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What constitutes a download?

The podcasting industry uses the "download" to measure how many people are listening to a given show.

Every time someone plays, streams, or downloads the MP3 from the Transistor server, that counts as a download.

James Cridland, editor of Podnews, cites:

To be fair, downloads are limited in usefulness. Some podcasts are downloaded but never listened-to; raw download numbers don’t give demographic information, either. But [they are the] global standard.

Certain players, like Spotify and Stitcher, re-host your podcast's feed, and so their plays are counted separately.

On average, only 10% of podcasts get over 1,000 downloads per episode.


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