This is a definitive list of all the pieces of software (free and paid) that you might need as a podcaster!

Podcast Planning Tools

  • MindNode: A tool for mind mapping and outlining to organize thoughts, visualize brainstorming sessions, and create episode outlines.
  • A project management tool offering templates for scheduling content strategy and ensuring team organization.

Podcast Recording Tools

  • [THE JIST RECOMMENDS] OBS Studios: OBS Studio, which also stands for Open Broadcaster Software, is a free and open-source application you can use for recording your screen and live streaming.
  • Riverside.FM: An all-in-one platform with 4K video and uncompressed 48kHz audio resolution, automated editing tools, transcription, live streaming, and distribution to popular listening apps.
  • Audacity: Free, open-source software with basic recording and editing functionalities, suitable for audio recording.
  • Adobe Audition: Feature-rich recording tool with recording templates, sound effects, and high-quality audio recording capabilities, ideal for experienced users.

Podcast Editing Tools

  • [THE JIST RECOMMENDS] CapCut: CapCut is a free, all-in-one video editing app and graphic design tool. CapCut is a great option for both beginners and more experienced editors. It offers a wide range of features to help you create professional-looking videos. CapCut is especially popular for creating videos for social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. It allows you to easily adjust the format of your video to fit the specific requirements of each platform.
  • Descript: Descript is an all-in-one platform designed to streamline the creation and editing process for videos and podcasts. It offers a unique approach that makes editing much easier, especially for beginners. Unlike traditional video editors where you manipulate clips on a timeline, Descript allows you to edit by working directly with the transcribed text of your recording. This makes editing things like removing awkward pauses, rephrasing sentences, or rearranging sections incredibly simple.
  • Pro Tools: Industry-standard software with various features, plugins, and automated editing workflows catering to diverse needs.
  • Logic Pro X: Feature-rich software for Mac users offering automated editing features and robust tools for seasoned podcasters.

Podcast Hosting Tools

  • Podbean: An all-in-one podcast service enabling website creation, hosting, promotion, and mobile app recording.
  • Buzzsprout: User-friendly platform with a free plan and additional features available for a fee.

Podcast Transcription Tools

  • [THE JIST RECOMMENDS] Cast-Magic: Cast-magic isn’t magic for creating spells, but it is like magic for content creators who work with audio and video. It’s a software tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help you get more out of your existing audio content. You can generate 10-20 pieces of content from a single video with just one click!
  • Riverside’s AI transcription tool: Highly accurate transcriptions available in over 100 languages, even for recordings not made on Riverside.
  • Descript: AI-powered video editing tool capable of generating high-quality transcripts by removing noises and errors.

Podcast Promotion Tools

  • Scheduling and Managing Social Media Posts: Tools like Buffer and Later facilitate scheduling and managing social media posts.
  • Paid Advertising: Utilize Google advertising for paid promotions.
  • SEO Tools: Use keyword research and SEO tools like SEMrush, Ahrefs, and Google Keyword Planner.
  • Podcast Guest Opportunities: Platforms like and help find podcasts where you can be a guest.

Best Podcast Analytics Tools

  • Blubrry: Blubrry offers podcast hosting, publishing tools, and analytics to help you manage and track your podcast.
  • Chartable: Chartable focuses solely on providing in-depth podcast analytics to measure your audience and track performance.
  • Podtrac: Podtrac is another free podcast analytics service that provides insights into your listeners and helps you optimize your show.