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Podcasts have been described as modern, on-demand radio shows, which is actually a rather accurate general description. But there's no much more to a podcast than that.

According to, in 2023 there were over 4.25 million registered podcasts worldwide. Apple Podcasts hosts over 2.63 million (which is more than 60% of all the registered podcasts on the planet) with more than 87.6 million episodes (an episode is an individual podcast show).

Podcast show topics cover a wide range of topics on just about whatever you can imagine. Naturally, the smaller the niche the smaller the audience will be. 

But, again according to, the top 10 podcast genres in 2023 in the United States are:

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    Society and Culture.
  4. 4
    True Crime.
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  6. 6
    Business (Up from #7 in Q1 2022) .
  7. 7
    Arts (Up from #8 in Q1 2022).
  8. 8
    TV and Film (Down from #6 in Q1 2022).
  9. 9
    Education (Up from #10 in Q1 2022).
  10. 10
    Religion and Spirituality (Down from #9 in 2022).


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