👋 This is the most exciting thing I've ever launched on Product Hunt!!!
@jonbuda and I have been building Transistor.fm for months.
Our mission is to help makers grow their audience through podcasting.
Early-access users like Cards Against Humanity's podcast have already done millions of downloads on our platform.
If you're looking to start a podcast, we'd love to have you try us out!
Ahmad Awais ⚡
@jonbuda @mijustin Congrats on the successful launch Justin! 🎉
@mrahmadawais thank you! 🙌
I have been an early access user of Transistor.fm for a few months before they launched. I have wanted to start a podcast for years and came up with every excuse in the book for not doing it. Transistor removes all of the headaches of publishing and maintaining your podcast. The online dashboard easy to use, you will be up and going in minutes. It can even create a website for your podcast. Justin and Jon have been really responsive to feedback as well. If you are looking to start a podcast or tired of managing your existing one, you should really look at Transistor.fm. Its worth every penny.
@joeworkman thanks so much! Having early access users like you give us so much great feedback was really helpful. 🙌 (BTW - check out Joe's show: 🎧 weaverradio.com)
Abbas Jaffar Ali
How does this compare to Anchor?
@ajaffarali I admire what Michael and his team are doing with Anchor. They’re trying to make podcasting more accessible to hobbyists and individuals that are new to the medium. That’s awesome.
But Transistor is different. We built it for makers who are using podcasts to build their brand and grow their audience.I wrote a full "Anchor vs Transistor" post here 👉
Abbas Jaffar Ali
@mijustin Thanks- went through that comparison and it definitely makes more sense to use your platform if you're seriously considering making a business out of podcasting.
@mijustin I wonder is it possible to create podcasts on Anchor (for their user-friendly creation tools), download them, and host them on your service?
@mijustin Thanks for this great overview. I was thinking what the downsides of Anchor were. Some of the things you mention don't really matter, though, even for bigger podcasts I would say, but some of the points are great.
Two questions: What are the "heavy branding" from Anchor you're talking about? It's not like there is a whispering voice over your podcast "This is an Anchor podcaaaast". I have still to try it, but that's not what I'm reading anyone complains about.
Secondly, is it easy to move from Anchor to Transistor? I think I need to start with Anchor since it's free. But Transistor definitely sounds like the best long-term solution.
@martinsanton there are actually very few "big" podcasts on Anchor, precisely because you give up a lot of control.
The biggest I know of is Casey Neistat's Couples Therapy.
☝️ if you look at that page, you'll see some of what I'm talking about. In the header there's a big Anchor logo + links to their website. In the footer is a huge call to action for folks to start an Anchor account.
> It's not like there is a whispering voice over your podcast "This is an Anchor podcaaaast".
Actually... They do! Read George Kao's review:
> Anchor puts an advertisement about their platform into the beginning or end of every podcast episode that you create/upload with their platform.
@mijustin Thanks for taking your time to write this. I don't mind the Anchor-branded website, that's not a dealbreaker for a small hobby project as mine.
However, if the three points that George Kao were actually true, that could be a big dealbreaker for me. However, it seems they've removed all three things: https://twitter.com/anchor/status/1025393461816696833
So I think I'm good with Anchor for now. But only because it's free. I'm still very interested in your offering, is it an easy move from Anchor to Transistor when I grow large enough?
Transistor.fm is amazing all-in-one product for serious podcasters. Compared with many of the other products out there, I was impressed by its simplicity and comprehensive set of features. If you are looking for a host, website, analytics and more, I highly recommend Transistor.fm for serious podcasters and makers.
@leogdion thanks so much for being an early access user! 💯
Awesome work Justin and Jon!
@daviswbaer thank you! 🕺
Awesome to see this in the wild. May have to spin up a podcast.
@alwaysunday thank you!
And yes, you should start a podcast. ;)
I like @iamashley's format where she reads her blog posts: https://ashleybaxter.transistor.fm/
I became a Transitor customer a bit before they were launching for the public. Even before launch, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked so well. It allowed me to create a mind-map of every feature and functionality. In other words: It works as it should.
Have known Justin for quite sometime and have quickly gotten to speak to Jon as well about Transistor. I love their dedication and passion in making Transitor the best for us makers. No doubt it will fly off the shelves.
They are the reason I finally started podcasting. Here's my show for proof : ) https://valsopi.transistor.fm/
Their articles/docs are full of step-by-step tips on how to distribute your Podcast to major outlets and with guidelines on where to even buy the best mic, etc.
Muchas gracias JJs x)
@valsopi thanks again for jumping in early. It means a lot that folks are willing to spend their $ before the product was even ready for launch! ❤️
Love this idea, adding professional tools to the podcasting market!
I’m curious about the pricing model you’ve launched with, is the concept that you align increased pricing with podcast success?
Podcasting is the best way I've found to earn trust with an audience.
