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Podcasting Tips

How to Save Time and Money With the Right Home for Your Podcast

Podcasting has been around for longer than you think (over 10 years now!), but the ways it has enticed people to tell their stories, as well as connect with others in a very intimate way, has never felt fresher. Yet, while there are lots of potential podcasters out there ready to try it out for themselves, many get lost along the way. It’s easy to see why – the onslaught of “necessary” gear, like microphones, filters, and mixers and the time commitment involved, are intimidating distractions.

However, you don’t have to sweat it – not that much, anyway. With even the most basic tools, getting into podcasting is simpler than you think.

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Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS Gets a New Addition

(Updated November 2019) 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. Looking for a podcast often takes as much time as listening to one.

So we at Spreaker are making a new contribution to your 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 listen to exactly what you fancy without any fuss.

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Keep Your Audience Engaged with a Mobile App

Podcasting has never been a one-sided affair – your content was made for an audience that could listen in and fully engage with it. Once you hit publish, your focus shifts from your own content to those out there waiting for you, and that includes reaching new listeners as well as those that have been there all along.

A customized Mobile App dedicated to your podcast is a great way to distribute your podcast out to listeners, get them hooked, and keep them coming back. While it’s important to spread your content through as many channels as possible, you don’t want your relationship with your audience to spread thin. A Mobile App bridges that gap between you and them and keeps things direct; your listeners download the app that you branded and created yourself, and your content gets to their ears in no time.  

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New Features on Spreaker Podcast Radio for iOS!

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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What’s going on with our iOS apps

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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How to schedule an episode on Spreaker Studio for Desktop

Now that we’ve talked about how to use the auto-ducking feature, today we’ll take a look at how to schedule an episode on Spreaker Studio for Desktop. This is the second post in our new “How-To” blog series to help you better understand how to use Spreaker’s platform. Post by post, we’ll focus on each of the apps and features that Spreaker offers to the community, breaking down the steps through handy visuals.

If you’re planning your podcast, you know how important it can be to record your next episode well in advance of publishing it to the world. With Spreaker Studio for Desktop you can take care of the entire process in one place: recording, saving, scheduling, and publishing all without having to worry!

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The Ultimate Guide to Submitting a Podcast to Apple Podcasts (iTunes’ New Name)

(Updated on June 2019) iTunes, first introduced by Apple in 2005 was the first smartphone app to host podcasts. Not only is iTunes the first distribution outlet for podcasters, but it also is the most popular. In the world of podcasting, you can’t say you are a podcaster without submitting your podcast to iTunes. Though new syndication points have recently launched on platforms, like Google and Spotify (and it appears that Pandora will soon join the game as well) Apple remains the main and most popular podcast distribution outlet. In fact, in 2018 it rebranded to be named Apple Podcasts. With an entirely new iPhone app, it now holds 500k available podcasts and has reached over 50 billion downloads.

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Podcasting Tips

Set up multiple shows with your Spreaker account!

Perhaps many of you didn’t know that you can have as many shows as you want on Spreaker with your own account, no matter what plan you’ve chosen.

Having more shows gives you the chance to organize your content by different topics, giving your profile the feel of a real radio channel, with multiple programs that can satisfy the needs of a big audience. Each show has its own URL and RSS feed link that can be distributed to other platforms as well as shared on social media and sites.

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How-Tos by You: Using Skype with Spreaker with David Smalley

In keeping with the spirit of our tight-knit community, we’re bringing users together to help each other out with podcasting, sharing their best advice and tips. Power users will be providing you with detailed tutorials on how to use different features and options with Spreaker. Starting us off is David Smalley of Dogma Debate, offering us a thorough guide on how he uses Skype with Spreaker.

Volumes all over the place? Are you terrified of Skype ruining your next show? Do you want to know how you can take live calls during your broadcast? You’ve landed in the right place.

