Are you a website owner looking to start a podcast and add it to your WordPress site? Do you already produce podcasts but host them on an external service? If you answered ‘yes’ to either question, look no further than the Smart Podcast Player for an elegant solution.
Smart Podcast Player eliminates the need to send your podcasts to an external host. With this software, you can host podcasts right on your own website. Store them on your server and stream them directly to listeners on their schedule.
Built by a Podcaster
One of the best things about the Smart Podcast Player is the fact that it was created by podcaster Pat Flynn who wanted something better for his website. Having used other services and not enjoying his experiences, he set out to make the best podcasting app he could. Whether or not Smart Podcast Player is truly the best is up to you to decide. But it is worth looking at.
Smart Podcast Player Features
The strength of any podcast application is its features. Anyone can make a player, right? Absolutely. But you want more. Well, here’s what the Smart Podcast Player offers:
- Social Media Engagement – Your listeners can share your podcasts directly to their social media pages. All it takes is a click and your podcasts are reaching even more listeners.
- Speed Options – Listeners can choose from multiple speed options when listening to your podcast.
- E-mail Capture – You can use the Smart Podcast Player to entice customers to sign up for your newsletter. This is the only podcast player that enables you to capture e-mail addresses from right within the application.
- Customization Options – the Smart Podcast Player can be customized with multiple colour schemes and light and dark themes. Some images can also be customized.
- Downloads – Listeners can download individual podcasts directly from the player.
- Sorting – Your podcasts can be sorted in one of two ways: newest or oldest first.
We think the most exciting feature this app offers is the Sticky Player. While the full player sits on a dedicated page on your website, the Sticky Player sticks to either the top or bottom of every page and post. It makes your newest podcast available with just a single click or a tap.
Smart Podcast Player Pricing
So, how much would you pay for an app as good as this one? The Smart Podcast Player offers two pricing plans. The Best Value plan is billed annually at $8.09 per month. The Most Flexible plan is billed monthly at $12. Interestingly enough, the only difference between the two plans is your billing cycle. Both offer the exact same features.
The only downside to the Smart Podcast Player is that it is a WordPress-exclusive plugin. That means you cannot use it on any other kind of site or content management system. That being said, it is one of the best podcast options out there for WordPress users. It is modern, easy-to-use, and feature-rich.