account holders get a domain name on a shared server in the form ‘mypodcast.podbus.com’. Extended packages and pricing are available including website hosting.
Podcast FM handles every aspect of podcasting in a one-stop hosting and syndication solution. Features include multiple podcast channels, an easy-to-use uploader, ID3 tag editing and play length calculation, the ability to add images to your channels, automatic tracking of downloads and subscriptions, HTML generation and buttons for your website. Users can also queue up podcasts to appear on specific dates when uploading them.
All podcasts are listed in the Podcast FM directory which can be browsed or searched by visitors.
There are three price plans based on how many podcasts you upload each month and the amount of storage space required. Bandwidth is free and unlimited.
- Starter Plan
20 MB per month upload
200 Mb total storage space
Up to 3 channels
£4.95 per month
- Blogger Plan
80 MB per month upload
800 Mb total storage space
Up to 10 channels
£9.95 per month
- Broadcaster Plan
2000 MB per month upload
Unlimited total storage space
£39.95 per month
Podcast Spot is a hosting service that offers a free account to test Podcast Spot and Storage or Professional accounts. Free and Professional accounts include all features, while Storage accounts are for podcasters running their own websites. Pricing is based on the amount of upload space required and bandwidth is unmetered.
- A Free Account provides 25MB of storage per month.
- A Storage Account costs: $5 for 100 MB storage per month; $10 for 300 MB; $20 for 650 MB; $40 for 1400 MB.
- A Professional Account costs: $7 for 125 MB storage per month; $14 for 350 MB; $28 for 750 MB; $56 for 1600 MB.
- Reserve Upload Quota costs: $5 for 100 MB additional storage with no time limits; $10 for 200 MB; $20 for 400 MB; $30 for 600 MB.
Professional and Storage accounts are prepaid products. You can purchase 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year at a time. You can upgrade or extend at any time.
- Flexible Storage Space that can be upgraded
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Automatic Media Conversion after upload
- Audio formats supported include: AAC/M4A, MP3, OGG, RA, WMA.
- Video formats supported include: AVI, MOV, M4V/MP4, MPG, RM/RV, WMV.
- Easy Organization with tags, categories and images
- Automatic P2P with BitTorrents for any format
- Powerful Syndication for your episodes (your default feed), categories, tags, comments, episodes for each category, episodes for each tag, comments for each episode
- Support for iTunes
- Creative Commons license types
- Simple Payment Options using PayPal
- A Dedicated & Friendly Team.
PodcastSPOTS is a free podcast creation and hosting solution that allows users to record podcasts, publish them, and possibly earn revenue. Podcasters insert third-party advertisements and podsafe music into their shows and get paid on a per-click basis, per-insert basis, or a variety of other methods. Provides software, a podsafe music vault and viral marketing distribution.
Podkive provides a Podcast Management System (PMS) that allows you to create a website, archive any media file including mp3, ACC, mov, wma, etc and create a podcast feed (RSS feed) for your subscribers to download. There are five hosting packages available ranging from lightweight to serious heavyweight.
Prices start at $10/month for 100mb storage space with unlimited monthly transfer (GB bandwidth).
Podlot.com provides podcast hosting with unlimited bandwidth and prices based on maximum storage requirements.
Prices start at:
$4.00 a month for 150 megabytes of storage unlimited bandwidth.
$6.00 a month for 300 megabytes of storage unlimited bandwidth.
$20.00 a month for:
1000 megabytes of storage Unlimited bandwidth Your Domain Hosted Domain Registration Included Host up to 20 additional domains Unlimited email addresses with POP and IMAP access Plesk7, CGI, PHP, Server Side Includes, Mod Perl, and Mod Python
Domain hosting add on at $2.00 a month.
PodServe is a free podcast application and audio file host that is part of the BIG in Japan Web 2.0 Toolkit. You can access all of the blogging and RSS tools via the one account. Creating podcasts with Podserve is extremely easy, simply enter some details about the podcast feed, upload the mp3 files and you’re done. You can choose to have the feed listed on Itunes, Odeo, Ipodder and Podcast.net. Hosted podcasts can also listed in the PodServe directory. Your podcast can be tagged with keywords and have a cover art image attached. You get 1GB of hard drive space to host your podcasts.
When you create a podcast you have a choice of three podcast sharing options:
- Standard Podcast: You will be the only person uploading shows, other users will only be able to subscribe and listen to your shows.
