Data From Top US Podcasts Reveals How Loud Your Podcast Should Be

How loud should your podcast be? There are standards and then there’s the reality. I analyzed over 600 top US podcast episodes to find out the true loudness you should aim for.

The Podcast Loudness Standards from Apple are:

  • overall loudness remains around -16 dB LKFS, with a +/- 1 dB tolerance
  • the true-peak value doesn’t exceed -1 dB FS

This post is about the reality. I crawled the iTunes pages for a handful of top-100 podcasts from different…