Apple Podcasts just got a big upgrade — here's what's new

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Apple has announced upgrades to its Podcasts app and listening experience, including new search and curation features.

The Podcasts app now includes a number of subcategories to make it easier for people to drill down and find the type of content that they're looking for while searching for podcasts in specific languages is now also possible.

Alongside those subcategories, Apple says that each one has its own charts including top shows and top episodes specific to each territory.

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Apple announced the changes on its Apple Podcasts for Creators webpage, noting that there are now nine new subcategories in the Search tab. Those subcategories include Mental Health, Relationships, Self-Improvement, Personal Journals, Entrepreneurship, Documentary, Parenting, Books, and Language Learning.

"Each subcategory has its own charts, which display the Top Shows and Top Episodes available in a listener’s market," Apple points out. "For example, a listener in the U.S. can browse the charts for Mental Health, which display the top 200 shows and top 200 episodes available in the U.S. based on a mix of listening, follows, and completion rate."

Apple also confirmed that all 19 categories and nine subcategories now have updated artwork and recommendations, including Apple Podcasts Essentials. "Select categories, including Comedy, Society & Culture, Sports, and True Crime, will also regularly showcase New & Noteworthy shows, standout Shows of the Month, Featured Channels and Creators, and Global Highlights with popular shows from around the world."

Podcast listeners in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia can also now search for podcasts based on their language, with more than 20 different languages supported including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

All of this is now live in the Apple Podcasts app, and it might even be enough to tempt users of third-party podcast apps to try out Apple's offering. No matter which app you use, make sure to listen in style — and check out our collection of the best Bluetooth headphones to help you do it.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.