Joe Rogan fans outraged after podcast moves exclusively to Spotify

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:08 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 12:41

by Georgina Smith


Fans of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast have been left frustrated after episode #1572 with Moxie Marlinspike was uploaded exclusively to Spotify, with many feeling “cheated” by the apparent business move.

Joe Rogan has become one of the most popular podcasters on YouTube, with his channel accumulating over 965,000,000 views and 10 million subscribers since its launch in 2009.

Rogan has become well known both on the internet and in celebrity spheres, and has hosted a wide variety of superstar guests, such as the likes of Kanye West and Elon Musk.

Joe Rogan Kanye West interview
Joe Rogan Experience
Many huge stars have graced Joe Rogan’s podcast studio, including Kanye West.

However, many grew concerned back in May after he announced that the podcast would be making a move exclusively over to Spotify. Up until now, episodes have been accessible in full along with highlights on the Joe Rogan Experience YouTube channel.

But as of December 2, full episodes of the podcast are exclusively available on Spotify. In highlight clips from recent episodes that have been uploaded to YouTube, the description reads “this clip is taken from the Joe Rogan Experience #1572 with Moxie Marlinspike – Now exclusively on Spotify.”

In the comment section of the YouTube clip, fans released their frustration towards the exclusive move. “It’s been a hell of a ride guys. See ya,” one viewer said. One fan said “bye” to the podcast with their comment “This feels like a break-up, and I feel cheated, for a richer guy. Bye JRE.”

Comment on Joe Rogan's podcast

Comment on Joe Rogan's podcast

Another disappointed viewer revealed that while they tried listening to the show on Spotify, they couldn’t handle the “ten straight minutes of ads” and said they would not be paying for a premium account just to listen to one podcast.

Comment on Joe Rogan's podcast

Rogan has previously spoken about his good relationship with Spotify after they were criticized for alleged censorship in October. In episode 1544 Rogan called them “a great company,” saying “they’re open-minded, they treat their employees very well,” and stressed that “in terms of then silencing me, zero. There’s been nothing.”

The move over to Spotify has certainly brought about some dissatisfaction among fans of the show, though precisely how much impact this will have on his audience numbers remains to be seen.


Best viral memes about Spotify Wrapped 2020

Published: 3/Dec/2020 18:07

by Georgina Smith


Spotify users across the internet are going viral for their hilarious takes on Spotify Wrapped, a yearly roundup of individual users ’ listening habits from the past 12 months. Here’s some of the funniest.

It’s that time of year again; the time where Spotify listeners across the globe are confronted with a statistical breakdown of their music habits from the past year. While it’s certainly fascinating to see just how many hours of that one artist you listen to, the roundup often bears some rather bizarre results.

User’s personal slideshow can be accessed from the Spotify app, and features statistics like your total minutes listened, top five artists, top five songs, and more.

People have been flocking to the app to unearth the darkest secrets of their 2020 listens, and in the true fashion of the internet, Spotify users haven’t hesitated to create memes out of the viral yearly roundup.

Here are some of the funniest and most creative memes of Spotify Wrapped 2020.

If other websites had a ‘Wrapped’ style round-up

Having their listening habits revealed via the form of a colorful slideshow has definitely got people curious about what their habits on other websites are like. Some creative internet users have posted some brilliant plays on what a LinkedIn or a dating app round-up would be like, and the results hit a little too close to home for many.


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The most popular artists of the year

In rare cases people may find that their top artists are unsurprising, but many known exactly the people who will appear on their top list. Of course some of the biggest artists crop up year after year, like Ariana Grande who has scooped up a huge amount of engagement on the platform this year. Despite their top five being a sea of familiar faces, users have been finding their round-up as exciting as ever.

Screenshot of a tweet about Spotify Wrapped

(Via Twitter: sheshecummings)

Screenshot of a tweet about Spotify Wrapped

(Via Twitter: jeremylevick)

Room for improvement

While the breakdown of your total hours listened is fairly comprehensive, some people’s results have got them thinking that maybe Spotify Wrapped’s algorithm could be a little more fine-tuned.

From tactfully avoiding bringing up songs with bad memories attached, to giving a chance for users to make amends before the reveal of the final statistics, Spotify users have thought of it all.

Screenshot of a tweet about Spotify Wrapped

(Via Twitter: juliareinstein)

Screenshot of a tweet about Spotify Wrapped

(Via Twitter: EmmaBackhaus)

Screenshot of a tweet about Spotify Wrapped

(Via Twitter: TheNewsAtGlen)

Mixed Feelings

Twitter user AlexJackHowell seemed to hit the nail on the head for many fellow Spotify users with his tweet pointing out complaints about people who share their Spotify Wrapped results

The tweet has accumulated a whopping 600,000 likes, showing just how much of a talking point Spotify Wrapped has become, with many users rushing to check their own stats after seeing some of these brilliant memes.