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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated April 25, 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

How To Become a Career Coach
Scott Anthony Barlow / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.4 LUFS
Founders
David Senra / Simplecast
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Masks and Mayhem
Masks and Mayhem
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.0 LUFS
She's In Russia
Olivia Capozzalo and Smith Freeman / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Crypto Bobby - Talking Investing in Cryptocurrencies
CryptoBobby.com / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.5 LUFS
Welcome to Geekdom
Deanna Chapman / Transistor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.2 LUFS
GiatiOxi
Despina Kanakoglou / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Springfield, IL – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
Springfield, IL – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
48kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-20.5 LUFS
Today, Explained
Vox and Stitcher / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!
Joe De Sena CEO & Founder Spartan Race
80kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-27.1 LUFS
See Jane Sell
Public House Media / Spreaker
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-29.5 LUFS
Dynasty Advisor
Paul Deloughery / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-11.1 LUFS
Progressive Podcast Australia
www.progressivepodcastaustralia.com
110kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Radiogram. O podcastach i nie tylko.
Marek Rak / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Unf*ckwithable You
Jenn Stevens / Soundcloud
133kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Record Celtic
Record Celtic / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.6 LUFS
Hi-Phi Nation
Slate Podcasts / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
ZAWODOWCY
Karol Stryja / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.3 LUFS
The NYLESA Podcast
NYLESA / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
This Might Get Weird
This Might Get Weird / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.5 LUFS
Helena, MT – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
Helena, MT – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
48kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-20.5 LUFS
Property Podcast
Property Investory / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Channel The Rage
CJ Werleman / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.9 LUFS
Operacast
Operacast / Soundcloud
209kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.4 LUFS
Business Wars
Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Dealing With My Grief
Darwyn M. Dave / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-12.9 LUFS
Shameless Sex
Amy Baldwin and April Lampert| Pleasure Podcasts / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.8 LUFS
The 2 Robbies
NBC Sports Soccer / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
Les Indomptables
Marielle Lieber-Claire
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.6 LUFS
The Your Journey Podcast
Tee Peters / Podbean
169kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.0 LUFS
VH100
VH1 / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.9 LUFS
Phorest FM
Phorest Salon Software / Podbean
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.8 LUFS
Build A Big Podcast - The Marketing Podcast For Podcasters
Big Podcast / Libsyn
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.3 LUFS
OMR Media
Pia Frey
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.8 LUFS
On Being with Krista Tippett
On Being Studios / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The Stuttering John Podcast
John Melendez / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.9 LUFS
MeetMyPotential
Deepa Natarajan
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-11.2 LUFS
עשר דקות על שיווק
שרון חלבני / Simplecast
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
Foxtel / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Salvatore Fiananese - Il Podcast
Salvatore Fiananese Podcast / Spreaker
143kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Groeivoer Podcast by Gerhard te Velde
Gerhard te Velde / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Turning Earth
Turning Earth / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.6 LUFS
RNZ: Song Crush
RNZ / Radio New Zealand
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
0.0 LUFS
Your Music Industry Podcast
Liverpool Audio Network
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.9 LUFS
Dobré ráno | Denný podcast denníka SME
SME.sk / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.1 LUFS
Locked On Red Sox - Daily Podcast On The Boston Red Sox
Locked On Podcast Network / Megaphone
32kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.2 LUFS
Post Reports
The Washington Post
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
KissFAQ Podcast
KissFAQ
64kbps 16kHz stereo mp3
-15.5 LUFS
MTB Fitness - Mountain Biking Podcast
mtbfitness / Podbean
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
WeAreNetflix
Netflix / Simplecast
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Rozwój osobisty dla każdego
Wojciech Strózik / Spreaker
115kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-22.5 LUFS
The Chauncey DeVega Show
Chauncey DeVega / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Hablando de Frente Maria Marin
Maria Marin / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
CBS Evening News -- Full Audio
CBS News Radio / CBS Radio News
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-25.3 LUFS
Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)
Metis Strategy / Blubrry
143kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-22.6 LUFS
Ninja News Japan
velocipeter
115kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.9 LUFS
Watch What Crappens
Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.2 LUFS
Omaha Sports Insider
kowens@scripps.com / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.0 LUFS
Talking Tech with Jefferson Graham
USA TODAY / Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.4 LUFS
The Vinyl Experience
Progressive Radio Network / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.7 LUFS
Beta
Wisconsin Public Radio
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.2 LUFS
Mens Rea: A true crime podcast
Mens Rea True Crime / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.4 LUFS
The Mash-Up Americans
The Mash-Up Americans / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.6 LUFS
Alchemy This
iHeartRadio / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.2 LUFS
L'actualité francophone
Rfi - RFI
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
GRC Professional Podcast
Kwame Slusher / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.4 LUFS
Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports
109kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
The Harsh Couch
theharshcouch.com / Libsyn
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-18.2 LUFS
Sunday Money
Motor Racing Network
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.4 LUFS
Primordial Radio Podcast
Primordial Radio / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.0 LUFS
Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone
Lipstick Nancy, Inc. / Libsyn
320kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.9 LUFS
The Fantasy Suite-Hearts Podcast
fantasysuitehearts / Podbean
136kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-10.9 LUFS
Springfield, MO – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
Springfield, MO – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
48kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Crave!
Crave!
240kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.6 LUFS
Stryd Power Podcast
Stryd Power Podcast / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.4 LUFS
Marketing School - Digital Marketing and Online Marketing Tips
Neil Patel & Eric Siu. / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
The Unforgiving60
Ben Pronk & Tim Curtis / Podbean
320kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.0 LUFS
OOさんにきいてみた インタビュー番組
とみまり
144kbps 24kHz mono mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Swahili News - NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
Podtrash
The Dark One
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Super Skull Comic Book Podcast
Vault of Midnight Comic Books and Stuff
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Как это по-русски
Подкасты РИА Новости / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.5 LUFS
Quoi de Meuf
Nouvelles Écoutes / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.1 LUFS
Minor Adventures with Topher Grace
Unqualified Media / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Seriously? Not Another Podcast
Towne House Media / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
People of Portland and Beyond
Joseph Ady / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.6 LUFS
Au Nom Du Pire
Thomas Hercouet & Benoit Lebreau
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.0 LUFS
Hyper Heroes
Hyper RPG / Soundcloud
96kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-16.9 LUFS
Journey with Story - A Storytelling Podcast for Kids
Kathleen Pelley. audio story podcaster, audio book storyteller for kids, and children's author / Libsyn
238kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.0 LUFS
Bad Decisions
Dan & Mel / Podbean
160kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
In the Dark
APM Reports / American Public Media
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Too Dirty Minds Podcast
Too Dirty Minds / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.0 LUFS
All Day Paranormal
Krystle Vermes / Libsyn
150kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.7 LUFS
Conversations
ABC Radio / ABC Australia
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-12.9 LUFS
BoardChitless - Board Gaming Podcast
Aleksis WIlliams / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.1 LUFS
Nancy
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.9 LUFS
The Bay
KQED
256kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
EV News Daily / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-11.6 LUFS
St Mary's Basingstoke
St Mary's Basingstoke
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-25.4 LUFS
Scientificast
Scientificast / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.8 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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