Spotify to Launch in Nigeria, 39 Other African Countries in Latest Expansion Drive


Popular music streaming platform, Spotify is finally expanding to Nigeria and several other African countries. The company announced the expansion on Monday during its Stream On event for creators and partners.

The company revealed that it has plans to launch in 85 new markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean over the next few days. This is Spotify’s biggest concentrated market expansion to date.

Speaking on the expansion, Spotify’s chief freemium business officer, Alex Norström explained that having more listeners on the platform creates more opportunities for artists and podcasters to make a living from their work. And more creators means more audio content for users to discover.

Over 1 billion new listeners

Founded in July 2011, Spotify has grown significantly over the last 12 years to become one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world. It is currently available in 93 markets after it officially launched in South Korea on February 1.

Spotify first launched in Africa in 2018 with South Africa

The upcoming launch in Nigeria, Pakistan and 80+ countries represent more than 1 billion potential new listeners. This is a massive untapped audience for the company which has grown to have more than 345 million monthly active users and over 155 million paid subscribers globally.

In addition, Spotify now supports more than 60 languages after adding native support for 36 new languages.

Nigerians to enjoy Spotify free and Spotify premium

Spotify has announced that it will offer both its Free and Premium plans in all 85 new markets. However, Individual, Family, Duo, and Student plans will be available in only select markets.

Spotify currently offers more than 70 million individual tracks, including over 2 million podcast titles.

The company says that its global music catalogue will be available in all 85 markets, and its entire podcast catalogue will be available in the majority of them. It will also work with the local rights holders to add more local offerings.

As the platform rolls out, music lovers in new markets will get to access content on mobile apps and in the browser. Apps for TV, consoles, speakers, wearables, and cars will be launched in the “coming months”.

Here’s the full list of the African countries Spotify is launching in:

  1. Angola
  2. Benin
  3. Botswana
  4. Burkina Faso
  5. Burundi
  6. Cabo Verde
  7. Cameroon
  8. Chad
  9. Comoros
  10. Côte d’Ivoire
  11. Djibouti
  12. Equatorial Guinea
  13. Eswatini
  14. Gabon
  15. The Gambia
  16. Ghana
  17. Guinea
  18. Guinea-Bissau
  19. Kenya
  20. Lesotho
  21. Liberia
  22. Madagascar
  23. Malawi
  24. Mali
  25. Mauritania
  26. Mauritius
  27. Mozambique
  28. Namibia
  29. Niger
  30. Nigeria
  31. Rwanda
  32. Sao Tome and Principe
  33. Senegal
  34. Seychelles
  35. Sierra Leone
  36. Tanzania
  37. Togo
  38. Uganda
  39. Zambia
  40. Zimbabwe

Other countries include:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Armenia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Bahamas
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Barbados
  7. Belize
  8. Bhutan
  9. Brunei Darussalam
  10. Cambodia
  11. Curaçao
  12. Dominica
  13. Fiji
  14. Georgia
  15. Grenada
  16. Guyana
  17. Haiti
  18. Jamaica
  19. Kiribati
  20. Kyrgyzstan
  21. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  22. Macau
  23. Maldives
  24. Marshall Islands
  25. Micronesia
  26. Mongolia
  27. Nauru
  28. Nepal
  29. Pakistan
  30. Palau
  31. Papua New Guinea
  32. Samoa
  33. San Marino
  34. Solomon Islands
  35. Sri Lanka
  36. St. Kitts and Nevis
  37. St. Lucia
  38. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  39. Suriname
  40. Timor-Leste
  41. Tonga
  42. Trinidad and Tobago
  43. Tuvalu
  44. Uzbekistan
  45. Vanuatu

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