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Spreaker’s Trim and Crop Tool Got Better



Spreaker announced that their podcast trim and crop tool just got better. The feature was released in early May for Spreaker Studio. It gives iOS and Android users the ability to edit their podcast recordings while on the move.

In our continuing quest to improve Spreaker and the podcast editing software we offer – we have now updated our podcast editing tools to allow trimming and cropping of saved drafts and imported files. Granting maximum podcasting flexibility for our users.

Spreaker notes that you may not think this is a big change, and provided a few scenarios where this update will be particularly handy.

  • You are recording but don’t have time to edit and polish up your podcast ready for publishing. Save your draft and come back to it when you do have time.
  • You have recorded some audio somewhere else that you want to include in your next show. Now, you can import these files, trim and crop to your heart’s desire, and then publish them when you are ready.
  • If you make your own music, you can import something you recorded, edit it, and add it is your backing track to your new episode.

To get started using the newly updated trim and crop tool, Spreaker suggests that you open the drafts section in the Spreaker app and select an old draft you have already saved. Or, you can import something you’ve recorded somewhere else.

Spreaker has added an import button on to the Spreaker Studio drafts section so you can directly upload files you have saved on your phone. Once your file is imported, you can crop and trim it as you would any other file you’ve recorded directly on Spreaker Studio.


Spreaker’s Podcast Monetization Program Launched on Spotify



Spreaker announced that they have expanded their Monetization Program to Spotify. Spreaker has enabled it for all of their Pro podcasters to use.

If you are already using Spreaker’s Monetization program you don’t need to do anything to start seeing the benefits of the addition of Spotify. All your ads will now be available to your listeners on Spotify.

Now that Spotify has been enabled, it means that Spreaker monetizes podcasts on all the podcast listening platforms. Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and any other popular platforms. Plus, monetization is also enabled across the whole Spreaker platform, therefore the podcast is also monetized when user listens on the Spreaker website, apps, downloads the episode or listens with the embedded player on your website.

To start using Spreaker’s Monetization Program, all you need to do is enable it. Add the slots (pre-, mid-, or post-rolls), and you will start to earn. There is no need for you to develop something like a specific Spotify monetization strategy or find sponsors on your own. Spreaker will take care of it all.

If you don’t have Spreaker’s Monetization Program enabled, you can do it now by accessing the Spreaker CMS, clicking on the Monetization option, and checking and accepting the Terms of Service.


Voxnest Announces Partnership with Jamendo



Voxnest announced that it has partnered with Jamendo, an independent music platform. The deal will have benefits for both companies and their users. Jamendo’s musicians will be able to offer their compositions via Voxnest’s sister platform, Spreaker, and Spreaker’s users will be able to license music from Jamendo.

Jamendo’s users will have the opportunity to create professional sounding podcasts with Spreaker, as a way to promote their music and develop and additional revenue stream, via sponsorship or programmatic ad insertion. Podcasts are the perfect medium for musicians to create a narrative about their songs and tours or build an intimate conversation with fans. Agencies and publishers who are already licensing music from Jamendo now have professional tools to create and distributed branded audio content at their disposal. For Spreaker’s podcasters it means access to 9,000 active artists and more than 200,000 tracks to use in their show.

The collaboration between the two brands is a further move to strengthen the growing ties between spoken audio and music. The blog post from Voxnest mentions Spotify, and notes that its recent acquisitions have “signaled that the podcast business is seen as a way to enrich the music industry.”

I think this collaboration could be good for podcasters. It is very important to make certain that creator of the song you want to use in your podcast has allowed it to be used under creative commons. Some dedicated music podcasts get music submissions from bands and labels, who want the podcaster to play their music on the podcast.

The Voxnest/Spreaker partnership with Jamendo appears to protect the rights of music creators and gives podcasters a way to ensure that they can safely play that music on their shows.


Spreaker Introduced Listening Evolution Statistics



Spreaker has introduced Listening Evolution statistics, which are now available in you Spreaker show’s statistics page.

Your Listening Evolution statistics enable you to see your episode’s cumulative plays and downloads over a maximum of 30 days from its release date. This gives a much clearer picture than your daily trending charts which don’t give an overview of your individual episode performance. Also, you can track how well your episodes are being received and therefore make adjustments to release campaigns.

The Listening Evolution statistics can help you find ways to improve your podcast’s success. Spreaker points out that this is particularly interesting for those who are using the Spreaker Monetization Program. Improving your episodes’ lifespans will also help you increase your revenue.

Visit the Spreaker blog post about Listening Evolution statistics for examples of how to use them. It also has instructions that walk you through how to find your Listening Evolution statistics. The Listening Evolution statistics is available to all Anchorman and Station plans, which have Full Statistics as part of their accounts.


Spreaker Added Automatic Embedding



Spreaker announced that it has enabled automatic embedding across a range of platforms. They did this because podcasters asked them to. Now, it’s even easier to get your podcast heard by more people.

Spreaker has made it possible for you to automatically embed your podcast on Medium, Patreon, Kickstarter, and Change.org.

For fans of the written word now its possible to embed on Medium, the home of all things literary. If you’re a journalist, influencer, or writer, why not add depth and a different perspective to your words by adding audio?

Podcasters can also publish their podcast to Patreon. Those who are already Patreon users can integrate their podcast to their page with complete ease and there is even the option of Private Episode Sharing. It allows you to take care of your most loyal fans with extra care. For example, you could create special one-off bonus episodes just for your Patreon supporters.

Spreaker also points out that you can use their automatic embedding feature to share your content on Kickstarter and Change.org. All you need to do is copy and paste the episode or show link when uploading your content. Once pasted, the embedded player will show up automatically and you can get publishing.


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.