How To Use Spreaker For Podcasting

Spreaker for Podcasting

Spreaker for Podcasting

I often get asked the question, “can I use Spreaker to host a podcast”? The answer is absolutely, yes! It’s a super and easy to use platform for podcasting.

There has been much discussion and debate as to what Spreaker can and can’t do in the podcasting community. Read on for my ultimate guide to how I use Spreaker to publish our weekly Music Radio Creative Podcast and how you can do it too!

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First, here are the answers to some common questions I hear about Spreaker for podcasting:

Can I Use Spreaker As A Podcast Media File Host?

Yes, you can, it’s simply a case of uploading your completed audio file using Spreaker’s easy upload option. When you hit publish on the episode you’ll get a download link to a physical mp3 file which you can share or syndicate anywhere via RSS.

Can I Keep Control Of My RSS Feed?

Keep your RSS feed

Keep your RSS feed

Yes, absolutely! The key to keeping control is to never use an RSS feed from a third party. I have the words of podcast coach Dave Jackson echoing through my head, “always submit an RSS feed that YOU control to iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast directories”. Spreaker does offer an RSS feed option but I would always opt to create my own. This is especially important if you apply to get listed on iHeartRadio Talk via Spreaker and are accepted your Spreaker RSS feed will disappear. I’ll show you how you can host with Spreaker, be on iHeartRadio and keep control of your RSS feed in this guide.

How I Upload & Publish A Weekly Podcast On Spreaker

1. Save Your Finished Podcast Episode

Audio file settings in Adobe Audition

Audio file settings in Adobe Audition

When saving your audio file it is important to make sure you save it as a .mp3 file with the sample type 44100 Hz Stereo, 16-bit and the format settings should be MP3 128 Kbps CBR. Spreaker re-encodes files of any other format but will not re-encode a file saved with these exact settings. If your file is re-encoded it can have an underwatery sound and a slight loss of audio quality so make sure you get these settings correct.

2. Upload Your Podcast To Spreaker

Tick Download Enabled

Tick Download Enabled

It’s easy to upload your mp3 file using Spreaker. Make sure you’re logged in to your account, click “Create” then click “Upload” and select the mp3 file you just saved. Next add all the meta information to your podcast and make sure “Download Enabled” is ticked. When the upload is complete you can hit “Publish”.

3. Get The mp3 Download Link

Go to the URL for your latest episode on Spreaker and right click the download link. Click “Copy Link Address” in the Chrome web browser or equivalent in your own web browser.

Get the podcast download link from Spreaker

Get the podcast download link from Spreaker

4. Paste The Link Into PowerPress & Publish!

Paste the link to your mp3 file into the “Media URL” section of PowerPress and hit “Verify”. Once you get confirmation of your audio file’s existence you’re ready to go! Type out those show notes and hit “Publish” on WordPress and your show will go live to an RSS feed that you control.

Paste Spreaker mp3 into PowerPress

Paste Spreaker mp3 into PowerPress

In the case of the Music Radio Creative Podcast that feed is: http://podcast.musicradiocreative.com/feed/podcast

Can I See My Podcast Download Stats?

Yes, Spreaker has basic and advanced level (paid) stats for your podcast. I would also highly recommend signing up to Blubrry’s free or paid podcast stats service (which you can activate and use together with Spreaker in PowerPress once registered). This will give you access to a little more information such as geographic locations and the chance to be included in Blubrry’s podcast sponsorship deals.

Ready To Try Spreaker Yourself?

Get started with Spreaker for free and you have the option to upgrade if and when you need more storage or advanced statistics. I do not get a commission when you sign up and use Spreaker I simply use and love their service and wanted to make it easy for other podcasters to do the same.

With Spreaker you’ll get the added benefits of applying to be included in iHeartRadio Talk (an app with many millions of potential listeners) and you’ll be on their own internal socially shareable platform which has around 3,000,000 users at the time of writing this guide.

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Jingle Player App for iPad

The following is a guest post from Herman van der Veen, CEO of CamelWeb Creations, the company behind a jingle player App for iPad that is used by thousands of radio DJs around the world.

i-jingle pro app for iPad

i-jingle pro app for iPad

Nowadays when you’re using jingles in your radio show you have various options to play them back. When I just got started at a local radio station, I learned how to use a set of tweezers to adjust the start point of the jingle on an audio cassette in a slightly modified cassette player. In time life got easier with the introduction of the mini disk, quickly followed by playback software on a computer.

When many years later I bought my first iPad, I was surprised that I couldn’t find any jingle player app for it. In my mind the iPad was, and still is, the perfect device to have a soundboard type of application. When I didn’t find anything remotely usable I decided to develop one myself. The fact that I’m the proud owner of a software development company, made it possible to give meaning to “I’ll do it myself”.

The result emerged in 2012 as i-Jingle for iPad. A screen full of player buttons, organised in columns and categories, that offer instant playback of any MP3 or WAVE file you loaded onto your tablet, with the touch of a finger.

Jingle Player for iPad

Jingle Player for iPad

By carefully listening to our customers we’ve managed to further develop and improve that first version into what is known today as i-Jingle 2.0 and i-Jingle PRO. The PRO version offers many features such as looping, ducking, extra presets and volume sliders on each column for on the fly volume control. With i-Jingle on your iPad you can prepare your show at home and come to the studio with your material sorted and ready to play.

One of the best features of i-Jingle is that our entry level version is available on iTunes as free download. It’s a great way to get familiar with our jingle player and when you need more, you either upgrade (in app purchase) or go PRO. Keep in mind that no matter what version you choose, i-Jingle always offers beautifully designed functionality and unmatched quality and combines it with lightning fast customer support.

Download Jingle Player iPad App

Thank you for reading this guest post, please share it, now go ahead and download the app or enter our competition to win a free copy of the PRO version. Closing date is 7th Febuary 2014.

Music Radio Creative at NMX 2014

NMX 2014 at the Rio, Las Vegas

NMX 2014 at the Rio, Las Vegas

This time next week Izabela and I will be speaking in Las Vegas about the power of audio branding for your podcast.

You’ll learn how to brand your podcast sound with the use of carefully scripted voice overs and jingles. We’ve got a great session planned for all the attendees of NMX 2014 with some actionable tips that you’ll be able to apply right after our session. We hope to see you there!

NMX 2014 – Mike & Izabela Speaking Session Preview

  • You’ll learn out what the top 100 ranked podcasts are doing right with their audio branding.
  • How to find out who is listening to your podcast and target your sound at that audience.
  • Audio jargon explained and what you really need to create a great sound.
  • Izabela with some podcast intro script writing tips and tricks.
  • Where to find great quality music, sound effects and voice over talent online.
  • Plenty of audio production tips and tricks from myself.

That’s just a very small amount of what you’ll come away with after attending our NMX 2014 session in Las Vegas. We also have some free goodies to give away to each and every person that comes to our session but you’ll need to be there to get them. I won’t give away the full story but I can tell you that one of the free gifts will include Izabela’s brand new Kindle book: The Secrets Of Effective Podcast Audio Branding

Music Radio Creative Meetup at NMX 2014

Music Radio Creative Meetup

Music Radio Creative Meetup

We’ll be holding a small and intimate meetup in the Wine Cellar at the Rio Hotel and Casino scheduled to start shortly after the first day’s closing keynote speech. We’d love to meet you for some wine and nibbles. Booking a ticket is essential and when they’re gone – they’re gone – so make sure to reserve your ticket now here.

photo by: Sean MacEntee