Apple Reveals Most Popular Podcast Subscriptions and Free Channels (Podcast News Summary)


Happy International Podcast Day! In today’s podcast news summary, Apple publishes the top 10 most subscribed podcasts and free channels, Spotify adds question-and-answer and poll functionality for podcast makers, and more.


Apple shared for the first time the best paid podcast and free channel subscriptions in the world, from June 15 to September 15, offering an overview of the most popular properties three months after the tech giant launched the services.

Apple’s best paid subscriptions are listed in order of the total number of subscribed listeners worldwide over the past three months and include both channels and individual shows. The ranking of the best free channels is based on the total number of listeners in the world over the last three months for the shows grouped under each channel and excludes fully paid or “freemium” channels (those with a mixture of free content and paying). Apple podcasts measures listeners as the number of unique devices that played at least 1 second of an episode.

Best Apple Podcast Subscriptions

1. Marvellous More
2. Lighting
3. Sword and Ladder Plus Light of Incongruity
4. TenderfootPlus + from Tenderfoot TV
5. PushNik by Pushkin Industries
6. QCode More
7. Premium Imperative Series
8. Podimo Germany from Podimo
9. Are you going up? by Betches Media
10. The transfer of CNN

Best Free Channels on Apple Podcasts *

1. The New York Times (26 broadcasts)
2. Audiochuck (12 shows)
3. iHeartPodcast network (186 shows)
4. Sports bar stool (56 shows)
5. NBC Date Line (6 shows)
6. ABC News (32 shows)
7. TED Audio Collective (15 shows)
8. ESPN (76 shows)
9. Crooked Media (17 shows)
10. Walk (11 shows)

* Show totals as of September 30


Spotify and Anchor, its podcast self-publishing division, introduces new question-and-answer and polling features for podcast makers. If a creator has chosen to post a question or poll for a specific episode, listeners will be able to find the question at the bottom of the episode page from their Spotify mobile app (on iOS and Android). Depending on whether the creator has chosen an open-ended question-and-answer session or a survey, listeners can follow the prompt to respond in the app. After responding to a poll, listeners will then be able to see how the entire respondent audience voted and how their response stacked up. For questions and answers, listeners’ responses will be sent privately to the creator. Creators can then choose and pin specific responses that will appear publicly below the question (showing the respondent’s Spotify username). As of Thursday, these features are available to all Anchor creators and Spotify listeners in 160 markets.

Spotify also launched “Find the One,” a new podcast recommendation experience that introduces fans to some of the podcasts the streamer thinks they will be most compatible with. AT, visitors can complete a quiz with questions such as “How does your perfect podcast appeal to you?” and “What type of engagement are you looking for?” And Spotify will provide a personalized podcast recommendation. Currently, the platform hosts more than 2.9 million podcasts.


the New York Post and Sports Affairs Journal announced the launch of “The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast“, featuring journalists André Marchand of the post office and Jean Ourand by SBJ. The new podcast, which premieres October 6 on all major audio platforms, will cover ‘beyond the buzzer’ activity, including the latest headlines, network offerings, ratings and trending.

iHeartMediapodcast “Queen of the Con: The Irish Heiress”, co-produced by AYR Media, debuted on September 30. The show tells the story of Marianne “Mair” Smyth, the international con artist who made his way to Hollywood from 2013 to 2017. Host Jonathan Walton, TV producer – and Mair’s best friend turned victim – shares her personal story with the woman who stole her savings and her arduous quest to bring her to justice. Listen to the trailer on this link.

Monique lewinsky joined David Axelrod in the September 30 episode of CNN AudioThe “The Ax Files” podcast. On the show, Lewinsky talks about his upbringing and tumultuous divorce from his parents, his mental health issues and suicidal thoughts following his affair with former President Bill Clinton, the dangers of social media and the way she’s regained control of her own story, most recently as a producer on “Impeachment: American Crime Story”. Listen to the full episode on this link.

WBUR‘s “Endless thread” The October 1 podcast will launch a new series focusing on the origin, manipulation and cultural impact of memes – the way the internet communicates humorous and wacky ideas. The ‘Endless Thread’ series of memes will cover everything from ‘Kilroy Was Here’ and ‘Rick Rolling’ to the impact of memes using images taken out of context. Listen to the series trailer on this link.


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