In this post, I will be reviewing Spreaker, one of the top podcast hosting platforms available today.

If you are looking for a feature-rich podcast hosting solution with powerful monetization strategies that help you make money from podcasting, you should consider Spreaker.

Its main selling point is its mobile app for podcasters. If you travel more and you need all the features to record, edit, publish, or broadcast the episodes on the go, Spreaker would be the best bet.

Let’s get started with the Spreaker review.

FeaturesSpreaker
Free plan available?Yes. It supports only one podcast.
Premium pricing starts at 💲$20/mo
Has a mobile app? 📲Yes. It has an app for both listeners and podcasters. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

Quick decision

What we like about Spreaker?

  • Studio app: With Spreaker’s studio app, you can record, edit, and broadcast episodes in real-time. The app is available for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac platforms. It also supports external microphones and mixers, giving you flexibility in creating and managing your podcasts.
  • Headliner Integration: Spreaker integrates with the Headliner app, allowing you to create audiograms, which are visual soundbites. These audiograms can be shared on social media platforms to drive more traffic and engage with your audience.
  • Free transcription services: For transcribing your episodes, Spreaker offers free transcription services, Free Podcast Transcription, and MusixMatch. It even has desktop app powered by open-sourced OpenAI Whisper models to provide you 99% accurate transcripts.
  • Programmatic ad monetization: For podcast monetization, it has built-in programmatic ad monetization. This helps you insert the pre-rolls, mid-rolls, and post-rolls automatically, eliminating manual work on your end.
  • Ad campaign manager: On its Publisher plan, you will get the ad campaign manager. With this, you can create, manage, monitor, and analyze all the advertising campaigns you run on your podcasts in one place.

What we don’t like about Spreaker?

  • Lacks a website builder: Spreaker doesn’t come with a podcast hosting website, unlike Buzzsprout (important for SEO). You need to use third-party services like WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace to build your own website and make your podcasts appear on SERPs.
  • No affiliate support: Spreaker lacks an affiliate program for you to promote other brands and earn money. You need to find the affiliates yourself outside of Spreaker and promote them. If you are a beginner, you will find this a bit difficult.
  • Limited analytics on lower plans: It has restricted the advanced statistics only to its paid plans. On its free plan, you will get only the downloads and the listener’s statistics. Also, the lowest plan only gives statistics for six months, while the highest plan gives statistics for 24 months.

Upfront bottomline

If your main focus is on monetizing the podcasts, Spreaker won’t disappoint you. For this, it has programmatic ad monetization, premium podcasts, integration with Patreon, etc.

Also, it also has mobile apps for listeners and podcasters, which is impressive compared to competitors.

On the other hand, you can’t build a podcast website using Spreaker, for instance Buzzsprout, let you do that. Instead, you have to use WordPress, Wix, or another website development tool.

Overall, it’s a decent podcasting tool, but it has room for improvement.

Now, let’s explore it in more detail.

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Getting started

User interface

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Spreaker has a modern interface. All its features are arranged in the left sidebar and you can access them within 3 to 4 clicks. The interface loads very quickly.

Unlike Buzzsprout, Spreaker has a small learning curve. If you are a beginner, you need some technical knowledge in running ad campaigns, creating audiograms, integrating with Headliner, creating Patreon pages, etc.

Another thing I’d like to mention is its RSS feed feature, which is quite convenient if you already have a podcast somewhere else but want to give Spreaker a go.

importing episodes to spreaker

You can simply paste your podcast’s RSS link into Spreaker, and it will automatically copy the content from the platform where it is hosted.

I also like that you can transfer your Spreaker content to another platform just as easily, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with one solution.

Creating podcasts in Spreaker

While creating the podcasts, Spreaker allows you to create them from scratch by adding a title, category, picture, etc. Keep in mind that you can only have one podcast on the free plan, while the paid plans let you have an unlimited number of them.

creating podcast in spreaker

After you’ve entered some basic information about your podcast, you can upload individual episodes.

uploading episodes in spreaker

Spreaker supports mp3, mp4, WAV, aac, amr, flac, ra, ogg, and asf file formats. You can upload the episodes with a maximum file size of 300 MB.

