5 Podcast Discovery Apps and Sites to Find Shows You Will Like Listening To
There are over two million podcasts worldwide, with new ones being released daily. These podcast recommendation apps and sites will help you find shows worth listening to.
By now, you probably know about the popular apps to find awesome podcast recommendations like Podyssey and Listen Notes. So we decided to dig a little deeper to find options you haven’t heard of or haven’t thought of, like the podcast equivalents of Rotten Tomatoes and Billboard Top 100 or a TikTok for podcasts. These are a lot more fun than going through directories of genres.
1. Moonbeam (Android, iOS): TikTok or Reels for Podcast Clips
When Spotify acquired Podz, the podcast discovery app that played small clips in a feed, its algorithm started recommending only those podcasts hosted on Spotify. If you want a wider range of podcast clips to browse through, Moonbeam is the way to go.
Moonbeam is made by one of the founders of Kayak, who was inspired by TikTok to create a similar interface for podcast discovery. So you get a feed of clips from various podcasts, calculated by machine-learning based on your likes, bookmarks, and subscriptions. In this Beam section, you scroll through this feed to dismiss the current playing clip and start the next, just like a social media app.
The app also has several playlists created by its editors and community members, which serve as clips of shows around a specific theme. Clips don’t have a standard time limit, with some as small as 45 seconds and others lasting over five minutes. So it’s up to you how much you want to listen.
Like all social media apps, Moonbeam gives better recommendations the more you use it and interact with it. But, importantly, it never feels too slow and starts the next clip on-the-fly when you scroll, which is critical to such fast-paced podcast discovery.
Download: Moonbeam for Android | iOS (Free)
2. Rephonic’s Discover and Graph (Web): Find Podcasts Based on What You Like
Podcasting agency Rephonic has gathered a lot of data to serve its clients and is now using it to create cool products for the public. Both Discover and Graph help you find a podcast you might like based on titles you’re already a fan of.
Rephonic Discover works similar to recommendation engines such as LikeWise. You’ll see a chart of different podcast titles and rate them with a thumbs-up if you like them or click the trash can to delete them from the list. The list updates with every decision, giving you new recommendations each time.
Rephonic Graph is a visual network of nodes to find a podcast similar to the one you like. The backbone of this is Rephonic’s database of “millions of connections between podcasts from the ‘Listeners Also Subscribed To’ data displayed in Apple Podcasts.” It’s a 3D graph that you can zoom and pan-and-scan. Click any other title for a short description of what it’s about and “more info” for its page on Rephonic’s directory.
3. Chartable (Web): Billboard-like Charts for Top 200 Podcasts
The music industry has the Billboard Top 100. Podcast analytics firm Chartable is making similar “Top 200” charts for the podcast industry and publishing them online for anyone to see. This is perhaps the easiest way to discover what people are listening to worldwide.
The podcasts are essentially ranked by most listened to on Apple, Spotify, or any network. Further, you can drill down by region: the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, France, and India. The list is updated every Wednesday to reflect the top 200 podcasts, along with the top trending podcasts.
But scroll down, and you’ll find a few hidden chart categories. Chartable also ranks podcasts by genres, such as comedy, fiction, true crime, sports, etc. Moreover, it also tracks podcast reviews from Apple and Stitcher, which is an excellent way to see which podcasts are generating enough buzz to get listeners commenting about them online.
4. Great Pods (Web): Rotten Tomatoes for Podcast Critic Reviews
Rotten Tomatoes is famous for aggregating reviews of movies and TV shows by established critics (not just average internet users). Great Pods is trying to do that for podcasts, creating a database of podcasts and assigning a rating based on what critics have said.
The focus at Great Pods seems to be on three popular genres of podcasts: true crime, music, and comedy. Yes, other genres are available, but the directory broadly includes these three categories, which makes sense since that’s where you’ll find most reviews by critics.
The main page is a great way to find featured podcasts, recently added reviews, marquee podcasts, and upcoming titles with a lot of buzz. In the directory, you can filter podcasts by genre and sort them by rating. That said, there aren’t many shows with multiple critics’ reviews, so the high ratings can be misleading.
Great Pods also has a newsletter to get recommendations and find out what’s happening in the podcasting world. However, it hasn’t been updated since June 24, 2022, so it might not make sense to subscribe to it. You can read the back issues on Great Pods’ Substack, though.
5. The Pod Spotter (Podcast): A Podcast to Discover New Podcasts
How about listening to a podcast to discover new podcasts? Actor Zack Robidas hosts a weekly episode where he talks about the new podcasts he is listening to and many of his classic favorites.
Along with recommending the new podcast, Robidas interviews its creators in a free-wheeling chat to discover more about why you should listen to them. The episodes also play clips from the show and discuss the thinking behind them. It’s a great way to get a taste of what you can expect in the podcast and see if you connect with the host — which is often the make-or-break factor in a podcast.
The Pod Spotter chats are available as video podcasts on YouTube, but you can also listen to them on your favorite podcast app without missing out on the video parts. Unfortunately, it’s currently on hiatus after the first season of 42 episodes.
Find Podcasts By Guests You Liked Elsewhere
While the apps and sites in this article should be able to help you find new podcasts you will enjoy, a few Redditors shared a great trick. Among the podcasts you already listen to, there will be a few guests who you have liked. So look up which other podcasts they have been a guest on, and catch that episode.
The idea behind this hack is that guests will likely go to like-minded podcasts. Plus, since you know how the guest was on your favorite podcast, it’ll be easier to judge the new podcast based on the interaction you’ve already heard. So rather than going in blind, you’ll have a good reference point to decide whether to listen to more of that podcast.