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Agustin Mariano Quezada

iOS 17 has cut Apple’s download numbers

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How has iOS 17 affected downloads from Apple Podcasts? We look at stats from the biggest independent podcast company in “The Tech Stuff”

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    Buzzsprout

    Buzzsprout has released the company’s stats for November, allowing us to look a little more closely at the performance of Apple Podcasts since the iOS17 changes in mid September.

    • Comparing August with November, Buzzsprout published roughly the same amount of active podcasts (up by 0.1%), and roughly the same amount of new episodes (down by 0.8%). In spite of a US holiday period, there’s very little change in total production.
    • Total downloads, however, are another story. Total downloads for all apps in Nov are down 16% vs Aug. Splitting those out by app:
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      Overcast
      Overcast is down 2.6%.
      Spotify
      Spotify is down 14%.
      Google
      Google Podcasts
      Google Podcasts is down 15%.
      Apple Podcasts is down 24%.
    • For downloads by countries, the effect of Thanksgiving is clear. The US has dropped to a share of 47.1% of all downloads, down from August’s 49.7%. But in total downloads, all countries have seen falls.
      UK is down 13.1% for total downloads
      Canada is down 14%
      Australia is down 17.9%
      US is down 20.4%.
    • In summary, then: total podcast downloads in November were in decline vs August. Some of that is due to the US’s Thanksgiving; but a decrease in downloads is happening in most countries too. And it’s not exclusively an issue with Apple Podcasts: but these numbers show Apple Podcasts is significantly underperforming all other apps.
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    OP3 reports that by the end of November, more than two-thirds of all unique listeners using iOS were from iOS 17. For much of the month, though, it was just over 35%; so December may give us even clearer indications.

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