In today’s blog post, we will be reviewing Buzzsprout vs Spreaker. These are two of the best podcasting platforms available today.

Buzzsprout is best for beginners, while Spreaker is suitable for intermediate to advanced podcasters.

Both of them offer enough monetization strategies to make money from your podcasts. These include an affiliate marketplace, dynamic ads, Patreon pages, sponsors, etc.

Buzzsprout’s main USPs include simplicity and ease of use, while Spreaker’s USPs include powerful monetization tools and mobile apps for podcasters.

Here is a quick breakdown of the features in Buzzsprout vs Spreaker.

FeaturesBuzzsproutSpreaker
Free plan availableYes. Limited to 2 hours each month and episodes are hosted for 90 days!Yes. It supports unlimited episodes but only one podcast
Premium price starts at 💰$12/mo$20/mo
Monetization strategies 💲Affiliate marketplace, sponsors, ads, and also support linksProgrammatic ads, selling merchandise, products, and services
IntegrationsIntegrates with Canva, Otter.ai, and Temi.
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Quick Decision

What do we like about Buzzsprout over Spreaker👍?

  • Easy to use: Buzzsprout’s main selling propositions 🙌 are its ease of use and simplicity. Even a beginner can get started easily with this platform. With Spreaker, you need some knowledge to use the ad campaign manager and create audiograms using Headliner.
  • Magic mastering feature: Buzzsprout has a built-in magic mastering feature that replaces audio editing tools like Auphonic. Using this feature, Buzzsprout optimizes your audio file (without any quality loss) to match Apple Podcast’s best practices. Spreaker lacks this feature.
  • Canva integration: Buzzsprout integrates with the Canva tool (free tool, not the Pro), helping you design the artwork for your podcasts.
  • Affiliate program: Buzzsprout has a built-in affiliate program where you can promote other brands on your podcasts. You can also promote custom brands if they are not available inside of Buzzsprout.
  • Transcripts: On Buzzsprout’s paid plans, you can use the AI tool, Cohost AI, which will automatically generate transcripts for your audio content.
  • Website creation: Buzzsprout lets you create a podcast website 📃, eliminating platforms like WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace. You need not buy hosting as well. Just create the website, and you are good to go. Having a website gives you an SEO advantage and makes your episodes appear on SERPs.
  • Excellent support: Buzzsprout offers excellent support. It has a YouTube channel, a highly engaged private Facebook community, and award-winning customer support.
  • API: Buzzsprout has an API to integrate it with the third-party services and the tools you need.

What do we like about Spreaker over Buzzsprout👍?

  • Mobile apps: Spreaker’s key feature is its mobile app, available for both listeners and podcasters. It has iOS and Android apps that allow listeners to enjoy podcasts on the go. Unlike Podbean, there are no in-app purchases. However, most people prefer using Apple iTunes, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, or Overcast to listen to podcasts, so Buzzsprout decided not to create its own app.
  • Studio app: It has a Studio app for podcasters and podcast editing and live broadcast recording features. A chat feature is also available to connect with your listeners in real-time.
  • Built-in programmatic ad monetization: This feature lets you insert the relevant ads dynamically, so you don’t need to edit the podcast audio to insert the ads.
  • Ad campaign manager: With Spreaker’s ad campaign manager, you can market your events, podcasts, and products using promotional ads. You can create, manage, and monitor the ad performance all from a single dashboard.

Common downsides👎:

  • Lacking free plugins: Unlike Podbean, which offers various free plugins to increase the tool’s functionality (like SEO meta tags, importing files from Dropbox, integration with HLS video, etc. ), these platforms don’t offer any such plugins.
  • No retention stats: Neither of these tools offers retention stats to analyze how the listeners engage with your content. This type of stats you will get in other platforms like Podbean.

Upfront bottom line✨:

The final choice between Buzzsprout and Spreaker depends on your experience with podcasting platforms and the features you need.

With that in mind, Buzzsprout is a perfect choice for those who haven’t used a podcasting platform before and want to monetize their content easily. Meanwhile, among Spreaker’s target audience, you’ll find podcasters who already know their way around ads, audiograms, and other advanced features.

Now, let’s look at what these two platforms offer.

Overview

Buzzsprout is one of the most intuitive podcast-hosting platforms, which makes it ideal for beginners. And while Spreaker is also easy to use, it has a learning curve.

Buzzsprout is also more feature-rich compared to Spreaker. Its unique features include integration with Canva, Otter.ai, Temi, a magic mastering filter, an affiliate marketplace, etc.

