Apple Podcasts app is adding two new charts as it wants to make sure people know the shows and channels with the most subscribers. These charts are available for popular channel subscriptions in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions option was added a year ago. It allows creators to host bonus content and ad-free versions of their shows in exchange for a monthly subscription.
For example, you can listen to 9to5Mac Happy Hour ad-free. At the time, Apple had partnered with large podcasts networks, including Wondery and Luminary, to get their paywalled shows available inside Apple Podcasts app.
With more podcasts switching to a subscription offer, Apple is creating these new charts. Here’s how they’re described:
- Top Subscriber Shows: Thousands of shows offer premium benefits through Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Top Subscriber Shows helps listeners discover these podcasts. Listeners can browse the top 100 shows included within a subscription. These include shows from all categories that offer exclusive content, early access to new episodes, bonus episodes, ad-free listening, and more premium experiences;
- Top Subscriber Channels: Listeners can also discover great premium experiences through groups of shows called channels. Top Subscriber Channels features the top 100 channels with a subscription and two or more shows. The more that listeners engage with shows and episodes included within a subscription channel, the higher it ranks on this chart.
These new charts are available for users in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. They must be running iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, and macOS 12.5, or later. The Apple Podcasts Charts are refreshed throughout each day and available here.
These were the Top Subscriber Shows on Apple Podcasts when this new chart launched:
- US: Morbid with Alaina Urquhart and Ashleigh Kelley, Smartless, Something Was Wrong with Tiffany Reese, Fed Up with Emily Gellis, and Marc Smerling’s brand new series, Crooked City: Youngstown, OH, part of Sony’s The Binge, round out the top five subscriber shows in the US at launch;
- UK: The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett, No Such Thing As A Fish, which launched Fish Club last month, is the second most popular subscriber show in the UK, followed by The Totally Football Show with James Richardson from The Athletic, Morbid, and Kermode & Mayo’s Take, which debuted to number one when it launched with Extra Takes in May;
- Canada: Following Morbid, Smartless, and Fed Up, Canadian True Crime with Kristi Lee is the fourth most popular subscriber show, and BBC’s Global News Podcast rounds out the top five subscriber shows in Canada at launch;
- Australia: Casefile True Crime with Casey, The Deep with Zoe Marshall is the second most popular subscriber show in Australia followed by Morbid, Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb, and 7am with Ruby Jones from Schwartz Media.
These were the Top Subscriber Channels on Apple Podcasts when this new chart launched:
- US: Wondery+, Sword and Scale +PLUS Light, Sony’s The Binge, Luminary, and Pushkin Industries’ Pushkin+ round out the top five channel subscriptions in the US at launch;
- UK: Wondery+, Noiser+ is the second most popular channel subscription, The Athletic UK from The New York Times is the third most popular, Tortoise Media’s Tortoise+ is the fourth most popular, and Sony’s The Binge rounds out the top five most popular channel subscriptions in the UK at launch;
- Canada: Following Wondery, Sword and Scale, and Sony’s The Binge, BBC Studio’s BBC Podcasts Premium is the fourth most popular channel subscription, and Pushkin Industries’ Pushkin+ rounds out the top five channel subscription in Canada at launch;
- Australia: After Hamish and Andy and Wondery, Zoe Marshall’s The Deeper is the third most popular channel subscription, which includes The Deep and offers exclusive access to The Fourth Trimester. Casefile Premium and Sword and Scale are the fourth and fifth most popular channel subscriptions in Australia at launch, respectively.
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