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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated May 23, 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

Is The Mic Still On
Is The Mic Still On / Megaphone
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.0 LUFS
The Magpies: A Blades in the Dark Actual Play
Rhi / Simplecast
87kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.0 LUFS
Radiofontänen
Radiofontänen
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-36.9 LUFS
The Portland Art Museum Podcast
Portland Art Museum
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Brooke and Jubal
PodcastOne / Hubbard Radio / Nox Solutions
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.5 LUFS
Spelledaasene
spelledaasene / Podbean
139kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.8 LUFS
Fallacious Trump
Jim Cliff & Mark Levermore / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
No Ordinary Life
Brent Rodgers / Anchor
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.8 LUFS
MDedge Psychcast
MDedge Psychiatry / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-21.2 LUFS
You Bet Your Garden
PBS39 / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.6 LUFS
The Critshow
The Critshow Podcast / Podbean
147kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-10.5 LUFS
5.0
Radio 5
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-34.1 LUFS
Podcasting for Coaches
Britany Felix / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Press Start To Join
Josh and Alan
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.9 LUFS
This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast
Sam Charrington / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Cocktail Party Massacre
Brock Faucette / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.0 LUFS
From the Field
Priya Shelly / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.4 LUFS
Dik Voormekaar Show
Andre van Duin / Ferry de Groot / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Fisco Relax
Fisco Relax / Spreaker
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
FT Everything Else
Financial Times / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.2 LUFS
SCP Archives
Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 LUFS
Passive Real Estate Investing
Real Estate Investing with Marco Santarelli / Megaphone
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.5 LUFS
Les flashs Info
Alouette
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.6 LUFS
FOX 2 St. Louis Headlines
FOX 2 St. Louis Headlines / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-27.3 LUFS
E24-podden
E24 / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The Experience 50 Podcast for Midlife
Mary Rogers / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.8 LUFS
Thru the Bible on Oneplace.com
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Spremuta di Enganche
Spremuta di Enganche / Spreaker
169kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-10.3 LUFS
Daily Tech News Show
Tom Merritt / Acast
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Sky News Daily
Sky News / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.3 LUFS
CKNX News
CKNX / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Rip the Fence
Motor Racing Network
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.7 LUFS
Side Hustle Pro
Nicaila Matthews Okome / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.2 LUFS
Tequila and Terror
Wes Southerly and Keisha Dunavin
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Entrepreneur Junkie Movement With Jamie Atkinson
Jamie Atkinson / Libsyn
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-32.5 LUFS
Daily Medical News
MDedge / Libsyn
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-11.6 LUFS
BitcoinTaxes Crypto Taxation Series
BitcoinTaxes
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.4 LUFS
Christ City Church, Washington DC
Christ City Church
103kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-21.4 LUFS
Check This Out with Ryan and Brian
Check This Out with Ryan and Brian / Blubrry
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.0 LUFS
Backwards Star Galactica
Wilder Shaw & Jesse McGrath / Pippa
262kbps 44.1kHz stereo aac (LC)
-23.3 LUFS
Art Juice
Louise Fletcher/Alice Sheridan / Anchor
262kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.8 LUFS
Ahorrar Más con Potencial Millonario
Audio Dice Network
64kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-12.8 LUFS
People of Portland and Beyond
Joseph Ady / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.6 LUFS
The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews
CC Radio / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.8 LUFS
Nieuwe Feiten Podcast
Radio1
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.3 LUFS
GRC Professional Podcast
Kwame Slusher / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.4 LUFS
New York Yankees Podcast
MLB.com / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.3 LUFS
G1 – Semana Pop
G1 / Triton Digital
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.4 LUFS
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
Foxtel / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
New York, NY – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
New York, NY – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
48kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-20.6 LUFS
Distorted View Daily
Tim Henson
