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How to choose the right podcast player

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Because how your podcast looks is important

A snazzy podcast player isn’t going to make up for a crappy show but it does form part of your brand.

The way your podcast looks on your website can be an indication to some people of how professional it is.  So, it’s important to think about the design of your podcast player.

Luckily this isn’t something you have to put together yourself because your podcast host will have one but which one do you choose?

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Podcast host players

Libsyn and Blubrry

These podcast hosts have been around for a long time but they don’t seem to put a lot of effort into the design of their players so that’s worth considering if aesthetics are important to you.

While the sound and content of your show is the most important thing, people do judge a book by its cover, so the more professional your podcast can look the better.

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Omny

This is the platform we use at Mamamia where I’m the Head of Podcasts.

The design of their player is a HUGE step up from Libsyn and Blubrry so it’s a good option if it fits in with the design of your website.

As with most things, your choice of player will come down to personal preference.

The thing I find limiting about this player is it doesn’t play natively on social media.  So listeners have to click away from Facebook or Twitter to hear the audio and we all know that if people have to go through a number of steps they’ll probably lose interest.

Whooshkaa

This is the platform I use for my personal podcasts.   I love the design of their player because it fits perfectly with the design of my website.

It also has the added benefit of being able to be played natively inside Facebook and Twitter.

That means if you post a link to your episode on those platforms listeners can press play right there instead of clicking out to another site.

If they’re listening on Facebook the player will also keep playing even if they scroll through their news feed and look at other stuff.  Pretty cool.

When you’re looking for ways to make it easier for new listeners to try your show this is a great feature to have.

Independent podcast players

If you already have a podcast host and you’re not a fan of their player but you don’t want to switch to a different platform I’d suggest the Smart Podcast Player by Pat Flynn.

It’s designed to work with any podcast host and Pat is a long time podcaster who’s thought a lot about the player design.

Podcast players

A quick google search will no doubt turn up plenty of other player options so have a look around and find one that suits your design style.

Because while looks aren’t everything having a well-designed podcast player on your website can make your show look more polished and professional and that’s always a good thing.

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