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New and changed Apple Podcasts categories: summer 2019 (updated)

June 5, 2019 · Updated July 26, 2019 · By James Cridland · 2.3 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.

Categories were removed from Apple Podcasts apps on 24 July, pending this work; we’ve no live date. Most podcast hosts should have these new categories live. We’d like to hear about podcast hosts who have not yet updated. We don’t know what happens in podcast apps like Google, Pocket Casts or others that use the older Apple listings.

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The changes to the podcast categories

These are updated July categories, which were slightly changed from the original announcements.





Fiction (new)

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

Government & Organizations (renamed to Government)

Government (renamed from Government & Organizations)

History (new)

Health (renamed to Health & Fitness)

Health & Fitness (renamed from Health)

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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