'The Joe Rogan Experience' to be available on Spotify from September

'The Joe Rogan Experience' to be available on Spotify from September - 20th May 2020

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Elon Musk appeared on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast earlier this month. CREDIT: YOUTUBE

By Munsif Vengattil

Spotify has acquired US comedian Joe Rogan's podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience", which will be available on the music streaming platform starting September 1, and will then become exclusive to the platform later this year.

The company did not disclose financial details of the multi-year agreement, but the deal is seen as part of the streaming platform's aim to transform itself into the Netflix of audio.

Rogan's podcast is downloaded millions of times each month and is routinely featured among the top podcasts on Apple's charts.

He has interviewed well-known politicians and businessmen on the show, including Elon Musk and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

"We will still have clips up on YouTube but full versions of the show will only be on Spotify," Rogan said in an Instagram post on Wednesday morning.

Rogan maintained that he will still have full creative control over the show, which has amassed over 8.4 million subscribers on it's YouTube channel since it's launch in 2009.

He also added that the corresponding video episodes of the podcast will also be available on Spotify as in-app vodcasts.

Rogan has denied requests from his fans to put the podcast on Spotify over several years, addressing the issue directly with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler in an episode in 2018.

"We're not on Spotify, and the reason why we're not on it is because it didn't make any sense. They were like 'We want to put you on it, it's gonna be great for you.' And I was like, how is it great? You guys are gonna make money," Rogan said.

"The artists get paid so little, so where is the money going?"

Spotify, which has more than a million podcasts on its platform and reaches nearly 300 million monthly users, last year acquired Gimlet Media, Anchor FM and Cutler Media, companies that either create podcasts or help others to do so.