Why You Should Never Pay For Podcast Hosting →

23rd July 2018

Nir Zicherman, co-founder and CTO of Anchor:

Back in the day, you would have had to pay to host video online. But you would never do that today (thanks to services like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and plenty of other free video hosting platforms). Back in the day, you would have had to pay to store your photos online. But that outdated business model has virtually disappeared thanks to platforms like Google Photos, Instagram, Imgur, and others. At Anchor, we believe the notion of charging creators to host their content online is antiquated and unfair. And above all else, it serves as a barrier that prevents the podcasting ecosystem from growing and becoming more diverse, because it limits it to only those voices who can afford to pay.

I must admit, the headline caused me to instantly question the article. But it completely turned me around. Anchor seem to be doing some great things in podcasting, and it’s very interesting to see the platform constantly growing.


  1. amit

    on 23/07/2018

    @ChrisHannah Sorry to bring that question up again, but I could find no reference to how they plan to pay the bills. Who do they charge? No media is cheap to host. It’s investor backed currency, pressure has to be on soon.

  2. ChrisHannah

    on 23/07/2018

    @amit they didn’t say any specific, only that they’re bringing monetisation features out soon.
    I’m guessing it will be similar to the YouTube ad and premium subscription model.

  3. vishae

    on 24/07/2018

    @ChrisHannah but isn’t that kind of like hosting your own blog vs posting your stuff on social media silos like FB and Twitter?
    Shouldn’t we avoid creating another YouTube?

  4. ChrisHannah

    on 24/07/2018

    @vishae I guess it is. But there are also benefits that come from platforms such as YouTube, and I’m very certain that it will help a lot of new people get started with podcasting. I like the self hosted style myself, but it’s not for everyone.

  5. johnjohnston

    on 24/07/2018

    @ChrisHannah I’ve tested and blogged about anchor a bit. It keeps changing track, sometimes quite radically. At least 3 times in the past couple of years. Some of the features were interesting but didn’t hang around. I guess I pay for hosting for longer term security.
    I also see that old anchor embeds on my blog currently say “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable”…

  6. ChrisHannah

    on 24/07/2018

    @johnjohnston I agree, the really need to settle things down and become a stable platform. Because in my mind Anchor could become a stepping stone for people who want to get into podcasting. Not until they start thinking about the long term though.

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