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Podcasting Market Research Report: Information By Genre (News & Politics, Society & Culture, Comedy, Sports, Others); By Format (Interviews, Panels, Solo, Repurposed Content, Conversational) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032.


ID: MRFR/ICT/10158-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Garvit Vyas| July 2024

Podcasting Market Overview


Podcasting Market Size was valued at USD 14.8 Billion in 2022. The Podcasting Market industry is projected to grow from USD 19.6 Billion in 2023 to USD 190.12 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.80% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032).


The integration of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), deep learning, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) into podcasting platforms, along with progress in Machine Learning (ML) and AI advancements are expected to be a significant market driver for the Podcasting Market.


Figure 1: Podcasting Market Size, 2022-2032 (USD Billion)


Podcasting Market


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Podcasting Market Trends


Increasing popularity of podcasting and growth in the OTT platforms is driving the market growth


Market CAGR for Podcasting is being driven by the increasing popularity of podcasting and growth in the OTT platforms. Podcasting has been gaining popularity in international markets. There were over 1,000,000 podcasts accessible in the market as of September 2020, with over 30 million audio episodes. As per the Analysis & Policy Observatory, apo.org.au, there has been an increasing trend of podcasts among users.


Further, the growth in the OTT platforms has also created a demand for regional content across the globe. With the globe increasingly interconnected, the vocabulary services industry is also expected to grow rapidly, increasing the demand for regional content. The players are increasingly becoming aware of the user's preferences. For instance, in India, music is considered one of the most straightforward and most accessible forms of entertainment. In India, music of all genres finds substantial demand, and most is accessed music in Bollywood, followed by vernacular and regional music.


This is also corroborated by the large number of regional music content being released every year are fast. For instance, in February 2021, Spotify, a Swedish music streaming platform, announced its services in around 80 countries in 36 new languages. The company aims to work in coherence with local contributors and associated partners to offer new customized offerings on a single platform. The company also announced to launch of the podcasting catalog soon in these countries. Thus, the various beneficial factors such as rising podcasting across the region and their popularity drive industry growth.


As a result, it is anticipated that throughout the projection period, demand for the podcast market will increase due to the increasing popularity of podcasting and growth in the OTT platforms. Thus, driving the Podcasting Market revenue.


Podcasting Market Segment Insights


Podcasting Market Genre Insights


The Podcasting Market segmentation, based on Genre includes News & Politics, Society & Culture, Comedy, Sports, and Others. The news & politics segment dominated the market, accounting for 58% of market revenue (8.5 Billion). This is attributed to the significant daily audience engagement with the news and politics genre. This genre is featured prominently in diverse formats, such as one-on-one interviews, panel debates, and solo news updates. In the present day, a considerable number of podcast enthusiasts opt for news roundups and bulletins, offering concise summaries of daily topics within 1 to 5 minutes and 5 to 10 minutes, respectively. Consequently, numerous radio broadcasters and print journalists regularly leverage audio streaming channels as a means to disseminate their content.


Figure 2: Podcasting Market, by Genre, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Podcasting Market, by Genre, 2022 & 2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Podcasting Market Format Insights


The Podcasting Market segmentation, based on Format includes Interviews, Panels, Solo, Repurposed Content, and Conversational. The interviews segment dominated the market, accounting for 58% of market revenue (8.5 Billion). Within the interview format, podcasts feature new guests for each episode. The appeal of the interview segment lies in the authenticity and unfiltered nature of these podcasts. In such episodes, both the host and the guest bring forth novel ideas, content, insights, and experiences, creating an inspirational and engaging experience for the listeners.


Podcasting Market Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The anticipated expansion of the Podcasting market in North America can be attributed to several key factors. The region has actively embraced technological progress, particularly in terms of accessibility to podcast consumption through high-speed internet and mobile devices. Notably, North America has witnessed substantial investments in the podcasting industry, characterized by media companies acquiring podcast networks and investing in original content.


Moreover, the region's sizable population and high-income levels render it an appealing market for advertisers. A record-breaking 42% of Americans aged 12 and above have listened to a podcast in the past month, marking an increase from 38% in 2022. Additionally, the majority of Americans aged 12-54 (53%) have engaged with a podcast in the last month.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are the US, Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 3: PODCASTING MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)


PODCASTING MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


European podcasting Market accounts for the second-largest market share as the surge in demand for smartphones in European markets such as Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and others is driven by heightened Internet accessibility and the affordability of smartphones. According to GSM, mobile service subscriptions in Europe reached 86% of the population, totaling 474 million people in 2021. Germany and the UK are expected to contribute over a third of the anticipated 6 million new subscribers by 2025. Eastern European countries, characterized by lower penetration rates, are projected to experience the fastest subscriber growth rates through 2025.


