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New and changed Apple Podcasts categories: summer 2019

June 5, 2019 · By James Cridland · 2.2 minutes to read

Apple announced that “later this summer” they’ll be adding top-level categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime — as well as dozens of new subcategories.

Here are the changes in full. Apple’s announcement says that some will be renamed and mapped to the new category; and gives guidance on what happens if a sub-category is removed.

There’s plenty of unknowns here, however: we don’t know what happens if you try changing now to a new category that doesn’t (yet) exist; and no date when they’ll make this change; and no understanding of what happens within other apps. We’d recommend subscribing to our newsletter so you know as soon as we do.

The changes to the podcast categories





Fiction (new)

Games & Hobbies (removed/renamed to 'Leisure’)

Government & Organizations (renamed to Government)

Government (renamed from Government & Organizations)

History (new)


Kids & Family

Leisure (new)


News & Politics (removed / renamed “News”)

News (new / renamed from News & Politics)

Religion & Spirituality

Science & Medicine (renamed “Science”)

Science (new / renamed from Science & Medicine)

Society & Culture

Sports & Recreation (removed/renamed Sports)

Sports (new / renamed from Sports & Recreation)


True Crime (new)

TV & Film


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