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Listening Podcasting Tips

Spreaker Podcast Radio Gets a New Sleep Timer and Playback Speed Settings

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Playback-Communication

Great podcasts are easy to love, so why not make them easy to listen to? We know you’re fitting in your listening-time anywhere you can—like on the way to the movies or as you’re getting ready to go bed—so we’ve added a few extras to Spreaker Podcast Radio for both iOS and Android to facilitate things: introducing new playback settings!

Sometimes inconveniences like time restraints get in the way, but a great podcast listening experience means that time works around you, and not the other way around. Now, a new sleep timer and playback speed settings will help you manipulate those limits.

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Listening Podcasting Tips

Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS Gets a New Addition to the lean-back Listening Experience

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Sometimes you’re not sure what to listen to, but have a vague idea – you’re in the mood for true crime, or comedy, or maybe you’re looking for something on the light side, like pop culture talk. But looking for a podcast often takes as much time as listening to one.

So we at Spreaker are making a new contribution to your lean-back listening experience – introducing channels to Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS. Since each channel is based on a particular theme and curated with the best content we’ve got, you can follow your mood’s whimsy, sit back, and enjoy without any fuss.

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General Podcasting Tips

The Benefits Of Transcribing Your Podcast

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If you’re wondering why you should transcribe your podcast, start by considering that the easiest way to find something on the internet (any kind of media – audio, video, images) is through text. By providing a text version, or a transcript, of your podcast’s episodes you can improve its accessibility, shareability, and be able to repurpose that valuable content later on.  It also improves your listeners’ experience, giving them an alternative way to consume your content when tuning in isn’t possible.

“Text is the secret. Converting podcast recordings into a transcript makes it possible for podcast producers to give listeners a better experience.” (Observer.com)

Moreover, as mentioned before, since web searches are text based, a transcript will open up new opportunities; you’ll be able to easily redact your content into blog posts, articles, presentations, and even books. Even your listeners will be able to quickly quote and share what they find valuable from your episode. Let’s take a deeper look at how transcriptions can benefit your podcast:

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General Listening Mobile App

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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General Spreaker Resources

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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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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Spreaker Podcast Radio for Android: What’s New!

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We’ve got news for you! We just released an updated version of Spreaker Podcast Radio for Android, and it includes an exciting new feature. Introducing the Newsfeed section!

Never miss what your favorite podcasters and networks are up to again. In the newsfeed, you’ll get a continuous stream of updates, from new content created to what everyone’s been listening to.

Choose between two settings: All activity so that you won’t miss any of the actions podcasters or networks make, or New content to see only the latest episodes that have been published.

If you see something interesting, just tap on it to listen to it right away, or tap on the More option (the three dots) to select where you want that particular content to go.

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Mobile App News

Announcing our new Windows Phone app!

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Windows Phone users, this one’s for you!

We’re ready to reach out, and get you listening to audio content on your favorite device!

Check out Windows Phone’s unique design, where by dragging the screen to the left or right, you can access different sections and browse content.

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Access the best of Spreaker’s live and pre-recorded audio in the Explore section, keep up with followed users and what they make through the Newsfeed, and don’t miss the curated lists and staff favorites found in the Featured section.

Plus (and this is totally exciting) interact with users as they go live via the chatbox, and follow your favorites as you browse great content.

So, let’s sum things up for you!

  • Listen to live radio shows, podcasts and music tracks

  • Discover new talk shows and music produced by the Community

  • Interact with the hosts and other listeners during live broadcasts

  • Follow people and keep updated on their activity within the Community

Like the new app? Give it, and us, a little love by downloading and sharing it with your fellow Windows Phone friends!

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Spreaker Presents Its New Explore Page!

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Spreaker’s got a hot, new Explore page, come check it out!

We wanted to put you guys upfront and center, plus make it easy for users to find you. Don’t see yourself there now? No worries, if you’ve got great stuff then you’re sure to be in the spotlight soon.

Hop from category to category and find great content quickly. Our featured content and curated lists give you the best of Spreaker accessible in a cinch.

Let’s take a look around:

At the top of the page, you’ll find all of our regularly published features from throughout the week. It’s a collection of all our spotlighted users: Featured this Week, Star on Stage, and our iHeartRadio Picks.

Just under, you’ll find our general categories, under which all of Spreaker’s content is divided, plus lists of our highlights, currently live shows, and sponsored users.

And at the bottom you’ll find specially curated lists, featuring some of the most popular topics on Spreaker, and our favorite episodes and shows. Check them out, you’ll definitely find something to make your ears happy here.

We hope you love the new look! In fact, you can send us your love here.

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Podcasting Tips

Q&A with Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt

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Adam Baker is the man behind Man Vs. Debt, a podcast and site dedicated to helping you pay off your debt and “explore personal finance, consumerism, clutter, travel, minimalism, and passionate entrepreneurship while building a community of like-minded people.” Check out what Adam has to say about building a community around your show, and loosening up in front of the mic.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Adam Baker – but you can just call me Baker. I’m the husband of Courtney, the dad of Milligan “Milli” and Charlotte “Charlie,” and the founder of Man Vs. Debt, which I started in 2009. I’m also involved in several other ventures, including a film company called Crank Tank Studios, which is getting ready to premiere its first feature-length documentary, “I’m Fine, Thanks,” next month!

Congratulations! How did you get into podcasting?

A BUNCH of my friends and mentors had been telling me to get into it, and I finally made the leap around Christmas of last year, when I realized that it was a great way to get our message of “Sell your crap, pay off your debt, do what you love” out to a new audience in a medium that I’m really comfortable with – speaking.

Was it easy for you to share personal information (your own financial situation) over the airwaves in the beginning?

You know, it wasn’t hard at all to do it on the air – because we’d already been doing it on Man Vs. Debt for almost 3 years. In general, was it hard to share our financial situation at first? Well, maybe a little, but the risk was GREATLY outweighed by the accountability and momentum we gained by doing it!

What did you do to help your podcast grow in popularity?

We worked with Cliff Ravenscraft (The Podcast Answer Man) to make sure we were set up for success from the start – everything from getting our feed correct for iTunes to choosing the best plugins to help display the podcast on Man Vs. Debt. I think asking our existing community to spread the word – and to review us on iTunes – was a huge help; we ended up as the top new podcast in our category, and that just fueled even more growth!

Great advice! Speaking of which, what are your favorite podcasting tips?

Just do it. I learned the hard way that when I made my podcast “formula” too complicated, it was a huge barrier to me actually getting behind the microphone and recording. A few episodes in, we loosened up on our format a good bit, and I started to just relax and record, which allowed us to just get the show out the door. Also, I’d say just be yourself and play to your strengths. I like podcasting because I like speaking about topics I’m passionate about. I COULD podcast on a lot of subjects – but when I stick to what’s on my mind and what I’m reading and thinking about, that’s when I’m best.

How was Blog World? See anything particularly interesting?

BlogWorld was a blast. I think it’s a conference and event that is constantly improving year to year.

As with any conference, the real treat is all the wonderful people who attend. I met new friends, got to revisit old ones, and had an amazing time.

Thanks so much for talking to us Adam, and keep up the great work!

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