Spreaker‘s unique features, on the other hand, include an ad campaign manager and mobile apps for both listeners and podcasters.

Getting started

Ease of use

As I mentioned earlier, Buzzsprout is incredibly easy to use, and the platform’s primary focus is simplicity.

The navigation menu is at the top of the page and allows you to easily access the platform’s logically-based settings.

For example, if you want to monetize your content, there’s a separate tab where you can see all available methods and learn about them.

buzzsprout interface

What I like even better is the platform’s terminology, which is quite straightforward.

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In Spreaker, everything you need is located on the left side of the screen, from where you can create a podcast, run ad campaigns, and more.

Their interface looks a bit outdated, and you need to familiarize yourself with the campaign manager before you can start using it.

Using either of the platforms, you can access all features within 3 to 4 clicks, but navigating Buzzsprout is more intuitive.

Winner: Buzzsprout. You can easily get started with Buzzsprout, so if you are just beginning your podcasting career, I recommend you start with Buzzsprout.

Podcast migration

If you’re already using a podcasting platform but thinking of switching to another one, it’s important that you can migrate all your content without any glitches.

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The good news is that by using both Buzzsprout and Spreaker, you can move your podcast from other podcasting apps via the RSS feed.

The process is smooth with both platforms, requiring only a few clicks.

Winner: Tie.

Podcast creation and editing

We’ll continue this Buzzsprout vs. Spreaker comparison review with the tools you get for uploading and editing your podcast content.

Creating a podcast with both these tools is easy.

In Buzzsprout, you can easily start a podcast by uploading content from your device. You can even design episode artwork through Canva without leaving your Buzzsprout dashboard, which is a nice touch.

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If you are on Buzzsprout‘s free plan, the episodes can be hosted for up to 90 days and are limited to just 2 hours each month. So, switching to paid plans before making them live is recommended.

Spreaker allows you to add episodes just as easily.

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And if you haven’t used the platform before, you can follow a guided tutorial on how to set up a podcast.

You have two options: you can either upload new episodes or import episodes from an RSS feed of your existing podcast provider. This allows you to migrate away from your current host in one click.

Now, none of the platforms support the option to upload your content from the cloud, but you can only import it from your local device.

When it comes to visibility settings, Buzzsprout allows you to make your podcast accessible to everyone for free or charge a monthly fee for it similar to Spreaker!

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In Spreaker, you have also make your podcast private, in addition to charging a recurring fee and making it visible to everyone.

Podcast editing is one of the areas where Buzzsprout stands out.

It has a powerful tool called Magic Mastering, which ensures high-quality audio. It does that by evening out audio levels and removing background noise.

In Spreaker, no such feature is available, making Buzzsprout a better choice from the editing perspective.

Winner: Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout excels with its magic mastering and visual soundbite features. These are built right inside Buzzsprout. With Spreaker, meanwhile, you need to integrate external tools at an additional cost to avail of these features.

Episode transcriptions

When creating transcriptions for your podcast episodes, Buzzsprout offers an AI tool called Cohost AI (sold as an addon at $30/month).

It automatically generates an episode transcript, which you can then edit, if necessary.

However, enabling transcripts for your Buzzsprout podcast will increase the cost of your monthly subscription because the Cohost is an add-on that goes up to $30/month.

adding transcripts in spreaker

With Spreaker, on the other hand, you can use the company’s free transcription service, which is a more budget-friendly option.

You can also use MusixMatch, which is free to use, too.

Chapter markers

Chapter markers are essential for a great user experience because they help listeners preview the talking points of your audio content and easily find the parts they want to listen to, as well as the ones they want to skip.

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You can easily create chapter markers in both Buzzsprout and Spreaker.

All you have to do is select the start time and the chapter length – pretty straightforward.

creating chapters in buzzsprout

The process is the same for both platforms and can be done within seconds.

Visual soundbites (audiograms)

Another thing I really liked is that both these tools allow you to create visual soundbites (audiograms) right inside the platform, which you can then share on social media platforms.

creating visual soundbites in buzzsprout

This is a great way to repurpose your content.

For instance, with a little bit of editing, you can upload the soundbites of your podcast as Instagram stories, further guiding people towards your podcasts.

You can customize the appearance of your site, such as size, colors, background, and text.

spreaker audiograms

Buzzsprout has this visual soundbites feature built-in, whereas Spreaker integrates with a tool called Headliner to offer the same functionality. This tool has a free version, but it’s somewhat limited.

