Subscribe by email, free
Your daily briefing for podcasting and on-demand

Articles

How to

How to do loudness: the LUFS and LKFS FAQ for podcasters
What are LUFS and LKFS, and why is Apple asking for -16 of them? This article helps with understanding loudness levels for your podcast, and how to achieve them.

How to use commercial music in your podcast
Can you use commercial music, from records or CDs, in your podcast? No, you can't. Here's a full set of reasons why you can't: not even a little bit.

How to make your podcast the right length: how long should a podcast be?
How long should my podcast be? What's the right duration for a podcast? This is one of the first questions ever asked when people are thinking about making a podcast. Here's an attempt to answer.

How to understand podcast stats
Podcast Connect analytics, podcast charts, downloads, Podtrac and more: what does it all mean, and how do you know your podcast is doing well?

How to get your podcast into Google Podcasts and Google Home
How to get your podcasts into the Google Podcasts app, and onto Google Home and other smart speakers

How to see if Google has indexed your podcast, without an Android phone
Not got an Android phone, but want to see if Google knows where your podcast is? Here's how to find out.

How to add a donate or payment link to your podcast
Here's how to make sure that Overcast and other podcast apps can link to your donation page for your podcast

How to embed a Spotify podcast player into your website
Want to embed a Spotify podcast player into your website? Here's how...

News in depth

Technical analysis of the top podcasts
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, we decided to take a look. This page is continually updated.

How much is mobile data worldwide?
We examine typical data costs for mobile phones across the world, and discover wide variety in pricing

Root of Evil launches: Q&A with Tyler Moody
We spoke to Tyler Moody, the GM and VP of Turner Podcast Network, about the company's new podcast Root of Evil, and the state of the industry.

Apple Podcast Connect's terms of service, 31 January 2019
The terms of service, as published by Apple on 31 January 2019.

Our take: Spotify in talks to buy Gimlet Media. Good plan?
Spotify is in talks to buy Gimlet Media for $230m. Is it worth $230m? What next?

Podcast apps, privacy, and GDPR
Is NPR's RAD a privacy violation? No... but yes. We explain how podcasting works, and exactly how much data you're sharing.

Podnews's Google Podcasts helper - our Wordpress plugin
A simple plugin for Wordpress that helps Google Podcasts find your podcast

Do ratings and reviews really help you get featured in 'What's Hot'?
How do you get into the 'What's Hot' section of Apple Podcasts? Is it anything to do with ratings and reviews? Or is it... something else? By Daniel J. Lewis

Promote Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts equally: and here's what happens
It turns out that if you promote your podcast on both services equally, you get equal usage. You just have to promote it that way.

For podcast hosts, what does 'IAB compliance' mean?
What does 'IAB compliance' actually mean? Spoiler: not much. You want to be looking for IAB Certification.

How podcast show notes display in 19 different apps
Podcast show notes display, it turns out, in many different ways in different apps. Here's what to do to make sure they work best.

Chapter points in podcasts: a waste of time?
Which podcast apps support chapter points? Is it worth your while spending time and effort on them?

Is iHeartMedia really the leader in 'snackable' podcasts?
A configuration error means that their Podtrac stats could be thousands of times too large

Placings on Apple's Podcast Chart can be bought
A company promises to get you into the Apple Podcast Charts. All they want is money.

Is this proof that Apple's Podcast Charts are being manipulated?
Does this show strong evidence that it's easy to game the iTunes Chart?

COO Stuart Last on Audioboom's future
'The future is good', he says

British Podcast Awards: 2018 winners
The British Podcast Awards 2018 took place on Saturday 19th May at Kings Place in King's Cross, London.

Apple kicks out a republisher of 'top 5' podcasts from Apple Podcasts
Apple acted swiftly to kick out a republisher this week. But should they have approved the podcasts in the first place?

Popular podcast app Castbox altered RSS feeds and is still removing links
Castbox has been republishing unauthorised and altered versions of podcast RSS feeds, and deliberately removing links to the websites of the podcasters they link to.

Q&A with Panoply's CEO, Brendan Monaghan
We asked Panoply some questions. They sent us some answers.

Resources

Where to add your podcast: and where to find ours
We have a daily podcast. Here's where to find it - and all the directory links to add your podcast, too

Podcast recommendation newsletters
Looking for some new podcasts to listen to? Here are some of our favourite recommendation newsletters.

Podcast availability indicator
Wondering how complete the Spotify and Google Podcasts catalogue is? We run the figures on some recent podcasts.

Podcast app user-agents
We wondered what user agents were being used by which apps. Here's a full list.

Google Podcasts app: an FAQ for podcasters
All you need to know about the Google Podcasts app: the default way of listening to podcasts on an Android phone.

Podcast subscribe pages for everyone
How to get a simple page to link to your podcast from social media, letting people subscribe and listen instantly

About Podnews

Tools used to produce Podnews every day
What tools are used by Podnews every day to produce the newsletter?

Submissions and Disclosures
How to submit stories to Podnews; and our relevant editorial disclosures

Things I learnt when self-hosting my own podcast
Some things learnt after self-hosting a podcast for a while

Advertising and supporting Podnews
Want to support us - or get your company's name out there? Here are the options at Podnews.

Our supporters (become one)

Get a global view on podcasting and on-demand with our daily news briefing

Subscribe to our daily newsletter by email, free