Music Industry

How many podcasts are there? Too many. I have some numbers.

I ran across a site called Listen Notes which tracks podcasts. They recently published some fascinating stats about the state of podcasting. If you’re thinking about starting your own podcast, best have a look at these numbers first.

  • Number of podcasts in the universe: At least 3,075,167
  • Number of podcast episodes: At least 160,974,895

Listen Notes says: “By contrast, IMDB has over 8.3 million titles (movies, TV shows, TV episodes), Spotify has over 70 million tracks, and Audible has over 470,000 audiobooks.”

That’s a lot of audio. And it appears that the podcast boom has gone bust. Over a million podcasts were launched in 2020. That fell to about 730,000 in 2021 and just 231,172.

Here are more numbers.

  • Most popular languages for podcasts: English (1,858,105) followed by Spanish (354,392), Portuguese (207,550), Indonesian (142,148), and German (83,591)
  • Biggest source of podcasts: The US (1,968,186) followed by Brazil (197,151). Canada is way down the list with 17,577.
  • Most popular topic for podcasts: Society and Culture followed by Education. The Arts are in third place.

There’s a lot more to be found at this page.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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