Podcast Trends

Podcast Statistics All Brands Need to Know - 2021

Last updated on: 
July 26, 2022

20 podcast statistics that all marketers should know

What’s been happening in the podcasting space throughout 2021? To sum it up… a lot. We wanted to break down important podcast statistics that all marketers should know. These stats are crucial for brands to start understanding the power of audio, so if you’re representing a brand and thinking about starting a podcast - this is for you! 


1. In the US, podcast familiarity has risen to 78% of the total population, up 3% from 2020. 

2. In the US, podcast listening has risen to 57% of the total population, up 2% from 2020. 

3. Monthly podcast consumers grew by 16% year-over-year, cresting 100 million Americans for the first time. 

4. Weekly podcast listening has risen to 28%, up 4% from 2020. 

5. There are over 2 million valid podcasts on Apple Podcasts. 

6. Spotify has spent over $800 million on podcast related acquisitions.


7. In 2021, men listening to podcasts has risen to 48% while women listening to podcasts has risen 49%. 

8. The most popular age group for podcast listening is 12-34. 

9. 66% of podcast listeners have a bachelor’s or higher degree.  


10. The average time spent listening to podcasts is 6 hours and 39 minutes. 

11. Weekly podcast listeners average at listening to about 6 podcasts per week. 

12. Youtube listening is down to 9% in the US, was sitting at 11% in 2018. 

13. News, comedy, and education are the most popular podcasting genres.

14. 52% of podcast listeners are listening for primary content while 48% are listening for background noise.

15. 56% of podcast listeners prefer to listen to podcasts on the same platform that they listen to music.

16. 77% of podcast listeners agree that the "host personality" is important when deciding what podcasts to listen to.

Podcast Advertising 

17. Ad revenue will increase by 14.7% in 2020 despite COVID-19. Prior to COVID-19, it was predicted that podcast ad revenue would grow by 29.6% in 2020.  

18. DTC brands (22%) and financial services (16%) make up top podcast advertisers. 

19. 87% of podcast listeners pay attention to podcast ads

20. 54% are more likely to consider the brand advertised (only 7% are less likely)

21. 72% of people who have listened to a podcast for four or more years have made a purchase

22. 60% of podcast listeners have bought something from a podcast ad.

23. 66% of podcast listeners are more likely to llisten to a podcast if it is recommended or promoted by a podcast that they already listen to.



  1. IAB
  2. Edison Research
  3. The Infinite Dial
  4. Midroll
  5. Statista
  6. My Podcast Reviews
  7. Billboard

Alison Osborne

Director of Growth Marketing

A passionate storyteller, Ali is Quill’s Director of Growth Marketing, previously the co-founder and CMO of the branded podcast agency, Origins Media Haus (acquired by Quill). She excels in merging creativity with data in order to successfully build and grow a brand.



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