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Technical analysis of top podcasts

February 4, 2018 · Updated January 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.

Recent podcasts we’ve tested

Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports
113kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
CGCM Podcast
Wallygator / The Meister / Soundcloud
256kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Empowering You Organically - Audio Edition
Organixx / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.9 LUFS
The Intelligence
The Economist / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
The View
ABC News / Wide Orbit
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Watch What Crappens
Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.3 LUFS
Dreamboy
Night Vale Presents / PRX
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Daily Tech News Show
Tom Merritt / Acast
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.3 LUFS
She's In Russia
Olivia Capozzalo and Smith Freeman / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-23.5 LUFS
The CyberWire
THE CYBERWIRE / Libsyn
96kbps 32kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Punching Sideways
Josh Liston from JCALdigital.org Albury-Wodonga / Whooshkaa
64kbps 22.05kHz stereo mp3
-15.0 LUFS
Beyond Today
BBC Radio 4 / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.4 LUFS
Front Burner
CBC Podcasts
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
The Rise To The Top with David Siteman Garland
David Siteman Garland: Creator of Create Awesome Online Courses, Online Marketer & Personal Brand Builder, Author, Podcaster / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Dog Save The People
As It Should Be
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.0 LUFS
The Daily
The New York Times / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.2 LUFS
Marketing School - Digital Marketing and Online Marketing Tips
Neil Patel & Eric Siu. / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
Sales Tuners
Jim Brown / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Podnews podcasting news
James Cridland
79kbps 44.1kHz stereo HE‑AAC
-16.2 LUFS
Start Here
ABC News / Wide Orbit
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
The Flipping 50 Show
Debra Atkinson / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.2 LUFS
Solid Joys Daily Devotional
Desiring God
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Talking Points
The Points Guy / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-21.2 LUFS
15 Minutes to Freedom
Ryan Niddel / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.5 LUFS
The Food Blogger Pro Podcast
Bjork Ostrom / Libsyn
160kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-12.3 LUFS
The Fizzle Show
Fizzle.fm / Fireside
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-9.5 LUFS
Talking Tech with Jefferson Graham
USA TODAY / Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.2 LUFS
Numbers by Barron's
Barron's
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.8 LUFS
Optimal Finance Daily
Dan W. | Optimal Living Daily / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.9 LUFS
The AfriPodcast
Bright Emeka / Anchor
132kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.3 LUFS
Read to Lead Podcast
Jeff Brown / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-12.9 LUFS
Everyone Loves Guitar
Craig Garber / Libsyn
112kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.1 LUFS
No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis
ABC News
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Trumpcast
Slate Magazine / Megaphone by Panoply
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.0 LUFS
Daily Detroit
Daily Detroit / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
NHKラジオニュース
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
64kbps 32kHz mono mp3
-13.8 LUFS
PBS NewsHour - Politics Monday
PBS NewsHour
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.4 LUFS
Alice & Bianca - Har du sagt A får du säga B
Alice Stenlöf och Bianca Ingrosso / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.8 LUFS
Post Reports
The Washington Post
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.4 LUFS
Leaning Toward Wisdom
Randy Cantrell
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Ask Rezzz
Jason Resnick | Dad - Freelancer - Web Developer / Transistor
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-20.9 LUFS
The Carmen Murray Show
Carmen Murray | Solid Gold Studios / podcaststudios.co.za
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
Always Open
Rooster Teeth / Libsyn
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-19.0 LUFS
In The House
Gary Smith / Libsyn
65kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-32.0 LUFS
Coach Carson Real Estate & Financial Independence Podcast
Chad Coach Carson / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-21.4 LUFS
Savvy Talk
Digital & Savvy / AMAEYA Creative / Podiant
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.4 LUFS
Katie's Crib
Shondaland / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-24.0 LUFS
theNewsWorthy: daily news in 10 minutes | newsworthy news
Erica Mandy: broadcast journalist, writer, entrepreneur / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.0 LUFS
