Spotify to launch in Ghana, Nigeria, and other African countries

Digital music, podcast, and video streaming service, Spotify has indicated that there are plans to launch in 85 new markets in the coming days.

The company said it will launch in areas that have over 1 billion potential listeners.

This announcement was made on Monday at Spotify’s stream on an event for creators and partners.

The 85 new countries are in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Also, Spotify now supports more than 60 languages natively, after adding native support for 36 new languages.

Spotify is currently available in 93 markets. This means that adding the new markets will bring the streaming service’s presence to 178.

Spotify’s chief freemium business officer, Alex Norstrom said “Having more listeners on our platform creates more opportunities for artists and podcasters to make a living from their work. And more creators means more audio content for our users to discover,”

“This creates an essential flywheel between creators and listeners that is the foundation of our business — and in the end, it is what will propel the audio industry forward,” he added.

Here’s the full list of 85 new markets Spotify is launching in:

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.

Spotify explained that its full global music catalog will be available in each of the new markets and the entire podcast catalog will be available in the majority of them.

In each new market, “we will work with local creators and partners to expand our music offerings and deliver a Spotify experience that meets the unique needs of each market,” Spotify said.

It will also make Free and Premium plans available across all the markets. Consumers in select markets will be able to subscribe to the individual, family, duo, and student plan subscription options.

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