Best answer by Mathis
When we took Podcasting out of beta a few weeks ago it came with a change in how podcasting stats are counted. This lead to some confusion among our users, and consequently, many of you provided feedback. Thank you!
After looking at a number of possible solutions, our podcasting product team will start rolling out an update: RSS downloads will count as plays again (they will now count towards the full play count). However, you will be able to differentiate the now combined figure on the stats page with a new tab next to your top websites / apps section. (See this screenshot).
The RSS downloads tab will remain there to show previous downloads from the duration when the tab was active, eventually this will be removed and these stats will be incorporated into the new tab and overall plays.
This change is being rolled out gradually, with 10% of all users already seeing this put into place.
Happy podcast tracking,
Gina & Mathis