What is my iTunes podcast bitrate?

… and why should I care …

Well for those times when you get this error message when trying to download a 1 hour podcast:
Connect to a Wi-Fi network or use iTunes on your computer to download.

My suspicion is that the podcast author is using a high Bit Rate.  Luckily you can get this information by adding the “Bit Rate” column into the iTune application Podcast view.
ie.
Podcasts view showing the highlighted Bit Rate column

Which confirmed my suspicion.  My favourite podcast uses a 256 kbps Bit Rate (podcast not shown above).

Let’s confirm that by looking at the actual audio files.  I did that by doing the following:

  1. Downloaded the iMazing application.
    iMazing will allow me to extract some additional; information from the podcasts.
    (the iMazing trial edition allows you to copy up to 50 files off the iPhone).
  2. Exported a number of podcasts to compare with the “large” podcast.
  3. Compared them below.
Podcast Bit Rate
(kbps)
File size Length Format Mono / Stereo?
A.D.D. Comedy with Dave Razowsky 114 50.8 MB 1hr

m4a

Stereo
Conversations 64 22.3 MB 0hr 48m 10s

mp3

Mono
How ‘Bout This 128 95.7 MB 1h 44m 9s

mp3

Stereo
Impro Podcast – Claudia Hoppe 160 67 MB 0hr 58min 30s

mp3

Stereo
Improv Nerd With Jimmy Carrane 128 52.6 MB 0hr 57min 11s

mp3

Stereo
Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast 256 108 MB 0hr 58min 56s

mp3

Stereo
Story Wise Woodend 64 12.4 MB 0hr 26min 51s

mp3

Stereo
The Comedian’s Comedian 64 34.2 MB 1h 11m 36s

mp3

Stereo

The reason why the “Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast” podcast is over 100 MB, is that the author is using a high Bit Rate.  Reducing the Bit rate would mean that I could download it over a cell phone network AND they would save on hosting costs.

References:
The Podcast Host: What Bitrate Should I Use For a Podcast?