For each episode, you can add tags for easier categorization, season numbers, and customize the default permalink. You can also add descriptions to help listeners know what they can expect. This is a good practice for improving your podcast’s visibility in search engines, too.

The best thing about Spreaker is that you can record the episodes directly from the tool. Spreaker has a Studio app, specifically created for podcasters. So you can record and upload the episodes from anywhere, at any time on the go. The app is available for desktop, iOS, and Android devices.

visibility settings in spreaker

Note that you can make the episodes private, public, or limited. Limited access means you can restrict the access making it a paid subscription. For this, you can use Patreon integration.

Bottomline: Spreaker has made it very easy to create podcasts. It supports various audio files with a file size of up to 300 MB. If you need to, you can restrict the podcast access for premium members.

Editing the podcasts

If you heard about Buzzsprout, you probably heard about its magic mastering feature, too. It helps podcasters edit and process audio files directly within the tool, eliminating the need for external audio editing tools.

podcast editing in the spreaker app

When it comes to Spreaker, it has a Studio app where you can record and edit audio files.

Spreaker Studio

The app includes voice-mixing tools with music and sound effects. You can cut the noise, trim the audio, adjust the episode length, replace the audio files (even after publishing it), etc.

Despite the host of editing features that come with the app, I don’t think the user experience is that good. You have to work with two versions of the software, i.e., the web-based and desktop/mobile version. A more unified approach would be to include the podcast editing features in the web version as well, but for now, that’s not an option.

Now, let’s look at the other notable features.

Episode transcriptions

With Spreaker, you can add transcriptions to the episodes to help listeners understand the content easily and take notes.

For this, you can use a couple of free transcription services the podcasting platform suggests.

generating transcriptions in free podcast trancription

The first service is Free Podcast Transcription (FPT), iHeart’s free transcription service, and the second is MusixMatch.

Spreaker has partnered with Musixmatch to offer a transcription service. This service allows you to request transcriptions for specific podcast episodes.

Additionally, Spreaker has recently launched a free desktop tool that utilizes WASM and OpenAI Whisper models to transcribe your episodes with near 99% accuracy. This tool provides free podcast transcriptions and is compatible with various operating systems.

Whichever you use, you won’t have any charges, which is great considering not many platforms allow you to generate transcriptions for free.

Chapter markers

chapter markers in spreaker

With Spreaker, you can add chapter markers inside the episodes to help listeners easily navigate across the content. You can also use chapters to provide additional information by adding images, texts, or links.

These chapters are accessible on Spreaker’s mobile apps as well.

Now, let’s see what the platform offers for creating audiograms.

Audiograms (Visual soundbites)

visual soundbites in spreaker

With Spreaker you can create audiograms to share on social media platforms. For this, Spreaker integrates with Headliner, an audiogram creator. Headliner comes with pay-as-you-go pricing, but it also has a free plan.

Audiograms are a great way to bring traffic to your podcasts with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.

editing the audiogram in spreaker

To create an audiogram, you should follow these steps:

  1. Select the episode and share it on the Headliner app.
  2. Select the aspect ratio.
  3. Trim the audio clip and enable the audiogram transcription.
  4. Customize the audiogram using the editor.

If you want to learn in detail how to create an audiogram with Spreaker, you can refer to this guide.

Bottomline: Spreaker provides good podcast editing options. You can add chapter markers, create audiograms to share on social media channels, add transcriptions to increase search engine visibility, etc.

Podcast player

Spreaker’s podcast player is highly customizable.

spreaker podcast player

You can customize the player’s primary color, change the visibility of certain elements of the widget player, use photos as a background for the player’s top part, and much more. Also, you can choose either dark or light themes.

spreaker podcast player

You can embed the podcasts on your own website built with WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, etc. Spreaker provides both JavaScript and iframe codes to embed on the websites.