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-10.9 LUFS
Augusta, ME – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
Augusta, ME – PODCAST WEATHER TEAM
48kbps 22.05kHz mono mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Art Of Meaningful Work
Ernest Barbaric / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.7 LUFS
bed hoppers - swinging in the UK
bed hoppers / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-26.7 LUFS
L'horoscope du jour
RTL
256kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
Truth For Life Programs
Alistair Begg
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.1 LUFS
Side Hustle School
Chris Guillebeau / Onward Project / Panoply / Megaphone
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
On Being with Krista Tippett
On Being Studios / Soundcloud
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Over The Monster: for Boston Red Sox fans
SB Nation / Megaphone
32kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-19.2 LUFS
Daily Readings from the New American Bible
USCCB
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-11.5 LUFS
The Create Your Own Life Show
Jeremy Ryan Slate / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.1 LUFS
Learn French with daily podcasts
Louis from Dailyfrenchpod
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.1 LUFS
Low Pressure Podcast: The Podcast for Skiers
Low Pressure Podcast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.4 LUFS
The World Crypto Network Podcast
Private Key Publishing / Spreaker
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.8 LUFS
África em Destaque – DW em português | Deutsche Welle
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-17.0 LUFS
Bella In Your Business: Pet Industry Business Podcast
Bella Vasta
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Maximum Chillage Podcast
Maximum Chillage Podcast / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-24.6 LUFS
WRINT: Geschichtsunterricht
Holger Klein
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.2 LUFS
Leadership Today Podcast
Andrew Beveridge / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Around the Horn
ESPN, Tony Reali
64kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.8 LUFS
Geek to Geek Podcast
Void and Beej / Libsyn
146kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.4 LUFS
TOSAs Talking Tech's Podcast
Tom Covington and Michael Jephcott
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Emperor Pigs
Postal Roach / Podbean
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.8 LUFS
Saints Talk
Blue Wire / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.3 LUFS
Chronicle the Podcast
Chronicle5 / Podbean
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-25.2 LUFS
The Leisuremen: Pabst and Perloff
The Leisuremen: Paul Pabst & Andrew Perloff / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.3 LUFS
On The Mat
Kyle Klingman & Andy Hamilton, Mat Talk Podcast Network / Spreaker
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.2 LUFS
Football Travel by Outside Write
Outside Write / Libsyn
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
Coffee Break Spanish
Radio Lingua Network / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.9 LUFS
Sermons
Milestone Church
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-20.2 LUFS
Taste of Dragons
Taste Of Dragons / Podbean
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 LUFS
Irish Times Inside Business
The Irish Times
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Dunc'd On Basketball NBA Podcast
Nate Duncan / Spreaker
64kbps 48kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Business Outlaws
Business Outlaws Network / Pippa
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.8 LUFS
The Economist asks
The Economist / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Optimal Finance Daily
Dan W. | Optimal Living Daily / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Face 2 Face
Facebook / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Salvatore Fiananese - Il Podcast
Salvatore Fiananese Podcast / Spreaker
143kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Let me be Forward
Public House Media / Spreaker
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-17.7 LUFS
Conscious Control Podcast: Mindset, Motivation, and Success
consciouscontrolpodcast / Podbean
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-25.6 LUFS
Mens Rea: A true crime podcast
Mens Rea True Crime / Spreaker
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.4 LUFS
Movies With Mum
Movies With Mum / Anchor
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.2 LUFS
Buzzcast
Buzzsprout / Buzzsprout
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Congressional Dish
Jennifer Briney / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-11.9 LUFS
Kontext
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.4 LUFS
Buccaneers Observer
Buccaneers Observer
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.3 LUFS
Sheffield Hopcast
Sheffield Hopcast
112kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-21.5 LUFS
Sleep and Relax ASMR
Sleep and Relax ASMR / Anchor
137kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-41.6 LUFS
Family Secrets
iHeartRadio / Megaphone
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.7 LUFS
Jesus is the Christ.
Mattias Almlöf / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-23.1 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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