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Spreaker Added Updated Scheduling Features



Spreaker has added something new to their Content Management System to help make podcasting even easier for Spreaker users. They updated their scheduling features. It is for podcasters who love to plan ahead and who hate leaving things up to the last minute.

From now on, once you record and create your show you will have the opportunity to create a scheduled episode page for future episodes, informing your audience of when they can expect your next episode to be released. How far in advance can you go? More than two years! The holding page will show your podcast’s image and will state the exact time and date of when the episode will go live.

Spreaker is aware of how much easier things are when you have the opportunity to get them done ahead of time. This is why they made it possible to share episode links, schedule social sharing, and embed episodes in your blog, all of which are unpublished and all in advance.

By having access to your show’s link, you will be able to share your unpublished episode with your audience, ahead of time, in whichever way you wish, for example via e-mail or website. It will also allow you to program your social media channels – offering you the chance to promote each episode to its maximum capacity. You can also insert unpublished episodes into your blog.


Spreaker Adds New Abilities for Amazon Alexa



In October of 2017, Spreaker announced that their 50,000+ show catalog was available on Amazon Alexa devices. Spreaker was a brand new Amazon Alexa skill. Now, Spreaker has announced new Alexa updates that allow you to do more with Spreaker through Alexa.

Amazon’s Alexa is a wireless, voice-activated “smart speaker” by Amazon. It features a digital personal assistant voice service called Alexa. These devices include Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot.

With the original version of Spreaker on Alexa, listeners were able to select specific podcasts to listen to and could pause, resume, skip and more. However, the latest version has added new features to upgrade the listener experience and make sure you never miss a second of your favorite show again! A new option includes the ability to fast forward or rewind episodes, giving you complete control of how you navigate a program.

Sometimes, you are listening to a podcast and something else catches your attention. You shift your focus to something else, and miss part of your podcast. If this happens, you can say: “Alexa, ask Spreaker to Rewind 30 seconds”.

What if you are listening to a podcast and it goes off topic? If you are short on time, you can say: “Alexa, ask Spreaker to Fast Forward 2 minutes”.

In addition, you can say: “Alexa, what’s new this week on Spreaker?” Or, you can say: “Alexa, ask Spreaker to recommend something new.” This will cause Spreaker to give you some recommendations about more podcasts that you might enjoy listening to.

Spreaker listeners in Canada, Australia, or India can now access the Skill in their countries. All you need to do is enable it from the dedicated Alexa Skill page on the Amazon website, or activate it from the Alexa App. (Search for the Spreaker Podcast Radio Player Skill.)


Spreaker has a New Spreaker Podcast Radio Widget



Spreaker introduced their new Spreaker Podcast Radio home screen widget. The widget will display an array of podcasts, even when your phone is locked.

Your tried and true podcasts will be clearly laid out for you and each will be readily accessible with just a tap, right from your home screen. It’ll save you swipes and time, especially when you’re multitasking between your workout, emails, and instant messages. An improved and personalized listening experience lets you keep your flow as you go through all your to do’s, without missing a beat.

The widget will display your podcasts in two sections. The top half will show the podcasts that you listen to the most. Tap on any one of them and you’ll be prompted to unlock your phone. As soon as you do, the Spreaker Podcast Radio app will open up automatically to that very podcast.

Below it, the widget will list your most recently downloaded episodes. Tap on any of those, and you will be prompted to unlock your phone. This time, you will be automatically brought to a list of whatever you last downloaded.

Quick Actions are another feature of the Spreaker Podcast Radio widget. They are shortcuts that get you to different kinds of content in a snap. By touching and holding (on Android) or 3D touching (on iOS) Spreaker Podcast Radio’s app icon, you will be able to begin a new search, open the Listen Later playlist, or open the Downloads playlist.

Quick Actions are available to all iOS users. Quick Actions are only available to Android users with Android 7.1 and above (Nougat).


Spreaker Introduces Private Episode Sharing



Spreaker has introduced Private Episode Sharing. It allows you to share your episodes with a few select listeners. Private Episode Sharing is a way to apply exclusivity to your podcast.

Creating exclusive content that only a select few listeners can access is a great way to show thanks. If listeners have stuck around since the beginning or performed a specific action – like donated to your podcast or bought one of your products – you can reward them with an episode that can be listened to by them and only them.

Spreaker says that exclusive content can also be the principal way you monetize your podcast. The example Spreaker gives is a podcaster who offers language classes over the course of a podcast season. That podcaster can set up a special private link that will only be available to listeners who pay for the course. Those who pay will receive access to the exclusive content through a special link.

Private episode sharing is available to all Spreaker Pro users who have upgraded to the Broadcaster, Anchorman, and Station plans. They will be able to change a specific episode’s visibility to “Limited Access”. A new link will appear that can be given to select listeners.


Spreaker Podcast Radio Now is Compatible with Chromecast/AirPlay



Spreaker announced that you can now listen to your favorite podcasts on any Chromecast or AirPlay compatible device. This gives people additional ways to listen to their favorite podcasts that are on Spreaker.

Now you can fill your home with the sounds of your favorite podcast thanks to our new Spreaker Podcast Radio Chromecast/AirPlay compatibility! Using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control, you’ll be able to play all the true crimes, dramas, and news shows you love without having to do more than lifting a finger.

