By Edwin Madu
Spotify, the Swedish audio streaming service that is home to over 50 million songs and over 2 million podcasts, is finally available in several African countries.
The announcement was made by Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek, during the company’s Stream On event on the 22nd of February.
Prior to this, the platform was only available in five African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, and Tunisia.
As Spotify adds 38 new markets in Africa, there is a need to look at the current digital streaming space in Africa and what this entry could mean for listeners, artistes, labels, and other streaming platforms already on the continent.
For the listeners
Prior to Spotify’s entry, music lovers on the continent already had choices when it came to music streaming apps and services. Now they have more.
“This is going to be good for us [listeners] because it will increase competition,” says Omolola Oyedele, partner at Technolawgical, an entertainment law firm.
The current pricing of streaming services is an early indicator of what this competition could look like.
With most of these platforms, there is a free plan. But a free plan means ads you cannot control and the inability to skip songs. These limitations can become annoying over time.
Source:: Tech Cabal