The swift evolution of wireless telecommunication standards, including 3G, 4G, and 5G, across Europe has significantly increased Internet bandwidth, facilitating the increased utilization of online podcast streaming services in the region. Further, the German Podcasting Market held the largest market share, and the UK Podcasting Market was the fastest-growing market in the European region


The Asia-Pacific Podcasting Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. In the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, podcasts are accessible on various platforms like Spotify or Apple Music, featuring diverse formats such as interviews, panel discussions, and storytelling. The podcast landscape in APAC encompasses different styles, and their popularity is rapidly evolving. For instance, in Singapore, Spotify research indicates a significant surge in listenership of mental health-themed podcasts among Gen Z members and millennials. Between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, there was a remarkable increase of 323 percent and 411 percent, respectively. These statistics reflect a trend where both generations are integrating podcasts into their self-care routines. Moreover, China’s Podcasting Market held the largest market share, and the Indian Podcasting Market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Podcasting Market Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the Podcasting market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the Podcasting industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the Podcasting industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Podcasting industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to the media and entertainment landscape. Major players in the Podcasting Market, including Amazon.com, Inc., Apple, Inc., Audacy, Inc., iHeartMedia Inc., Megaphone LLC, Pandora Media, Inc., Soundcloud Limited, Spotify AB, Stitcher, TuneIn, Inc are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


iHeartMedia Inc (iHeartMedia) is a leading provider of media and entertainment services, offering a range of offerings such as program syndication, traffic, weather, news, sports data distribution, and on-demand entertainment. The company is engaged in audio and media services, encompassing media representation, scheduling, and broadcast software. Its audio business spans broadcast radio, digital and HD digital radio stations, satellite radio networks, sponsorship, and events, among others. iHeartMedia organizes local and nationally recognized tent pole events, leveraging its consumer base to provide analytics and attribution technology to marketing partners. With a presence in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, iHeartMedia is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, USA. In February 2021, iHeartMusic made headlines with the acquisition of Triton Digital, a  technology and services provider in the digital audio and podcasting industry, for USD 230 million. This strategic move is expected to enhance iHeartMusic's programming platforms and self-service capabilities for trim-level businesses, further expanding its reach to a broad consumer base.


Spotify Technology SA (Spotify) is a leading provider of audio streaming services, offering both offline and online streaming access to an extensive catalog of music and podcasts. The platform ensures a music listening experience devoid of commercial interruptions. Spotify's subscription pricing plans encompass options such as the Family Plan, Student Plan, and Duo Plan. The company also engages in audio, display, and video advertising across its podcast and music content. Premium services are sold directly to end users and through partnerships with telecommunications companies, which handle payment collection for standalone subscriptions. With a presence spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America, Spotify is headquartered in Luxembourg.


Key companies in the Podcasting Market include




  • Amazon.com, Inc




  • Apple, Inc.




  • Audacy, Inc.




  • iHeartMedia Inc.




  • Megaphone LLC




  • Pandora Media, Inc.




  • Soundcloud Limited




  • Spotify AB




  • Stitcher




  • TuneIn, Inc.




Podcasting Industry Developments


September 2022: In September 2022, iHeartMedia, Inc. entered into a multi-year partnership with Interval Presents, a podcast network affiliated with Warner Music Group. Under this agreement, both companies will collaboratively produce a variety of shows, spanning from limited-run series to ongoing weekly podcasts.


May 2022: In May 2022, Spotify revealed its initiative to actively translate podcasts into various languages to broaden its audience reach in the industry. According to Spotify, certain formats like crime and daily horoscopes attract listeners from around the globe.


Podcasting Market Segmentation


Podcasting Market Genre Outlook




  • News & Politics




  • Society & Culture




  • Comedy




  • Sports




  • Others




Podcasting Market Format Outlook




  • Interviews




  • Panels




  • Solo




  • Repurposed Content




  • Conversational




Podcasting Market Regional Outlook




  • North America






  • US




  • Canada






  • Europe






  • Germany




  • France




  • UK




  • Italy




  • Spain




  • Rest of Europe






  • Asia-Pacific




    • China




    • Japan




    • India




    • Australia




    • South Korea




    • Australia




    • Rest of Asia-Pacific






  • Rest of the World




    • Middle East




    • Africa




    • Latin America





Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 14.8 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 19.6 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 190.12 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 32.80% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Genre, Format, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Amazon.com, Inc., Apple, Inc., Audacy, Inc., iHeartMedia Inc., Megaphone LLC, Pandora Media, Inc., Soundcloud Limited, Spotify AB, Stitcher, TuneIn, Inc
Key Market Opportunities The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) has created an exceptional climate for streaming players to thrive and prosper
Key Market Dynamics The flexibility of listening to podcasts while doing other activities simultaneously


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Podcasting Market size was valued at USD 14.8 Billion in 2022.

The Podcasting Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 32.80% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the largest share of the market

The key players in the market are Amazon.com, Inc., Apple, Inc., Audacy, Inc., iHeartMedia Inc., Megaphone LLC, Pandora Media, Inc., Soundcloud Limited, Spotify AB, Stitcher, TuneIn, Inc

The News & Politics segment dominated the market in 2022.

The Format had the largest share in the market.

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