You’re probably scratching your head and asking yourself “What is Simfy Africa?”. Well, if you’re a fan of music, you should get excited. Now you probably want to ask me “Why?”.
Many of you reading this are probably frustrated that South Africa is not supported by iTunes and other music download services, right?
Well, the good news is that Simfy Africa is going to change all of that. Not only can you catch up but you can also leap frog to the future of music by using an easy and always-accessible music streaming service fully customized for South Africans. That, my friends is what Simfy Africa is, plain and simple.
So you’re asking yourself “How Can I Get It?” Sign up to Simfy Africa today at http://www.simfyafrica.com. A few very lucky VIPs and celebs are already trying out the service but on 27 August 2012 (11 days from now) it will be available to every South African. If you pre-register between today and the launch date you might also be lucky to get your hands on 1 of the 100 free 6 month accounts being given away as you read this post.
So, with Simfy Africa you can:
- Access 18 million songs (with an average of 500,000 new songs being added monthly)
- Find all your favourite music and artists, local and international, in seconds
- Stream as much as you like. 24/7. 365 days a year
- Listen offline through the Simfy Africa mobile apps
- Create personal playlists to suite every occasion and every mood
- Instantly share your playlists with friends via Simfy africa, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail
- Discover new music through streaming radio and branded playlists
- Have a totally smooth and portable experience as all your devices sync with each other
- Listen to all this high quality music with no advertising and no interruptions
- Support your favourite artists through a legal streaming service
This all sounds pretty cool, right? I have been trying this service out for the last few days and I must say that I’m impressed. There’s so much local content on here. I have been able to listen to artists like Taxi Violence, Desmond and the Tutus, Van Coke Kartel, Fokofpolisiekar, Seether, Marilyn Manson, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and others without a fuss.
In case you were wondering, Simfy Africa is a partnership between the European streaming provider, Simfy and local digital content company eXactmobile. The service therefore brings together superb backend technology and general streaming know how from simfy on top of over a decade’s worth of in-depth experience from eXactmobile of dealing with digital content, local infrastructure and customer support on the ground in South Africa.
It’s about time that South Africans get access to a service like this. Listening to music online and on your mobile phone will never be the same again. And it’s going to be lank cheap when it launches too! You will be able to access Simfy Africa on your laptop and on up to 3 mobile devices (including tablets) for only R60 a month.
The mobile and desktop apps mean you’ll be able to listen online or offline and save on data charges. Simfy Africa will work on iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones and on PC and Mac. You will also be able to use the service via your docking station, your car stereo or any Bluetooth speaker connection. Nogal impressive if you ask me.
Simfy Africa will also be the first streaming service worldwide to allow consumers of all the networks to pay via their mobile phone accounts. In addition, you’ll also be able to pay via credit card, direct debit, EFT and other payment options.
With Simfy Africa you will be able to find the latest new releases across any genre. Branded playlists from your favourite artists, music magazines and the Simfy Africa team also mean that the latest releases and hottest music will practically find you. You can listen, download or even share any of these playlists to discover and explore music like never before. So, pre-register or sign up (after 27 August 2012) for your Simfy Africa 14 day free trial at http://www.simfyafrica.com, it’s the right thing to do if you’re a fan of music.
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