Special: 2022 Podcast Prediction Show – PCI 275


For the last show to 2021, we asked our staff and on social what they think might happen in podcasting in 2022.  Today’s show is a bit of a format break.  Have a happy new year!  See ya in 2022!

Carolyn Berry, from Adventures with Grammy,  says her show will double its listeners in 2022.  ( good plug! )

Maxwell Ivey Jr. from What’s Your Excuse network and the blind blogger says:  I predict even more people, companies, and organizations will launch podcasts. I predict Spotify and others will continue to try to win the podcasting world like it’s a game of monopoly. And I predict that more people will be hosting with Blubrry.

Dave Keeshan from The Future is Not Set, I predict the option to open a payment stream to podcasts will increase. So far Patreon and buymeacoffee.com are sorta fits. The start of tipping, or lightning/crypto payments, or anything that can be done from a handheld device will become more common. This will hopefully happen as a result of people’s frustration with the increase of ads into their podcast experience. Hopefully, this will also lead to a more dynamic podcast, where they can be delivered with and without ads.


There will be more live streaming like events/productions. Clubhouse, FIreside, Wisdom, are all chasing “something”. The thing, live, interactive audio, which can be recorded and released later as a podcast, maybe as different as radio shows are to podcasts (which are also released after the fact as podcasts)

@checkheadpod  The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast’s prediction for 2022 is that it will be the biggest year for podcast growth as more people turn to #podcasts for safe, enjoyable & free entertainment during #pandemiclife.

Josh fromTips of the Slung I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the shows under the banners of bigger companies (in particular shows that were independent and successful prior to signing) try to break their contracts and go indie again. [ Josh – Tips of the Slung ]

Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast –  I expect we’ll see another huge platform support podcasts—maybe Microsoft, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Also much bigger adoption of Podcasting 2.0.

Jim Malliard from The Malliard Report I predict Spotify will close the free version of anchor and try to recruit shows to only be on Spotify, only with free music accounts.


HotPod / The Verge’s predictions (toward the bottom of this article)

Pacific Content’s Annual Prediction article

From the Team:

Toby Goodman from Blubrry Pro Production:  ​​There will be at least one best selling book about podcasting coming in late Feb! (hint: Toby is writing a book)  🙂

Ultimately I say this… The industry will be split into even more subsections from a revenue-generating standpoint. I don’t think paid subscriptions will grow wildly unless podcasters are prepared to give more than just… more audio away. ie: More in-person events, memberships…

Barry Kantz, RawVoice CFO –  I think the blockchain will have an impact on podcasting over the next couple of years.

Todd’s Predictions: 

  1. Facebook will be #2 by end of 2022
  2. More consolidation of conglomerates buying podcast companies
  3. More advertising opportunities for independent podcasters
  4. The growth of the podcast space will go back to pre-pandemic levels
  5. More companies will exercise private podcasting in their organizations
  6. Anchor will add another million dead show
  7. Apple will open up API submission to Apple Podcasts

Mike’s Predictions: 

  1. Facebook WILL NOT be the #2 listening platform by the end of 2022.
  2. Soundcloud will still exist (even though I’ve been predicting its death for years).
  3. Feedburner will continue to be barely active with a slight update from Google.
  4. I will get a wild hair and start another podcast of some sort. NOT related to podcasting. 
  5. Joe Rogan will announce he is leaving Spotify as an exclusive and will return to being an independent podcaster/YouTuber.
  6. One of the social audio apps (Clubhouse, Fireside* and the like) will announce they are shutting down sometime in 2022.
  7. Rob Greenlee will grow a beard  🙂


Question of the Week:  Gregory Wallace, in the Facebook group asked:  This may be a silly question, but with the coming new year do we need to change the copyright date in PowerPress?  If so, do we just change the year to “2022”, or “2021-2022”?  Is there a best practice?

Answer: I put in the start date and the current date.  For example, © 2005-2022 for a show I started in 2005.  BUT, there is no “best practice” on this. Not very many apps even see or display the copyright.

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