How to Listen to a Podcast: The Best Ways

Top Podcast Apps

Among the top podcasts apps are Apple, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, and the list goes on.

Apple Podcasts

According to Statista, Apple Podcasts was the second most popular podcast app, behind #1 Spotify, in 2020. While 20% of podcast listeners said they used the app, Spotify came in first with 25%.

Google Podcasts

Google Podcasts saw a huge jump in listeners in 2020 over 2019, nearly doubling in popularity from 9% in 2019 to 16% in 2020.

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts also saw an increase in listeners using the app from 2019 to 2020, doubling from 3% to 6%.


Podcasts coming to Spotify is still somewhat new, although Spotify is proving they are in it for the long haul with exclusive podcasts like The Michelle Obama Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and more.

Stitcher Radio

Stitcher Radio also doubled its popularity as a podcast app in 2020 over 2019, raising from 3% to 6%. This may have had at least something to do with the additional of Stitcher Premium, which gives exclusive access to your favorite podcasts.

Listening to Podcasts

Another way to listen to podcasts is through podcasting apps built by — or for — the podcast host.

Discoverability for new podcasts

As mentioned above, it’s important to make sure your podcast is available on multiple podcast app platforms so new listeners who don’t know about your podcast yet can find you.

Best podcasts to listen to

Discoverability goes both ways — there is a benefit for both the host and the listener.

Best podcast apps for iOS and Android

Let’s get device-specific here!



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Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson


Kate is the engine at Entrepreneurs On Fire, the host of the podcast Ditch Busy, & co-author of The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days.