From a guy who started a podcast in 2008 with two X-Box Headsets and three listeners, and now has a full studio with more than a quarter-million downloads, I’ve taken some lumps that I’ll try to save you from. Here’s a summary for those looking for quick answers like I do when I’m troubleshooting:

  • Get a mixer (Mackie ProFX8~$240)
  • Have Skype separated on a dedicated computer, then into the mixer
  • Uncheck the “automatically adjust my volume” setting that is visible during Skype calls
  • You now have 5 volumes to adjust
    1. Mixer Out – to the computer so your guest can hear you
    2. Mixer In – from the Skype computer so you can hear your guest
    3. The Skype Mic volume that you can adjust during the call
    4. The Skype Speaker volume that you can adjust during the call
    5. The main volume on the dedicated computer for Skype
  • Upgrade your Internet upload speed to at least 10mbps
  • Get a Skype call in-number for $12 and ask a friend to screen calls then transfer to your Skype
  • Set your Skype to auto answer incoming calls and disable sounds
  • Test. Test. Test. Test.

Now for some background.

Skype has probably been the greatest gift offered by the broadcasting gods, yet at times also seems like the most horrendous curse ever put on any broadcaster. When it works great, we love it, and when it doesn’t, well, we pull our hair out.

So today, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about broadcasting with Skype that will hopefully save you a lot of headaches.

First of all, if you’re serious about broadcasting a good quality show, get a mixer. A Mackie PROFX8 has a USB out (that goes into your broadcast laptop or pc) and only runs about $240 at Guitar Center, slightly more at other music equipment outlets.

The mixer is important because it stops the technologies from fighting one another. Skype loves to fight, and if we can put him in time-out, he behaves. It also runs better when it’s the only thing running on the computer. If you have it all on one machine, and you’re running Spreaker, iTunes, a web browser for research, Skype, and chat – you’re going to have problems with something. Skype is a sensitive app, and needs special care and attention.

The trick is, with a dedicated computer, install Skype, and close everything else. One cable goes from the Mixer Out – to the Mic In on the computer. That means what you are broadcasting also goes through the mixer and into the Skype conversation as your microphone. Then, you go from your Skype computer’s headphone or speaker jack out, to a channel on the mixer. (Mine is channel 4).

Now, I can use the slider on channel 4 to adjust the volume of the Skype guest, and the guest can hear me loud and clear. If the guest says you’re too loud or over-modulating, check your mixer output volume, and also check your Mic Volume setting on Skype, as well as your computer volume on the Skype dedicated machine.

The science here is that these technologies are smart enough to be dangerous. They want to automatically adjust themselves, and in a normal conversation setting, they work great. Skype wasn’t designed as a broadcast tool, so when we use it that way, we need to make some tweaks. That first tweak is to turn off the automatic adjustments.

During a test call, click the button that looks like mobile phone signal bars. Then, uncheck the automatic settings on the Microphone tab and the Speaker tab. Pull the volumes down just below halfway, set your Skype computer volume to halfway, and use the mixer to adjust volumes from there. The settings changed during the test call will be remembered for the next call.

I cannot stress enough, to test, test, and test. Your listeners will only tolerate so many technical issues before they bail. Getting it right is very important.

Taking Skype Calls Live During Your Show

This one took me a while to figure out, but turns out to be quite an easy fix.


  • Create two free Skype accounts
  • Upgrade one account for $12 to get a Skype phone number
  • Have someone you trust log in to that account during the show
  • You log in to your account during the show
  • Add each other to your respective Skype contacts
  • Announce the new number to your listeners
  • When a person calls the number, it rings your friend’s Skype
    1. Be sure to disable sounds on Skype
    2. It’s best if this person’s PC is not plugged into the show or mixer
  • When the friend screens the call and is ready to put them through, they simply transfer the call to you
  • Your Skype should be set up to “auto-answer” calls in the settings
  • So, they call, your friend answers, your friend transfers, your Skype auto-answers
  • Just like that, the caller is on hold, on your Skype computer, and can hear the show
  • When you’re ready for them to talk, turn up the volume for their channel on the mixer

Great David, thanks so much! 

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