Apple Reveals Most Popular Podcast Subscriptions and Free Channels (Podcast News Roundup)

By CreatorStack · 24 days ago

Apple for the first time has shared the top paid podcast subscriptions and free channels worldwide, from June 15 through September 15, providing a look at the most popular properties three months after the tech giant launched the services.

Apple’s top paid subscriptions are ranked in order of total subscribed listeners worldwide over the past three months and includes both channels and individual shows. The top free channels ranking is based on total listeners worldwide over the past three months for shows united under each channel and excludes fully paid or “freemium” channels (those with a mix of free and paid content). Apple Podcasts measures listeners as the number of unique devices that have played at least 1 second of an episode.

Top Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

  1. Wondery Plus
  2. Luminary
  3. Sword and Scale Plus Light from Incongruity
  4. TenderfootPlus+ from Tenderfoot TV
  5. PushNik from Pushkin Industries
  6. QCode Plus
  7. Imperative Premium Series
  8. Podimo Deutschland from Podimo
  9. U Up? from Betches Media
  10. The Handoff from CNN

Top Free Channels on Apple Podcasts*

  1. The New York Times (26 shows)
  2. Audiochuck (12 shows)
  3. iHeartPodcast Network (186 shows)
  4. Barstool Sports (56 shows)
  5. Dateline NBC (6 shows)
  6. ABC News (32 shows)
  7. TED Audio Collective (15 shows)
  8. ESPN (76 shows)
  9. Crooked Media (17 shows)
  10. Ramble (11 shows)