Updated stats: Edison Research Infinite Dial 2020 released March 19th, 2020. Q1 2018 report from Nielsen came out March 20, 2018. Total number of podcasts & episodes on Apple Podcasts updated April 2021.
As new stats and reports come out, this post will be updated with the latest info on the podcast listener landscape.
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Also, a common question is “how many podcasts are there?” and most of the data out there is outdated, but we have an accurate method for determining the number of shows – and it’s currently over 2,000,000.
There are also over 48 million episodes as of April 2021.
To highlight the growth, Apple confirmed there were over 550,000 podcasts at WWDC 2018 in early June.
An article published April 25, 2018, by FastCompany states there are:
Over 525,000 active shows and over 18.5 million episodes
And an article by Variety back in Feb 2018 said:
Apple Podcasts … features more than 500,000 active podcasts, including content in more than 100 languages.
It’s no surprise that those numbers are climbing daily.
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