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Which Podcast Platform Has the Most Listeners

Written by Nathan Lands

Podcasts have become increasingly popular in recent years, with millions of people tuning in to their favorite shows and discovering new ones. As a result, businesses and content creators are taking advantage of this growing medium to engage with their target audience. When it comes to hosting and distributing podcasts, there are several popular platforms available. But which podcast platform has the most listeners?

Apple Podcasts - Dominating the Market

When it comes to podcast listenership numbers, Apple Podcasts reigns supreme. With its user-friendly interface and compatibility across Apple devices, it is no surprise that this platform dominates the market. According to recent reports[1], Apple Podcasts captures over 60% of all podcast listens worldwide.

The prevalence of Apple devices among consumers plays a significant role in this dominance. iPhones come pre-installed with the native "Podcasts" app by default, making it effortlessly accessible for users. Additionally, being one of the first platforms dedicated to podcasts gave Apple a significant head start over its competitors.

Spotify - Challenging the Leader

While Apple Podcasts holds a strong position in terms of sheer numbers, Spotify is rapidly gaining ground as an alternative podcast platform with its growing number of active users[2]. With over 345 million active users worldwide[3], Spotify has strategically entered the podcasting arena by investing heavily in exclusive content and acquiring well-known personalities like Joe Rogan[4].

Spotify's user-friendly interface and algorithms curating personalized recommendations have successfully attracted listeners from other music streaming platforms such as Pandora or Amazon Music.

Google Podcasts - Underrated Potential

Google Podcasts is another major player in the industry that should not be underestimated; however, it is still relatively an underdog compared to its competitors[5]. As part of Google's product suite, Google Podcasts boasts seamless integration across Android devices, providing convenience for Android users who account for a significant portion of the global smartphone market.

Google's search capabilities also come into play, making it easier for users to find and discover podcasts related to specific topics or keywords. As Google focuses more on improving its podcasting platform, we can expect increased competition in the near future.

Other Noteworthy Platforms

Beyond the major contenders, there are several other noteworthy platforms catering to podcast listeners. Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn offer diverse podcast libraries and attract dedicated user bases[6]. These platforms prioritize user experience and aim to provide an inclusive space for content creators from various backgrounds.

It is worth mentioning that podcast listeners often use multiple platforms simultaneously to access their favorite shows. So appealing to a broader audience involves ensuring your podcast is available on multiple platforms rather than relying exclusively on one provider.

In conclusion, Apple Podcasts currently has the largest number of listenership due to its extensive reach through Apple devices globally. However, with Spotify's aggressive push into exclusive content and Google Podcasts' integration with Android devices gaining traction, the landscape could soon change. For content creators looking to maximize their audience reach, it is wise to distribute podcasts across multiple popular platforms to capture a diverse listener base.


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  1. www.webfx.com/blog/content/blogs/15-stats-should-know-about-podcasting.html ↩︎

  2. podnews.net/article/spotify-news-march-2020 ↩︎

  3. investors.spotify.com/events-and-presentations ↩︎

  4. blog.aboutamazon.com/music/welcome-joe-rogan ↩︎

  5. searchengineland.com/underestimating-google-search-volume-integration-303241 ↩︎

  6. www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/questions/listening/downloads-saving/listen-podcasts-outside-of-the-uk ↩︎