Update 2nd August 2019: Apple Podcasts now fully supports the use of their new categories in public facing apps.

Apple Podcasts has changed its category system to include revised and additional categories for use by podcast creators.

Simply put, you have more options now and at times, more specific categories for your podcast.

As before, your show can appear in up to three categories (a main category and two secondary categories) and to edit your podcast's categories simply click Edit Show Settings from your show's dashboard. Here's more information on that, too.

You will need to do this for each show.

What happens if I do nothing?

Apple has stated that a migration will naturally take place if your show appears in a category that is renamed, 

However, if your show is in a category that doesn't exist anymore, your podcast will be remapped to appear in the top-level category where the sub-category was previously.

We strongly recommend reviewing each of your show's categories as soon as you can.

Here's how the new categories look:

Arts

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

Business

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

Comedy

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

Education

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

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)

History (new)

Health (renamed to Health & Fitness)

Health & Fitness (renamed from Health)

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

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
  • Other (suggested and then removed again)
  • Spirituality

Science & Medicine (renamed “Science”)

  • Medicine (removed)
  • 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

  • Documentary (new)
  • History (removed)
  • 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 (removed)
  • 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

  • After Shows (new)
  • Film History (new)
  • Film Interviews (new)
  • Film Reviews (new)
  • TV Reviews (new)
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