In the time since we shared our December update on Apple and Spotify’s battle for podcast listeners in The State of the Podcast Universe Report, the fight between the two audio giants has continued to heat up during 2020’s first quarter.
Update on April 22, 2020
Since our original post in March (at the bottom of this page), we’ve continued to track the podcast listening trends across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can see how overall listening and category listens have adjusted in the last month across the US, Europe, wItaly and Spain.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve signed a new agreement with Nielsen today for the use of Nielsen Audience Segments. With this contract, both advertisers who utilize Voxnest Audience Network and podcast publishers on Spreaker, a Voxnest brand, will utilize the integrated data in order to achieve a richer understanding of podcast listeners, get specific with audience targeting, and drive better advertising outcomes overall.
Introducing The State of the Podcast Universe 2019
It’s been nothing short of a banner year for the podcasting industry. While podcasts were gaining some serious steam in 2018, the explosion of growth and evolution of content this year truly took podcasting mainstream. With over 800,000 podcasts in existence and the industry on track to make $1 billion in ad revenue by 2021, there are a whole lot of factors to unpack when it comes to examining what caused podcasts to become part of more than 62 million listeners’ weekly routines this year.
In our report, we’ll unpack the biggest podcast industry breakthroughs of 2019:
- The “Hollywoodification” of podcasts takes the industry mainstream
- International podcast content thrives
- Programmatic advertising conversations rise above a whisper
And we’ll cover just about everything that’s been going on throughout the year, plus what we have to look forward to:
In the majority of the months that we’ve been covering the battle for podcast listeners between Apple and Spotify, we’ve seen both companies make serious investments and improvements to gain new users… until September. In last month’s update, we shared that Spotify was the only one who continued to make big moves in the podcasting department. However, it made sense considering that Apple’s new product releases occur most years in September. Yet, here we are detailing the happenings of October and Apple let another month go by without making any podcast countermoves.
We’re thrilled to reveal our new partnership today with Audion, an audio advertising technology company based in France. The collaboration will give podcasts in our network access to high quality audio ads via Audion’s advertising partners.
While, of course, Spotify and Apple aren’t the only places to listen to podcasts, it’s been incredibly interesting to watch the two audio giants duke it out for listeners during a year of immense growth in the industry. We started reporting on the battle in March – based on the listener data from Voxnest Audience Network – and with nearly each month’s update, we’ve seen one (or typically both) of the companies make pretty significant acquisitions, platform improvements and announcements.
Audio technology company Voxnest is proud to announce the partnership between their podcasting platform, Spreaker, and StreetLib, an Italy-based digital book distributor. The two companies are partnering in order for their podcasters and book publishers to easily develop a secondary medium to spread their stories even further.
Regardless of who you are or what you do, there’s a pretty solid chance that you’re aware of the increasing number of podcasts at your fingertips. But, the average joe might not be aware of just how much growth the podcast industry is experiencing. Yes, according to Chartable, there are 700,000+ podcasts out there; but the more staggering statistic that truly showcases the industry’s explosiveness – and helps to legitimize it – is that, as reported on by The Verge, podcasting is expected to hit $1 billion in revenue by 2021.
Since March, we’ve been tracking the crusades for podcast listeners from both Apple and Spotify. Without fail, both companies have brought a new announcement or improvement to their podcast offerings each month. And, each month we’ve seen listeners gained by Spotify, while Apple often re-stakes their claim in countries that were previously stolen from them.