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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated February 20, 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.

Recent podcasts we’ve tested

Buzzcast
Buzzsprout / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Can I Talk For 20 Minutes
Tom Hogan - @CanITalkPod / Soundcloud
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.9 LUFS
Magical Humans
Vania Vananina / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
The Archers
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
I Tell My Husband The News
USA Today | Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
The Mothership
USA TODAY / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.3 LUFS
Hook, Push, & Pray
Nicholas Brownlee / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-28.2 LUFS
Drive with Us Podcast
Bhavneet & Taranjit / Blubrry
143kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
The Growth Lab by LOCALiQ
Tracy Oswald and Andre Archimbaud / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-11.9 LUFS
Dr. Laura Call of the Day
Dr. Laura Schlessinger / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.2 LUFS
Over My Dead Body
Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Start Here
ABC News / Wide Orbit
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.7 LUFS
〇〇さんに聞いてみた
〇〇さんに聞いてみた
144kbps 24kHz mono mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Podcast Detroit - All Shows
Podcast Detroit / Blubrry
168kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.5 LUFS
Chicago White Sox Podcast
MLB.com / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 LUFS
Be Great TODAY
Jonathan Bloom / Fireside
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Pricing is Positioning
Paul Klein / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.1 LUFS
The Pineapple Project
ABC Radio / ABC Australia
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
Picking Up The Pieces
London's Air Ambulance Charity / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-21.5 LUFS
The Wellness Connection Show
Dr. Bryan Joseph / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
The Cheap Seats
Public House Media / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
Couscous Piri Piri
KAN Football Club + / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-9.5 LUFS
Threedom
Earwolf / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.0 LUFS
Mighty Blue On The Appalachian Trail: The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis
Steve Adams / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Aria Code
WQXR & The Metropolitan Opera / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Inside Pac-12 Women's Basketball
Pac-12 Networks / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Deliver Us
America Media / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
БОЙЗ ВИЛБИ БОЙЗ
Андрей, Павел
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.0 LUFS
OkosOtthon Club
Peti, Meki és Zoli / Blubrry
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.3 LUFS
NASCAR Live
Motor Racing Network
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.2 LUFS
DawgCast Podcast
The Dawg Nation / Libsyn
128kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-14.7 LUFS
PlanesTalkers Standard MTG Podcast
The PlanesTalkers Network
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Real Estate Espresso
Victor Menasce / Anchor
96kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.2 LUFS
Power Hour
Studio71 UK & Adrienne Herbert / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.5 LUFS
The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee
talkRADIO
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Peeranormal
Dr. Michael S. Heiser
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Ask Dr. Phil
CBS News Radio
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Life Matters - ABC RN
ABC Radio National / ABC Australia
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.1 LUFS
Grace Missionary Baptist Church
Grace Missionary Baptist Church
88kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.3 LUFS
None of This is Real
YumYuck Productions
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Stuff Mom Never Told You
iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks / Megaphone by Panoply
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Eat Real Unwrapped
Podcasts / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.9 LUFS
Conferencias Mañaneras AMLO
Oscar Ruiz / Anchor
40kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
The Big Story
Frequency Podcast Network
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.8 LUFS
BSN Denver Broncos Podcast
BSN Denver Broncos Podcast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.0 LUFS
Chompers
Gimlet / Megaphone by Panoply
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.2 LUFS
GiatiOxi
Despina Kanakoglou / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Epic Church of San Francisco Messages
Epic Church
109kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-25.0 LUFS
At The Yard: A Philadelphia Phillies Podcast
NBC Sports Philadelphia / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.4 LUFS
The Feed The Official Libsyn Podcast
Elsie Escobar and Rob Walch / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.4 LUFS
Unknown History with Giles Milton
QuickAndDirtyTips.com / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Unpacked
No Midnight Media / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Now Hear This Entertainment
Now Hear This, Inc.
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
RNZ: Song Crush
Radio New Zealand
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
0.0 LUFS
ENGRENAGES : Histoire d'une série française
CANAL+ / Pippa
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
The OCR Report
Will Hicks / Libsyn
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.0 LUFS
Slate Daily Feed
Slate / Megaphone by Panoply
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Wake Up and Level Up
Mario Armstrong / Blubrry
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.5 LUFS
B R U N C H Buddies Present: Tea Over Mimosas
Brunch Buddies / Podbean
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Nieuwe Feiten Podcast
Radio1
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.3 LUFS
Murder Down South
Murder Down South
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-22.8 LUFS
DarrenDaily On-Demand
Darren Hardy LLC / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.6 LUFS
Cab Chat Radio Show
Cab Chat / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
Podcast Science
Podcast Science
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.7 LUFS
Let's Rewatch
Laugh Stash TV / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-10.4 LUFS
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks / Megaphone by Panoply
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.5 LUFS
Kolejny Podcast o Grach Wideo
VG24.PL / Anchor
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
Comedy Central / Megaphone by Panoply
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.1 LUFS
GAIKAN - Limited Japan Podcast
Alfonso Martínez "Ryo Suzuki"
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Alles Akquise
Angelika Eder & Manfred Meyer beraten und coachen Trainer, Berater und Coachs in allen Fragen rund um die Akquise und sind Inhaber der Eder & Meyer GbR - Der Trainerlotse
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Rose Buds: The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever
Eddie Ravert
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 LUFS
Mega Hits - TUDO O RESTO
Mega Hits
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.4 LUFS
Cash Flow Connections - Real Estate Podcast
Cash Flow Connections - Real Estate Podcast / Libsyn
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.4 LUFS
Podder Than Hell Podcast
Steve Wright / Libsyn
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.1 LUFS
Чайный паладин
Бенский Влад
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.0 LUFS
No es un podcast cualquiera
Christian D. Pérez
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
Girls Gotta Eat
Ashley Hesseltine and Rayna Greenberg / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Household Name
Business Insider & Stitcher / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.4 LUFS
Everyone Loves Guitar
Craig Garber / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.1 LUFS
5 Things
USA TODAY / Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
Solid Joys Daily Devotional
Desiring God
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Podtrash
The Dark One
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
The Stromzivota's Podcast
stromzivota / Podbean
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-11.1 LUFS
Trumpcast
Slate Magazine / Megaphone by Panoply
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.2 LUFS
Dobré ráno | Denný podcast denníka SME
SME.sk / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.1 LUFS
Weather Geeks
Weather Group Television / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten | Deutsch lernen | Deutsche Welle
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Podnews podcasting news
James Cridland
79kbps 44.1kHz stereo HE‑AAC
-16.2 LUFS
Seeking Peace
GIWPS/Hard Listening Media / Megaphone by Panoply
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.5 LUFS
Perfectly Obstinate People
Kathy Kolbe / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Reply All
Gimlet / Megaphone by Panoply
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Please Blow My Mind
Will Fleming / Anchor
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.8 LUFS
PodKISSt/THE KISS ROOM!
PodKISSt Staff
128kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Mega Hits - DR. TV
Mega Hits
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports
109kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Reality Check with Jamie East
Wireless Studios / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.9 LUFS
Climate Cast
Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
TNT / Cadence13 / knit
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.1 LUFS
GrownUpLand
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan / Soundcloud
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.8 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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