If you're a Spotify user trying to keep tabs on the latest and greatest in podcasts, good news: the music streaming giant is queuing up a pair of podcast charts that will highlight trending and popular shows. Spotify's new Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts charts are slated to go live today in 26 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Both the Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts charts can be found by tapping the Search button in the iOS and Android versions of Spotify. Once you're there, tap the Podcasts tile, then tap Podcast Charts. The Trending Podcasts chart will feature an algorithm-driven ranking of 50 "fastest-climbing" and "of-the-moment" podcasts that should come in handy for Spotify users on the lookout for a new show.
Swedish streaming giant Spotify is making it easier to find trending and top podcasts with the release of two new charts in the iOS and Android mobile app. The Top Podcasts charts will list the 200 most popular shows in the selected region or category, while Trending Podcasts will display the top 50 'rapidly rising shows'. Spotify has released both'Top' and'Tending' across 26 markets, including the UK, the US, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Germany and Australia. The Top and Trending charts will help listeners categorise and discover their new favourites and give them'a handful of options' when on the hunt for a new show. Trending Podcasts include the'fastest-climbing of-the-moment trends' and uses an algorithm that allows users to discover newly-launched shows Users can find the Top Podcasts and Trending Podcast charts on the Spotify app on their phone (iOS and Android).
Spotify is giving users the chance to discover even relatively unknown podcasts by launching a "Top Episodes" ranking for its charts. When the audio streaming service debuted the feature, it only ranked shows based on their overall numbers. Going forward, it will also look into the numbers for each individual episode, giving creators what they need to be able to show more potential listeners that their work is popular or trending, "even if their podcast as a whole isn't being consumed at the same volume." The feature could also give creators more incentive to promote their work on Spotify, so they could move up the ranks. In addition, Spotify has launched a new web experience for the charts, allowing subscribers to view them without having to fire up their apps.
Just a couple of months after rolling out video podcasts and charts for its most popular podcasts, Spotify has yet another podcasting feature to unveil: polls. Spotify says its new polling feature for podcasts is a test, and that it will roll out for "most" Spotify users starting today, while all Spotify users will get the feature shortly thereafter. The new polls appear directly in the Spotify app, either on the relevant podcast episode page or on the "Now Playing" screen. The questions and answers will come from the actual podcasters. A sample question from The Rewatchables is "Which of these is the best Fincher film?," with the answers ranging from Se7en and Fight Club to Zodiac and The Social Network.
With so many podcasts out there, how can anyone manage them all? Luckily, there are a number of great iOS apps out there to help in that department. I'll break down some of the best podcast apps available on iOS. To be honest, the podcasting game is still begging to be reinvented, so while the apps listed are all great in their own right, there's no single standout platform. However, each recommended app does have its own unique style and set of features.