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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated August 7, 2019

What bitrate are some of the most popular podcasts in the world using? And what LUFS value do they run at? We were curious; so here is a sample of some of the most recent podcasts. For more analysis, get our free daily news briefing, or click on the podcast’s name for more detail.

These graphs show the most popular bitrates (for mp3 files only) in stereo (left) and mono (right). They contain all the podcasts we’ve tested, not just the ones in the table below.

In terms of LUFS, the unit of loudness (aka "how loud does this sound"), we show measurements here. Our LUFS FAQ goes into this in more detail. Apple and Google recommend -16 LUFS; this page highlights LUFS values that are more than 3dB outside these recommendations.

> We’ve also looked at podcast app user-agents and availability on other platforms.
> You can find more test results by searching for a podcast and looking at the technical information at the bottom - if we’ve not tested it yet, that will also submit it to the lengthy queue.

If you want to hear the difference to audio at different bitrates and sampling rates, listen to these audio comparisons.

Recent podcasts we’ve tested

Still Going Somewhere
Steven Zimmerman / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.6 LUFS
Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics
Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne / Soundcloud
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
The Hideous Laughter Podcast
The Hideous Laughter Podcast / Podbean
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.6 LUFS
Space Rocket History Podcast
Michael Annis / Blubrry
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
Les Archives de l'Insondable
Dimitri Régnier, François TJP, Olivier Gechter & Vincent Corlaix
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Art Of Meaningful Work
Ernest Barbaric / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.7 LUFS
Manifesting Doll | Weight Loss | Emotional Eating | Manifestation | No Diet Babe |
manifestingdoll / Podbean
160kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-14.3 LUFS
Deadtime Stories
Ranker / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
La soirée est (encore) jeune
ICI Radio-Canada
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.8 LUFS
Getting Doug with High
Doug Benson / Megaphone
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-14.9 LUFS
Travel Stories
Frick / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo aac (LC)
-11.3 LUFS
Newt's World
Newt Gingrich / Westwood One Podcast Network / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
The Awesome Hour
The Awesome Hour / Libsyn
152kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.0 LUFS
Showtime Boxing with Raskin & Mulvaney.
Showtime / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.9 LUFS
Klimapodcast fra Miljødirektoratet
Miljødirektoratet / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.1 LUFS
All Inclusive
Jay Ruderman / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
The Herd with Colin Cowherd
FOX Sports Radio / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.6 LUFS
Applesauce & Horsefeathers
Christa Cannon & Sage Porter
122kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
Wilderness Podcast
Wilderness Podcast / Buzzsprout
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.6 LUFS
And She Rises…
Amanda Frances / Libsyn
258kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.1 LUFS
Coaches Making Impact
Alessandra Nicole / Podbean
186kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
MDedge Cardiocast
MDedge / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
Chasing Tales Outdoors Podcast
Chasing Tales Outdoors / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.9 LUFS
The Positive Populist With Steve Hilton
FOX News Radio / Omny Studio
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.9 LUFS
The Daily 202's Big Idea
The Washington Post
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.8 LUFS
Material
Relay FM / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.7 LUFS
‘Niño Prodigio’ – Horóscopos, predicciones y mucho más…
Univision / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.0 LUFS
Wise Traditions
Weston A. Price Foundation w/ Hilda Labrada Gore / Libsyn
137kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.3 LUFS
The History of Poland Podcast
Trevor Gilbert / Libsyn
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.1 LUFS
CzabeCast
Steve Czaban / Libsyn
104kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-22.0 LUFS
Woman Evolve with Sarah Jakes Roberts
Woman Evolve with Sarah Jakes Roberts / Libsyn
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
Movies With Mum
Movies With Mum / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.2 LUFS
Piespēle
Latvijas Radio
94kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.6 LUFS
PietCast
Peter Smits
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.1 LUFS
Matt Brown Show
Powered by Digital Kungfu / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
The Daily Article
Dr. Jim Denison, The Denison Forum / Libsyn
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.7 LUFS
Don't Mess with Christine Sydelko & Chris Klemens
Studio71 / Megaphone
160kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
ZAWODOWCY
Karol Stryja / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Back to Funk
Meem
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.2 LUFS
GEDANKENtanken - Inspiration, Motivation, Selbstliebe, Erfolg & Persönlichkeitsentwicklung
GEDANKENtanken - Keynotes der Top-Speaker wie Tobias Beck, Laura Malina Sei / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Spellbound
Studio71 / Megaphone
160kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Catholic Musings
Catholic Musings / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Aviation News Talk podcast
Max Trescott | Glass Cockpit Publishing / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-14.5 LUFS
Surgical Spirit
Dr. Haidar Al-Hakim / Pippa
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
Monocle 24: Meet the Writers
Monocle / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.3 LUFS
The Soft Serve Podcast
softserve / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.1 LUFS
Dissect
