Podcasting terms


The act of transferring a podcast episode file from a server to a local device for offline listening.

What is a download in podcasting?

A download in podcasting refers to the process of obtaining a podcast episode from the internet onto your device for offline listening. This can be done through various platforms or applications that host podcasts. Once a podcast episode is downloaded, it can be listened to at any time, even without an internet connection.

The term "download" in podcasting can also refer to the number of times a particular episode has been downloaded by listeners. This is a key metric for podcasters as it helps them gauge the popularity of their content and understand their audience size. It's important to note that a download does not necessarily mean the episode was listened to; it only indicates that it was saved onto a device.

How much data does downloading a podcast use?

The amount of data used to download a podcast can vary greatly depending on the length and quality of the podcast. On average, a one-hour podcast can use between 30 to 60 MB of data. This is based on a standard audio quality of 64kbps (kilobits per second). If the podcast is of higher audio quality, for example 128kbps, the data usage can double to between 60 to 120 MB for a one-hour podcast.

However, it's important to note that these are rough estimates and the actual data usage can vary. Factors such as the podcast's encoding format and the app or platform used for downloading can also affect the data usage. To reduce data usage, you can download podcasts over Wi-Fi, lower the audio quality, or download only the episodes you plan to listen to.

How to download podcasts for offline listening?

Downloading podcasts for offline listening is a straightforward process that can be done on various platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, etc. The process may slightly differ depending on the platform you are using. Generally, you need to first install the podcast app on your device. Then, search for the podcast you want to download. Once you find it, there should be an option to download the episode you want. Click on the download button, and the podcast will be saved to your device for offline listening.

For instance, on Apple Podcasts, you can tap the plus icon (+) next to the episode you want, then tap the download cloud icon that appears. On Spotify, you can click the three dots next to the episode and select "Download". Remember, you need to be connected to the internet to download the podcasts. Once they are downloaded, you can listen to them offline anytime, anywhere. Make sure to check the settings of your podcast app for options to automatically download new episodes of podcasts you follow.

Does downloading podcasts cost money?

Downloading podcasts typically does not cost money. Most podcasts are free to download or stream from platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other podcast directories. These platforms host a wide variety of podcasts covering numerous topics, and they are generally available for free to encourage a broad audience.

However, some podcast creators may choose to charge for their content, often through a subscription model or by offering premium content for a fee. Additionally, while the download itself may not cost money, it's important to remember that it does use data. If you're not connected to Wi-Fi, downloading podcasts could contribute to your mobile data usage, potentially leading to extra charges depending on your data plan.

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