Spotify – a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service provider, has officially launched in Nepal and other 85 markets. With this, the total market of Spotify will be 178, as it has been providing its service in 93 markets already. Started its service in 2008, it has been connecting creators with fans. Both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium versions will be available in the 85 new markets.
On its Stream On the virtual event of Monday, featuring Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Justin Bieber, the CEO and co-founder of Spotify – Daniel Ek- announced the “Spotify is expanding to 85 new markets in the coming few days.” It will add 36 languages to the platform after the expansion. It is also the broadest expansion of Spotify to date.
Other significant markets to be added are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Kenya. Spotify has more than 345 million monthly users and over 155 million paid subscribers globally. And adding new markets is going to expand the counts.
Spotify believes the new market represents more than 1 billion people, which are new to the platform. It gives the opportunity to create, discover, and build a career in audio creation to millions of new creators from countries across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.
As Spotify has claimed to work with local creators and partners in each new market, it will be highly beneficial to Nepali creators to get a new platform. It believes working together with local lets Spotify deliver the experience to meet each market’s unique need.
The company aims to introduce the following offerings in each market:
Plans: Free and premium plans are available for all the markets. The select markets will also have individual, family, duo, and student plans.
User Experience: Listeners will be able to search and select from Spotify’s worldwide catalog. It creates a personalized playlist on the home screen.
Music Catalog: At launch, Spotify will offer a full global catalog in the new market. It will continuously work with the local right holders and partners to expand the catalog to include more local offerings.
Podcasts: The majority of the market will get a full podcast catalog, while others will have their local partners work closely to produce more podcasts from its catalog.
Platforms: After the launch, Spotify will be available on Mobile and Desktop Web Player.
Spotify is now available in Nepal
As both the free and premium versions are available in Nepal, you can still have a premium version free for one month. As of now, the premium version costs USD 2.99 per month. You can download the app from Play Store or App Store and enjoy the music from your favorite artist.
Benefits of Spotify in Nepal
Spotify will positively favor Nepal’s music industry, as the numbers of Nepali music creators are large. A few Nepali music pieces are already available on Spotify, but they had to pass through many hurdles. The official launch of the service with the local partner being directly in contact with the service provider will let streaming be hassle-free. On the other hand, the artist will get to know the listener and access their information like who is listening, where they are located, and what else they like. Such data are crucial in any industry to have better improvements.
There are many other features and advantages. Spotify also pays royalties based on the artist’s performance data. Also, the listener can have a personalized playlist, enhanced playlist, easily creatable playlist, and data-saving feature. Hence listening and discovering the music is better in every way on Spotify.
Below are the new 85 markets Spotify has announced to provide its services:
|Antigua and Barbuda
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic
|Papua New Guinea
|Sao Tome and Principe
|St. Kitts and Nevis
|St. Vincent and Grenadines
|Trinidad and Tobago