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Apple Podcasts grew podcast listening most in 2019

December 26, 2019 · 2.3 minutes to read

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Ratings and reviews don’t affect rankings in Apple Podcasts, we reported yesterday. Here are some of the responses we had:

Nobody has ever claimed that the total number of reviews has an impact on the charts. Rather, just like everything else on Apple Podcasts (subscribes, plays, views), the theory (strongly encouraged by vague comments from Apple employees) goes that it’s the rate of reviews, in a short / given time frame. Part of why new shows do better in the charts, relatively speaking (unless you’re a blockbuster show). That having been said, I would love to see a study that looks at that (rate of reviews, as opposed to total amount) to either debunk or confirm it.

Podchaser adds:

This is not true for Podchaser. Ask for reviews on Podchaser to move up our charts (they’ll also show up in The Feed for everyone to see and discover).

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