Pinecast: Podcasting Hosting Review

Pinecast is an affordable podcasting service for those wanting to get a taste of the podcasting world.

Receive in-depth analytics to supervise how your podcast is doing- that’s especially important for those just starting.

Embeddable players to place anywhere, including the option of adding a podcast website designated for your podcast show(s). These websites are SEO optimized and customizable.

Monetize your podcast episodes by accepting donations from your listeners. Distribute your podcast into the top podcast listening directories to grow your audience and increase online exposure to revenue.

Best for Beginner or New Podcasters

One of the easiest platforms to host a podcast series in. Create a new podcast episode or import one from another hosting site in less than 2 minutes. Better yet, beginners can host multiple shows.

Equipped with all basic features of podcasting any podcaster needs. Includes a domain name, plugin for easy upload, and audio players with cover art for those who like to design.

Very easy interface to easily navigate the tools to distribute your podcast episodes to some of the biggest media listening apps on the market. Especially if it’s your first podcast, there’s no confusion when it comes to technical functionalities.

If anything, contact the support team as they are reliable for getting help on any issue.

Integrated Plugin

Pinecast offers a plugin for WordPress that lets you synchronize your podcast to your WordPress blog or website. The plugin works by constantly using your feed and creating WordPress posts for every episode.

Storage limits

Unlimited storage for all paid plans. 2 podcast shows per plan. 10 episodes per feed.

  • The free plan has a limit of episode size at 48MB.
  • The Starter plan episodes have a limit of 80MB.

You can get a monthly surge pool. This means that if episodes exceed the monthly 80MB limit, Pinecast will draw from the pool. This surge pool will reset in 30 days.

Unlimited bandwidth, and no time limits, so you can podcast for as little or as much as you want for all plans.

Is video supported too? Pinecast does not currently support video podcasts. However, Pinecast recommends recording your own videos on YouTube in addition to your audio podcasts on your website.

They kindly ask you to reach out to them if you would like to see video support in podcasting in the future.

Statistics

IAB compliant analytics

  • After you’ve submitted your podcast, listeners and subscribers will begin appearing in your podcast‘s analytics. Listens from apps, the embed widget, and direct listeners to your audio URL(s) will be included.
  • You can see where people access your content (apps, desktop, mobile) by choosing the dropdown menu’s appropriate analytics view.
  • Listens by source. People who listened through Spotify, JSON feed, RSS feed, short link player, or who clicked directly on the audio URL on any website.

Listing/Integration into Podcast Directories

Grow your audience by distributing your podcast into the top listening app directories, including:

  • Apple podcasts
  • Google play
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • And many more

Pinecast is equipped with an RSS feed where they upload this feed for you to publish. this is a key factor in getting your podcast distributed in the above list. Some distributors will require an RSS feed to approve your podcast before uploading.

Advanced Features

Tip jar

  • Listeners can tip podcast creators.
  • The podcast must have a payout account (tips tab on pinecast dashboard)
  • Connect payout account in your country with the correct currency
  • Paid plans have increased maximum tip values of $10 (for Demo) and $50 (for Starter and Community)

Pinecast Tip Jar requires you to agree with and accept the Stripe Connected Account Agreement terms and conditions.

Tags and Art

  • ID3 tags. Choose an mp3 file to upload to your podcast site, and Pinecast will update the file continuously with suitable ID3 tags and cover art. Images should be 800×800 pixels ideally and up to 300KB.
  • Audio. Pine cast recommends encoding mp3 files to a single channel at 96kps or 128kps for the best quality. 
  • Artwork. Add a cover art image by uploading cover art in the request that comes up. Pinecast encodes the proper artwork code and will upload the image to their files. They will link into your RSS feed. If you already have art, Pinecast will upload it for you.

User Impression/Reviews

A review from a loyal customer since 2017 stated that Pinecast had given them all the tools they needed to grow while ensuring they’re never concerned about storage, length, size, or volume.

Another dedicated user from 2018 stated that Pinecast

allows them to run a high-quality show without feeling like their file host limits their creativity.

Another user from 2018 stated it is the perfect place to host a podcast if you are starting to podcast.

Lastly, other reviews stated that It allows you to focus on your podcast’s content, while the tools and team support do most of the other work for you.

It’s a super easy interface, excellent customer service for the value of your money. As a plus, it’s on the cheaper side and gives you a free trial.

Switching to Pinecast was one user’s best decisions they have ever made, and they would recommend it to any passionate podcasters like themselves.

Beginners wrote more reviews. I just started using Pinecast for my newest project, and I’m very happy so far! Publishing was easy and painless.

It has good pricing, a built-in site manager, unlimited number of podcasts.

Great analytics, metric-focused goals, and well-designed embedded podcast players for any website.

The reviews were so good; there hasn’t been one bad thing said about it. With their mindset of fulfilling every customer, they are always upgrading – so keep an eye out for more reviews.

Current Pricing

Sign up and try it for free. Upgrade at any time to unlock more features.

  • The Free plan: limited MB, episodes, and shows
  • The Starter plan is only $10 per month with unlimited storage and all necessities you need to host a podcast.

Add-ons include:

  • Pro analytics for $10 with more user analytics
  • Crew add on for $10 with sharing access for collaborators
  • Growth add on $10 with control on how your podcast is monetized

Hi-fi

add on for $10 with more upload storage