Great news music lovers! Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service / app is now available in South Africa. I have used this service extensively for the last few hours. I was somewhat sceptical as first, thinking that this would be just another music streaming service like Deezer, Google Play Music, Apple Music or Simfy and Boy, was I proved wrong…
I’m giving a thumbs up to Spotify’s discovery engine (which feeds you similar music via its radio function for songs and artists). This is amazing. I can’t even tell you how much new music I’ve discovered in the last 12 hours. It’s like it knows what I’m trying to discover.
There’s already a decent amount of South African music on Spotify, but it feels slightly less than on the other platforms that are already available in South Africa. This will probably increase over time though, so that doesn’t get a total thumbs down from me.
Spotify is not really discovering songs by SA artists at this stage, but this will most also change now that they’re officially here. In my opinion, they don’t have the localisation right yet, but I think they’re going to fix it in the long run. We are the first country on the African continent to get Spotify, so in my books that’s understandable.
The interface is sleek and quick. It’s easy to look for songs, play songs seamlessly, add songs to playlists and add songs to your music library on both the web app and the Android app.
I can totally see why Spotify is the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service with a community of over 159 million users, including over 71 million Premium subscribers in 61 countries across the globe.
There’s more than 35 million tracks that can be streamed on Spotify (slightly less than one of its main competitors, Deezer), but I have managed to find almost anything I could think of.
What’s also great is to see all the South African artists sharing their Spotify links on social media today. I bet that it’s a great feeling for a band like The Tazers to find out they have an average of 18,500 streams a month on the platform, don’t you think?
Becoming a Premium subscriber won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It will set you back only R59.99 a month. This allows to play any track advertisement-free in standard / high quality, shuffle tracks, skip songs as much as you want and to listen offline. The free option allows shuffle play, but is not advertisement-free. Free users can’t skip songs as much as they want, can’t listen to tracks offline and they can only stream tracks in standard quality.
If you like discovering and listening to music and you don’t have a Spotify account yet, sign up for one HERE or download the app on the Google Play Store or iOS App Store.
Watch this space for regular updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.