What you need to know
- Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" will now be a Spotify exclusive.
- All past and future episodes will no longer be on competing platforms like Apple Podcasts.
Apple Podcasts is losing another show to an exclusive deal.
Today, Spotify announced that it has signed a deal to make Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast exclusive to their streaming service. All past and future episodes of the show will only be available on Spotify starting on July 1, 2021.
Monica Padman, the podcast's co-host, says that they decided to sign exclusively with the streaming service because the move will enable "opportunities that only Spotify can offer us."
"Armchair Expert" is the second major podcast to recently sign an exclusive deal with Spotify. "The Joe Rogan Experience," the most popular podcast in the world, moved to the service back in September of 2020.
This latest move continues to heat up the podcast wars between services like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more. Apple is also looking to develop original podcast content, but most of it has been related to its original series on Apple TV+.
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