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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated July 4, 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

2 Dumb For This
Trenton and Jesse / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Verse of the Day
Public House Media / Spreaker
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-23.8 LUFS
The Joe Rogan Experience
Joe Rogan / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
The Wired Homeschool
John Wilkerson / Blubrry
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Música y significado
Radio Clásica
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.5 LUFS
Amazin' Mets Alumni Podcast with Jay Horwitz
MLB.com / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.9 LUFS
Der SPONSORs Podcast - im Dialog über das Milliardenbusiness Sport in Kooperation mit Sports Maniac
Philipp Klotz und Daniel Sprügel im Interview mit Sportlern, Unternehmern / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
The Beauty Ever New Podcast
Beauty Ever New / Fireside
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-26.3 LUFS
Drinkin' Bros Podcast
Tetherball Academy Media / Podbean
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.2 LUFS
She's In Russia
Olivia Capozzalo and Smith Freeman / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
ABC News Update
ABC News / Wide Orbit
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Seguros Vancouver
Luiz Dittert / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.6 LUFS
Taste of Dragons
Taste Of Dragons / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 LUFS
Tanzcast - Il podcast di Antonio Fucito
Tanzen / Anchor
205kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-23.6 LUFS
Mornings on 92.1 CITI Podcast
Rogers Podcast Network
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.6 LUFS
PTI
ESPN, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon / ESPN Radio
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.5 LUFS
Life And Lipstick
Hannah Martin & Lisa Potter-Dixon / Entale
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.4 LUFS
On Point
WBUR & NPR / Megaphone
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter
CNN / knit
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Minute papillon!
20 Minutes / Béraud / Pippa
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
The Smart Cities Chronicles
Adam Beck / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Welcome To Your Monday
J Cleveland Payne / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-28.7 LUFS
Marketing Today with Alan Hart
Alan B. Hart / Omny Studio
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Deeper Dating
Ken Page / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
FT News Briefing
Financial Times / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.5 LUFS
Probably True Podcast
Scott Flashheart / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
Squiz Today
Squiz Media / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
No One Will Watch TV with Us
No One Will Watch TV with Us / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.5 LUFS
Is Anything
Jeremy Uriz
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Front Burner
CBC Podcasts
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.4 LUFS
Get Up!
ESPN, Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose / ESPN Radio
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
Not Your Century
San Francisco Chronicle / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Simplify
Blinkist / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.9 LUFS
БОЙЗ ВИЛБИ БОЙЗ
Андрей, Павел
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.0 LUFS
From the Forefront
Scott McClelland / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.1 LUFS
Førstevifta
Henrik og Ole / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.8 LUFS
Hump Day with Scotty & Swanny
Scotty and Swanny / Libsyn
320kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.1 LUFS
Smile storm's SoundCloud
Smile storm / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-7.6 LUFS
Manchester Is Red
Manchester Evening News / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
The Ground Up Show
Matt D'Avella / Libsyn
261kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.6 LUFS
Unlock Apple
Antoine BM / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.0 LUFS
BreakingFit podcastas
BreakingFit
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Lake Mac Church
Lake Mac Church / Anchor
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.6 LUFS
iSeekGolf Podcast
iSeekGolf / Fireside
62kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.8 LUFS
WINNETKA: A Memoir
Global / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.3 LUFS
CodePen Radio
CodePen Radio / Simplecast
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
Geek Eire Podcast 2.0
Sean Alpha / Buzzsprout
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-14.9 LUFS
Stereo Confidential
Stereo Confidential / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.7 LUFS
Jota a Jota
BRUÁ Podcasts / Squarespace
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Cigarettes & Rocket Fuel
Houston Chronicle / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Cricket Unfiltered
Newscorp Australia - Andrew Menczel / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Цивилизация
Радио Аристократы
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Prosperous Pet Business
Kristin Morrison | Pet Business Coach | Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Dog Training Business Tips / Libsyn
93kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.5 LUFS
Now Hear This Entertainment
Now Hear This, Inc.
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
Fetcheveryone Podcast
Ian Williams / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-29.3 LUFS
Folk on Foot
Matthew Bannister / Podbean
320kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-21.9 LUFS
The Second Captains Podcast
Second Captains
96kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
Comedy Central / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.1 LUFS
Previously On
spaceowlpro / Anchor
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.0 LUFS
Adrift with Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port
Geoff Lloyd/Annabel Port / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Fearless Women Podcast by Janice McDonald
Janice McDonald / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
PetaPixel Photography Podcast
Mike "Sharky" James / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.3 LUFS
No B.S. Job Search Advice Radio
Jeff Altman
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.8 LUFS
Over The Monster: for Boston Red Sox fans
SB Nation / Megaphone
32kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.2 LUFS
The Arts of Travel
Matthew Dagher-Margosian / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.8 LUFS
Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
Monocle
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.1 LUFS
The Holy Humdrum
The Holy Humdrum / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-34.7 LUFS
Australian Property Investor
Property Investory / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Spoilerpiece Theatre
Evan Crean, Kristofer Jenson, and David Riedel / Libsyn
111kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-21.0 LUFS
Andrew Rappaport's Daily Rapp Report
Andrew Rappaport / Blubrry
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-9.1 LUFS
Skip To The End Podcast
Skip To The End
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.9 LUFS
Franchise Unpacked
Zac Rogers, Dave Meese / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.6 LUFS
BTC Cast
BTC / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.5 LUFS
Record Rangers
Record Rangers / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.5 LUFS
PowerPassionProsperity Podcast w/Dr. Jay
Join Dr Jay and guests as they share their secrets to living a life full of / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Specialty Stories
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.4 LUFS
Filmes de Quinta
Filmes de Quinta
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.0 LUFS
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Bravo TV / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.7 LUFS
Think Digital
Justin Wise / Anchor
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
Love Your City Podcast
Movement Day Australia
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-24.9 LUFS
Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
BBC Radio 5 live / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Le grand rendez-vous
Europe 1 / Europe 1
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.6 LUFS
Side Hustle School
Chris Guillebeau / Onward Project / Panoply / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Always Listening: Podcast News
Two Guys and a Rogue Network / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-11.8 LUFS
Life Through a Dram
Danny Brown / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.3 LUFS
Affaires étrangères
France Culture / Radio France
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
The Project Positive Message
J Cleveland Payne / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.3 LUFS
How I Found My Voice
Intelligence Squared / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.9 LUFS
Kmetijska oddaja
Radio Ognjišče
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Talking New Energy
Delta-ee / Podbean
128kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Noire Histoir
Natasha McEachron / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-18.1 LUFS
The Habershow
Tom Haberstroh / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Irish Times Inside Politics
The Irish Times
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Quillette Podcast
Quillette / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
The de Tour
Herald Sun / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.1 LUFS
More Cheese Less Whiskers
Dean Jackson / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Webkarma, il marketing é positivo
Webkarma / Spreaker
152kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.4 LUFS
Recover (The Life experiences of Marlon Hughes)
Marlon Hughes / Podbean
102kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.2 LUFS
Katie Piper's Extraordinary People
Somethin' Else / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 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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