Podcasts vs YouTube videos: which one should you choose?

As makers creating content is important. Creating content is how we can bring people’s attention to our projects. There are many different kinds of content that can be created, from blog posts to tweets or short videos, all with their pros and cons. In this article, we will be comparing the pros and cons of podcasting versus publishing videos on YouTube.

How to Start A Podcast

One of the fastest ways to start a podcast is through Buzzsprout. They offer a $20 Amazon gift card for anyone who signs up for a paid plan and also offer a free plan to start.

Some of the other benefits:

  • Buzzsprout gets your show listed in every major podcast platform
  • You’ll get a great-looking podcast website, audio players that you can drop into other websites, detailed analytics to see how people are listening, tools to promote your episodes, and more.
  • The team at Buzzsprout is passionate about helping you succeed.

You can check out the Buzzsprout Plans and Pricing Here.

Podcasts can be consumed everywhere

Due to their format and distribution system, podcasts are incredibly versatile, which make them a great option to reach your audience wherever they are. Having the ability to download a podcast and listen to it whenever and wherever you want is a big win for podcasting in the podcast vs YouTube debate.

Think about all of the places you listen to podcasts:

  • Home
  • Work (We won’t tell your boss!)
  • Gym
  • Car
  • Travel

Odds are, you are probably at one of these places 95% of your time, which makes the total available market to listen to your podcast off the charts. Youtube is much harder to consume when others are around (especially at work!)

Multiple platforms

When it comes to podcasting, there are several platforms where you can add your content and share it. If one platform does not fit your needs you can always use a different platform. This is different from creating videos because YouTube is the dominant video-sharing service.

If you are looking to scale your audience, having a multiple platform distribution strategy is always better than being aligned with one option.

Below are some of the most popular podcast directories that you can distribute to through BuzzSprout:

Podcast vs Youtube

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • Stitcher
  • IHeart Radio
  • TuneIN
  • Alexa
  • OverCast
  • PocketCasts
  • Castro
  • Castbox
  • Podchaser

Listened to in many different situations

People listen to podcasts in many different situations, such as cooking, commuting, or walking their dogs. On YouTube, people have to sit down and be in a situation where they have access to their screen.

Podcasts can be uploaded to YouTube

Podcasters can always convert their audio to video using an app like Headliner and add their podcast to YouTube. On the other hand, creating a podcast from your YouTube channel would be difficult if you rely on visuals.

But podcasting comes with some challenges

Despite these advantages, there are some limitations to podcasts that are important to be aware of before getting started or decided to make it a main focus of your content strategy.

No visual aspect

Unlike YouTube, there is no visual aspect involved with podcasting. Why can this be considered a con? Because YouTube videos lets you grab the attention of two senses, sight and hearing. There is a chance while listening to your podcast that someone will get distracted by something they see and tune out your podcast.

More difficult to set up

To create a basic podcast you need a microphone, recording software, and a podcast host to get started. You have to wait at least 3-4 days to be accepted by iTunes. On YouTube, anyone with a Gmail account can upload a video in minutes. The minimum amount of equipment needed to create a video for YouTube is a smartphone.

The industry isn’t very developed

Despite the fact that podcasting has been around longer than YouTube, companies have not invested as much into the podcasting industry as they have in video sharing. The lack of focus on the podcasting industry has prevented the industry from growing as fast as it could have. Some features that seem standard for YouTube such as a comment section or very in-depth metrics are missing for podcasts.


There are many platforms that listeners can use to listen to your podcast. This is great but can cause difficulty when sharing your podcast with others. Some platforms are for IOS only and won’t play on Android devices and vice versa. This can make sharing a previous episode in the show notes difficult. On YouTube, people can always watch your videos in the browser of their phone if they don’t have the YouTube app.

Less Equipment

With Podcasting, the need for equipment is much less than if you were to create a high-quality produced YouTube channel. All you really need is a laptop and a microphone. Here is a good article on other popular Podcast accessories.

What’s good about YouTube

Because it’s been around for a long time and is popular with a more mainstream audience, YouTue comes with many advantages.

Organic traffic

YouTube uses algorithms to show its viewers content they might like. There is a good chance that YouTube will show viewers your videos. This will increase your potential audience and increase the number of potential customers for your product. There are no algorithms being used in podcast apps, limiting the organic discovery aspect. The only way to get organic traffic in a podcast app is from listeners using search in their app and for your podcast to show in the results.

Straightforward monetization

To monetize your videos on YouTube a channel needs 4,000 hours watched and 1,000 subscribers. This is a big amount of listeners and subscribers but it is straightforward. There is no clear roadmap to monetizing a podcast. You can do ads related to your content but there is no clear number of listens or subscribers that are known to start shopping around for advertisers.

Other things to consider

.Podcasting is a great way to reach out to a community that you might not be able to reach otherwise. It’s almost like the early days of blogging, where it’s only limited by your imagination and what people will actually be interested in. The proliferation of it has been growing at a rapid pace

YouTube on the other hand is a great way to reach people who aren’t necessarily looking for something new but more like chewing on what they have already. Youtube has over 480 million viewers and that doesn’t include all the other video sharing sites out there

How is podcast different from youtube?

Podcasting is normally audio-based only although there are a few podcasters that live stream their podcast interviews. Youtube is more of a visual engagement platform that requires people’s attention. Podcasting can be consumed when people are on the road traveling and performing other tasks while Youtubers want to grab followers’ attention which is why much work is put into the editing of Youtube videos by the top influencers.

What are the advantages of Podcast over Youtube?

The biggest advantage for podcasts is that the market may be a little bigger because people can consume podcasts at their convenience compared to having to stare at a screen like they do with Youtube.


YouTube is the biggest video-sharing platform by far. If you want to create videos to grow your audience, YouTube is your only real option if you have no existing audience. To grow your audience on a different video-sharing platform would be difficult because YouTube has the most viewers compared to any other video-sharing platform.

But the company can make a decision that will negatively impact your small channel. They won’t care if you stop making videos. For instance, this happened when they decided to raise the monetization requirements.

There are millions of people creating videos on YouTube every day. Even if you create the best videos in your industry on YouTube there is a chance that your video will get fewer views because someone else created a similar video that is favored by YouTube’s algorithms.

There are many different types of content that makers can use to bring people’s attention to their projects. While both podcasts and YouTube videos have their pros and cons they are both great platforms for creating content, and a great approach is simply to use a mix of both, playing on each platform’s strength to better engage with your audience.