Apple Podcasts responsible for 58% of podcast downloads
November 27, 2019 · 2.9 minutes to read
In the latest episode of The Feed, Libsyn report which mobile apps downloaded podcasts from them in October. Apple Podcasts is the highest, at 58%. Of note: only around 40% of Libsyn shows are published on Spotify (so the app will be under-represented in these figures). Libsyn won’t publish any numbers next month, because of work they’re doing on Spotify passthrough.
- Pocket Casts was 1.14% in August 2019. The app went free in mid September. It now accounts for 1.3% of all podcast downloads. In December 2018, it accounted for 1.4%. The move to free does not seem to have paid-off: yet.
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