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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated March 18, 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

No One Will Watch TV with Us
No One Will Watch TV with Us / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.5 LUFS
Les Indomptables
Marielle Lieber-Claire
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.6 LUFS
Post Reports
The Washington Post
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
Feed Play Love
Babyology / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Two Minutes in the Garden
Empress of Dirt / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.0 LUFS
Drive with Us Podcast
Bhavneet & Taranjit / Blubrry
143kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
OkosOtthon Club
Peti, Meki és Zoli / Blubrry
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.3 LUFS
The Archers
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
DawgCast Podcast
The Dawg Nation / Libsyn
128kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-14.7 LUFS
המנגל-שיווק מיתוג ואסטרטגיה עסקית
BrandIl / Podbean
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.1 LUFS
Produce Like A Pro
Warren Huart/Retune Media / Libsyn
160kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
CURSE LAND
CURSE LAND
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Smoking and Drinking in Space!
Jason and Red / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Zerodha Educate
Zerodha / Anchor
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.1 LUFS
360 Marketing Squad Live
360 Marketing Squad / Libsyn
262kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
The Radio Vagabond Palle Bo Traveling Around The World
Palle Bo / Libsyn
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Aria Code
WQXR & The Metropolitan Opera / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
All Girls Considered
All Girls Considered / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.1 LUFS
Hook, Push, & Pray
Nicholas Brownlee / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-28.2 LUFS
On The Mat by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
Kyle Klingman & Andy Hamilton, Mat Talk Podcast Network / Spreaker
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.2 LUFS
Jim Cornette Experience
Cult Of Cornette / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.5 LUFS
Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports
109kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
The Unforgiving60
Ben Pronk & Tim Curtis / Podbean
320kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.0 LUFS
Threedom
Earwolf / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.0 LUFS
Le Clash Podcast
Philippe Vaillancourt
80kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Chopper's Brexit Podcast
The Telegraph / Podbean
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
The Collector's Collection
CJS Productions / Blubrry
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.8 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
More Patients. More Impact. More Income
Chris Axelrad / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-9.0 LUFS
5.0
Radio 5
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-34.1 LUFS
Bad Decisions
Dan & Mel / Podbean
160kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-18.7 LUFS
Café Alman
Henke, Niklas, Dominik
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.6 LUFS
Trumpcast
Slate Magazine / Megaphone
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.2 LUFS
The Pineapple Project
ABC Radio / ABC Australia
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
The Bugle
The Bugle & Radiotopia / PRX
98kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.6 LUFS
Standing Before the Mast
Chris Heaton / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.6 LUFS
TheBBoost : Le podcast qui booste les entrepreneurs
TheBBoost / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Duhovna misel
Radio Ognjišče - Gregor Čušin
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
That’s a Dive with Kyle Martino
Kyle Martino, NBC Sports Soccer / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-28.2 LUFS
Mousterpiece Cinema
Josh Spiegel and Scott Renshaw / Libsyn
73kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Modern Adults
Stephanie Cole and Monique Hammond / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-14.2 LUFS
Off Topic
Rooster Teeth / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Renascença - O Mundo em Três Dimensões
Renascença
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.4 LUFS
GoodMonday
Andrea Ciraolo / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.4 LUFS
Ten12 Podcast
LandGrant Gauntlet, LLC / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-18.1 LUFS
The Food Blogger Pro Podcast
Bjork Ostrom / Libsyn
160kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
El Show De Piolín
Eduardo “Piolín” Sotelo | reVolver Podcasts / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.5 LUFS
Girls Gotta Eat
Ashley Hesseltine and Rayna Greenberg / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Coach Carson Real Estate & Financial Independence Podcast
Chad Coach Carson / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-20.4 LUFS
/Film Daily
SlashFilm.com / Podbean
84kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Record Rangers
Record Rangers / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.5 LUFS
Short Cuts
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten | Deutsch lernen | Deutsche Welle
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
A Band of Gamers
ABOG / Libsyn
112kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
The Pensky Podcast: Let's Watch Star Trek
The Pensky Podcast: Let's Watch Star Trek / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.5 LUFS
Brilliant Balance
Cherylanne Skolnicki / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.0 LUFS
The 5 AM Miracle Podcast with Jeff Sanders
Jeff Sanders
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
PBS NewsHour - Full Show
PBS NewsHour
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.2 LUFS
Too Dirty Minds Podcast
Too Dirty Minds / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.0 LUFS
Exceeding Expectations
Tony Winyard / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Maximum Chillage Podcast
Maximum Chillage Podcast / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.6 LUFS
Too Much Game Podcast
Towne House Media / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.9 LUFS
The Fantasy Suite-Hearts Podcast
fantasysuitehearts / Podbean
136kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-10.9 LUFS
Today, Explained
Vox and Stitcher / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Blast Points - Star Wars Podcast
Blast Points - Star Wars Podcast / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.4 LUFS
The Awesome Hour
The Awesome Hour / Libsyn
152kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.0 LUFS
OMR Podcast
Philipp Westermeyer - OMR / Soundcloud
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
Doctor Money Matters
Dr. Money Matters / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
DDMfotografia
Daniele Di Mauro / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Lito Cavalcanti
Lito Cavalcanti & Cassio Politi / Spreaker
95kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.5 LUFS
Daily Detroit
Daily Detroit / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Horses in the Morning
Horse Radio Network
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.3 LUFS
Jump Master: An Apex Legends Podcast
OK Beast
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-14.2 LUFS
The Mothership
USA TODAY / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.3 LUFS
The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee
talkRADIO
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
The Fully Charged Show Podcast
Fully Charged Show / Libsyn
123kbps 48kHz stereo aac (LC)
-17.1 LUFS
House of L podcast
Laurence W. Holmes / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.5 LUFS
BeyondPodcasting
BeyondPodcasting
119kbps 48kHz stereo aac (LC)
-16.1 LUFS
The Daily 202's Big Idea
The Washington Post
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.8 LUFS
BSN Denver Broncos Podcast
BSN Denver Broncos Podcast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.0 LUFS
What You Will Learn
Adam Ashton and Adam Jones / Libsyn
131kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Leading Second Podcast
Brandon Stewart / Soundcloud
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.7 LUFS
Conferencias Mañaneras AMLO
O Ruiz / Anchor
40kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
Denník N podcast
Denník N / Podbean
151kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Highly Relevant with Jack Rico
reVolver / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.5 LUFS
10 Things That Scare Me
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Life Matters - ABC RN
ABC Radio National / ABC Australia
128kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-15.1 LUFS
The 300 Pounds and Running Podcast Network
Martinus Evans / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
DONE DISAPPEARED
John David Booter / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.3 LUFS
Numbers by Barron's
Barron's
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Be Uncluttered
Rebecca Mezzino and Tara Tuttle / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.3 LUFS
Speaking of Crypto
Shannon Grinnell / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.9 LUFS
The BTWN Network
Bible Thumping Wingnut Network / Blubrry
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
For The Win
USA TODAY / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.5 LUFS
La Poudre
Nouvelles Écoutes / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.7 LUFS
The Irish Times World View Podcast
The Irish Times
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.9 LUFS
Messages for the Hour
Hearken Network / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.9 LUFS
The Couples Expert
Stuart Fensterheim LCSW / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.4 LUFS
Mega Hits - DR. TV
Mega Hits
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.1 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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