Cole Cuchna | Spotify / Anchor
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.7 LUFS
Movies With Millennials
Lucas Boyer, Cole Peterson / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
Aquademia: The Seafood and Sustainability Podcast
Shaun O'Loughlin / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.5 LUFS
Let's Talk Bitcoin!
Adam B. Levine / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.0 LUFS
The Deal Guy Podcast
Studio71 / Megaphone
160kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Media Voices Podcast
Media Voices / Soundcloud
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Pawcast: Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge
Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Locked On Bulls - Daily Podcast On The Chicago Bulls
Locked On Podcast Network / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.0 LUFS
Jalen & Jacoby
ESPN, Jalen Rose, David Jacoby / ESPN Radio
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.9 LUFS
Цивилизация
Радио Аристократы
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
The Leg it Podcast
Andy Grant & Tom Wickstead / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.2 LUFS
Milano Massaggi - Benessere
Walter Cassano / Anchor
258kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.2 LUFS
Life Skills That Matter | Learn why self-employment is the future of work.
Stephen Warley | Career Resilience Coach, Serial Solopreneur, Self-Employment Advocate
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Unstructured
Eric Hunley / Podbean
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Strategia IT
Riccardo Mancinelli / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
The Lead with Jake Tapper
CNN / knit
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.7 LUFS
Apfelfunk
Jean-Claude Frick & Malte Kirchner / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.5 LUFS
First Things First
Fox Sports / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.3 LUFS
GiatiOxi
Despina Kanakoglou / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
The Debaters
CBC Radio / Triton Digital
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.5 LUFS
I Said God Damn! A True Crime Podcast
ISGDpodcast / Buzzsprout
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.9 LUFS
Healing Justice Podcast
Kate Werning - Social Justice Organizer & Trainer; Healing Practitioner / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.2 LUFS
Lighthouse Hockey: for New York Islanders fans
SB Nation / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Podcast Radio Hour
BBC Radio 4 Extra / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Classic Film Jerks
Classic Film Jerks / Libsyn
102kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Boxing Unwrapped | A Funny Boxing Podcast |
Boxing Unwrapped / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.5 LUFS
The Man-child Cave
The Man-child Cave / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
RMC : Brunet - Neumann
RMC
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-10.0 LUFS
Under The Bridge
FBi Radio
259kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
The Pineapple Project
ABC Radio / ABC Australia
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
The Delingpod: The James Delingpole Podcast
delingpole / Podbean
126kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.9 LUFS
Freelance Creative Exchange
CreativesAtWork / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
Stories From The Trail
Gary Sizer / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.5 LUFS
HausaRadio.net
HausaRadio.net / Anchor
192kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.4 LUFS
No Wrong Answers
Fountain City Frequency / Squarespace
192kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.5 LUFS
The Just Conversation Podcast
GreyThoughts.Info / Squarespace
95kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.5 LUFS
FOMOFanz
Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Every Movie is Good
Jose Mora / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.0 LUFS
The New Yorker Radio Hour
WNYC Studios and The New Yorker / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Animals To The Max Podcast
Corbin Maxey / Squarespace
114kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Short Cuts
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Отвратительные мужики
Disgusting Men
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-11.6 LUFS
Ellie Elevates Your National Parks
Ellie
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.1 LUFS
Dolly Parton's America
WNYC Studios & OSM Audio / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.9 LUFS
Deliver Us
America Media / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The Morning Mantra
Mary-Katherine Fleming / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo aac (LC)
-14.2 LUFS
DryCleanerCast a podcast about Espionage, Terrorism & GeoPolitics
DryCleanerCast / Soundcloud
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Sleep and Relax ASMR
Sleep and Relax ASMR / Anchor
137kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-41.6 LUFS
The Practice of the Practice Podcast | Innovative Ideas to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice
Joseph R. Sanok: Counselor, Private Practice Owner, Marketing Expert, and Consultant / Libsyn
127kbps 44.1kHz stereo aac (LC)
-14.7 LUFS
Midlife Mixtape
Nancy Davis Kho: Gen X humor writer and '80s song lyrics over-quoter / Blubrry
135kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-20.1 LUFS
More Cheese Less Whiskers
Dean Jackson / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Daddy Issues
Transit Pictures / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
Unpacked presents: Bret, Mickey & Walt
No Midnight Media / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
My Tech Toolbelt
Shannon Tabaldo and Brenda Argano: Ed Tech Podcast / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.4 LUFS

Compiled using a sample of podcasts viewed in Podnews podcast pages - our systems prioritise recently updated podcasts. The audio was downloaded and analysed using ffmpeg’s loudnorm plugin, with dual_mono enabled. Our user-agent for this work is PodnewsBot/1.0: some podcast hosts (including us!) serve different types of file, at different LUFS values, to different devices. This page is updated daily.

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