Apple Podcasts have updated their top-level categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime — as well as dozens of new subcategories.

Here are some scenarios to help you understand if you should consider updating your show’s category:

  • New categories. Apple will be introducing new top-level categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime (full list of new and removed categories below). Additionally, dozens of new subcategories will be available. For example, Fiction > Drama.
  • Renamed categories. Some categories will be renamed. Where possible, shows will be mapped to the updated category or subcategory value upon launch. For example, Sports & Recreation > Outdoor will become Sports > Wilderness.
  • Discontinued subcategories. Some subcategories will be discontinued. Shows with a subcategory that will no longer be available will still retain its top-level category. For example, Sports & Recreation > Professional will be displayed as Sports until a new subcategory value is added to the RSS feed. If your category or subcategory is going to be removed, we recommend choosing a new category.

To review and edit your podcast's category, you can head to playlist details - category here:

Place the cursor in the box (underneath the existing category if there's already one there) and select from the list of categories.

If you currently have a discontinued category, you will need to choose a another one from the list that doesn't have 'discontinued' written next to it and click save. If you don't do this, then your category will have been automatically be re-mapped to one of the new categories.

The full list of changes to the podcast categories

Arts

  • Books (new)
  • Design
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Food
  • Literature (discontinued)
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Business

  • Business News (discontinued)
  • Careers
  • Entrepreneurship (new)
  • Investing
  • Management & Marketing (discontinued)
  • Management (new)
  • Marketing (new)
  • Shopping (discontinued)
  • Non-profit (new)

Comedy

  • Comedy Interviews (new)
  • Improv (new)
  • Standup (new)

Education

  • Courses (new)
  • Educational Technology (discontinued)
  • Higher Education (discontinued)
  • How to (new)
  • K-12 (discontinued)
  • Language Courses (discontinued)
  • Launguage Learning (new)
  • Self Improvement (new)
  • Training (discontinued)

Fiction (new)

  • Comedy Fiction (new)
  • Drama (new)
  • Science Fiction (new)

Games & Hobbies (removed/renamed to 'Leisure’)

  • Automotive (removed)
  • Aviation (removed)
  • Hobbies (removed)
  • Other Games (removed)
  • Video Games (removed)

Government & Organizations (renamed to Government)

  • Local (removed)
  • National (removed)
  • Non-Profit (removed)
  • Regional (removed)

Government (renamed from Government & Organizations)

Health (renamed to Health & Fitness)

Health & Fitness

  • Alternative Health
  • Fitness & Nutrition (discontinued)
  • Fitness (new)
  • Medicine (new)
  • Mental Health (new)
  • Nutrition (new)
  • Self-Help (discontinued)
  • Sexuality

History (new)

Kids & Family

  • Education for Kids (new)
  • Parenting (new)
  • Pets & Animals (new)
  • Stories for Kids (new)

Leisure (new)

  • Animation & Manga (new)
  • Automotive (new)
  • Aviation (new)
  • Crafts (new)
  • Games (new)
  • Hobbies (new)
  • Home & Garden (new)
  • Video Games (new)

Music

  • Music Commentary (new)
  • Music History (new)
  • Music Interviews (new)

News & Politics (removed / renamed “News”)

News (new / renamed from News & Politics)

  • Business News (new)
  • Daily News (new)
  • Entertainment News (new)
  • News Commentary (new)
  • Politics (new)
  • Sports News (new)
  • Tech News (new)

Religion & Spirituality

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

Science & Medicine (renamed “Science”)

  • Medicine (discontinued)
  • Natural Sciences (renamed Science > Natural Sciences)
  • Social Sciences (renamed Science > Social Sciences)

Science (new / renamed from Science & Medicine)

  • Astronomy (new)
  • Chemistry (new)
  • Earth Sciences (new)
  • Life Sciences (new)
  • Mathematics (new)
  • Natural Sciences (new / renamed)
  • Nature (new)
  • Physics (new)
  • Social Sciences (new / renamed)

Society & Culture

  • History (moved to it's own category)
  • Documentary (new)
  • Personal Journals
  • Philosophy
  • Places & Travel
  • Relationships (new)

Sports & Recreation (removed/renamed Sports)

Sports (new / renamed from Sports & Recreation)

  • Amateur (removed)
  • Baseball (new)
  • Basketball (new)
  • College & High School (removed)
  • Cricket (new)
  • Fantasy Sports (new)
  • Football (new)
  • Golf (new)
  • Hockey (new)
  • Professional (removed)
  • Rugby (new)
  • Running (new)
  • Soccer (new)
  • Swimming (new)
  • Tennis (new)
  • Outdoor
  • Volleyball (new)
  • Wilderness (new)
  • Wrestling (new)

Technology

  • Gadgets (removed)
  • Tech News (removed / renamed News > Tech News)
  • Podcasting (removed)
  • Software How-To (removed / renamed Education > How To)

True Crime (new)

TV & Film

  • Aftershows (new)
  • Film History (new)
  • Film Interviews (new)
  • Film Reviews (new)
  • TV Reviews (new)
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