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Which Podcast App Has the Most Podcasts?

Written by Nathan Lands

Podcasts have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with people tuning in to various shows for entertainment, education, and staying up-to-date with their interests. With so many podcast apps available, it can be overwhelming to choose the best one. One important factor to consider is the size of their podcast libraries. In this article, we'll compare some popular podcast apps and find out which one offers the most extensive collection of podcasts.

1. Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts is often considered the pioneer in podcasting. As Apple was the first company to introduce a dedicated podcast app on iTunes, it boasts a vast library of podcasts covering a wide range of topics. From news and politics to true crime and comedy, Apple Podcasts provides an extensive collection from both independent creators and popular networks.

However, it's worth noting that Apple does not publicly disclose the total number of podcasts available on its platform. While it does house numerous shows, there isn't concrete data on whether it has the largest library compared to other podcast apps.

2. Spotify

Over the years, Spotify has made significant strides in becoming an all-in-one audio streaming platform. In addition to music streaming, Spotify also hosts podcasts – with an ever-growing library.

As of September 2021 (based on public information), Spotify had approximately 2 million podcasts available on its platform[1]. This number continues to grow as Spotify invests heavily in exclusive deals with creators such as Joe Rogan Experience and The Michelle Obama Podcast.

While impressive, be mindful that this figure is subject to change as new podcasts are constantly being added or removed from platforms.

3. Google Podcasts

Google launched its dedicated podcast app - Google Podcasts - in 2018 with a simple yet user-friendly interface similar to other Google products like Google Search or YouTube Music[2].

While Google Podcasts may not offer the largest collection of podcasts when compared to Apple Podcasts or Spotify, it is still a significant player in the podcasting realm. As of now, there isn't a publicly available stat specifically mentioning the number of podcasts hosted by Google Podcasts.

Apart from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts, other apps like Overcast, Stitcher, and Pocket Casts are also popular among podcast enthusiasts. While these platforms have sizeable collections of podcasts to choose from, they fall behind in terms of scale when compared to the big players like Apple and Spotify.

Among these options, there may be specific niche shows or unique independent podcasts that you won't find on bigger platforms. Hence exploring multiple apps can lead you to discover a wider variety of content based on your interests.

The Verdict

Determining which podcast app has the most extensive library is challenging due to various factors such as exclusivity deals with creators and constantly evolving content offerings. However, in terms of sheer numbers and market dominance in both music streaming and podcasting spheres, Spotify currently holds an impressive catalog with over 2 million podcasts at your fingertips[1:1].

Keep in mind that while having access to a vast collection is essential when choosing a podcast app for diverse options that cater to your interests, user experience also plays an important role. Consider factors like ease of use, personalized recommendations algorithm(AI), advanced features (such as playlist customization), cross-platform compatibility(Gen AI) for uninterrupted listening experience across devices | , download options for offline listening(Generative AI), etc., before making your final decision!

So go ahead and explore different platforms until you find the one that offers an impressive assortment of shows along with features that align with your preferences! Happy listening!

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  1. Source: Statista ↩︎ ↩︎

  2. Source: About Google Podcasts ↩︎