Note that you can customize these embed codes for specific needs. For example – If you want to display only the episodes with certain tags, you can do this by altering the custom code.

Now, let’s see how the podcast player looks on the front end for your listeners.

podcast player front end

The player’s interface looks neat and minimal. You can like, share, add comments, pause/play, and there are forward and rewind features.

But you cannot add any customized CTAs like say – “Sign up for our newsletter or subscribe for YouTube channel”

Unlike Buzzsprout and Podbean, Spreaker doesn’t provide a podcast website. Having a dedicated podcast website helps you boost your podcast’s SEO. You can use tools like WordPress to build your website.

Bottomline: Spreaker’s podcast customization features are very simple. You can embed the podcast players on the websites using either JavaScript or iframe codes.

Storage and hosting

pricing plans spreaker

Spreaker doesn’t limit the storage space on any of its plans. You can have an unlimited number of episodes on all of its plans, including the free one.

The catch here is that the free plan lets you have only one podcast, while the paid plans have no such limits.

Still, Spreaker gives you more freedom in this regard, compared, to let’s say, Buzzsprout. The latter imposes hour-based limits, and even with its most expensive plan, you’re limited to 12 hours of uploaded content. If you want to have more upload space, you need to purchase it for an extra $4/hour.

Bottomline: Spreaker’s storage is quite flexible, and you can upload as many episodes as you want – even on the platform’s free plan.

Monetization

With Spreaker, there are two main strategies available to monetize your podcasts – Programmatic ads and selling services and products with Patreon.

Programmatic ads

programmatic ads in spreaker

Spreaker’s main podcast monetization strategy is built-in programmatic ads. With this, you can automate the placing of pre-rolls, mid-rolls, and post-rolls and start earning revenue 24/7, without your manual interference.

In case you need it, you can even manually review the ads, approve them, and delete them if they are irrelevant to your niche.

Spreaker has simplified ad management and monitoring as it offers a dedicated ad campaign manager. This is available only on its Publisher plan that costs $250/mo. You can create ad campaigns, manage and track them, and monitor and analyze the performance, all within the platform.

Selling merchandise, products, and services

For this, Spreaker integrates with Patreon. You can create a premium membership page or a podcast subscription and charge for it. It is just like creating paywalls where users need to pay to consume the content.

pateron subscription settings in spreaker

With this, each time you add a new episode or premium content you can charge for it. This is the best way to monetize your podcasts and earn recurring revenue.

Note: If you are selling podcast subscriptions, make sure to set the visibility of the podcast to limited access.

If you want to know in detail about this, I recommend you go through this post.

Bottomline: Spreaker’s monetization options are very simple yet powerful. If you mainly depend on ads for monetizing the podcast, I recommend you go with its Publisher plan, as the ad campaign manager saves you a lot of time.

Mobile apps

spreaker mobile app 1

Spreaker offers mobile apps for both creators and listeners. For podcasters, Spreaker has a Studio app. The mobile app is available for desktop, Android, and iOS users.

This Studio app includes podcast editing software and live podcast recording tools. With this, you can record the episodes on the go, anywhere, at any time, and broadcast them live in real-time.

Also, you can edit and process audio files inside this app. The app comes with voice-mixing tools with music and sound effects.

Note: Spreaker integrates with Skype as well. This makes it really easy to invite guest podcasters to your show. With Skype integration, you can easily record guest shows, process the audio, and make it highly professional, all right inside the tool.

To know more about how the Studio app works, you can read a how-to guide for Mac/ OS X and Windows.

Spreaker app for listeners:

spreaker app for listeners
spreaker mobile app 2

With this app, listeners can easily listen to their favorite shows, save them, find new podcasts, create personalized playlists, etc. all at their fingertips. Additionally, they’ll be instantly notified when new are available. This helps podcasters stay in touch with listeners and increase their engagement.

