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 or active status. There have been many more podcasts and many more episodes, but they are not all still available through valid feeds due to feed-episode limits. This is also not the number of “active” podcasts.
NOTICE: We improved our removal-tracking on August 6, resulting in a 32,000-podcast data reconciliation. Apple did not actually remove 32,000 podcasts in those two days.
Additions and Removals
New podcasts are usually not added on the weekends or around holidays, but automatic removals or returns 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.
Monthly Additions and Removals
We subtract podcast removals from our “Totals” section above, but this chart shows the unadjusted monthly activity.
The current month's activity is still in progress.
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
Due to a variety of default feed-episode limits and podcasters' own choices, accurate conclusions cannot be calculated based on podcasts with 10 or more episodes. While you may have heard some claim most podcasts don't go past their seventh episode, this data shows than a single episode is the largest hump most podcasts will face.
Podcasts by episode recency
How old is the newest episode from podcasts? This chart segments podcasts based on how recently the latest episode was published from each podcast. This is not charting the ages of all episodes.