Tip: While posting the soundbite on social media sites, you can add a link to the full episode. This helps people to click on your full podcast and helps you convert them into subscribers.

Collaboration

As your podcast grows, you’ll need help to manage it.

In Buzzsprout, you can set different roles and access levels to delegate tasks among team members.

adding team members in buzzsprout

The platform lets you add admins and editors, which is great since you don’t have to grant full access to your account to all of its users.

Spreaker also supports the Collaboration feature, allowing you to add admins and collaborators to your account.

collaboration feature in spreaker

Winner: Tie. Both platforms let you add users to your account to help you manage your podcast while offering versatile permission settings.

Podcast player

With Buzzsprout, you can choose to have a separate player for all your episodes or have multiple episodes in a single player.

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You can customize the player progress color, player style, artwork, etc.

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With Spreaker, you can choose either a dark or white theme. Also, you can customize the player’s primary color, change the visibility of certain elements of the widget player, use photos as a background for the player, and much more.

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spreaker podcast embed code

With both tools, you can embed the podcasts on your own sites hosted on WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or any other CMS platforms. You can embed either the JS (JavaScript) code or the iframe code.

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In Buzzsprout, you can add tags to the podcast episodes, and on the site, only display the playlist of the episodes with a particular tag.

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If you need, you can even customize the embed code with custom CSS as well.

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Both tools’ players have rewind, forward, speed controller, and share features. In addition to these, Spreaker also has like and comment features.

If you want to display any custom links or add CTAs, you need to add that in the episode description.

Added to that, Buzzsprout released a podcast website, and you can now have a dedicated share page for your podcasts.

buzzsprout podcast website

With this, you will have an SEO advantage, and your podcasts will more likely appear on SERPs. With Spreaker, you need to integrate with WordPress to create a podcasting site.

Winner: Buzzsprout. It supports two types of podcast players. You can add tags to effectively manage and display the podcast on your website. If you need, you can custom code the player’s appearance. Spreaker, on the other hand, supports podcast themes and has good customization features.

Storage and hosting

Buzzsprout supports unlimited storage on all of its paid plans.

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But it doesn’t support unlimited hosting of content. Its pricing plan varies depending on the uploading time.

On its lowest plan, which costs $12/month, you can upload only 3 hours of content.

spreaker pricing plans

Spreaker, much like Buzzsprout, offers unlimited episodes and podcasts on all of its paid plans.

Both platforms handle unlimited bandwidth on all plans, so you don’t have to worry about the traffic loads on the website. If you need unlimited episodes, downloads, and storage with no duration limits, Spreaker is a better fit.

Winner: Spreaker. With Spreaker, you will get unlimited storage on all its plans (starting at $20/month), while with Buzzsprout, you need to spend $2/hour and up to get more hosting space.

Mobile apps

Another aspect that counts towards user-friendliness is a mobile app, which you and your listeners can use on the go.

Buzzsprout doesn’t offer any apps, while Spreaker offers a mobile app for both creators and listeners.

For podcasters, Spreaker has the Podcast Studio app. Using this app, you can record, edit, and publish podcasts on the go.

spreaker mobile app

For editing the podcasts, the Podcast Studio app has voice-mixing tools with music and sound effects built within the tool.

Also, the app supports live broadcast recording, which means you can broadcast the episodes from any location. There is also a chat feature available to increase the engagement of listeners.

Spreaker also has an app for listeners, which is available for both iOS and Android. Using the app, listeners can:

  • Save and discover the podcasts.
  • Create personalized playlists.
  • Control the playback speed.
  • Play on Chromecast and Apple’s AirPlay.

Additionally, the app features a sleep timer that will turn off your episode after a set amount of time. It also has an impressive rating on the app stores, counting over one million downloads.

Winner: Spreaker. Obviously.

Monetization 💰

Both Buzzsprout and Spreaker offer various monetization tools to make money podcasting.

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Buzzsprout has an affiliate marketplace, support show links, and podcast sponsors, and recently, it has introduced the ads feature as well.

With Spreaker, you mainly have ads for monetization. They support programmatic ad monetization. Spreaker lacks an affiliate marketplace and support show link features, but it integrates with Patreon, allowing you to sell podcast memberships or subscriptions.

Let’s discuss them one by one.

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Support show links

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With this, you can share your podcast links and collect donations from your fans and followers to support your podcast. Here, you can add links to your payment pages, memberships, donation pages, Patreon pages, etc.

Buzzsprout displays these links in the description of each episode.

