How the Apple Podcast Charts work: the patent
January 17, 2020 · 3.5 minutes to read
Have you ever wondered how the Apple Podcast Charts worked? Today we link to its patent application from Apple, filed in 2006. Computing popularity based upon subscriptions appears to contain all the information we already know about the chart: that it’s based upon subscriptions not downloads, and that more recent subscriptions count for more in the chart than older ones (that’s the equation you can see in the excerpt above). The patent application, which has been abandoned, may not be the method that Apple now uses to calculate the charts, which seem to have been significantly strengthened since there was evidence of manipulation in mid 2018.
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