Spotify is rapidly expanding, with the streaming music service announcing plans to launch in 85 new markets and a plethora of language as international availability spreads. That feat will be almost double the company’s service footprint, taking it to nearly 180 markets in total, and is the broadest expansion to-date.
That means Spotify will be available across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America/Caribbean. That also means Spotify will potentially get over a billion people who until now couldn’t officially sign up to the platform, the company claims.
The list of countries getting Spotify are: 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.
As with the existing locations, there’ll be both free and Premium subscription plans available, the former supported by advertising while the latter does away with that for a monthly fee. Exactly how much Spotify Premium will cost will depend on location. In some markets, Spotify says, it’ll also offer a choice of Individual, Family, Duo, and Student Plan options, which include things like service for multiple family members for a reduced overall cost.
The Spotify worldwide catalogue will also be available, and the company says that it will offer the full global catalogue in the new markets. That’s in contrast to some streaming media services, particularly in video, where availability of content can vary dramatically depending on where you’re logging in from.
As you’d hope, Spotify will be working with local musicians and podcasts to bolster out its regional content. Initially, streaming will be available via the mobile apps and Spotify’s desktop software for PC and Mac. Other methods – like connected speakers, wearables, TV, and in the car – will apparently follow on in due course.
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