- Social Podcast: This podcast will act as a community for you and other people who share an interest on the same subject.
- Public Podcast: Anyone with a PodServe account will be able to apply to contribute to this podcast.
The last two provide a moderation option for filtering content before publishing. You can have multiple podcast feeds hosted.
Shockpod offers free and paid podcasting hosting. Free users have an uploading limit of 30mb per file with a total limit of 90mb maximum hosting space. Free hosting is provided by placing audio ads in the feed of the free users, giving their listeners the option to download the promotional ads. Paid users do not have any ads placed in their feed and obtain more features such as a blog, Shockpod email address, unlimited file size uploads with a maximum total hosting space of 750MB.
Slapcast.com provides podcasting by phone or by upload. Price $4.95/month for 50 MB maximum for each uploaded MP3 file with unlimited bandwidth/subscriptions. By phone: 60 incoming minutes of voice messages. Additional voice minutes are 5 cents a minute. For now, individual messages are limited to 5 minutes maximum.
StreamGuys offers a podcasting service with the following features:
- FTP account for uploading your content
- Scalable Podcast account
- Easy publishing and listing of Podcasts using the StreamGuide
- Support to publish your Podcast on your web site as an RSS feed
- Support for video podcasting
Switchpod.com offers free and premium hosting services. The free service is supported by ads which are not "in" the podcast stream. All ads are separate files which users download separately through the feed and do not interrupt their podcasts. When you create an account you get your own folder on their servers to store as much content as you would like. You can then upload all your podcasts. Podcasts can be in various audio formats and bandwidth is unmetered. If you don’t want ads an upgrade for $6 a month gets you a blog, ftp account, no file size upload limit, the ability to upload video, and email address.
Other Podcasting Tools and Podcast Management Systems (PMS)
Big Contact offers free tools to help you Find, Listen, Share, and Create Podcasts, MP3 Blogs, and Online Radio. Users can also add a streaming media player to their existing sites. The community is based around sharing music with Creative Commons licenses. It does not host the audio files directly.
Apple iLife Support help for podcasting with GarageBand.
Free online file storage/sending a list of around 50 services that are absolutely free and require no e-mail registration to use. Included in the list are file size limits, download limits and the amount of time the file remains on the server for download.
Odeo (pronounced OH-dee-oh) makes podcasting accessible to everyone in a similar way blogging tools did for web publishing. The brain child of Pyra Labs Blogger co-founder Evan Williams and Audioblogger developer Noah Glass, Odeo makes it easy for you to discover, create, and subscribe to fresh, independent audio content.
Podbazaar is an international one-stop shop for listeners, publishers and advertisers. It focuses largely on the interests and needs of South Asian audiences, worldwide. The podcast directory offers shows in many languages.
Podcast publishers are invited to develop and host their podcasts partaking in a revenue share plan based on targetted advertisements integrated into the podcast content.
"We provide content management, promotionand syndication for all our publishers. With our free basic account you can create and host your show, and leave the bandwidth and storage concerns to us."
The contact page provides email addresses for further information.
Podcast Maker X free software for Windows and Mac platforms that creates the XML file for the RSS feed. It allows you to open up a previously created XML file, and continue adding new PodCasts.
Poderator creates an XML file online for you (no software installation required).
PodProducer free podcasting software for Windows.
PODSHOW.com will help you produce, post, distribute and market your PodShow.
Videobloggers.org free video hosting and blog publishing service (beta).
Social Bookmarking Tags & Podcasting
Del.icio.us lets you tag online bookmarks by file type including media files (mp3, WAV, MOV, etc.). All delicious pages have a RSS feed and any with these system tags added will automatically become a rss-with-enclosures file. That means the RSS feeds are podcast enabled and can be downloaded or streamed using the appropriate software. Find out how to use podcast enabled tags.
More Podcasting Info on DISS
The "lists" link at the top of this page provides categorized links to useful sound and digital media resources including Media Distribution. You can read more of my podcast posts by selecting the podcasting category from the homepage (right sidebar). The rest of the site features audio related news and music resources. If you would like to recommend a podcast hosting service please post the relevant information as a comment or email to: daveholmesprojects (at) gmail.com.
Technorati Tags: Use these links to explore tagged blog posts.
TagJag Meta-Search: Use these links to discover relevant news and information.
Recommended Books for further information and help with podcasting.