Spotify is expanding and the streaming music service announces plans to launch in 85 new markets – and 36 new languages - as international availability spreads. According to Spotify, the company’s service footprint will nearly double, expanding to nearly 180 markets in total. This is the broadest expansion yet.
This means that Spotify will be available in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America / Caribbean. Making investors happy is just how many potential new customers that means: over a billion people who have not yet been able to officially sign up with Spotify, the company claims.
As with the existing sites, both free and premium subscriptions are offered, with the former being supported by advertising while the latter getting rid of them for a monthly fee. Exactly how much Spotify Premium costs depends on the location. In some markets, according to Spotify, there will also be a choice of options for the single, family, duo and student plans, including, for example, service for multiple family members at a reduced total cost.
The Spotify Worldwide Catalog will be available and the company announces that it will offer the full global catalog in the new markets. This is in contrast to some streaming media services, especially video, where the availability of content can vary significantly depending on who you sign in from. What may not be as ubiquitous is Spotify’s podcast catalog, the company admits, which, while fully available in some of the emerging markets, doesn’t necessarily have to be offered in all.
As you hope, Spotify will partner with local musicians and podcasts to improve the regional content. Streaming will initially be available through the mobile apps and Spotify desktop software for PC and Mac. Other methods – like hooked-up speakers, wearables, televisions, and in the car – will appear to follow in due course.
The announcement comes as Spotify unveils a new, lossless streaming option. Spotify HiFi. It is made available to Spotify Premium subscribers in select markets and delivers CD-quality audio to both the company’s apps and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. According to Spotify, the company is also working with third-party connected speaker manufacturers to enable Spotify HiFi support on their hardware as well.
New Spotify Markets:
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, Laos 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.