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Listening News

Students, Start Podcasting: Submit Your Idea to this New Competition

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Have an idea? Have an idea that’s great enough to turn into a podcast? Students in Scotland now have the opportunity to win The Scottish Podcast Scholarship, newly established by The Podcast Host.

“We’re committed to helping people find their voice, and their audience, through podcasting. We’re looking to find someone with a brilliant idea for an audio series, and help them to plan and launch it.”

All university and college students across Scotland are eligible, with no previous podcasting experience necessary – it’s all about what you’ll bring to the table and the great idea you want to pitch. Submissions are open over at https://www.thepodcasthost.com/pitch until Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Listening

Listen to podcasts offline with Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS’ new downloading feature!

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Whether you’re in flight mode or stuck in the subway, you can always listen to your favorite podcasts, even when you’re offline — introducing downloading on Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS!

Opt to pick and choose and then manually download episodes you want to listen to later, or set up auto-downloading on your favorited shows so that any new published episodes get downloaded straight to your iPhone. Now all you iOS lovers get to create your own listening experience tailored to your ears, even when you’ve disconnected (Android users, you’re already enjoying the feature).

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Listening Podcasting Tips

2016: The Year in Podcasting

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Spreaker’s been a part of the podcasting industry for almost six years now, and we’ve seen lots of changes in who’s trying it out and how the medium is approached. As its consumption continues to boom (at the beginning of 2016, Edison Research reported that 55% of Americans were aware of podcasting’s existence (compare that to 22% in 2006), and 36% had listened to one) we’ve seen it get adopted from both the bottom-up as well as the top-down. Podcasting has grown from a passion project to a full-time commitment for many, and corporations and broadcasting giants are turning to it for a more direct connection with clients and listeners.

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Enhance Your Story and Create More Easily Accessible Podcasts with Chapters

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Ask yourself: how accessible is your podcast? Can listeners follow your story, or get through your content in one sitting? Could they more fully appreciate your podcast with extra background information or references?

Accessibility isn’t just about making sure your podcast is available on every listening platform, or blowing up people’s social network feeds. It also lies in the structure of your content, how well you tell your story, and the marketing strategies you use to hook listeners in; your podcast needs to be easy to consume for listeners.

Spreaker is now giving you the ability to add chapters to your episode through our CMS. With chapters, you can delineate a clear outline of key points and favorite moments that listeners can get to easily, and create new ways to share your content.

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Listening Podcasting Tips

Looking Good When You Auto-Share

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Podcasting doesn’t end when you hit “Publish.” Your content needs to get to your listeners’ ears, and effective distribution means sharing your content quickly and looking good while you do it. But when your podcasting to-do list is already inundated with different tasks – mixing, editing, uploading, describing, tagging – some of the process risks falling by the wayside.

That’s why we’ve been focusing so much on the new CMS, to offer you a dashboard full of quality tools and features to help you every step of the way. Today, we’re eager to show you the newest addition: the ability to auto-share “camera-ready” episodes to all your social networks.

Here’s what we mean:

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Listening Mobile App Podcasting Tips

Playing Favorites with Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS

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We totally understand what it feels like to find a new favorite podcast.

You see an interesting title, the artwork looks great, and you think: sure, I’ll try listening to that! Ten minutes in, you’re completely hooked, and it takes you everything you’ve got to not binge on the entire season in one sitting.

And we totally understand that when you find a new favorite, you want to be able to listen to it at any given moment. That’s why we’ve just introduced a new Favorites section, as well as notifications about those favorites, to Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS, so that you can always keep tabs on them. It’s a personalized element to your listening experience, and is another step closer to matching up our iOS experience to what’s currently available for Android.

Let’s take a look at how it’s done:

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General Listening

Finding Podcasting’s Listening Simplicity

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carradioEvery time I step into a car with an AM/FM radio, I am reminded about the concept of simplicity and ease of use as key reasons why radio grew to have such a large listening audience.

When I contrast the current in-car radio experience with present podcast usability, the AM/FM radio experience is still winning the simplicity test and audiences today.

We have seen usability and simplicity gains of on demand audio and podcasting technology over the past 10 years. These usability improvements have started to erode the listener base of in-car radio and is causing a gradual increase in on demand audio podcasts usage.

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New Features on Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS!

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Not long ago we told you what’s going on with Spreaker’s apps, and how we’re working on matching the listening and podcasting experiences on our iOS apps with our Android counterparts. Well, this very week we’re rolling out two new and exciting features on Spreaker Podcast Radio. Take a look:

Find new curated lists with a freshened up Explore section

Easily discover new and popular podcasts by browsing through curated lists based on different topics like tech, traveling, and pop culture. While most of these lists were put together by Spreaker’s own editorial team, others are contributions from our partners and famous publications. Listen to recommendations by The New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

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4 Tips to Staying Up-To-Date on Podcasting News

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If you’re a podcaster or are somehow involved in the field, you probably find it a bit frustrating to easily stay up to date with the hottest podcasting news, whether or not it’s coming from a content or industry point of view.

As someone who works daily with podcast-related news, it’s kind of hard to find fresh, good news about what’s going on. Researching via Google means spending several minutes filtering out fake news about new podcasts from the real, quality news about the last updates. That’s why we’ve decided to share some useful tips on how to stay up to date without any effort, or almost, with you!

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General Listening

3 Gardening Podcasts

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Is there anything more gratifying than a beautiful personal garden? As someone who masters the art of gardening better than writing this blog post, “July means the start of summer holiday and a new rich colour palette, as dahlias, agapanthus and cosmos come into flower.” It’s that time of year when you can enjoy your free time in your garden, filling it with colorful flowers and plants. But, what if you’re a beginner, or don’t feel like a real pro? 

As a first step to becoming a green thumb, we’ve selected 3 of Spreaker’s best gardening podcasts that will show you the way. You’ll learn how to do things like divide plants, plant a second round of vegetables, deadhead flowering plants, and more.

So, get to your garden, tune in to these podcasts, and sunbathe until you’ve learned what to do. You can start gardening with an unbeatable tan! Perfect plan! (But don’t forget to use sunscreen!)

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