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How to Start Coding on Android If You’re an iGuy

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If you care about users enjoying your service from their mobile devices, then you should ask yourself: is it enough or necessary to make an amazing responsive website to answer their needs? Probably not. So you go ahead and build a great iOS app version of the website. But is that enough?

Well, not exactly, since there are currently more Android than iOS devices out there in the world, so it’s much more sensible to release an Android app even before creating one for iOS. All this summarizes the main reasons why I decided that I needed to learn how to build an Android app. Plus it forced me work from a different perspective, allowing me to grow my knowledge as a developer so much that I decided to apply what I learned back to our iOS development.

And so, the journey begins

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What gets an app featured on Google Play?

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Spreaker launched in 2010 as a product available only on the web, used mainly on desktop computers. But with the subsequent rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets, users wanted to also enjoy a similar experience on their mobile devices.

We released our official Spreaker Android app in September 2013, allowing our users to listen to their favorite podcasts, enjoy live streaming, and even create their own live and pre-recorded content. This has been a great source of feedback from our existing users as well as new ones.

As time passed, we realized that having one single app for both listeners and producers was actually an obstacle in giving a great experience for these two very different types of users. So in September 2014 Spreaker Studio for Android was born: a brand new app totally focused on content creators where you can broadcast live or record your episodes. Its interface allows you to mix voice, audio tracks, and multiple sound effects, as well as access statistics and manage shows and episodes.

How did getting featured actually happen?

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Interview: Anya Grundmann at Podcast Movement

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anya_no_bars_vignette_lowAnya Grundmann is the Vice President of Programming and Audience Development at NPR, leading the network’s programming center in creating and acquiring high quality content, as well as engaging and growing both its public and digital radios’ audiences.

In addition to program acquisition, evaluation, and developments, she also oversees NPR’s weekly quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me“, and manages NPR’s Worldwide Service and the network’s channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

We decided to interview Anya to get an inside look at her work at the programming center, hoping to learn how to create high-quality and successful audio from the very best. Moreover, we’re sure that her vast knowledge of the podcasting field will be useful to whoever is reading this interview.

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How to Sync Skype with Spreaker Studio for Desktop

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As every podcaster already knows, tackling a topic from different points of view is a sure way to bring the quality of his or her content to a higher level. However, having different points of view usually means more voices to manage, with co-hosts and guests weighing in on your discussion. It can’t be said enough that mastering an excellent podcast interview or steering a heated conversation already requires good speaking skills, experience, organization, and the right equipment.

So what happens when you’re not all in the same place? Maybe your co-host is live-streaming right from the location you’re covering (like a sports match), or you work remotely (like we do at Spreaker, by the way), or, more often than not, the expert that you want to interview can’t get to your studio. In that case, the best solution is to use Skype, and with Spreaker Studio for Desktop it’s very easy to set up.

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Start a Podcast for Your Business

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Originally posted on newmediaeurope.com, the official site of  the New Media Europe conference, taking place in London, June 18th and 19th.

Connecting with clients in a meaningful way is essential to growing your business, and it can also prove to be one of the most difficult tasks. Podcasting is a great solution to building that bond, adding a deeper dimension and personality to your brand.

And who could resist, when the tools to get a podcast up and running are so accessible and affordable? The barriers of expensive equipment and studio are long gone, it’s nothing you can’t accomplish without a computer and a decent microphone.

So what’s holding you back? Here are 5 reasons to stop what you’re doing and start your podcast now. The benefits are hard to deny:

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Welcome to Our Spreaker API

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Spreaker is known for its easy to use yet powerful service for both podcasters and listeners. Every day, millions of people across the globe listen to podcasts hosted on the platform, either through the website, the mobile apps, or the widget.

As an engineer, it’s amazing to see how many different ways people use Spreaker. And yet, while the level of flexibility and customization we provide to podcasters satisfies most of these uses, we’ve recently seen a surge in demand for more advanced integrations.

We want to help our most demanding customers build their own custom integrations themselves, and so we’re excited to announce that Spreaker has launched a public API.

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Interview: Carole Sanek at Podcast Movement

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meCarole has been a freelance writer, content creator, ghostwriter, and a social media and PR consultant for over five years. She has won 3 blogging awards, and was recently featured in the top 10 Social Media/PR agencies as “Best in the Business” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Carole created her podcast The Crazy Marketing Ladies Show in 2014, bringing together four savvy ladies to interview guests offering great advice for those who have “caught” the entrepreneurial bug. She is currently working on the project #cycleofjoy, where she is inspiring people to find their own cycle of happiness.

We decided to interview Carole because her double-threat experience in both podcasting and marketing can be really helpful to those willing to boost their own podcast. So, let’s just start with the interview:

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3 Personal Goals for 2016 as the CEO of a Remote Company

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We all know that working remotely is great, so I don’t think I’ll have to keep convincing you about that.

Is it a viable option for every organization? Probably not, but it has been working well for us so far, and we’re happy to share our experience with it and continue the conversation around it.

As we’ve already discussed, there are PROs and CONs to working remotely, but I strongly believe that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Instead, I’d like to focus this post on what I personally find challenging as the co-founder/CEO of a remote company, and how I plan to deal with those challenges.

Let’s start with the hardest thing to do, at least for me.

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Interview: Kaitlin Prest at Podcast Movement

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IMG_1865Kaitlin Prest is an audio artist working in radio, performance and installation. She is the creative director and host of Radiotopia’s The Heart, where she explores intimacy through innovative approaches to sound and storytelling. In 2015 she was the first podcaster to win the prestigious Prix Italia Award, for radio play Movies In Your Head. Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, and the National Community Radio Awards Outstanding Achievement in Documentary 2011. She has presented her audio performance and installation work at documentary and audio festivals around the world.

We decided to interview Kaitlin because we believe that her ability to produce and create quality audio storytelling can be inspiring to those of you who are willing to create something similar. So, let’s just start with the interview:

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What’s going on with our iOS apps

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In the past few weeks we’ve been pushing out some new releases to our iOS Apps; some of you have reached out because they couldn’t find the statistics screen on the Spreaker Podcast Radio app anymore.

As of now, listener analytics are only displayed on Spreaker Studio and this means that if you are a content producer you should have already downloaded the Spreaker Studio App for iOS in order to access your stats. In a few months (we can’t reveal the date just yet) we’ll be launching a complete renewal of Spreaker Podcast Radio App for iOS which will give users a much better podcast listening experience, like we already did on Android.

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