Comparison of 5 Podcast Hosts

UPDATE: Podcast Garden’s business model is now clear. Without any prior notification (that I saw), they’ve decided that there’s a 30 day trial. Big mistake Podcast Garden. You’re no longer recommended only because you didn’t tell me it was a trial until after I’d used it over a month.

Let me start by saying that I wouldn’t use the RSS feed from any of these hosts. Your feed is your connection to your audience. Use these hosts as a place to store and serve media files and nothing more (except maybe stats).

You don’t want to get in a billing dispute, have the company go out of business, get bought and closed, or something else only to find that you can’t redirect your feed, so you lose all your audience. Control your feed and control your podcast.

In addition to the ones listed in the table below, I’ve also tried, but excluded them because I couldn’t find a way to get a direct, non-https link so that I wasn’t dependent on their feed.

People are always asking how free services stack up to the paid ones, so I thought I’d compare some.

For your information, right now Tech, No Babel is on Libsyn, Tech Help for Churches is on Buzzsprout, and Eternity Changers audio is on Podomatic. Lately, I’ve been playing with Podcast Garden, but after the pay services, it’s quickly become my favorite.

I still think that Libsyn and Blubrry are the best choices because they have a proven track record and have a way to keep the doors open. I don’t see that for Podcast Garden. It could be that this is part of a freemium service, but I don’t know what it is. I’ve sent them a message to ask why.

So, what would the perfect podcasting media host be? It would be free, with a business model that would ensure it wouldn’t close down. It wouldn’t rename your file, would have unlimited storage and bandwidth. It would never rename, delete, or reencode your file. As you can see, none of these services is perfect, so you have to choose.

I guess you could combine, mixing and matching to get a better solution, but in my book, $5 a month to Libsyn is a small price to pay to avoid changing links, or dealing with old episodes disappearing. I acknowledge that when you’re young, or just starting out, you might not be able to find even that kind of money because there are other things you can do with it. In that case, look at the others, but realize their limitations.


MediaHostPrice of
base plan
BandwidthDeletes old
Re-encodes your file?$550mbUnlimitedNoReplaces spaces with "_"No$12100mbUnlimitedNoMight replace spaces with "-"No
Podomatic.comfree500mb (total, not per month)15gbYES, when you reach your storage limit, you must delete old episodesYESNo
Buzzsprout.comfree2 hoursUnlimitedYES, after 2 monthsNoYES, at 48,000kbps

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.