The MMQB NFL Podcast
Sports Illustrated / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.8 LUFS
Docs Outside The Box - Ordinary Doctors Doing Extraordinary Things
Dr. Nii Darko / Libsyn
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.1 LUFS
Murder Down South
Murder Down South
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-22.8 LUFS
The Radio Vagabond Palle Bo Traveling Around The World
Palle Bo / Libsyn
256kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.3 LUFS
Letters From A Hopeful Creative
Sara Tasker & Jen Carrington / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.7 LUFS
Discography Discussion
Dan and Joe Show / Podbean
320kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-13.8 LUFS
MASTERPIECE Studio
MASTERPIECE / PRX
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-23.0 LUFS
Two Minutes in the Garden
Empress of Dirt / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-14.7 LUFS
Dobré ráno | Denný podcast denníka SME
SME.sk / Soundcloud
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-14.6 LUFS
Cher and Retweet
Lipp Media / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.0 LUFS
Dungeon Fables
AliandrasK / Libsyn
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.5 LUFS
Tequila and Terror
Wes Southerly and Keisha Dunavin / Libsyn
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-22.5 LUFS
222 Paranormal Podcast
Jennifer and Joe Shortridge / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.0 LUFS
Chompers
Gimlet / Megaphone by Panoply
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.7 LUFS
Caribbean Money Moves
Caribbean Money Moves / Blubrry
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.3 LUFS
Podcast Pray as you go
Pray as you go
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.3 LUFS
The Gays Are Revolting
Lipp Media / Acast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.0 LUFS
The Murder In My Family
Mike Morford / Libsyn
135kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Sea Hawkers Podcast for Seattle Seahawks fans
Adam Emmert, Brandan Schulze / Libsyn
64kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-10.8 LUFS
5 Things
USA TODAY / Wondery / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.9 LUFS
The GonnaGeek Show
Stephen Jondrew
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.1 LUFS
Behind the Numbers: eMarketer Podcast
eMarketer / Soundcloud
178kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.9 LUFS
The Pineapple Project
ABC Radio / ABC Australia
192kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-27.1 LUFS
Stuff You Missed in History Class
iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks / Megaphone by Panoply
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-16.8 LUFS
Home Gadget Geeks (Audio MP3)
Jim Collison
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
The New Yorker Radio Hour
WNYC Studios and The New Yorker / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.6 LUFS
Podwrecked
Kyle M. Bondo / Timothy Kimo Brien / Gagglepod / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
The Wrap-Up Show with J Cleveland Payne
J Cleveland Payne / Spreaker
96kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-17.6 LUFS
KissFAQ Podcast
KissFAQ
64kbps 16kHz stereo mp3
-18.2 LUFS
Minute papillon!
20 Minutes / Pippa
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.4 LUFS
Automators
Relay FM / Libsyn
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-12.9 LUFS
Death, Sex & Money
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
Podder Than Hell Podcast
Steve Wright / Libsyn
160kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.2 LUFS
DawgNation Daily
Brandon Adams / Soundcloud
128kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-15.6 LUFS
Coffee With Craft
Eric Craft / Anchor
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-26.3 LUFS
Pure Mind Magic
Jennifer S. Royal (JSR) / Podbean
112kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.0 LUFS
Regulated Radio
Deloitte LLP / Libsyn
128kbps 48kHz stereo mp3
-24.3 LUFS
10 Things That Scare Me
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-15.8 LUFS
Polarised
The RSA / Simplecast
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.2 LUFS
Brexitcast
BBC Radio 5 live / BBC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-18.9 LUFS
ZigZag
Stable Genius Productions / PRX
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.1 LUFS
The Wolf Den
The Wolf Den / ART19
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-14.9 LUFS
The Main Street North Podcast
mainstreetnorth16@gmail.com (mainstreetnorth16@gmail.com) / Libsyn
155kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-19.5 LUFS
3 Fragen reichen
Christoph, Gavin, Silvester
192kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-22.1 LUFS
Australian True Crime
Meshel Laurie / Whooshkaa
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo mp3
-16.5 LUFS
Werk It: The Podcast
WNYC Studios / WNYC
128kbps 44.1kHz stereo 
-26.2 LUFS
Art of Failure
Steve Friedman / Libsyn
80kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-20.1 LUFS
Slow Burn
Slate / Megaphone by Panoply
96kbps 44.1kHz mono mp3
-13.4 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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