The hardest part for most shows is getting more listeners.
(80% of podcasts get less than 1,100 downloads per episode).
Most people put all of their eggs in one basket: they'll start an interview show and try to make that big.
But, the best way to get more listeners is to experiment with multiple formats. (This is something @garyvee has been talking about a lot lately)
- You could have a 1-hour interview show that gets 1,000 downloads per episode.
- Then, take the best moments from that show, and create a 5-minute highlight show. This might get 2,000 downloads per episode.
- Finally, take 4 of your best highlight episodes, and turn it into a narrative 30 minute episode.
Now, you're giving listeners the choice: do they want a 1-hour interview show, a 30-minute "commuter" show, or a 5-minute highlight show?
You're remixing the content so it appeals to different types of listeners!
Our goal with Transistor is to help you grow your audience. Our pricing grows with you: we only grow when you're successful.
The other benefit? Now you're not paying $12-$19 per month for old archived shows. If you decide to retire a show, it just fits with the rest of the shows on your account.
I've used the app for 3 months now and love it.
One of the best looking players on the web.
The dashboard is always easy to use.
Run by a couple great dudes.
@yofolyo thanks Rob. I've been LOVING your show. Your interviews with @natekontny and @nathanbarry were so good: https://folyo.me/one-thing-podcast/
Jonathan Baillie Strong
Looks cool! @mijustin how does this compare to Spreaker and Simplecast (both podcast hosting providers which allow for multiple shows on the one account)?
@jonbstrong Simplecast charges you $12 / month / show.
Transistor starts at $19 / month for unlimited shows.
Four shows on Simplecast: $48
Four shows on Transistor.fm: $19
Jonathan Baillie Strong
@mijustin thanks for clarifying - wasn’t aware of the simplecast extra cost for multiple shows. You also mentioned usability and aligning pricing with audience growth in earlier replies - I’m interested to know how else you differentiate.
(Spreaker starts at $0 / month for unlimited shows FYI)
I’m curious as podcast hosting is becoming a very competitive/crowded space - just trying to understand why it would make sense for people to choose this solution over the many other alternatives out there - who would be an ideal customer?
@jonbstrong we're focused specifically on brands that want to use podcasting to grow their audience. This includes big brands like Kickstarter, and smaller personal brands like Ashley Baxter (hi @iamashley 👋).
As we grow + iterate the differentiation will become more clear.
Currently the value we provide brands looks like this:
- A customizable (search optimized) website for your podcast. SEO is going to be increasingly important for podcasts going forward.
- A shareable landing page for every episode you publish. (It automatically creates embedded tweets like this)
- A well-designed audio player that can be embedded anywhere: on your website, on WordPress, and on Twitter. (Check it out on the Goodstuff.fm site)
- In-depth analytics, so you know which episodes are popular, and where people are listening (see those here)
- An newsletter integration with MailChimp, ConvertKit and Drip, so your podcast helps you get more email subscribers.
- Support for multiple users so you can invite your whole production + marketing team to your podcast account.
Jonathan Baillie Strong
@iamashley @mijustin Awesome! Thanks for the v comprehensive answer - can see why this quite compelling now :)
👏👏👏 @mijustin & @jonbuda - this is both a congrats to you on officially launching and thank you for letting me be an early access customer. This is the platform I needed to launch my podcast the way I wanted to! 🙏
@natesmoyer thanks so much. We really appreciate you signing up early-on. 👍
(Really dug your latest episode btw! Mixing tech + real estate is good idea)
I'm not a podcaster (anymore 😉) but I can say that Justin & Jon are the dream team for this kind of product. Justin is an absolute expert when it comes to podcasting, and Jon puts a ton of thought & care into what he builds. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone else this obsessed with helping people grow their podcasts. Definitely recommending to every podcaster I know!
@kylefox YESSS! 🙌
(A bit of history: I got into podcasting because of Kyle. Our first episodes together are now hosted on Transistor. productpeople.tv/1)
Åke Brattberg 🇸🇪
Congrats! Looks great guys!!
I haven't started my podcast yet. But I do have an account with Transistor.fm because I know I will be in good hands with @mijustin and @jonbuda when I finally launch it. BTW, the user interface looks awesome. Looking forward to hosting my podcast with @TransistorFM!
This tools look interesting
Been following "Build Your Sass" since day one. I'm all excited for this launch and I don't even have a podcast! 👊
Scott Wyden Kivowitz
Congrats on the launch, guys!
Congrats on the launch guys! Have really been enjoying using your platform the past couple months and your podcast has been a very enjoyable look into behind the scenes.
Keep up the awesome work and keep the Build Your SaaS podcast coming along!
Hey 👋 congrats for your product, that looks awesome! Quick question: are you able to track user activities on other players (Google / Apple podcast apps)? If yes, what are the analytics that are included in your dashboard? Thanks!