Podcast sponsors and affiliates

buzzsprout monetization sponsors and affiliates

With Buzzsprout‘s affiliate marketplace, you can promote the brands or products relevant to your niche and earn revenue. If you already have sponsors, you can add them to Buzzsprout and promote them.

By contrast, Spreaker doesn’t have this option.

Podcast Ads

With both these tools, you can run advertisements within your episodes and earn money.

Buzzsprout supports podcast advertising for any budget. It goes from as low as $100 to as high as $1,000.

buzzsprout podcast ads

With both, you can automatically add pre-rolls, mid-rolls, and post-rolls. Also, you have complete control over how the ads should begin and end with transitions, you can manually review/approve/delete them.

The good news is that Spreaker supports programmatic ad monetization, which allows you to target your pre-recorded ads in real-time dynamically. As a result, it is very easy for you to generate revenue through your podcast without having to worry about finding sponsors or partners. Because Spreaker’s built-in technology searches for the high-revenue ads relevant to you and inserts them in the desired position.

spreaker podcast ads

Spreaker has a dedicated ad campaign manager, only available for its Publisher plan users (costing $120/month). The tool lets you create and configure ad campaigns, specify target audiences, and adjust traffic, as well as track the entire process.

Winner: Spreaker. Spreaker has a programmatic ad monetization feature that helps you quickly find the ads in real-time and start generating revenue. Also, its dedicated ad manager helps you create, manage, and track the ads within a single dashboard. Meanwhile, Buzzsprout‘s affiliate marketplace helps you promote the brands and earn income.

Analytics 📈

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Buzzsprout gives detailed statistics on episode downloads, apps people use to listen to podcasts, listener location, and podcast growth overview.

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If you have hosted the podcasts to other directories, you need to visit each website to view stats for each one of your listings.

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On the other hand, Spreaker also gives detailed statistics on podcasts, including:

  1. Downloads
  2. Listeners
  3. Likes
  4. Followers
  5. Sources
  6. Geolocation
  7. Devices
  8. Evolution
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But the downside with Spreaker is that it restricts most of the stats to its higher pricing plans, unlike Buzzsprout. To view all its stats, you need to go with the Anchorman plan, which costs $50/month.

Note: Unlike Podbean, Buzzsprout and Spreaker don’t offer listener retention statistics to see how they are engaging with your podcasts.

Winner: Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout provides all the advanced analytics on all its plans, while Spreaker restricts them to only its higher plans.

Podcast distribution and integrations

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With Buzzsprout, you can distribute your podcasts to 13 apps using the RSS feed. These include Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Listen Notes, Amazon Music, and much more.

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If you publish the show on Apple podcasts, it will be automatically distributed to:

  • Overcast
  • Castro
  • Castbox
  • Podfriend
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With Spreaker podcast distribution, you can share up to 10+ apps. Some of the top platforms include Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Podcasts, etc.

Next is social media sharing.

With Buzzsprout, you can automatically share your new episodes on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, while with Spreaker, you can share only on Facebook.

Unlike Podbean, both these lack integration with Alexa.

Winner: Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout supports more apps and social media sites than Spreaker.

Support and pricing

Pricing

Both Buzzsprout and Spreaker have free plans for you to get started and try out the tool.

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Buzzsprout’s lowest pricing plan starts at $12/month and supports only 3 hours of content. All its premium plans support advanced stats and unlimited storage. If you need more upload time, you can consider going with higher plans.

On top of these plans, if you need a magic mastering filter, you need to pay an additional fee.

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Compared to Buzzsprout, Spreaker costs more, but it is worth the features.

If you need in-app support, you need to go with its Broadcaster plan at $20/month.

If you need collaboration features, an ad-campaign manager, and customizable player colors, go with the Publisher plan at $250/month.

Winner: Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout is one of the most affordable podcast-hosting platforms. Spreaker is quite expensive, but it is worth the price for the features it offers.

Support

Buzzsprout and Spreaker provide good support to customers. Both have email support and in-depth knowledgebase articles.

Spreaker provides live chat support which is impressive.

Wrap up

Both Spreaker and Buzzsprout are the best choices for podcasters. But the final choice depends on your use cases.

Go with Buzzsprout if you:

  • Are a beginner and you need a simple platform
  • Need a built-in audio editing tool
  • Need unlimited storage
  • You don’t need a mobile app
  • You need good monetization features

Go with Spreaker if you:

  • Need mobile apps to record and publish the podcasts
  • Mainly need ads for podcast monetization
  • Are an advanced podcaster, and if you are good at technicalities.