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Why Is My Podcast Showing Up on Apple Podcasts But Not Spotify?

As a new or seasoned podcaster, you may have wondered why your episodes sometimes appear on Apple Podcasts more quickly than on Spotify. There’s a simple explanation: Apple Podcasts and Spotify work very differently.

How Apple Podcasts Works

Apple Podcasts is a directory. When you subscribe to a podcast on Apple Podcasts, you’re subscribing to a feed of information that tells the app where to find the audio files. When you play an episode, Apple Podcasts streams the audio file from the podcaster’s hosting provider.

How Spotify Works

Spotify is more than just a directory. When you subscribe to a podcast on Spotify, Spotify downloads the audio files to its own servers. This allows Spotify to offer features such as offline listening and ad-free listening for premium users.

Why Your Episode May Appear On Apple Podcasts More Quickly Than On Spotify

Because Spotify downloads the audio files to its own servers, it takes longer for new episodes to appear on Spotify than it does on Apple Podcasts. Spotify typically checks for new episodes every few hours, but it can sometimes take up to a day for new episodes to appear.

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