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Following a three-year absence, the hugely popular and controversial podcast The Joe Rogan Experience is back on Apple Podcasts after Spotify gave up exclusivity as part of a multiyear deal renewal with Rogan.

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In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Rogan on Thursday said that "the podcast is now officially back on @apple. We should be back on @youtube with full episodes in the coming weeks."

Under the new deal, which is said to be worth up to $250 million, Rogan's show will be available on other content platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and YouTube. The move is part of Spotify's revised strategy to forego exclusive streaming rights in favor of broader distribution.

As part of the renewed deal, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Spotify will handle distribution and ad sales for the podcast. Rogan will receive a guaranteed minimum fee from Spotify as well as a cut of advertising revenue.

"For more than three years, The Joe Rogan Experience has consistently been the No. 1 podcast across the globe," Spotify said when it announced the renewed deal last week. That accords with Edison Research's Q3 2023 survey of most listened-to podcasts, in which The Joe Rogan Experience ranked number 1 for the period. It was also the second most listened-to podcast for women 13 and older in the U.S., according to Edison.


Since launching in December 2009, Rogan's podcast has involved candid and varied discussions on topics like politics, health, and society. In recent years it has gained notoriety through Rogan's practice of inviting guests that hold extreme or unconventional views. The show has also faced significant criticism for spreading misinformation and giving a platform to divisive figures.

Article Link: 'The Joe Rogan Experience' Returns to Apple Podcasts After 3-Year Hiatus
 

frou

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I used to insta-skip all the episodes with his comedian, MMA and hunting buddies 'cos they were boring as hell.

Apart from that there were some interesting episodes though, so might check it out again.
 
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ZiBart

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Considering it's popularity (whether one likes him or not), it's pretty important content news that it's back on Apple Podcasts and Youtube platforms - for those platforms. But boy, some of these content deals for people with mediocre talents is insane in this new digital economy.
 

gerald.d

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Fantastic news. No longer any need for Spotify.

Prediction. Not a single individual - whining like a seven year old kid who has been told they can't have another lollipop - complaining about the fact this podcast is back on Apple will be impacted whatsoever, and nor will they follow up their vapid and inconsequential opinions with any action at all.
 

sc00ba

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Fantastic news. No longer any need for Spotify.

Prediction. Not a single individual - whining like a seven year old kid who has been told they can't have another lollipop - complaining about the fact this podcast is back on Apple will be impacted whatsoever, and nor will they follow up their vapid and inconsequential opinions with any action at all.
I think it’s hilarious that Apple has made a democratic decision to reinstate this podcast.

Whats even more interesting is a lot of the comments on here have this same theme that you’ve mentioned, bizarre really.
 

J.A.K.

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I don't understand all the vitriol towards Rogan. I don't agree with everything he says or does, but silencing dissenting opinions isn't a good idea. It's a podcast, there are thousands if not millions of podcasts you could choose to listen to or not listen to.
It's not 'a dissenting voice'. It's someone with massive social capital who abuses it to spread grossly ignorant and hateful rhetoric.
 

wanha

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"The move is part of Spotify's revised strategy to forego exclusive streaming rights in favor of broader distribution."

That's a creative way to say that Rogan held out for way more money than Spotify was willing to pony up and as a result he gets to distribute it on all platforms, not just on Spotify.

Spotify might gain in advertising revenue from this, but it also strengthens the other podcast platforms because now the nr 1 podcast is no longer a reason to use Spotify.

PS. Overcast for the win
 
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Mrkevinfinnerty

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"The move is part of Spotify's revised strategy to forego exclusive streaming rights in favor of broader distribution."

That's a creative way to say that Rogan held out for way more than Spotify was willing to pony up and as a result he gets to distribute it on all platforms, not just on Spotify.

Spotify might gain in advertising revenue from this, but it also strengthens the other podcast platforms because now the nr 1 podcast is no longer a reason to use Spotify.

PS. Overcast for the win

Why would they care? Spotify is profiting from the cut of Rogans ad sales. Apple won't make anything on this.
 
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cicalinarrot

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He’s very good at his job. Which makes it even more dangerous.
Kids come for good interviews with rockstars and actors, the next week there’s a neofascist, a climate change denialist, an antivax, some other conspiracist.
All in the name of “listening to both sides”. So if someone is pro-child-molesting, should we broadcast their opinion or can we draw a line somewhere?
 

randolorian

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Joe challenges controversial ideologies that mainstream media won't, which makes some people uncomfortable. But I think it is healthy for our society to have some balance and debate in our discourse. I think this is a big reason it is the #1 podcast.
 
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