There are also some other features available like:

  1. Sleep timer
  2. Listen via Chromecast and AirPlay – Spreaker is highly compatible with Chromecast and Apple’s AirPlay.
  3. Control the playback speed.
  4. Download the podcasts and listen offline.

Bottomline: Spreaker has a feature-rich mobile app for podcasters. This will come in handy if you are a traveling podcaster and want to edit the podcasts on the go.

Analytics

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Spreaker gives you various analytics on podcasts:

  • Downloads
  • Listeners
  • Likes
  • Followers
  • Sources
  • Geolocation
  • Devices
  • Evolution

The analytics you will get varies depending on the plan you are on. If you are on the free plan, you will get only the downloads and the listener’s statistics for up to 6 months. I really don’t like this as you need to shell out more money to get advanced analytics.

statistics based on pricing plan spreaker

Also, on the lower plan, you will get statistics for 6 months only. So, before selecting a plan, take some time to decide how detailed analytics you need and how far they should date back.

One thing Spreaker’s missing is user retention graphs that you get in tools like Podbean. These graphs help you analyze how your listeners are consuming the podcasts, and where they are dropping. By referring to this data, you can create strategies to improve your podcasts and make them more engaging.

To learn more about the Spreaker podcast analytics, you can click here.

Bottomline: Spreaker offers good analytics to analyze your podcast performance. But it is very disappointing that it restricts advanced stats only to paid pricing tiers. Also, the duration of the stats varies based on the plans, which can be limiting if you’re on the free plan.

Podcast distribution and integrations

spreaker podcast distribution and integrations

With Spreaker you can distribute your podcasts to all the major platforms using the RSS feed. Spreaker syncs with various distribution platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and others.

podbean podcast distribution and integrations

If you are a Pro plan user, you can customize the metadata further in comparison to the standard RSS feed Spreaker automatically create.

Spreaker also supports social media sharing. You can automatically share new episodes on Facebook, once they are published.

When it comes to other integrations, it has integrations with Patreon, Headliner, Temi, YouTube, and much more. We have already covered these integrations previously.

Bottomline: Spreaker has made podcast distribution really simple. Also, it has quite a good number of integrations with third-party tools.

Pricing

Spreaker has three premium plans. The lowest plan starts at $20/mo. It lacks features like the ad campaign manager and collaboration. To get these features you need to go with higher plans.

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See the screenshot above to know what features are available on what plans.

You can get started with a free account first and later when you are all set, you can switch to paid plans to avail its premium features.

Spreaker alternatives

Spreaker vs Buzzsprout

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buzzsprout logo

Compared to Spreaker, Buzzsprout is very simple to use. Buzzsprout provides more ways to monetize the Podcasts than Spreaker. With Buzzsprout you have show support links, selling premium subscriptions and podcasts with Patreon integration, ads, affiliate marketplace, sponsors, etc. Spreaker, meanwhile, mainly has ads and a Patreon program for monetization.

Spreaker excels over Buzzsprout with its mobile apps. It has a mobile affiliate program for both listeners and podcasters. If you want to know more about Buzzsprout, you can go through this review.

Spreaker vs Podbean

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podbean logo

Compared to Spreaker, Podbean has some unique features. These include:

  • 18+ free plugins and services giving more flexibility and making the tool feature rich.
  • The integration with Podads for finding the sponsors and running the ads for you.
  • The mobile app supporting in-app purchases.

But unlike Spreaker, Podbean lacks a dedicated app for podcasters, and also it doesn’t come with programmatic ad monetization features.

Wrap up

If you need a podcast hosting platform with powerful monetization features and a feature-rich mobile app, Spreaker is the best bet.

If you are an advanced podcaster and you host multiple shows, Spreaker also provides unlimited storage on all its paid plans.

You can leverage its transcription and visual soundbite services to repurpose your content and get more traffic.

I hope you have found this post on the Spreaker review helpful.