Spotify (a music streaming app) in the next few days will launch in 39 African countries including Zimbabwe, Africa news reports.
According to the publication:
For this expansion, the company announced that it will also introduce new features and upgrade its podcast catalogue to fit into new markets. Before this latest expansion, African users only got access to the streaming service via VPN, except for users in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia, where it launched in 2018.
Spotify which is viewed by some as the largest music streaming app in the whole world will launch in the following countries:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Capo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Estwani, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. The rest are Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Nigeria and Rwanda. Others include Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
According to Techzim, these are some of the questions that are on people’s minds as they await the big day for Spotify to start streaming in Zimbabwe:
- What is so good about Spotify anyway?
- For hardcore fans and people who like nice things its a victory. But what does it mean for those who have never experienced it?
- What will this mean for local artists and rights holders?
- Data is a big concern for anyone approaching music streaming for the first time. Could Econet, Telecel and NetOne create a streaming bundle much like they should have created a unified messaging bundle for WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal?
- If MNOs do make a streaming bundle, will that reduce piracy?