Believe it or not, the term “podcast” has only been around for 15 years . It was first coined in 2004 by Ben Hammersley as a portmanteau, or a combination of two words, “iPod” and “broadcast.”
But especially within the last decade (the 2010’s), podcast popularity has skyrocketed faster than Pumpkin Spice Lattes in September.
According to MusicOomph, in 2019 there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes. (That’s crazy!!) But the plot thickens; according to Apple’s 2018 reports, these numbers were at 550,000 and 18.5 million last year, respectively.
I’ll do the math for you, friend; that means 150,000 podcasts launched in the last year alone. This blows. my. mind. (Fun fact: three of them were mine! Aka I am the problem.)
Jokes aside, the stats don’t lie. People love podcasts, and people love makin’ ’em. But why? What makes podcasts such a popular medium these days?
13 Reasons Why five reasons why.