Apple has launched a beta service to analyse listenership of your podcast episodes on Apple devices and via Apple services.
I took a quick look – log in to iTunes Connect and select the drop-down next to the header. [Note the URL – since podcasts are being split off from iTunes, it’s now got its own URL podcastsconnect.apple.com]
The service obviously only works on Apple devices and so this will in all likelihood be a small segment of your audience. But the data has all the normal data points [#devices, #total time listened, time listened per device] defaulting to a past 60 days view.
The most interesting data point for me is the percentage “Average Consumption” measure defined as
The average percentage of the episode that was played across all devices. Playback duration is compared against the episode duration as reported in the podcast feed. If a device plays the duration time of an episode more than once, the consumption from that device will be greater than 100%Apple podcast analytics beta
Trends, episodes and overview
Neatly summarising most of what you’ll want to see – the Apple Podcasts Analytics beta has a nice dashboard showing Total time listened, a country analysis and split of subscribers and ‘not subscribed’. This is neat as I’ve always wondered about the proportion of my listeners who are not subscribers but do listen.
Partial audience analysis
In the analytics help documentation I noted the following:
- Podcast Analytics begins gathering data as soon as users play content in the Podcasts app (iOS 11 or later), in iTunes 12.7 or later (macOS and Windows), or on HomePod. [NOTE only recent app versions]
- Apple only displays data from users who agreed to share their diagnostics and usage information with providers. [NOTE Reduces total audience size]
- To collect data, the duration of a play event must be at least five seconds. [NOTE fair enough]
- To display data, more than five unique devices must play the show or episode content. [NOTE fair enough]
Get on to Apple and take a look at your stats. Compare it to other analytics services [I use Podtrac] and compare the data points and your absolute numbers.
My Apple numbers and Podtrac numbers are not directly comparable as one is included in the other. But for me the average consumption metric is pretty neat and will be something I add in my media pack for advertisers.
The images below show the respective analytics for 7 recent episodes.