By Colleta Dewa
Johannesburg – The world’s most widely used audio streaming service, Spotify, is set to branch into 40 more African countries this year after being inaccessible across much of the continent since its establishment in 2008.
At present, Spotify is only available in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia.
The company says besides the Africa expansion, it’s looking at improving its global footprint by entering new markets in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.
In Africa, the Swedish firm is looking at covering almost the entire Southern Africa region, as well as countries in the east and west of the continent.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek this week said, “Although there are still millions of creators and billions of listeners who don’t yet have access to Spotify, the new Spotify countries will have the ability to sign up for free and paid Premium plans; in select markets, Spotify will offer Individual, Family, Duo and Student Plan options too. It will be available on mobile and with its desktop web player, with some exceptions.”
Ek said the company will work with partners to introduce Spotify on more platforms, including TVs, speakers, wearables and cars in the coming months.
“We will continuously work with local rights holders and partners to expand its catalog to include more local offerings. Expansion into new local markets would work to make the service available as quickly as possible in as many places as possible, so some markets will launch with a core library of content and features that will evolve over time,” Ek added.
It’s new markets will be: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.