iTunes Podcast Category List

iTunes is the engine that powers most of the podcasting world, and within that lies numerous categories that your show can be classified under.  Each show can qualify under 3 separate categories, and will be ranked separately in each.

The best practice is to assign your show to 3 separate Parent categories, and within each of those a unique Child category.  This gives your show the widest possible reach and allows more potential listeners to find your podcast.

[Updated July 2019 – there are new categories and this list reflects both the older (depracated) and the new Apple Podcasts Categories]

  • 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)

Regardless of the iTunes Podcast Category that you select, it’s important to ensure that your downloads, rankings, and reviews are all optimized for the intrinsic SEO that exists within iTunes.  Other podcasting directories like Stitcher have similar categories, but will differ slightly.

The updates to the Apple Podcasts Categories have been reflected in both our Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin and the Castos based RSS feeds.