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.
Calling all psychology enthusiasts, talk show fans, and Armcherries: We have some exciting news. The podcast Armchair Expert, cohosted by actor, filmmaker, and comedian Dax Shepard and Emmy-nominated producer and personality Monica Padman, is coming exclusively to Spotify. All past and new episodes, which are produced by Rob Holysz, Monica, and Dax, will remain free and available to stream exclusively on the platform starting July 1. The partnership also includes a first look deal with Armchair Umbrella Network.
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."
"Moving to Spotify is a huge opportunity for us. I am especially grateful for the work Monica and Rob have done to get us to this point. We are all bathing in the excitement of knowing we will get to do what we love most for the coming years," shares Dax.
"We are very excited to embark on this journey with Spotify. Armchair Expert will remain the same show it has always been, but with added opportunities that only Spotify can offer us," says Monica. "We look forward to continuing to bring our human driven content and doorless bathroom to our audience through this exclusive platform."
"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+.