Podcast Industry Statistics
The latest data from Apple Podcasts, updated nightly, courtesy of My Podcast Reviews™.
You are free to cite this data so long as you include a link back to this page (or our shorter URL MyPodcastReviews.com/stats) and the credit, “Data courtesy of the My Podcast Reviews service, by Daniel J. Lewis.”
Hover or tap any chart element below to see the raw numbers.
Valid podcasts are available in Apple Podcasts with downloadable episodes, regardless of age. There have been many more podcasts and episodes, but they are not all still available through valid feeds.
*We started tracking removals in June 2019 and that reconciliation resulted in a perceived dip in June, but that's only because we weren't tracking removals before then. The number of podcasts did not actually dip at that time.
Added and Removed
While most added podcasts are new, a small number may be returning to the catalog after years of being hidden or removed.
This is a rolling chart of podcasts added and removed from Apple Podcasts including and preceding the latest nightly update of our data. Podcasts usually aren't added on the weekends or around holidays, but automatic removals can occur any day.
Podcasts may be removed manually or automatically from Apple Podcasts for technical problems, hiding or removing by podcaster's choice, or policy violations. Apple does not remove valid podcasts for being inactive.
Active vs. inactive podcasts
We define “active” as any podcast that has published at least one episode in the last 90 days, and “inactive” as any podcast that has not published any episode in that same time.
“Inactive” does not necessarily mean those shows are dead, podfaded, or podflashed. “Inactive” could include these along with shows that have been ended, retired, put on hiatus, or have an infrequent publishing schedule.
Podcasts by available episodes in feeds**
Due to a variety of default feed-episode limits and podcasters' own choices, any feed with 10 or more episodes may not be showing the podcast's entire episode archive.
Where combined, the amounts are close to evenly split.
Active vs. inactive by available episodes**
For those wanting a more exclusive definition of “active” podcasts to filter out podflashes (shows that barely started before being abandoned), we suggest looking at podcasts that have four or more episodes with at least one episode published in the last 90 days.
Podcasts by latest episode age**
This segments podcasts based on how recently the latest episode was published from each. This is not charting the ages of all episodes.
**We adjusted how this data is calculated in February 2020 for further accuracy.