To do this, you need to download the Spreaker Podcast Radio app. It is available on both the App Store and Google Play. Look for the Chromecast/AirPlay icon among the controls. The icon looks like a tiny TV screen. When you tap that icon, all of your connected devices will appear. You can choose which device you want your podcast to play on.

The Spreaker Podcast Radio app includes thousands of recorded podcasts, streams, and live broadcasts that are at your fingertips to enjoy in whichever way you wish. It has curated lists spanning a wide range of podcasts, a Favorites section, and automatically generated playlists like Listen Later, Likes, Downloads, and History to help you tailor your listening experience to your own habits and tastes.


Spreaker Updated their Embedded Player



Spreaker announced that they have updated their embedded player. The new, cleaner, version allows podcasters to customize the player to fit with their brand.

Guiding your listeners to your homebase to listen to your podcast allows you to keep your branding and distribution exactly how you want it. Even your chosen font on your website is connected to your distinctive look. The updated player is therefore geared for that level of customization, providing a white label solution with the option to remove the Spreaker logo.

To customize the Spreaker embedded player, podcasters must start at Spreaker’s CMS. You can choose to remove Spreaker’s logo if you want to. This feature is for those who feel Spreaker’s logo clashes with their background image, or who prefer not to have any text displayed other than the episode title.

Another update to the embedded player allows you to remove the comments, likes, and share icons. Spreaker wisely points out: “If you like to think of your website as a space for a deeper engagement with your content, it’s worth considering that removing buttons can actually help you keep people on the website, listening to the player while they navigate through the pages.”

Other features of the new embedded player include:

  • Ability to add a background picture to the player – Choose one that reflects your topic, or select a selfie.
  • Ability to choose light or dark themes – To keep the player matching the tone of your website.
  • Ability to choose to allow all of you content to start playing automatically when a LIVE starts.
  • WordPress users can add the Spreaker embedded player without needing a special plug-in.

Spreaker is Now an Amazon Alexa Skill



Spreaker announced that their 50,000+ show catalog is now on Amazon Alexa devices. Spreaker is now an Amazon Alexa skill. If your podcast is on Spreaker, then it is being syndicated on all Amazon Alexa devices.

Spreaker explains that Amazon Alexa devices are wireless, voice-activated “smart speakers” that feature a personal assistant voice service called “Alexa”. These devices include Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot. Alexa is similar to Apple’s Siri, in that both will respond to commands that you say out loud to it.

We’ve added Spreaker’s catalog of podcasts to all Amazon Alexa devices (only English-language podcasts for now, due to some Amazon Echo limitations, but we hope to get everyone else in on it soon!), as well as Spreaker-specific commands your listeners can use to play, search, and take control of their listening experience.

With Amazon Alexa, together with automatic sharing to social media networks and syndication with Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and SONOS, podcasters who have their shows on Spreaker are getting open use of every distribution channel out there.

You don’t have to do anything to make that happen, Spreaker has already done that for you. Spreaker recommends that you let your listeners know that they can find your podcast on Amazon Alexa devices. Listeners will need to add the Spreaker Amazon Alexa skill to their device from the Amazon Store.


Spreaker Added New Season and Episode Tags to iOS 11



Spreaker has made changes that allow you to manage every detail of your podcast. You can now add iOS 11’s New Season and Episode tags to your podcast episodes.

Now, thanks to updates introduced with iOS 11, the presentation and production choices you make will be clearly displayed in Apple Podcasts. And to facilitate the matter, we at Spreaker have added new settings that, when applied from the CMS, will come through as tags in your RSS feed’s metadata. Your seasons, episode order, and episode labels will all appear to listeners tuning in through Apple Podcasts.

Spreaker points out that if your podcast is serialized, it is important for listeners to start with the oldest episode (meaning the episode in the series that was produced and released first). The series tag alerts listeners that they shouldn’t listen to the newest episode in the series before getting the full story from the previously released episodes. The tag helps them know where to begin.

Go into the Spreaker CMS and choose how you want your episodes to be sorted. Pick Episodic if you want your episodes to be sorted from newest to oldest. Or, select Serial if you want your episodes to be sorted oldest to newest. With this feature, you have the added bonus of applying these changes to your podcast on Spreaker as well as Apple Podcasts.

In addition, the Spreaker CMS allows you to label your episodes by type. Use “Full” to let your listeners know that an episode is a full, regular, episode. You can use “Trailer” for the short, explanatory episode you release first. Choose “Bonus” to alert your listeners to episodes that are extra content.


Spreaker Studio Update Makes it Easy to Add Sound to your Podcast



Spreaker has announced that Spreaker Studio iOS 11 makes it even easier for podcasters to pick the sounds that they want to put into their podcast. It solves the problem of having media files all over the place that you have to spend time searching through before you find the music you intended to add to an episode.

Music libraries are increasingly becoming more like dispersed pockets of musical treasure: some albums are tucked away in folders on your device, some songs just stored on iCloud, some tracks shared with you through Dropbox. So when you’re uploading music to your podcast, you want to easily be able to tap into your library, however spread out it may be!

Recording and editing your content with Spreaker Studio on your iPhone or iPad gives you the mobility to podcast on the go. Now, with the new iOS update, you can directly insert media files that you have on your device, both locally and in the cloud, without needing to shuffle them around into a single folder first.

Spreaker has a brief tutorial on how to do that in their blog post. They point out that extra audio elements make your podcast stand out. Use music to break up segments of an episode with a fresh sound or enriching your content with background music. Spreaker Studio iOS 11 makes it easy do.